College Dorm Furniture: How to Make Your Own White Board

Save on your college dorm furniture budget by making your own white board. This useful type of reusable bulletin board can any size you choose, from a personal one to a larger community board. Follow the simple steps below to make your own dry-erase board at a fraction of the cost it would take to purchase one.

Personal White Board - Tools and Materials

  • Picture frame
  • Glass paint - white
  • Foam craft brush

Step 1 - Prepare Glass

Purchase any size picture frame, remove cardboard backing and glass. Clean the glass and let it dry completely.

Step 2 - Paint Glass

Paint one side of the glass with white glass paint. Let it dry overnight.

Step 3 - Finish Up

Replace glass, painted side in back, and cardboard backing. Dry erase markers will wipe right off.

Community White Board - Tools and Materials

  • Shower board (tile board)
  • Thin plywood
  • Liquid nails
  • Mounting brackets

Step 1 - Cut Shower Board and Plywood

Purchase a sheet of shower board and a sheet of thin plywood from your local building supply store. They are both inexpensive and come in 4x8-foott sheets. Decide what size you want and have them cut both pieces the same size.

Step 2 - Glue

Use Liquid Nails to attach shower board, white side out, to plywood. Allow to dry overnight.

Step 3 - Mount

Attach mounting brackets to the back of your new white board and hang it on the wall for everyone to use.