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Craft Room, Part 3 (dry erase picture frame)


Do you remember this old post?
(Sorry, not the best color, not the best picture…..and not my favorite framed dry erase board.  But it worked.)

I decided to find a new picture frame and make a new one.


Mostly because I am a note and list person.
I need a visual of what I need to do, what I need to buy, a priority list of what needs to get done first, etc.
And this dry erase board is going to help me with that.
But for crafts only.  Perfect.

With nice roughed up edges.

That I made by spray painting the brown picture frame white, then this aqua color, letting dry completely in between and after the layers of paint, and then roughing up the edges with sand paper.
But this 20 x 24 inch dry erase board offers plenty of space for my lists…
And keeps my dry erase marker close by…..with a touch of velcro.
Some of that peel and stick velcro. 
So quick and simple.
**And remember to check out this old tutorial to help you with the other details.  (This is a picture frame with a piece of fabric behind the glass.  You write directly on the glass…..and that acts as your dry erase board.  Works like a charm.) 

What a nice bright and cheery addition to the craft room.
And yes, I will be sharing pictures of the entire craft room when this is all done.  Just for those of you who asked and are curious.  I understand.  It’s kinda fun to see where other people work.
Until then….
Oh, and it’s Friday.
Enjoy that weekend of yours.  :)
Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. SiTeDay Exe says:

    nice blog

  2. Annette says:

    Have you ever seen something so pretty your eyes almost tear up? That just happened!! This is the most beautiful thing because of the simplicity of it! The colors are so pretty! I am going straight to the thrift shop as soon as it opens up today to pick up some frames. I have an abundance of fabric I can use and a box full of spray paint! I am going to make a few as presents for co-workers and other moms I know. Moms ALWAYS have lists!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista says:

    love it, just pinned it to my diy board!

  4. Alison says:

    I've been wanting to make one for some time now, so thanks for the reminder/inspiration! If you like making notes on it, another cute idea is- My husband and I occasionally write little love notes to each other on the bathroom mirror. I especially love it when he writes something before leaving for drill so I get to see it after I get home and about the time I start to miss him. :) Works just like glass/dry erase board!

  5. Ashley says:

    Sure, Marie! The color of the paint on the dry erase board frame is Calypso Sky by Folk Art…Shiny. It's an acrylic paint I found at Wal-Mart. (You know, those little bottles you find in the craft section.) And I used about 2 coats. Anyway, good luck and let me know how it turns out for you! :)


  6. Marie says:

    Hello sweet Ashley – I'm a new follower to your fabulous blog. I love this dry erase board idea! May I ask what aqua color you used and how many coats? I would love to make one using that same shade.

    Thank you for the inspiration!


  7. Angie says:

    LOVE it. NEED it. Gotta go make it! :) Thanks!

  8. Valerie says:

    I love it. The colors are so fun!

  9. Beau says:

    wow thats very pretty

  10. CraftyGal says:

    I LOVE this! I've been wanting to put up a dry erase board in my kitchen, but hate the look of those white plastic ones from Target. This is awesome! I can't wait to try it out.

  11. Me and My Brain says:

    I love this idea I'm so going to make one for my family

  12. Bon says:

    Oh my! I am in love with this cheery wall piece! WANt one!

    Bon @ Drab to Fab

  13. Luisa says:

    This idea is awesome. I love having a dry erase board in the kitchen but they are not eye apealling like a picture frame. Clever :)

  14. Crafty Batches says:

    So bright and cheery, perfect for a craft room!

  15. M.O.T.B says:

    Very cool! What a great way to keep track of to do items!

  16. ApachesPrincess says:

    It is so adorable! I love it! Neat idea to put the fabric behind it!

  17. Ashley says:

    The background is not paper, it's actually fabric from Laura Gunn. Hope that helps!

  18. Kendra says:

    Oh, Im sooo doin one of these! Thanks for taking the time to inspire others!

  19. miss r says:

    Definitely cheery.

  20. Amber says:

    I am so in love with this idea! Why didn't I think of that?!!?!?!?
    Thanks for sharing:)

  21. Rachel says:

    I love this and I am totally going to try it! Thank you!

  22. Jeff and Holly says:

    I have to know where you got the paper for your background. My kitchen is teal with green accents and it would match PERFECT!

  23. Zepequeña says:



  24. Sharon says:

    i came over from Trendy Treehouse's Follow me Friday when though I am already a follower:) I would love it if you came to visit my blog – I am giving away a modern quilt I made…

  25. sheilaa131 says:

    How do you think of so many fabulous ideas? But so happy to have you share them.


  26. Kimberly says:

    Very cute! I have an old mirror you're inspiring me to be creative with.

  27. Tara says:

    I have the perfect frame for this. Thanks. On today's list. Yeah! I think I may make some for the kids rooms too! So I can write them love notes.

  28. Sew It To Me says:

    You just gave me an ah-ha moment . . .

    "Ah-ha! Now I know what to do with that picture frame that has been sitting on my bedroom floor."

    I love making notes too- so this is perfect! Thanks.

  29. My Mercurial Nature says:

    What a cool (and do-able) project!

  30. Susan says:

    So excited to see your craft room breakdown!

  31. Jenny says:

    i've made a couple of these using the tutorial and it's one of my favorite projects! EASY, cute and some instant gratification b/c you can make them so quick!! Thanks for sharing your new one, i love the color!!!

  32. Kimberly says:

    Cutest memo board ever!!! Love it!

  33. Malea says:

    k, where did you actually get the whiteboard portion? I want to copy this…stat;)

  34. Calligraphy Girl says:

    I love the fancy dry erase board idea!!! So clever!

  35. The Homesteading Apartment says:

    Too cute!! Love the color and such a great shape! Much better than the typical whiteboards.

  36. Anissa says:

    Sure do envy your craft room. Way cute!

  37. Jennifer says:

    Adorable. I really want to make one of my own now…

    Thanks for the fabulous idea!

  38. christa says:

    Where did you find that frame?! I love it!

  39. Morgan says:

    Added to my to do list! I love it!

  40. eakuban says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!

  41. Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife says:

    That's the happiest, funnest (is that a word…haha) dry erase board I have ever seen. Fabulous job!

  42. Katelyn says:

    I love it! Way to go.

  43. Oonafey says:

    This is so fun – I love the colors! I just painted a mirror this color, loves it!

  44. Lisa says:

    I have to make one of these. Yours is so cute!

  45. CraftyMummy says:

    Great idea! I need one of these!

  46. Laurie Anne says:

    Very clever!Love the colours :) x

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