Archives for August 2012

Clean and Customize an Old Dry Erase White Board

How to Clean a Dry Erase White Board

For the last two years, this old dry erase white board has been sitting out in our garage behind the trash cans.
And here’s my confession: I really wanted to buy a new white board. The one in the garage was dirty, and the dry erase marker would not come off. In fact, it had become more permanent marker than dry erase marker. And far be it for me to mention, it wasn’t a very pretty board. It looked exactly like what it was: a reject from an old office space.

I knew getting a new one was a stupid thing to do. But I am part of the disposable generation. Getting something pretty and new is always so tempting.

Instead of buying new, I did a little research into how to clean an old dry erase board. I found a video on YouTube that recommended using a bit of baking soda mixed with water. HOWEVER, in the comments, someone said it would scratch the board. Hmmmm. I’ll admit it. I decided that if it scratched the board, it would be the perfect excuse to just buy a new one. Well let me tell you, add a little baking soda to some water, and it works like a champ! The marker came right off, but there was a bit of grit left on the board. I just used a wet rag to wipe it off.

So now I had a clean dry erase white board, but I did not have a pretty dry erase board. So I decided to fix that with a little bit of duct tape. After all, duct tape fixes everything, doesn’t it?

I picked two rolls of duct tape that complimented my black and white kitchen. It helped that I had a coupon!

I trimmed the silver rim of the dry erase board with the solid black duct tape to make it look like a frame, then I added a strip of the black lace to the inside. To get the look of mitered corners, I folded down the corners but left a small strip of the adhesive exposed. Then, I just stuck that small strip down. Walla.


Customize Dry Erase White Board

And here is my cleaned and customized old dry erase white board:

Cleaned and Customized Old Dry Erase White Board

It’s not new, but now it looks like it is!

Marinated Cucumbers

The last few weeks I’ve been picking cucumbers out of my garden. I had hoped to pickle them – but I get so few at a time, I’ve been using them as they ripen.

This recipe is my daughter’s favorite. In fact, she loves it so much, she asks me to make it for her for her birthday dinner. They have been a great way to use the cucumbers and get a pickle-like flavor with few pickles, without all the canning work!

Marinated Cucumbers

Marinated Cucumbers


  • 3 large cucumbers
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • dash black pepper
  • dash salt


  1. Peel and thinly slice cucumbers, then set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, combine all other ingredients. Heat over medium and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.
  3. In an airtight container, layer cucumbers. Pour marinade over. Let sit in fridge overnight. Keeps well for several days.