We made a glass-looking dry erase board (white board) for the office in our last home. We loved it so much that we plan to do the same here. To make the white board, you’ll need a piece of plexi-glass or acrylic. We ordered a 4 ft x 8 ft sheet from a local plastics company.
You can see the backing peeled off above on the upper right. (And, you can see how the entry is looking! I need to update those photos in the Tour.)
The acrylic is clear and polished and will look a lot like glass. The sheet of acrylic is 1/4 inch thick. You can go thicker, but at 1/2 inch thick, it would weigh 100 pounds, so we opted not to do that.
You can get a glimpse of the whole sheet and the size of it below.
How will it be mounted to the wall? Like last time, we plan to mount it with stand-off mounts. You may have seen them in commercial scenarios.
We ordered them from Outwater, see their catalog page below.
Below I have photographed three of them in various stages of dismantle. The first is taken apart and you can see the part that will be on the front of the white board as well as the 3/4 in thick part that goes on to the wall and makes the acrylic stand off the wall. The second shows the front portion attached, but not screwed in all the way. The last is the end product once they are screwed together.
We had 12 holes drilled into the white board so these mounts can hold it steady on the wall. Below is the diagram that we sent to the plastics company when we placed our order.
Here is a close up of the mount just sitting in one of the holes for the sake of photos.
This works super well. There is no ghosting (that left over impression of what you wrote after you erase it). And, it looks cool. Here it is in our last house. Only, that time, we painted the back of the sheet white.
Another difference is that last time we used stand off mounts that were 1.5 inches off the wall. That created some instability in the center, so we put some foam behind it. Since the back was painted white, you couldn’t see it and it worked well. This time, we’ll do mounts in the center to hold it steady.
Total cost? Around $350.
We are so excited to get this on the wall in our new office. We hope to get it hung this weekend! It’s not easy to hang, so wish us luck!
Have you ever used acrylic for a white board?