Are you looking to add a creative element to your home or workplace? Well look no further! As a recent school project, my partner, Haley, and I have created a table with a dry-erase surface, and decided to share the process with you.
This tutorial will walk you through the steps of creating a whiteboard table, or any dry-erasable surface for that matter. We’ll be buying, painting, gluing, and testing.
What Will You Need for This Project?
- A table of any size, shape, or height.
- Rust-oleum dry-erase paint to create the dry erase surface (click here).
- Dry-erase markers for writing on the whiteboard surface (click here).
- Hot glue gun to attach markers and erasers if preferred (click here).
- Paintbrushes to paint the surface and legs (click here).
- Paint of your color-choice to paint the table if you’d like to (click here).
- Dry erasers for erasing (click here).
- A pillow or chair for seating.
Some of these supplies are optional, such as the paint, and the hot glue gun, and all of these supplies have alternatives that are either more or less expensive on websites such as Amazon (except for the paint, although it can be found on several other websites).
In this tutorial we will cover:
- Checking the expiration date of the paint,
- Prepping the surface to be painted,
- Painting with the whiteboard paint,
- Painting the legs of the table,
- Attaching the markers and erasers.
Ready? Let’s get into it.
Step 1- Checking the expiration date of the paint:
For this step, you will need to be able to find the date of manufacturing. It is located on the bottom of the larger can of paint. Let’s suppose your can says P6118C. You would drop the first and last letters to get the number 6118. It would be as follows: YMDD, or January 18th, 2016. If you are within 1-2 years of the date, you should be good. If not, the paint is most likely expired, and it will not be at its full potential. Get it? If not, you can clink the link here for more information. Let’s move on.
Step 2- Prepping the surface to be painted:
Some of the surfaces you can paint with this paint are drywall, masonite, concrete, wood, and metal. If you have concrete, drywall, masonite, or metal, you don’t have to do much prepping. If you have wood, you should sand it first unless there is someting covering the surface already such as finising or paint. If so, you don’t have to do any prepping, but if you have an unfinished or unpainted surface, you will most likely have to sand it to make it smooth for the paint.
Step 3- Painting with the whiteboard paint:
There should be two cans of the paint: part A and part B. When the surface you’re going to paint is ready, open the two cans and mix them on a plate or in a cup (you may need a paint can opener for this step). When they get to be a uniform color and texture, you can begin to paint. The painting process should be done in less than 1-2 hours, since you do not want the paint to dry out. You can begin by simply painting the surface with any brush, preferably a foam or foam roller brush. You may see bubbles forming, but these can just be smoothed out. Once you have a thin but adequate layer, give it a good 15 minutes to dry a little. Repeat this process until you have 3 layers of paint on the surface. Give the paint about 3 days to dry before using it.
Step 4- Painting the legs of the table:
This step is completely optional; it is only if you’d like to paint your table legs. Using any paint and color, you can simply paint the legs. I used around two and a half layers of paint for this step, and painted each layer in the time I was letting the most recent whiteboard paint layer dry.
Step 5- Attaching the markers and erasers:
This step is also optional, depending how public the space you will be putting this in is. To attach the erasers, I tied a string around each eraser and used the hot glue gun to glue the end of the string to the bottom of the rim on the table. For the markers, I hot glued each lid around the bottom of the rim, too, and let it cool down and dry. This is so you could easily pull the marker out and put it back in, without being able to easily steal it.
Voila! You’re done! I hope you enjoyed thus tutorial and please be sure to leave any questions, comments, or concerns below, or simply tell me what you liked about this tutorial and how it worked out for you!