Whiteboards, also called markerboards and dry-erase boards, are typically made from melamine or plastic-coated cardboard. While inexpensive, they tend to scratch easily and stain from markers as they age, becoming less erasable over time. Glass is a durable material to use if you want to create your own whiteboard. Glass is abundant, easy to clean and can last many years with proper care.
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Things you need
- Tempered glass
- Spray paint or other background material
- Dry erase markers
- Glass cleaner
- Lint-free cloth
Decide what kind of glass you'll use for your whiteboard. You can use an existing window, a mirror or a piece of cut glass mounted in a frame. Photo frames with glass fronts make excellent DIY glass whiteboards.
Remove the backing from the frame and set the glass aside. Use spray paint, a piece of coloured paper or solid material as a background where the photo would be.
If using glass mounted within a frame, decide if you want to place the board in front of a solid-coloured wall or if you want to place a backing behind the glass so the board can be read easily.
Clean both sides of the glass using glass cleaner and a lint-free cloth.
Reassemble the photo frame, with the solid background facing the front of the glass.
Mount the frame on the wall and start writing notes on the glass using dry erase markers. Clean marker off the board using glass cleaner and a lint-free cloth.
Tips and warnings
- When writing on a clear window or mirror, notes can be more difficult to read depending on the background visible through the glass or reflected by the mirror. A solid, contrasting background material can alleviate the distracting background. Frosted glass or back painted glass are good options for a whiteboard, but be aware that the frosted or painted sides can be damaged if they are written on or cleaned with harsh chemicals. A double-sided whiteboard can be created by sandwiching a layer of material between two pieces of glass in a freestanding frame. Glass is less porous than other whiteboard surfaces and can withstand harsher chemical cleaners. Even permanent marker can be removed without staining. Glass whiteboards can be made in any size or shape to fit into any decor. If you prefer to go frameless, consider using glass with bevelled, smoothed edges.
- Exercise caution with your glass whiteboard. Glass can shatter under force or if dropped.
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