Now here is a little trick I would like to share with you. The one thing I hate about painting is washing the brushes and rollers in between coats so that they don’t get dry and stiff. I have a simple solution here that means you only have to wash up once….when you are completely finished!
A plastic bag!
Yes thats right, all you need is a plastic bag, or even some glad wrap. You wrap up your paintbrush or roller which is covered in wet paint, trapping out all the air. It stays wet and doesn’t dry out while you wait to do your next coat of paint! YOU ARE WELCOME!!
So once I had finished painting the coloured section and allowed it to dry I gave the magnetic paint a light sand to smooth out any lumps and bumps and then got ready to do the whiteboard.
So as I mentioned before I purchased the Whiteboard contact paper from Vinyl Home. It is pretty much just like duraceal book covering and super easy to work with!
I ordered enough to cover both doors, as I hadn’t thought about the rubbing off on clothes when I ordered it so I have some leftover to play around with in other areas of the house! (watch this space)
Once I had cut the white board I went to hang it….and as usual with most of my DIY projects I encountered a small problem along the way. This problem was that you could see the black magnetic primer through the white board paper and as it wasn’t painted perfectly you could also see the patches where some was missing and it looked messy. So I had to pack away the white board paper and I used some old white paint I had lying around and did a quick coat of white paint over the black primer.
I did a quick test to make sure that the magnets were still working through the paint layer and had fingers and toes crossed that they would also still work through the added layer of vinyl. Then came applying the vinyl. This was actually very quick and easy to do! The trickiest part would just be getting it on straight initially so that when you get down to the bottom you haven’t run out of whiteboard on one side with a big over hang on the other. To ensure this didn’t happen I just peeled back and stuck a small amount down on the top and laid the rest against the door to check it was straight. It took a few attempts but I got there in the end.
The next part is exactly like covering a school book in duraceal (which I actually have a post on here) except instead of my handy plastic ruler, I used my cake smoother wrapped in a cloth just to ensure it didn’t scratch the vinyl. I thought this would be easier than the ruler as it had a handle. So i smoothed the vinyl down going from the inside out working any air bubbles out towards the edge. I did this all the way down in sections by slowly pulling back the backing paper until I got to the bottom.
I did the same thing on the bottom half of the other door which I found easier to photograph as I could fit it all in one close shot. I had about 1cm overhang on each side which I folded down and pressed down with the above fabulous invention of a tool.
(note after a few weeks I have had to cut the folded over bit which is on the outside of the door as it began peeling back from opening and closing the door and it rubbing against the other door)
Then I would suggest using a very sharp Stanley knife. I did not have one handy so I had to make do with the sharp scissors I had on hand. I cut along the bottom in line with the bottom of the door, and I would suggest doing the same along the left hand side in the above picture too to avoid it rubbing against the other door and peeling.
The left door has his display area where he has his rugby medals proudly on display and his chores spelled out nice and clearly on the bottom of it so he never has to be reminded again (yeah right!) I am still thinking of a better way to write them up and get them ticked off as I don’t wanna be drawing up those little boxes each week!
And on the right he has free reign to do whatever he pleases!! He Has played around with writing up his weekly timetable but then found an old magnetic one of mine which he has taken ownership of to make more room to draw as his heart desires! (can you spy a cheeky cat putting cat hair all over his clean clothes!!)