You can build a 4 x 8 whiteboard in your office just like the picture with some basic tools and simple woodworking skills for about $50. I’m going to show you how.
Non-magnetic whiteboards are built out of melamine (magnetic ones are ceramic on steel and are pretty spendy), a product that is also used for creating shower walls. Oddly enough, you can buy a 4 x 8 sheet of melamine for whiteboards for about $75, or you can buy a sheet of melamine for showers (called plain tile board) for about $13 at Home Depot. The only difference is the shower melamine is thinner.
The other materials you will need are 25′ of wood trim called wainscot trim, a roll of 48″ foam underlayment for wood floors, some brads, a hammer, a miter saw, and a staple gun. You will also need a level, preferably a laser level.
First draw a level line on your wall where you want the bottom of the whiteboard to be. Then staple about 9′ of the foam underlayment to the wall, aligning it with your line. The underlayment will make the whiteboard feel more solid and help make the assembly the right thickness for the wainscot trim.
Next, cut and nail an 8′ length of wainscot trim to the bottom of the foam underlayment. This will serve as the base you will rest the whiteboard on while you nail it.
Now lift the sheet of melamine onto the ledge created by the wainscot trim. Get one of your buddies to hold it against the wall while you line it lengthwise. Now drive some nails into the wall all around the EDGES of the melamine. The ledge on the wainscot trim will cover these nails if you stay within a half an inch of the edge.
Once the melamine is secure, use a utility knife to remove the excess underlayment. Then cut some more wainscot trim to surround the whiteboard and nail it up. Paint or finish as desired.
Voila! You have built an extremely useful whiteboard for only $50. Sweet.
Note: Melamine will ghost a little bit. You will occasionally need to clean your whiteboard with whiteboard cleaner. Also, if you want a different size whiteboard, you can cut it with a regular circular saw.