Homemade Dry Erase Board

Print Friendly
homemade dry erase board paint

Homemade Dry Erase Boards

Not only can you buy chalkboard paint but Rust Oleum makes a dry erase board paint that you can use most anywhere to make a homemade dry erase board. The possibilities are endless. Here are some ideas:

  • Paint sections of wall in kids rooms, in the kitchen or in entry ways with dry erase board paint or chalkboard paint.
  • Use dry erase paint on the back of pantry, bedroom, bathroom doors or coat closets where backpacks and coats are stored.
  • Use it on canisters and containers in the kitchen, garage or on the bins the kids store their toys and other things in.
  • Use it to label things like the ends of shelves. This way, if you decide to put something else in that area, you can just wipe it off and rewrite the new description instead of trying to remove a sticky sticker.

You can find dry erase board paint or chalkboard paint at most hardware stores like Home Depot, Ace Hardware or Lowe’s.


Photo By: James Lee


  1. melissa says

    Where have I been living? In a closet???? I had NO idea there was ‘dry erase’ paint! I’m getting some today :)

    Thank you!

    • says

      Don’t feel bad Melissa. I just discovered this myself that is why I was so excited to share it with everyone. I think it is relatively new on the market.

    • judi says

      i got some in walmart but you have to look in the crafts dept. i couldnt find it in the paint dept unless they have changed it. i painted the inside door of one of my cupboards.i gave it two coats.

  2. Kim says

    You can make your own chalk board paint so that you can have any color you want! Mix 1 cup of flat latex paint with
    1 Tablespoon of dry Non-sanded grout. You will want to do 2 coats of paint. Allow it to cure for at least a couple of weeks. I painted a roughly 2’x2′ section of my wall a different color using this method & it works great. You only want to mix enough paint for 1 coat at a time, because the grout makes it thicker. I bought a 1# can of grout at Ace for about $5 and that would be enough to several gallons of paint.

  3. Kim says

    Also, in regards to Dry Erase paint. Any high gloss latex paint that is fully cured (at least 30days) will work as Dry Erase paint!
    (the info you pick up having worked at a hardware store for 12+ years) :)

  4. Jen says

    I also noticed I can use the side of my fridge as a white board. I did have a small magnetic one on it but needed more room, so I started writing on the actual fridge. Works just like a dry erase one. No problems getting it wiped off.

  5. Laura says

    Yeah, the fridge works great as a dry erase board, but not the textured ones! I have a texture on my fridge, so the marker does not come off completely. It takes a little more elbow grease to get it clean. It works, though.

  6. A.J. says

    I use my bathroom mirror as a dry-erase board all the time. It is fantastic for writing sweet notes to family members, reminders to myself, lists of things to do, etc. You HAVE to go to the bathroom, so you will see those messages pretty often and will remember them better. : )

  7. Science geek says

    You can use many things for dry erase, those shiny sheet protectors work great, you can put plain paper or graph paper or worksheets inside. Most laminate table tops also work(like school desks). Windows and mirrors work, any smooth surface works!

  8. JAMES R. says

    Thank you Ladies for all your input…
    I never knew, or never thought of the ideas you all have mentioned.
    Excellent ideas Thank you all so very much!! 8 – )

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

two + = 9

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>