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. 

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


  1. Waqas Riaz says:

    Hi Karen,

    Thanks for sharing awesome stuff. I am confused between the choice of using dry erase paint vs placing a glass for writing on the wall.
    How is the smoothness and feel of dry erase as compared to whiteboard or a glass?


    • Karen says:

      Hi Waqas! The point of painting an entire wall is you can use the entire surface as whiteboard. The WHOLE wall. Plus when nothing is written on it, the wall looks exactly the same as a regular wall. No additional bulk or messiness like you’d get from hanging glass or a dry erase board. The smoothness of the surface is dictated by how smooth your walls are. ~ karen!

  2. Ruth says:

    An empty wall. Interesting concept. My/our walls are in competition.
    The same wall
    Wants to be windowed
    Wants to be gallery [have art, possibly mine, hung on it]
    Wants to be Library, ie, have book shelves.
    A blank, empty wall? None of the above? Or, more to the point something additional for the walls to scrabble over, oh no!

  3. Shanemyday says:

    гидра онион – ссылка на гидру, ссылка на гидру

  4. Beth says:

    Karen, it’s been a while since you painted the wall. I was hoping to see an update on how it’s holding up. Is it still erasing easily?

  5. Scout says:

    We use this on a table top. Our backyard projector comes inside in winter and can project maps and other images on the table. Kids use it for school and fun stuff. Dad uses it for D&D games with his buddies.

  6. Beckie says:

    I wouldn’t do it on a dry erase painted wall, but on regular (but older) dry erase boards that have shadowing, etc, I use a Mr. Clean sponge and it cleans it to look like new!

  7. Christine Campbell says:

    Hi Karen

    Your dry erase wall looks great but please tell us more about your apron! It is awesome and that it would really protect clothes. All of my clothes seem to turn into painting/grouting/gardening clothes over time.

    Thanks so much! I am always eagerly awaiting your next post
    Christine in BC

    • Karen says:

      HI Christine! That’s my Rough Linen pinafore. Or more specifically, one of my three Rough Linen pinafores, lol. You can get them here. I’ve talked about them on my site and heralded their quality for years. :) Because of that, they’ve given me an ad code for my readers. If you use the code “linen4me” you’ll get free shipping! Yes. Even in Canada. ~ karen!

    • Idaho Girl says:

      Loved this how-to, but the idea of a paint apron was the most significant part of the whole thing for me – why I has it never occurred to me to put an apron over my clothes when I’m painting?!?! I’ll add this to my list of small changes that are life changing (like changing out my toilet paper holder to one that has the little arm instead of having to always remove the roll holder. I tell you, if you get annoyed always having to be the one to change the TP, this upgrade is something that makes you pat yourself on the back and tell yourself how smart you are every time you change a roll after that).

  8. shoshana leeder says:

    Joanne Brikjit Thanks so much.

  9. Susan says:

    Great idea! Need one for work. By the way, love the haircut!

  10. Korrie says:

    Great article! I bought the paint but got the version that dries white. My kitxhen is my office or hang out place. Given my ADHD … I need my notes to be staring at me or easy to run into. So I put the paint on the inside of the cabinet doors. I can open them all and get lists of thinking and note space.

  11. 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!

  12. Nadja Burmatoff says:

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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?

  15. 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!!”

  16. 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.

  17. Jody says:

    Is that Buddha flipping you the bird????

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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