'Tis the season for indoor projects (although this winter has been amazingly mild). We decided to repurpose an old glass sliding door that came with the house and had been leaning against the wall outside gathering mildew.
The project: make a whiteboard for the front hall, where we can organize schedules, list projects and sketch ideas.
The material: glass makes the best dry-erase board; it never stains, crinkles or gets faded, and everything can be washed clean from its surface with a bit of glass cleaner.
First we removed the old frame from the glass panels, and cut off the old rubber spacer that had separated the two panes and (theoretically) kept them waterproof. The gasket had long since stopped keeping moisture out, so there was a lot of mildew growing in between the glass panes. Thankfully it mostly came free with just a little persuasion from the utility knife. Goo-Off cleaning solvent removed the rest.
Next, we designed and printed vinyl stickers (using our Silhouette vinyl cutter) to apply, backwards, to the back of the cleaned glass. Sticking on letters in reverse means they'll show up properly on the front side; we just had to be careful to get them in the right order! We even stuck the farm logo in the corner, just to show some farm pride--this whiteboard is the first thing guests see when they walk in the front door.
Once the stickers were in place, it was time to paint the back of the glass. We just used some old white primer we had lying around.
Farmer Shannon runs MSSF and keeps horses, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, pigs, dogs and cats, while living gluten-free & spinning/weaving for a hobby in the SCA.