The Hubs and I love to brainstorm. We always have ideas in our head that we want to get out and onto paper. When we brainstorm projects for our home we will sit together and make lists of what needs to happen. Once we decide on something we make a list of all that needs/steps that go into the project and mark them off as we go. The hubs wanted to get a marker board and put it in our laundry room. The problem is…marker boards are not cheap. The cheapest ones are not pretty. So we decided that we could DIY a marker board. First of all we knew that we could do a chalk board but there is a lot of white accents in our laundry room so I like the crisp white look of a marker board. Plus, I love the markerboard calendar that we have in our kitchen.
Here is the wall that we had the space for our marker board. (This pic was post renovation but pre-reorganization that is happening)
Here is how we made our 34-inch X 50-inch marker board
- We bought white smooth from Lowes for $10.51. This is what you could use line the stall of your shower. It comes in large sheets and there are even faux tile versions and wainscoting versions (that we used in our master bathroom). We had it cut at Lowes to the size that we wanted.
- We bought two 8ft pieces of trim for the frame. $15.00
- The hubs screwed the tile board into the wall.
- He cut the trim to size and mitered the corners at a 45º angle to looked framed. We used our miter saw but you can buy a for $11.00 that can do the trick. Or, you could use flat wood and not miter the frame.
- He used construction glue and finish nails to secure the trim. (The finish nails were not necessary, the construction glue would have been enough)
- This could be a great gift for multiple college bound students. You could purchase a larger picture frame and cut the tile board down to that size. Since it is so large you could probably cut 4-5 pieces that size. Place the tile board in the frame without the glass, put a ribbon on it and they can hang this markerboard by the phone or on their door. If you are crafty you could stencil their initials, design, or name on the board.
- This could be used as wainscoting in a kids room. Install it and put a chair rail of trim a the top and you have got a place for your kids to draw on the wall.
- You could make a marker board calendar similar to mine in my kitchen. I bought mine at Pottery Barn using a gift card I was given, but if I didn’t have that I might take on project of DIYing this.