DIY Magnetic Chalkboard

Monday, August 26, 2013

So you want functional decoration for your room but don't want to spend a ton of cash? This may be a solution for you. I needed something to hang over my bed in my dorm room, so I decided to make this super easy, super functional, super chic chalkboard. Here's how I did it. 

 Step 1: Get Supplies Needed
You will need
1. A picture frame (preferably a large one but you can also do a smaller version of this). I purchased a framed painting from my local thrift store for cheap.
2. Magnetic Primer
3. Chalkboard Paint
4. A roller & paintbrush
5. Painters tape (not pictured here because I forgot to buy it)- suggested but not necessary
6. Paper towel or cloth
7. Something to mix the paint with (I used an old spatula laying around in my house)
8. Paint tray (I used a paper plate hehe)
Step 2: Clean
Wipe down the surface of your picture frame with a wet cloth or paper towel. If it is really dirty you may want to use a cleaner such as Windex.
Step 3: Stir Primer
Use a stir or some type of tool to mix/stir the Magnetic Primer. You will be applying this BEFORE the chalkboard paint. Make sure the Magnetic primer is stirred very well to ensure that the magnetic pieces aren't settled at the bottom of the paint can. I suggest stirring for about 5 minutes. After stirring, pour paint into tray or paper plate. At this point you could also use painters tape on along the edges of the frame to ensure that you don't get black paint on the frame.
Step 4: Paint
Use the roller to paint over the picture.  Paint one thin layer at a time. Follow the instructions on the box about how long to wait before painting the next layer. I believe it is 30 min.

Step 5: Continue painting layers
Paint another layer of Magnetic Primer every thirty min until desired. You should at least paint 3 layers. I painted 5 layers because the more layers you have, the more magnetic the board will be.

Step 6: Paint Chalkboard Paint
After painting your desired number of layers of Magnetic Paint, let it dry for at least 2 hours. Then apply 2 layers of Chalkboard paint with the roller.
Step 7: Use Paintbrush 
Use a paintbrush to paint the edges of the board that you were not able to cover with a roller. Let dry.


Since the magnetic primer and chalkboard paint can make this diy project a little pricer, I recommend getting a small group of your friends together who also share your love of diy's and split the cost of the paint. One can of each is more than plenty!
Also, remember this is Magnetic primer not a piece of steel so the magnetic qualities of this board will not be too strong but is defiantly capable of holding magnets.

Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments what you think-Nat.

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