One thing all homeschoolers can relate to is the massive need for storage. We had these bookshelves in our school room that weren’t fancy, but they did the trick. The only problem is they were home to so much stuff they just looked cluttered. I decided to create some cabinet doors for them made out of Dry Erase Boards. Multi-purposing at its finest! These Dry Erase Board Storage Cabinets were born and I couldn’t be happier!
I have been using a chalkboard in our homeschool room to write the date, practice math and more. The thing is I HATE the sound of chalk on the chalkboard. Just writing 96 x 5 makes my skin crawl. I really wanted a dry erase board but didn’t have room. Our office isn’t the biggest in the world, but it works for us. About the time I was trying to figure out where I was going to put the dry erase board, I sat at my desk looking right at my ugly bookshelves! BINGO!
Home Depot sells 2 foot by 4 foot dry erase board sheets for $9.97 each. After I measured the front of the bookshelves I knew this would work with a frame around it.
I found these 1×4 Furring Strip Boards that are 8 feet long for under $2 each. Home Depot will cut them for free. Of course, not every book shelf is the same size, but for my bookshelves I had them cut 1 of these boards in half (4 foot sections) for the sides and then a second board into 22 inch pieces for the tops.
I bought some L-shaped corner brackets and attached them to the back of the wood pieces to create the frame.
Then I laid the white board right on the frame and screwed it to the frame with 3/4 inch wood screws. I attached the framed white board right to my bookshelf with some cabinet hinges and it was perfect!
I made 2 of these. One door for each book shelf. The only thing I would do different is add a magnetic catch to help keep the cabinet closed. In fact, I am going to grab a couple the next time I am at home depot.
So how much did these cost? Here is an estimate
- Similar Book Case $19.99
- Dry Erase Board $9.97
- 2 – 1×4 Furring Strip Boards $4
- Corner Brackets 4 Pack $2.97
- 3/4 inch wood screws $2
- hinges – $4
Grand Total – Under $43!!
I can’t believe that I waited this long to do this! It was such an easy project, especially since the hardware store will cut the wood for free. You can stain the wood, or sand and paint it. You could even leave it this natural color. We intend on painting ours, but I couldn’t wait to share them with you!