Using Dry Erase Paint in the Homeschool

Does anyone at your house need handwriting practice?

Try applying dry erase paint to a surface in your home. You won’t be able to keep the kids from writing on it!

It only took me one evening to paint this swinging door between our kitchen and dining room with dry erase paint, and now the kids can practice spelling words or math facts, or write notes to Daddy. (I know she used the wrong “your”, but she’s in kindergarten, so I think she did pretty well!)

I also use this for teaching since it is easily visible from the dining room table. I draw diagrams or write instructions on it. We have brainstormed ideas and everyone can see them written out. Then, we just wipe it right off.

I keep these magnetic dry erase markers stuck to the fridge, which is in close proximity to this door.

Our next painting project? Magnetic paint topped with chalkboard paint on the flip side of the door!

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  1. I saw that at Lowe’s a few weeks ago and thought it would be so cool! Looks like I was right. I may have to figure out what we could paint with it.

  2. I have a 4×8 dry erase board that no longer erases. It was given to us, quite well loved then my smaller kids confused the markers, etc. I’ve been wondering if there is a way to restore it. I wonder if you could use this paint.

  3. That is a great idea! I will have to look for some of that before we head back home next month.
    Miss you!!! :)

  4. How are you going to teach the littlest ones that this wall is different to other walls, and other walls can’t be written on?!?

    • Smockity Frocks says:

      We have had one stray mark so far and I just made sure to show it to everyone and let them know it is a no-no. I’m also storing the markers too high for 1yo hands to reach.

  5. hey connie! its holly, we met at the tip junkie event on saturday. i was probably the only one there without blog/business cards :) great blog! and i agree on the dry erase board-awesomeness. we have a chalkboard easel thingy that is dry erase on the other side and my kids love it more than the chalkboard side.

    and i love that you have so many kiddos. we plan on having more ourselves(and when people ask me if i’m done after we finally got our boy after having three girls, i’m like, uh, NO) and they look at me like i’m nuts. lol. oh well. i’m not nuts. i just love this mom thang.

    glad we met!

  6. That’s genius! I have never seen that before and I bet my husband wishes I didn’t. Guess what I’ll be doing this weekend….

  7. very cool! does the paint go on easily? I thought I’d read somewhere that dry erase paint takes several coats and takes up a lot of paint but maybe I’m mixing it up with something else.

    • Smockity Frocks says:

      I was able to easily apply 3 coats to the door with the small can pictured above. Drying time between coats is 30 minutes.

  8. If we owned our house it would be great. We do a lot of dry erase boards its a great tool. thanks for sharing this is a great idea. thanks

  9. My husband and I were just talking about this paint this weekend. After we move into our new house (next week! Hooray!), we will decide what area to paint. I’m really looking forward to using it with school and letting my older children play with it.

  10. I already love the chalkboard paint. I can’t wait to get a can of this and try it out! I think I can create some great creative spaces for our younger ones and some organization spaces for the older ones.

  11. @ Katina and anyone else…. Any FLAT paint can be used for chalkboard paint and it is a lot cheaper than the official stuff! My 12 yr old daughter’s room has a big nook that we painted a fun hot pink with flat paint. She draws and writes little surprise messages to me, reminders to herself, positive affirmations…… doodling!

  12. I think it’s awesome that this paint is working for you. I had painted an area with this stuff in our school room, following the directions exactly. It always left shadows and would never come completely off. Do you find that you have issues with that?

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