Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hanging a DIY White Board


 Wondering how to install a DIY white board? Here is how we did it. I listed the basic steps on the pictures but also typed it up for you too.

SUPPLIES: 
(linked to Home Depot's site
 but you can find these at other stores as well)

*One shower board purchased at Home Depot (check Lowes too)...it's in the building section.  Click the link for more details. I think that is the one we bought.  It is also referred to as tile board.  I see they also sell a marker board...hmmm... Anyhoo-we buy the bigger white board and cut it to size (at the store) so it fits our area perfectly.

*Wood Trim:  I linked to a decorative one b/cuz I couldn't find the plain style. It is not what we bought...but the shape is what you need to look for (it has to have that indent on the interior to accommodate the board)....buy by the foot.  You will need to cut the corners at an angle so they meet up (this is the trickiest part).

*Finishing nails-it may help to pre-drill your holes if it is a more solid wood. We used pine so it wasn't a big deal.

*Small hand saw and cutting guide box, if you do not have a table saw and all those fancy cutting things.

*Acrylic white Caulk (well we use white b/cuz that is what we painted the trim-but it is paint friendly, so you can have pretty much any color and just paint over it when dry).

*Paint for trim if you wish it to be super fancy.  We cut, then painted then let it dry before attaching to the wall.

*Level, pencil and perhaps a stud finder (and ladies, I am not talking about your man) :).

Directions: 

Figure out where you want the board, as this will be kinda permanent.  Figure out the size and pencil mark the area [corners] for the trim.  Be sure it is level.  We hung the bottom trim first (you are seeing pics from when we replaced the board; so we decided to take the bottom off for ease), being careful to not put the nails into the gap area where the board needs to sit. Adhere the trim.  Then set up one side at a time.  After that, we slipped the board in then finished it off by attaching the top trim.  The board should be free floating, so that if need be, you can replace it later on down the road.  This board is softer than then the usual marker board-so after about 3-4 yrs., we did need to replace it. 

After that, we counter sunk the nails, added the caulk and that was that.  Because it is painted white, we didn't need to touch up the paint. But if you have a different color, you will need to do that after it is completely dry.  

 








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