Dry Erase Paint: Create an ENTIRE Whiteboard Wall in 1 Hour.

Forget dinky little dry erase boards, if you have LARGE ideas you need a LARGE dry erase board.  With $40 worth of whiteboard paint and about one hour you can have an entire Dry Erase Wall. Which is much cooler.

Finished white dry erase board with Karen Bertelsen.

My name is Karen and I like to write things down.  I do this on paper with a pen or pencil. I realize this puts me on par with someone who washes their clothes against a rock or still uses a DVD player, but I don’t care.

This doesn’t make me a bad person, it just means no one has come up with technology as good as a pencil and a piece of paper yet.  I’ve tried writing “notes” on my tablet and scheduling things in my iPhone calendar but it just isn’t as fast or easy as a paper and pencil most of the time.

So I keep good old fashioned notebooks and actual, “hang on the wall calendars” to keep track of my work stuff. Things like what software I need to update, what topics I’m going to write about – that sort of thing.

I wanted to consolidate everything so I could see ALL of it easily and quickly. I didn’t want to flip through 4 notebooks and 2 wall calendars, plus whatever receipts and napkins I’ve written stuff down on.  Yes. I wanted something even more rudimentary than a paper and pencil.

Hello DIY Dry Erase wall calendar.  Or whiteboard.  I call it a dry erase board, but apparently there are some of you who call it whiteboard. Weirdos.

DIY Dry Erase WALL

A plain white wall in a home office, with laptop and wood buddha on desk.

To the right of my office desk I have a completely blank wall.  So my first notion was to run to Walmart to buy a Dry Erase board.  But … that wasn’t going to be big enough for all of my big ideas.

Materials needed for painting a dry erase wall laid out including Rust-oleum's dry erase paint and paint rollers.

I did some searching and discovered that dry erase paint exists (it’s also called whiteboard paint).  Like chalkboard paint but Dry Erase. 

If you’re one of those cutting edge, always have the latest new fangled thing, you may have been introduced to this stuff some time ago.  I completely missed its introduction to society though.  I was probably out looking for a cure for smallpox or something.

Like I said, it’s not a new invention, but it’s new to me and that’s all that matters.  It was exciting enough for me to run out and get everything I needed to make an entire whiteboard wall in my office at that very moment.

Which sadly meant I had to leave my laundry only partially pounded, before running out the door.

My local hardware store had everything I needed and by that  night I had an AN ENTIRE WALL FOR WRITING NOTES.


  • Dry Erase paint (comes with 1 can of clear paint, 1 can activator)
  • Paint brush
  • Paint roller (foam or microfibre)
  • Paint tray
  • Stir stick
  • Blank wall


You need a smooth wall, so make sure you have that. Sand off any huge bumps and patch any holes.

  1. Mix the can of activator with a stir stick.  It’s the smaller can.

Stirring one of two parts of whiteboard paint preparing to mix the two together.


2. Pour the activator into the can of clear “paint”.

Adding activator to dry erase clear finish for a whiteboard wall.


3. Stir them together until they’re completely mixed and emulsified.

Mixing activator and paint together with an old paint stick.


4. Pour your mixed can of paint into a tray.  It will look white but once it dries it is completely CLEAR.

*This means you can paint over any wall and still see your original wall colour under the clear Dry Erase coating!*

(just make sure you buy the “clear” dry erase paint, it also comes in white)

White paint dripping into small black paint tray.


5. Cut in near the ceiling and edges.  My office ceiling is VERY low so I knew I’d be able to write on the wall all the way up to the ceiling. If your ceilings are high you don’t need to go that far up *but* there will a noticeable difference in the wall’s finish because Dry Erase walls  have a semi-gloss look.

Karen Bertelsen cutting in, painting her office wall with whiteboard paint.


6. Carefully roll on the Dry Erase mixture making sure you cover every inch of the area you intend to use as a Dry Erase board. Make sure you do an even coat.  If you’re doing just a small portion of a wall, tape out the area you want to paint.

Small office wall being painted white by woman in blue pinafore.


7.  Let the wall cure for 2-3 days and then get busy scribbling. And erasing.

Large white wall acting as a large dry erase calendar in home office.

See that black thing over to the left of the photo? That’s my DIY walking desk. If you work at a computer a lot all day, you should make one too.


  1. One can of dry erase paint sells for about $40.
  2. I needed one can to do a 4′ x 6.5′ area (with a bit left over)
  3. The board is cured after 2 days but I found it erases better if you leave it for another couple of days.
  4. Rather than use a dry erase board eraser, use a microfibre cloth for erasing old notes. It works better.
  5. To completely clean a Dry Erase board use 99% isopropyl alcohol.  (This is great if you have an older board that has marker “ghosting” on it.)

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this wall in my office now.  I use it ALL the time and after 2 years it’s still going strong.   When I’m not pounding laundry on rocks that is.

Nope I can’t carry it around with me like an iPhone. But I can’t drop it in a toilet either. 

→Go follow me on Instagram where I often make a fool of myself←


Dry Erase Paint: Create an ENTIRE Whiteboard Wall in 1 Hour.


  1. Ais says:

    Does it have a visible finish when cured? I’ve patched and painted my Future Dry Erase wall, but the repainted areas are a slightly lighter color and visible from certain angles. Do you think I can get away with covering it with the dry erase paint (perhaps a shiny finish would hide discrepancies), or should I repaint the whole wall first?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ais. The finish has a shine to it. Not super-glossy but a definite shine. And unfortunately, shine tends to make things like uneven walls, bumps or anything odd show up MORE. It highlights and amplifies any imperfections. It’s hard to say if the different colours will be more noticeable or not. :/ It’ll probably depend on the light in the room etc. ~ karen!

  2. Nadja Burmatoff says:

    “Which sadly meant I had to leave my laundry only partially pounded, before running out the door.” …you kill me

  3. dana says:

    I didn’t know dry erase paint existed. Thats why we love you, Karen! Of course you can’t fold it up and carry it with you but you CAN take a pic of your note with your phone. Thats what we do with the grocery list.

  4. Nancy says:

    I love this so much, I had no idea. I detest chalkboard, it feels like horrible, like touching dollar store microfiber cloths, like I have detention with Sister Robert Mary. But whiteboards are the greatest and I love sniffing the markers.
    And what about this office? I didn’t know you had An Office?

  5. sheida yazhary says:

    Oh1 My Goodness!!
    This will be just Wonderful!!
    I’m Homeschooling my kids and we are forever lugging white boards around (I have the old heavy framed tripods) and then the boards don’t erase fully. So a lot of the lesson time can be spent on erasing. So I love both the erasing tip and now a new project!! Our very own White Wall!! It will be great! And as always “Thanks and Way To Go!!”

  6. Barbara says:

    Sometimes it can be hard to erase something that has been on a whiteboard/wall for a while. If you go over the ink with a fresh dry erase marker and wipe it right away, the ink usually comes off. This even works on permanent markers (but I’d never use those on the wall). This is a trick I learned from teaching.

  7. Jody says:

    Is that Buddha flipping you the bird????

  8. Bambi Mayer says:

    What a great idea! But what I really want to know is how does one go about finding a 6.5 ft tall room??!! If I can find one of those I’ll bet my husband would visit once or twice then decide that he’s tired of bumping his head and would stay out, thus giving me one room where I don’t have to pick up after him.

  9. Cindy says:

    Ugh, had to create a new pinterest board for this you know and I know I still don’t have an avatar picture. New Year’s resolution blown apart, you’d think taking a picture is easy, I like my caricature of a self better. That spiraled quicker than I expected.

  10. Christene Roy says:

    I had a whole bare wall in my kitchen.And I covered that sucker with chalk board paint! Best thing I ever did.All my notes to myself go on it.And whenever people come over they always feel the need to pick up a piece of chalk and write all over it.The best party favor ever!Dry erase boards remind me of high school.

  11. shoshana leeder says:

    I am so doing this after Passover!!! I’m techno disabled and this is beyond perfect. I wish it would work on fridge doors!

    • Jo-Lane Birkigt says:

      I write on my fridge door all the time, have done for years. I just make sure to use erasable felt pens. My fridge door is pebbly so to get it off ( in the deepest parts ) I run water or use a brush dipped in water. The writing comes off instantly.

  12. linda in illinois says:

    FANTASTIC idea !! I love it.

  13. Melissa says:

    That’s so great! I like seeing everything in front of me, too.

    By chance, does the surface accommodate sticky notes?

    I sometimes use them to organize (and rearrange) my thoughts or my “to do” items for a big project. Was wondering if this slick surface would prevent something stick from adhering. Either way, I will have my own dry erase wall area.

    I love the way your brain works, and that you share it with the world <3

  14. Linda S. says:

    Great opportunity to create your own Basquiat. Then change it out for Cy Twombly. I love it!

  15. renee ryz says:

    Give me my calendars and sticky notes any day. Heck my Mom still watches VHS tapes. Tried to buy a new VHS player for her, and they are priced like when they first came out! $400.00!!! Sometimes new technology does not always mean it is better. I say do what works for you!
    I have a dry erase board attached to the side of my downstairs freezer with the contents, so that when I take out a chicken or roast, I can change the # on the board so I know what is in there without rummaging. Thought myself brilliant for that one.
    Now, question is could this stuff be used on a varnished light colored wooden closet door?

  16. Barb says:

    Hey Karen – Great idea! But I have noticed that with my dry wipe boards that if I leave anything on for too terribly long that it becomes semi-permanent. You can still see the “Ghost of Writings Past” and I am wondering if the wall would be the same? Please do a followup in the future and let us know, as it does sound like a very cool thing to have. Thanks!

    • Karen says:

      I think that’s just the nature of the dry erase board, but that’s what the isopropyl alcohol is for. A wipe with that and it comes up perfectly clean. ~ karen!

      • Barb says:

        Well, Duh! I was so excited that I totally missed that part and now see that you used the word “ghost” too! LOL! Thanks! And really, is there anything that alcohol can’t fix? Don’t worry though, I won’t drink it. :)

  17. Jane S says:

    We don’t have a spare wall but have always used the side of our fridge as a white board. Lee Valley sells a stick on white board sheet that almost covers the whole side. Couldn’t live without it.

  18. Kate says:

    This could be life changing! I’m thinking of that pesky ever-accumulating groc list, that always gets left behind. Wow. Keep track on the white board, snap a pic on the way out the door to the store. We’re too lazy to peck out a list on our smart phones and then remember that too.
    Thank you!

    • Karen says:

      That’s what I used to do with the chalkboard I have on the inside of one of my cupboard doors. I’d write my grocery list, snap a pic and off I went. But NOW I have an even better solution. More on that in an upcoming post. ~ karen!

  19. Susan Schneider says:

    You crack me up~!

  20. Elaine says:

    Me again, Karen … I forgot to comment on your upside down painting. I can’t recall the last name but is that the work of Sandra E? Can’t remember the spelling of her name. Every April at our local art auction, I look for her entries – they are such fun and your painting looks similar to her work.

  21. Elaine says:

    I still use good old paper and pen too, Karen, but REALLY love this fun idea. I like those gilt-framed chalkboards you see hung in the kitchen but I’d still have to rewrite my list on paper to walk to the grocery store! I’d look pretty stupid walking to Metro with a framed chalkboard under my arm! I love the idea that the original wall color still shows through … genius! I’m now looking around to find a blank wall.

    (Off subject … not too long ago, you mentioned our local dollar store now takes credit cards. I had just discovered that a few days before your blog; great, isn’t it?! Although, I do find I spend more now – lol!)

    Thank you for today’s post.

  22. Jenny says:

    Neat! I, too, am rather old-fashioned–I tried doing a digital to-do list at work (my new boss tried to force me into it after expressing a snooty disdain for my paper to-do list) but it just doesn’t work for me. They can pry my handwritten to-do lists out of my cold, dead hands.
    At my old job, I had this great chart system with 2 big whiteboards so everyone in my workspace could see at a glace where we were at with our multiple ongoing projects/deadlines. Having an entire wall would have been AMAZING.

  23. Garth Wunsch says:

    Hah!!! I’m going to paint our entire house with this stuff and then my wife can wash walls to her hearts content and I will never have to paint again! Amen!

  24. Cheryl says:

    When this type of paint first came out, it was so expensive and only available by one supplier (we ran a handyperson business and one of the businesses we did work for had white board walls). So glad it’s on the shelves for us ‘regular’ people now! Love that it comes in clear and can just go over any colour wall.

  25. Mary W says:

    O GIRL! This is fantastic and I hadn’t heard about this paint. I never tried to find it since cheaper models of dry-erase board just never fully erased so I assumed anything I did myself was doomed to fail. I can’t wait to do this ESPECIALLY since you can buy it in clear. My daughter has a chalk board painted wall in her garage entry and loves it – so do the kids who write on it the most but white or another color is a huge improvement.

  26. Shut up. I’ve used this brand’s chalkboard paint, but had no idea the dry erase existed. So fun!

  27. Lori says:

    Love this idea!! Never heard of the product before either.

    On another note – where did you get your apron? I need one!

  28. Heather says:

    Great idea! Wish I’d known about this when my twins were toddlers (about 20 years ago). I’d have painted the bottom third of all my walls this way.

  29. j says:

    Great post–
    Noticed your laptop and your watch/pedomiter. Will you be posting about them? Particularly interested in your selection process and satisfaction and suggestions.

    • Karen says:

      Macbook Pro and Apple Watch (sport model). Both work great but I’m going off Apple products. They aren’t what they used to be but as of yet there isn’t an alternative. Part of their genius is that everything works seamlessly together. Tablet, phone, laptop, watch, Tv etc … ~ karen!

  30. What a great idea!! But as a former resident of your area … I am dying to know what the hell is going on with the Sydenham Road Bridge??? I can’t quite make it out. Maybe you could write a whiteboard note about THAT news! And draw a picture!?!

    Arlene Saunders
    WTFalls ON

  31. Stephen says:

    I can’t tell from the images, but I assume your walls are not textured. So I’d have to do some prep-work of smoothing mine down and repainting before using this.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stephen. My walls are smooth BUT they have been painted several times so they aren’t perfectly smooth and it worked great but with actual textured walls you’d have to smooth them down, yes. ~ karen!

    • Sarah says:

      I was thinking the same thing!

  32. MaryJo says:

    Holy-chalkboard Batman, I had no idea that there was such a thing! If only I had a house with a bare wall in it that I could do this with, it would be perfect for leaving notes for my husband. I leave bright neon orange Post-It notes for my husband on the TV, on his laptop screen, at eye level right above the coffeemaker, and he STILL doesn’t see them. I could write notes that were 3 feet high!

    • SusanR says:

      How about a door? Does the terlet he use face a wall or a door that’s flat enough to take the paint and write on? If it’s directly across from his face, maybe he’ll see it.

  33. Julie says:

    I always wanted to put a chalkboard wall somewhere that my kids could have gotten to it. Then I took one look at all of the chalkdust that would explode in my house and nixed that idea right away. Because who doesn’t need more dust in their house? I never knew this existed…thanks!

  34. Cheryl H says:

    Great idea. Thanks for sharing!

    I got a portable whiteboard for Christmas. We use it to draw pictures we don’t need to save, card and game scoring. It’s come in handy! https://www.thegrommet.com/wipebook-reusable-whiteboard-notebook

  35. Quentin says:

    Wow, I didn’t know this existed as well, Karen. I like how you think. You sticked to what you liked, pen and paper, and found the resources to put your notes on a larger scale, the walls of your office with the dry erase paint. I applaud you for your creativity and hard work.

  36. Kirsten ilczyna says:

    Yes very cool idea! Is no one going to comment on the upside down girl in the first and last photos? What’s with that?

  37. Sally says:

    You are quite clearly a mind-reading witch – I was only telling someone on Saturday that I was sure that this stuff existed and was going to have to prove it to them! (Now, of course, I have to go and buy some and get it done…).

  38. Sabina says:

    Mind blown! I can’t believe this has been around and I’ve not heard of it yet! My daughter has taken over our spare bedroom and turned it into a fitness studio and she has a small white board on her desk where she keeps her schedules, goals, accomplishments, etc. This would be fabulous in there!

    Thanks again for another little jolt of inspiration Karen!

  39. Clem says:

    Hey Karen
    This is really useful. Thank you. I’m still trying to make time to do your kerfing technique on wood. I need to find a sharp rock!

  40. Thandi says:

    I am routinely mocked for my habit of renting DVDs and then watching them using a DVD player. Apparently when you’re in your mid-thirties this is not something you’re supposed to admit to in polite company. Wait until they see my dry erase wall! MUHAHAHAHA! I shall make it next to the bookshelf where I keep all my notebooks. Obviously with space for the gorgeous wall calendar my sister made me for Christmas (she gets me).

  41. TucsonPatt says:

    I did not know about this stuff, but what do I know – I still use a flip-phone and also don’t text. (I do use iMessage on my iPad sometimes, though) this sounds genius, whomever thought it up and invented it! Does it have a “use by” timing schedule? Do you have to throw everything (brush, roller) out after? Do you have to prime after you’ve sanded down the high spots, or does that matter? This really intrigues me. Genius idea!

    • TucsonPatty says:

      Cancel that – you do not throw away a Purdy brush! How do you clean off what sounds to me like an epoxy-ish acrylic paint off of your tools?

      • Karen says:

        Varsol. :) Although if I were doing it again I would just use a cheap brush and indeed throw it away. I hate using Varsol, it’s a pain. ~ karen!

  42. Lavada Shaft says:

    Is that a microfiber eraser in your hand?
    If not, you could cut and glue a microfiber cloth to the erase you have or, better yet, make some microfiber sleeves to slide over the regular eraser, pop them off for beating on a rock when they’re filthy and replace with another, alternating between two eraser covers. Just a thought.

  43. Mary Edmondson says:

    Love the wall for sure. But I really want information about your Apple computer. Although I have a desktop iMac (and an iPad and an iPhone) I want a portable computer. What model – what memory, RAM – all the technical details? I’ll get the same just as I did the treadmill. Wish you could get a commission.

  44. Stephbo says:

    Mind. Blown. I had no idea this stuff existed!! And so much cheaper than those $@&# boards!!

    And a quick hint: If you accidentally write on dry erase board with a regular marker, just go back over it with a dry erase marker. Works like a charm, even on permanent marker that has been there over a year!

  45. Tina says:

    Omg, I was just thinking of what to do for the wall behind my sewing machine. I keep putting butcher paper up so I can make notes and jot measurements while I’m working. This will be perfect!

  46. maggie aikens says:

    This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! It makes me want to weep. It may even be more beautiful than my new grandchild and I have beautiful grandbabies 😁 I swear, I thought you could never top the xmas tree dried orange slices (my most favourite thing in the world) but this…….this is brilliant!

    • Deana says:

      I love this idea!! However, we are renting a house right now and not allowed to paint. My husband wanted a huge white board in his office and it’s quite expensive. Any ideas?

  47. Bev says:

    Look up dry erase pens, they have bad stuff in them, though there are safer ones out there. I have always stayed away from white boards because the pens smell bad to me.

    • Karen says:

      Potato chips have a multitude of bad things in them too but I not only don’t stay away from them, but I actually eat them. As long one doesn’t eat dry erase markers there are no health risks to them. Sniffing them I assume would also be bad and don’t recommend. Or snorting them. Snorting almost anything is usually bad. But with normal use, dry erase markers are fine. :) ~ karen!

  48. Karen, you are a genius!
    I absolutely love this idea!
    Now all I have to do is find a good wall…

    I think it would also work well in my horses barn for updating the feeding and turn out schedule. Brilliant!
    Thank you.
    Kristin in Oregon

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Kristin! I have to say I LOVEEEE it. It works great and I use it relentlessly. It’d be great in a barn because it’s so easy to clean. ~ karen!

  49. Andrea says:

    So stinkin’ clever!!!

  50. Kristin says:

    As a child who was always in trouble for drawing on the walls… I’ve waited for this post for 50 years!

    • Karen says:

      If I can dig it up I’ll find a photo of my bedroom wall from when I was 13. I drew ALLL over it. Pictures though. I did it prior to either painting the room or wallpapering it. I can’t remember! ~ karen

      • Kristin says:

        Yep. I did pictures too – entire murals. Once I grew up, I did some murals. Definitely hit the spot but I still find myself want to draw on the walls!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Seed Starting Calculator

  • About Karen