Hillary's DIY Dry Erase Tree

Hillary's DIY Dry Erase Tree

Laure Joliet
Aug 6, 2010

We're always looking for unique ways to set up a home office and we love the idea of making a custom bulletin board. It not only saves money but can become its own piece of art. Hillary made this dry erase oak tree for a child's room but the same idea could be aplied to a home office, an area near the phone or the front door, anywhere you could use a spot to hot down notes (it could even replace chalkboard painted walls!)

Here's how Hillary made this tree happen:

1) First, we primed the entire wall with magnetic paint. Then, I sketched out the overall design. I knew I wanted the trunk and branches to be wide sort of like an oak tree, so there would be plenty of room to draw inside.

2) Then, I taped off the area on the wall, literally taping the curves and lines of the trees branches.

3) Then, I rolled out the dry erase paint by Rustoleum, which took a few coats. Another thing to know, is that it sets up very fast, so when working with the mixture be prepared to paint a layer then allow it to dry 15 minutes between coats. Using a smooth foam roller provides a flat finish on the wall.

4) Next, I did a simple outline in light brown, with sunshine yellow and sky blue accents. I bought little Pratt and Lambert samples for this because I knew it wouldn't take much paint.

5) The leaves are wrapped in shades of green linen and made from doubled up cork tiles. They function as a place to hang up pictures, homework, or artwork.

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(Images:
Hillary Hahn
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