Thursday, January 16, 2014

DIY: Hanging Magnet Chalkboard

Nora has been obsessed with magnets and our fridge doesn't have a magnetic front.  We have magnets on the side of our fridge but she likes to tear down all the magnets as quickly as possible and then carefully put them back up or hide them under the stove. Her favorite letter so far is the letter H.  She is going through a complete mommy phase which I totally love but I need a little something to keep her busy and away from the stove. Stove is danger right?  I also thought it would be good to have the magnetic board over a door because then it's a little less permanent and I could easily remove it when I wanted to.  So far she loves it and the pugs have already figured out how to jump up and get the magnets in their mouth. 

A piece of wood- I went to Home Depot and got piece of scrap wood for free and they even cut it to the exact size I wanted.
Magnet Paint
Chalk Paint
1 over the door hangers- if you want to hang it over a door
Professional Gallery Picture Framing Wire- its wire that's coated in a thick plastic
Wire Cutters
Screw Driver
Picture Hanging Hooks

1.  Lightly Sand and then prime your wood- if necessary.
2. Paint 5 coats of Magnet Paint.  The instructions on the can said to do 3 but it wasn't very magnetic-y so I did a few extra coats
3.  Wait to dry and then apply chalk paint.
4.  Now you take your Picture Hanging Hooks and I screwed them in 2 inches in on either side.
5.  Then I took the gallery wire and looped it through the hook and then wrapped it around the wire.  Then you scrunch the wire down to create those perfect ringlets around the wire.
6.  Hang on your Closet Hanger.
7.  Yay! Good job :) Mission Accomplished.


Jessica (Coco/Mingo) said...

So cool! Nora totally loves it!!! I didn't know that you could buy magnet paint - that's amazing! Now I have ideas brewing in my head. hehehe. Love this project, and what a great idea for the little ones!

17 Perth said...

I just saw magnetic paint the other day for the first time!! I love this project!! Genius!

Tales of Whimsy said...

That is pretty brilliant!

Unknown said...

The magnet paint is such a nice touch! I have a similar project literally drying right now... I wonder if I can still add magnetic paint...


Jane said...

That's a really good idea - I didn't even know there was such thing as magnet paint!

Lauren said...

Okay, I have two favorite lines in this post (maybe because I'm dealing with an older kid, I don't know). 1. "hide them under the stove," and "pugs have figured out how to get them in their mouths."

I'm dying with the cuteness here. You? Probably less so! ;)

Rach said...

What a great idea! It looks like she is loving it! :)

Christina said...

1. those pigtails are just about the most precious thing I've seen this week.

2. I'm really glad you posted this. I've been searching for magnet board tutorials actually...and was curious about the magnetic paint. My husband and I have been buying magnets from every place we go together since our honeymoon, and with a non-magnetic fridge, we're trying to figure out a way to display them.


Erin said...

Ah! This is an adorrrrable DIY! And I'm really happy to know magnetic paint works! I've always been curious of it. If it can withstand a toddler and some rambunctious pugs, it's gotta be good :)

Jodie said...

I had no idea you could buy magnet paint......what an awesome idea! It looks great, I really love chalkboards in homes.

Kaylan said...

I love the idea of it being hanging and magnetic! We just have a chalkboard wall we like but it's not transportable and not magnetic. Fun project :)

Unknown said...

This is such a good idea!! I would be totally lost without a fridge to stick things to! Smart and creative engineering!


j said...

That's such a great chalkboard! Nora can use it to start to learn to spell as well.

Coco Cake Land said...

woh erika that is really cool! magnet paint!?? who knew! i totally want to make one of these for my little guy! awesome!

rooth said...

I am all about her hair! Adorable

Jane said...

what a great idea! and her wispy pigtails! love!

Joni said...

I had no idea there was magnetic paint. That is a great idea.