I’ve been making my own dry-erase whiteboards for years, mainly from pieces of white dishwasher front panels, and they work pretty well. We’ve had one in our kitchen for more years than I can recount, and it’s the handiest place to leave notes to each other, chores that need done, etc. They can easily be cut to custom sizes, and if you keep a coat of car wax on one, it’ll last for a half-dozen years before it starts to stain. Even then, Simichrome or a similar polish will revive a dull one for a while.
I have a smaller one in my shop, but it’s never erased well at all, and I’ve been watching for an old porcelain appliance for a long time now. Porcelain’s basically glass, and it seems like it would be an ideal whiteboard surface. A piece of it should last forever with just a little care.
My shop board doesn’t have to be very big, and it suddenly dawned on me today that a regular picture frame with a piece of white paper behind the glass should do the same thing. ‘Dug out an old 9″ x 12″ frame that I cleaned up, slid a piece of white paper into, and quickly mounted on the shop wall, and I like what I’m seeing so far.
Easy to read, it erases with no residue or staining whatsoever, and should be as permanent as anything gets in this old world. This could be “scaled up” to any size you need, keeping in mind that glass is heavy, and a big piece would need extra support and protection from breakage.
So far this works much better than the painted white metal ones we’ve used all these years. Just keep it clean (“Invisible Glass” works well) and it should outlast anything you can buy.
Amazing how a solution to a problem can be right in front of my nose for years and I just don’t see it, then one day the lights come on, and there it is!
If you’re looking for a really long-lasting white board, give this a try. It’s a really handy addition to a busy kitchen or shop. And if you make one out of glass like this, let me know how it works out for you. I think you’ll like it.
Update 3-19: Put up an 11″ x 14″ in our kitchen soon after writing the above, and it works GREAT! Glass is definitely the way to go.
God bless you and yours,