Make a statement with this easy DIY that will leave your doorway the envy of your hall!

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Looking for a perfect way to spruce up your dorm room without having the EXACT. SAME. whiteboard that everyone else has?

Roll up your sleeves & get crafty! 🎨

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Old frame (~$3 — try Goodwill! Every other Saturday it’s 50% off 😉)
  • Sand paper (~$4)
  • Spray on primer (~$4)
  • Spray paint (~$6)
  • White board (~$10 or upcycle one you already have)
  • Old newspaper (~Free)
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How it works:

Step 1: Prep your area
Be sure to lay down your newspaper to protect your surface from the spray pain —and a big mess.

Note: we recommend you do this outside so you can enjoy the fresh air (and not fume out your dorm).

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Step 2: Sand down & clean your frame
Sand down your frame to remove previous paint or staining.

It doesn’t have to be perfect, but the smoother it is, the better your paint will look.

Once you’ve sanded it, wipe down your frame with a wet wash cloth to remove the dust particles.

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Sand it enough to soften up the edges & get most of the paint off.

Step 3: Prime your frame
This is the most important step! Priming your frame with a white primer will ensure your colors 💢 POP 💢 and turn out the way they look on the can.

Go slow and follow the directions on the can. Multiple coats will ensure that the paint doesn’t run or dribble.

For a simple $4, it makes all the difference.

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We used Krylon Color Master Primer from Walmart. Only $4!

Step 4: Give it a spray
Once the primer is on, we followed with three light coats of the pearl color, making sure it was nice and even. You can choose any color that fits your theme — blue and yellow perhaps? 💙💛😉

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We went with Rustolium’s spray paint (~$6) in a gloss. Find the perfect shade in whatever brand and finish you prefer!

Step 6: Set the whiteboard in the frame
We purchased a literal white board from Home Depot and asked them to cut it to the dimensions of our thrift store frame. They happily agreed, which made it super easy to just fit right in.

If you’re upcycling your current whiteboard, it may need to be resized to fit your frame.

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It’s literally a board that is white… So easy!

Step 7: Hang & enjoy!

Stay organized, write your to do list, leave funny notes for your roomie, or show off your Lumberjack Pride!

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Go Jacks!

Kick axe and send us your decked out dorm pics!

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