Monday, November 29, 2010

magnetic chalkboard frame ...

i have had big plans to make a magnetic chalkboard for my studio for a long time.

i've had the frame forever, and actually started the whole process over the summer.   so, over thanksgiving weekend, i finally got a minute to finish it!  so, here it is!  with a cute note from the husband i found today!

here's a little run down of how i did it.

DIY / how to make a magnetic chalkboard frame:
what you need:

  • frame
  • sheet metal, cut to frame size with tin snips. {all found at a hardware store}
  • spray paint {if painting frame}
  • primer paint
  • sponge paint brush
  • chalkboard paint
  • small nails or industrial strength glue
  • spray paint your frame the color of your choice.
  • cut sheet metal to size of the inside of the frame using tin snips.  
  • wipe off sheet metal with a cloth and let it dry.
  • paint one coat of primer onto sheet metal.
  • let dry for at least two hours or overnight.
  • paint one coat of chalkboard paint.  let dry overnight
  • paint one more coat of chalkboard paint, and let it dry for 24 hours.
  • rub chalk all over the chalkboard painted sheet metal and rub off all the chalk to set the chalkboard.
  • place sheet metal in frame, and set it in with small nails, or you can use industrial strength glue.
  • hang up and go crazy with your new chalkboard / magnet board!
  • voila!
it's great that it is not only a chalkboard, but also you can use magnets to hang whatever you want on there!  {i even hung up my chalk with a little glue and a magnet!}
let me know if you have any questions!   


kelli said...

This is amazing! I love the silver & black. Of course it turned out so well.. and NOW I really love the idea of framed chalkboards.

Pixie said...

That. Is. Awesome! I love that frame and the idea. But did I say I love that frame?

haruoriginals said...

Nicely done! I love how your magnetic board turned out. It's a classy way to add pizazz to a space.

Mrs. Fix said...

What type of primer did you use?

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