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!

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16 comments:

  1. That is so very very cute. Thanks for sharing at the newbie party.

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

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  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.

    Ginger
    gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

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

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  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
    tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

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  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.

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

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  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!

    xoxo

    Allison @ House of Hepworths

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

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  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
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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