A Dry Erase Message Board from a Cabinet Door

Happy Monday morning y’all! I’ve been working like a busy bee this past month. So many projects! I need to clone myself so one of us can work on the projects and the other can write the posts. (Luckily I had an extra hour yesterday thanks to switching back to standard time.)

One of the reasons I’ve been so busy is that I will be giving my first demonstration at the Raleigh Habitat for Humanity ReStore this Saturday at 1pm. If you are in the area, I’d love to see you. Here is the address and more information about the  ReStore. I will be demonstrating how I turned a truly nasty greased wall cabinet into this charming shoe storage bench.

I’m not the type who can throw something away, so when I removed the cabinet doors to make the shoe bench, I decided to salvage them and make message boards. The first one was transformed into a cute chalkboard frame.

The other one was turned into a — you guessed it — dry erase board!  And of course (because I love you), I’ll share with you how I made it.

 

Materials:

  • Cabinet door (pre-primed and painted)
  • Plexiglass cut to the interior panel dimension
  • Scrapbook paper (choose a light color that dry erase marker will show up on top of)
  • 4 Nail head trim tacks
  • 3 Cup hooks
  • X-acto blade
  • Metal ruler
  • Sharpie marker
  • Drill and bits
  • Scrap of wood
  • Hammer
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Dry erase marker
  • E-6000 glue

1. If you haven’t already: clean, prime and paint your door. It isn’t necessary, but if you want to give your cabinet door a new look, go ahead and paint it any color you like! The sky is the limit on color. I used American Accents Antique Black.

2. Cut your scrapbook paper to fit inside the cabinet door panel. As always, be sure you are using a fresh new x-acto blade and a metal edged ruler.

3. Mark a dot 1/2 inch from the corners of the plexiglass.

4. Drill a small hole through the plexiglass at each dot. Use a drill bit that is slightly larger than the nail on your nail head tack.

5. Lay your scrapbook paper into the panel, then rest your plexiglass on top of the paper. (I purposely didn’t glue the scrapbook paper so I could change it out when I want a décor change.)

6. Set a nail head into each corner hole in the plexi. Hold the nail with the needle-nosed pliers as you hammer each tack into the cabinet door.

7. If your tacks go through the back, flip over the cabinet door. Set the piece of scrap wood (red arrow) under the nail head and hammer the point of the nail to bend it to the side (so no one gets poked!)

8. Use a ruler to mark where you want your cup hooks mounted. Pre-drill holes for your cup hooks using a drill bit slightly smaller than the cup hook screw end. Then screw them into the holes.

9. Attach D-ring hooks to the back of the door.

10. Attach a dry erase pen to the board using string. Or if you find a marker with a magnetic cap, you can glue a magnet to the board using E-600o. Now you can hang the marker back on the board when you’re done writing a message.

11. Hang that cute little dry erase board up on the wall! Did you see this and this tip for hanging frames that have two hooks? Genius!

That is how you can make a custom dry erase board out of an old cabinet door! I love how it matches the bench colors and can match anything I want it to by changing out the scrapbook paper. Shoot, I could probably put photos behind the plexi too!


Okay, so who is coming out to join me on Saturday? Please don’t let me show up and give a talk to the crickets. ;-)


Comments

  1. If I lived in your area, I’d definitely show up for your demo. You have inspired me to tackle projects that I’ve never considered before.

  2. Oh I’d be there if I lived close by! I’m sure I’d learn a ton.

    Such a cute project for doors. I think I have a few laying around. :)

  3. You know I’d love to be there…8 hours is just too far though. :-( You’ll be great! Love the dry erase board too. I bought 3 cabinet doors back in IL that I was going to do “something” to and I just found them while cleaning out my workshop! …add another project to the list.

  4. Love this idea. It looks so polished and convenient.

  5. What a great idea!!! Look forward to meeting you and learning some diy skills.

  6. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

    Vanessa

  7. So cute AND functional! This is similar to my personalized dry erase calendar that I created for my central command center. Love the paper :)

    ~Jenna

  8. I hate that my husband and I will be out of town this weekend! Otherwise I would be there to see your demo! Please keep us posted on when you will be doing another one & Good Luck! :)

  9. Wow! Fun project! Hmmm.. I may have to try this + add some Ikea lights to it. Love it!

  10. This is a great idea! I’ve done the chalkboard out of an old cabinet door but the dry erase is new…love it!

  11. Love this!!!!

    just posted a “make your own blackboard” post on my own blog- swirlycurls.blogspot.com visit and let me know wat you think!!

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  1. [...] We’ve had the same bulletin board up in the kitchen for leaving each other notes on for quite some time (although since we got the kids cell phones they usually just text us now!). I’ve wanted to replace it with a whiteboard for some time but just haven’t been able to convince myself to pay almost $30 for a simple, ugly whiteboard. Then the Pretty Handy Girl came to my rescue with her awesome DIY dry erase board tutorial! [...]

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