House Calls with James Tully: Homemade chalkboards and dry-erase boards for your kids

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This project only takes a few minutes and you should find it very useful with school starting.

Carpentry expert Dan Weeks says just take an old picture frame and buy dry erase boards from your local hardware store and have them cut to size.

"We’re going to do homemade chalk boards, homemade dry erase boards, all in one," Weeks said.


You can simply put the dry erase board in where the picture would go, remove the glass, and you have something that will fit in with the rest of the decor in your home.

Or use chalk board paint on the dry erase side of the board.

"Quick passes, push the button down all the way so it doesn’t splatter," Weeks said, giving easy instructions for spray painting.  The smoother the surface the better the result, which makes the dry erase board a perfect platform.

Put a couple of coats on and after it dries put in the frame where the picture would go and remove the glass.


If you find it necessary, Elmer's makes a clear glue that can adhere it to the back of the frame,

Lastly, try putting a piece of cork board, cut to size, in place of a picture in the frame.

Stick a homework reminder or grocery note right to it.

The key here is to make it fancy, but spend a lot less money.


Items you’ll need: Picture frame, dry erase board, chalk board paint, clear glue, cork board, chalk, and dry erase markers.

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