I had originally thought about doing a magnetic chalkboard, and decided that would end in disaster because Lilly knows what a chalkboard is and where her chalk is kept. It’s all in the living room, where I can watch her not draw on non-approved surfaces. Then I had the fleeting thought of a cork board – which is just stupid because push pins spell disaster. I mentioned that I really wanted just a magnetic board for her to use, and he suggested some sheet metal. Genius.
Supplies (Some of these are affiliate links):
- sheet metal; whatever size you like – ours is 24″ x 36″ (if you’re cutting it to size, you will need tin snips & gloves)
- scrap wood
- wood screws
- wood joiners
- hammer, drill, sawing tools, speed square if you’re into perfection
- 3M picture hanging strips
- craft paint
- Make your own marble magnets right here!
- cute artwork
Ready? Let’s get to it!
Assemble the Frame.
Andrew is the resident carpenter, and he made the frame. Measure your wood, cut, miter the ends if you like & sand. Lay it out to make sure it’ll fit.
And your speed square, and line up your pieces.
I have no pictures of this because Andrew did it for me, and I think I was too busy screwing up the next portion of the project…
Things to NOT Do: Paint the magnet board with craft paint.
My first idea was to paint the frame a beige (which it is) and the metal this coral pink color.
The first coat was promising…
Second coat, was a hot mess.
It was super cute in my mind, but I’m not sure what I was thinking when I actually thought this paint would adhere to galvanized metal. From what I’ve read, galvanized metal is difficult to paint and have it wear well because of the coating. So… don’t paint it.
My goodness, don’t it.
What you SHOULD do instead with your magnet board:
I had a bunch of this fabric left over from Lilly’s 2nd birthday party, and thought it’d be perfect. It’s actually vintage sheets I bought on Etsy for a quilt I made Lil. Super cute!
I went for a patchwork look, but you could do whatever design or fabric you like, so long as your magnets are strong enough to hold through the fabric.
Pin and sew your pieces together, and don’t forget to press your seams flat so your fabric lays nice and smooth.
You’ll want to lay your fabric, wrong-side up, and put your metal piece on top. Center it in the fabric, and in the center of each side, pull your fabric tight around the sheet. Secure the fabric with some scotch tape, to make sure that it’s even and how you want it.
Go back around with some of your E6000 glue and secure the fabric as you remove the tape.
Attach the Frame.
Line up the metal and the frame, and screw them together with your drill and wood screws. We didn’t pre-drill, but you can if you like, or if you’re using harder wood (ours was pine). We did 2 screws in each corner, and two along the edges.
I’m actually surprised this is straight, because I had Lilly try and hold it up for me so I could see. Not bad for a toddler and pregnant girl, right? We used 3M picture strips along the top edge in each corner, and again on the sides at the bottom. I believe ours were rated for 10lbs, so depending on how heavy your finished product weighs, you might need to adjust these.
She is obsessed with the magnets, and kept putting them in a line. I clearly need to make another set. Probably gold or glitter. GLITTER!
I love how excited she is to hang her art, and how cute it looks in her bedroom. And how simple it was, after we ditched the painting concept. Below are her spiders with doors, except this looks like toast with arms.
I’m real glad that original paint idea didn’t work out, because I love this much more!!
Check out the marble magnets too, you’ll need adorable magnets for your adorable magnet board.
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