How to Make a Magnetic White Board

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Magnetic primer
White board paint
Paint roller
Paint brushes
Painting tape
White board markers and eraser
Wood frame, hammer and nails (optional)

A magnetic white board has a wide range of uses throughout the home, work place, or classroom. These boards can be used to draw diagrams and other markings and are fully erasable. Because they are also magnetic, they can be used to support magnets in the same way that another metal surface would as well. Additionally, they are quite easy to make with only a few inexpensive materials. Read on for a brief guide on how to make a magnetic white board on a wall at home.

Step 1 -- Measure Out the Space

Begin by measuring out the space on your wall where you'd like to have the white board. Use measuring tape to ensure that the board is completely square or rectangular, or design a unique shape based on your needs and preferences. With a pencil carefully mark the borders of the area that will become the white board.

Step 2 -- Tape Off the Space and Inspect It

Use painting tape to mark off the area that will be the border for the white board. Examine the area inside of the tape for signs of any damage. If you notice anything, it's a good idea to clean the board thoroughly before you begin. You should fill in any cracks or holes as needed as well.

Step 3 -- Apply the Primer

The first step is to apply the magnetic primer. Read the instructions on the label of the primer carefully in order to be sure that you're applying it properly. In most cases, the primer will be painted onto the wall surface, though you may need to lay it out flat if it comes in sheet form. You'll likely need 2 or 3 coats of the primer in order for it to function properly. Allow the primer to set up and dry entirely before you continue.

Step 4 -- Apply the Paint

Use the paint roller and brushes to apply the white board paint to cover the area of the white board on the wall entirely. Generally, you'll need about 2 coats of paint in order to fully cover the board area. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly before you attempt to touch the board or work on it. Make sure that the paint goes on evenly and covers the entire board area.

Step 5 -- Install the Frame

If the remaining area of your wall is white, you may have a difficult time telling where the white board begins and the wall ends. In order to better demarcate the board, consider installing a frame around the edge of it. Remove the painting tape and lay the wood frame down. Attach it to the wall with hammer and nails. Test out the board using white board markers and a white board eraser to be sure that it works properly.