Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My name is Tracy, but you can call me Martha: The Awesome Dry Erase Board

I've seen quite a few dry erase boards around Blogland lately. Here are a couple cool ones:

Kiki Creates
Little Birdie Secrets @ Make and Takes
We had a dry erase to-do list in our kitchen, but it was a little bit of an eye sore & pretty cheap looking:

I like it though because, as you can see, people enjoy writing on it when they come over. Upper right corner: (in dad's handwriting) "Dad Was Here" (in mom's handwriting) "& drank rum".

It lives on the wall directly across where I sit every day at our kitchen table and work on this blog, so I look at it probably more than anyone else. I got to thinking today that it would look cool with a black frame, since the curtain rods beside it are black. I was just about to bust out the spray paint when I remembered that we had about 12 black frames in the basement leftover from wedding decorations.

So, I made this:

I really wanted to do the "I love you because..." phrase but didn't think that was the most kitchen appropriate so I went with something I knew the Hubs and I (and all our guests) would have fun with. "Today is AWESOME because..." (Awesome is probably my husbands favorite word. Well, blog appropriate favorite word.)

All I did was take out the photo that was in the frame and put in a solid piece of white mat board. I used alphabet stickers I already had for the text and the glass of the frame works very well as a dry erase surface. I'm pretty awful at writing or stickering <new word alert> in a straight line so to make this text as semi-straight as I could I used a mechanical pencil (without the lead) and a ruler to score a base line for the stickers. No pencil line! Total cost: $0- now that's my kind of project!

Linking up @ Today's Creative Blog
The Thrifty Home
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  1. That is so very very cute. Thanks for sharing at the newbie party.

  2. I love this idea! I can imagine the fun "notes" that you may have found or plan on leaving!! Have fun! I popped over from the Marvelous Mess Linky party where I've also linked up, stop by if you like.
    Hugs, antonella :-)

  3. Great idea! I've made similar chalkboards, but never a whiteboard, how creative:) You can find whiteboard paint online as well.

  4. So cute & what an awesome idea. :) Following from Not Just a Housewife. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog. The most view link will receive a set of fancy rectangle chalkboard labels from my etsy shop. Hope to see you there.


  5. Very cute! Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party.

  6. I have to make this thank you so so much for the inspiration girl! Oh my heck I love love love this idea!I pinned it too!!!! I found you through the shabby chic cottage linky party and I just gotta check out your blog some more. I am your newest follower. Come and say hi and please follow back :)

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW

  7. This is way cute!! I'm going to have to make one. I would love for you to come check me out! I'm your newest follower.

  8. What a great white board! I love the phrase at the top!

  9. I love this project so much I featured it at my weekly Hookin' Up with HoH Link Party! Congrats!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button!


    Allison @ House of Hepworths

  10. Looks fantastic. Great idea to jazz it up.

  11. Hi Tracy, very nice and even better when you don't have to spend any money to accomplish what you want. Thanks for sharing. Sorry I'm late in commenting but I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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