Wednesday, March 9, 2011

An Organized Week Dry Erase Board

I'm so excited to have made it past the auditions for So You Think You're Crafty! This will be a fun competition for me! And... here's my audition project:

I have notepads all over my house full of lists I’ve started yet never finished—meal plans, grocery lists, to-do lists, details to remember. But, like I said, those notes are all over the house. I needed a central organization station.

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I used an old, beat up cupboard door as the base. A few coats of a greenish-gray paint and a little distressing prepared it to look beautiful in my kitchen. I found a roll of dry erase material with an adhesive back on Amazon (you can find it HERE). It was a great deal--18" x 6 ' for only $8.99. I've used it for other projects since then and still have some left over! I thought about doing a chalk board, but I wanted to be able to write in detail and not have the mess that comes with chalk. All it took was cutting a 16” x 16” square and sticking to the middle to transform a cupboard door to a unique dry erase board. Since then, a little has peeled away from the edges (the stuff is designed to be removable), so I just put a thin amount of super glue behind it and it's good to go!

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I cut out the days of the week, the three categories (eat, clean, remember), and the other decals from red and black vinyl and then it was ready to use! It was so nice to be able to fill in the boxes and have an organized view of my week. It will also be helpful for when my husband asks, “What’s for dinner?”

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My kitchen has lots of cabinets but absolutely no wall space, so the door to the garage makes the perfect place to hang the sign. I covered the dry erase pen in black and white gingham fabric and put a vinyl cut out of a knife on it. A small magnet glued to the back of the cap allows me to just stick it to the door. 


Nolan was sweet and fashioned a bracket for the back of it from left over pieces from when we changed the locks in our house 5 years ago (random that he kept the wall plates, but so helpful for me!). Then I hung it from a wreath hook and stuck 3M tabs behind the bottom corners to make sure it wouldn't move when we opened the door to the garage. I love the way it turned out!

Be sure and stop by the great parties I'll be linking up with! Their buttons are in my left sidebar.

3 comments:

  1. That's really neat!!! I love it...maybe someday I can make one just like it to hang in my kitchen! :)

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  2. Hey! My husbands a civil engineer too! Well, he was at least until he decided to go to law school. Cool!

    I love these boards, but I would probably use it like once... then the next day I'd see that it said 'clean bathrooms' and I'd think, "Yeah, I don't want to do that" and that would be that for the board. I hope you're more disciplined than I am :)

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  3. What a great idea! Well done too!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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