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Hacking the Perfect Office Accessory

For all you startup entrepreneurs or work at home types – this is the perfect project for you. A quick and inexpensive  (<$30) way to make a whiteboard for your office. Check out my how to guide below.

whiteboard - zoomed out2

White Board Hack

Supplies:

Most of these supplies can be found at your local hardware store, we found our supplies at Lowes

  • 1 8ft x 4ft piece of shower board (also called tile board or white gloss hardboard) [$12.99]
  • 3 pieces of 8ft shower board pvc end caps [3 x $2.28]
  • Light/Medium Adhesive of choice – I prefer a glue gun [free]
  • Wall adhesive of choice – we used Command picture hanging strips (2 packages of the large size = 8 strips to be extra safe) [2 x $4.26], you could also adhere the board directly to your wall with Construction Adhesive [around $5.00]

Instructions:

  1. Gather your supplies
  2. Attach two of the 8ft end caps to the board on the longest sides using the light/medium adhesive of choice.
  3. Cut the remaining piece in half to fit the shorter sides & attach (you may have to trim a bit extra off of the sides to ensure a good fit between the two longer end caps) using your adhesive.
  4. Allow the glue to fully dry before attempting to hang on wall.
  5. Apply wall adhesive of choice to wall/board per the instructions & attach to wall.
  6. Enjoy your new white board. It works best with high quality dry erase markers & erasers. For any stubborn spots that won’t erase, use a small amount of rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth to gently clean the board.

Illustrated step by step guide:

1. First gather your supplies. Pictured here is the light/medium adhesive, whiteboard pvc end caps, and whiteboard (ie showerboard). Not pictured here are the Command Adhesive strips – you can check those out over here on Amazon.com

Whiteboard Supplies Whiteboard supplies 2

whiteboard zoom in2. Next slide on the 8ft end caps to the long sides of the white board. They are super easy to slide on – I didn’t even end up needing to use the glue as they were super tight. Gauge yours to see if you will need the glue or not.

Whiteboard end caps

3. After you slide the end caps on the long sides, you will have to cut the remaining end cap to fit onto the shorter sides. This is probably the hardest part of the project. You can cut them a little and then snap them at the cut point – that seemed to be the easiest to me! When you get to a corner you may have to pull the end cap open a little further to fit over the other end cap. They will fit, it just takes a little maneuvering.

Whiteboard end caps 2

4. If you use glue (which I didn’t) allow the glue to dry before going to step 5

5. Once all of the end caps were on attach the Command adhesive strips to the back of the whiteboard. Try to space them out evenly (unlike me!).

Command Adhesive Strips on Whiteboard

5 cont. Last step is to hold the board up where you would like to hang it. I recommend marking it where you want it (make sure it’s level) – the command adhesive strips can be removed but then you will need to buy more! Once you have the location marked, remove the paper backing from the other side of the Command adhesive strips (shown in white above) and press onto the wall in the desired location. Hold for a few minutes to ensure a tight lock. Your new whiteboard is now ready to be used & enjoyed!

whiteboard - zoomed out2

6. Enjoy your new board – I also made a whiteboard for the guys over at Buzztastic for their new office at Atlanta Tech Village. They are really digging it (as you can see from the picture below).

Buzztastic founders enjoying their new board!

 

 

Lauren
I am a 20-something, married gal, living it up in Atlanta. You can find me writing posts over on my blog Adventures In The Big Peach. I created Adventures in the Big Peach as a way to share a little bit of my Atlanta life with my friends and family across the US. It's grown a little bit into a food, crafts, events and adventures blog - but that's what my life is all about, so I think that's ok! Check out my blog here - Adventures in the Big Peach.
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