Dry Erase Paint: Does it Work? TWO Projects!

So I’ve been hearing a lot of chit-chat the past few months about Chalkboard paint. Gotta say, I’m really not a fan of chalkboards because of the MESS that comes from all the chalk. So….then I noticed the hype of Dry Erase Paint. Hmm….sounded GREAT, but would it really work, or just be kind of ECK on my wall?

Dry Erase Paint, Does it really work? / Busy Mom's Helper

For the Dry Erase Paint, it was about $23, and comes with one large can and one small.

IMPORTANT: You have to use all of the paint WITHIN 1 HOUR of mixing these, so make sure you’re completely ready!!! For my projects, I planned ahead for both, so I could paint one, then do a coat on the other while waiting on the first. Then back & forth, etc. Just make sure you’re ready before mixing. When you are ready, pour the smaller, yellowy liquid into the large can with the white paint. Mix VERY well. Then paint!!! Wait 20-25 minutes between coats.
The cans recommend using 2 coats, but I used 3 just to be safe.

Project #1: Dry Erase Paint Wall

So another blank wall in our house needed something, so I thought “hey, why not a big dry erase board for the kids when they’re playing school, or coloring, or want to dry, or…” Ya, endless possibilities!

Step 1: Frame in the area

Step 2: Sand it nice and smooth

Step 3: Primer it, just to be sure it’s a smooth color, cover up blemishes from sanding, and help it be as smooth as possible. Allow to dry completely before doing Dry Erase paint.

Step 4: Paint, wait 20 minutes. Paint, wait 20 minutes. Paint again

The product, as you can see at the top and below, worked just fine:

(Yes, that’s my Superman wearing a Jake & the Neverland Pirates outfit)

Notes: Although we did spend quite a bit of time sanding, I really wish we had made sure it was VERY SMOOTH. When drying it, the little grooves and bumps do make it difficult and it isn’t as good as I would have liked.

Effectiveness: For this wall, and it could be from the lack of perfect smoothness, I wish I had used 4 coats just so it would erase a bit easier. It works okay, but we do have to use the spray more than I’d like and there is a slight color left. However, again, this could be from the little roughness or from needing one more coat. Also, we could have tried mudding it to make it smoother, like we did the project below.

Still love it, though – the kids have used it TONS and still think it’s a blast!

Project #2: Dry Erase Pantry Door Menu Board

I really have been wanting a nice, big, easily view-able Menu Board in my kitchen, so thought it would be fun to have it on my pantry door, right next to my fridge.

Step 1: Tape off area

Step 2: Sand the area smooth

Step 3: Mud it so every little bump/crevice gets filled for ULTRA smoothness

Step 4: Paint primer. Allow to dry completely

Step 5: Paint with Dry Erase Paint. Wait 20 minutes. Paint again. Wait 20 minutes. Final coat, allow to dry.

Final Product Menu Board
And it erased WONDERFULLY!!! It was so much smoother than the wall, so I bet that helped. Still 3 coats like the other, too.

I love it!!! It’s been so nice to just erase as we have meals, and when I’m wondering what I had planned I can glance over and it’s there in big, colorful letters. Cause colorful is more fun, right?

Have any of you tried Dry Erase Paint? I do recommend it – but make the area SMOOTH!!!

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Danielle is the crazy momma of 4 behind Busy Mom's Helper, where she shares all her adventues. Married to her best friend & fellow nerd. Totally addicted to Dr. Pepper and chocolate. Staying home with the kiddos keeps her busy, but she loves squeezing in time to create through the ups & downs of life . Now, if she could just figure out how to eat a candy bar without having to share, life would be even more fabulous! Be sure to join the fun at BusyMomsHelper.com


  1. says

    WoW! What a wonderful and practical idea. I have never heard about dry erase paint before and will definitely ask my husband to color kitchen in this paint =)


  1. […] If chalkboards are a bit too messy for your liking, another alternative to using paper is dry erase paint. This type of paint is as easy to apply as any other type of interior paint. Once the paint has dried, you can use any color of dry erase marker to make lists, leave messages or even create a mural on your wall. Once you’re done with the message or tired of the art, simply wipe it off and create anew. Not ready for an entire wall? You can frame an area using painter’s tape and just use the dry erase paint on a section of space, suggests the Busy Mom’s Helper blog. […]

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