DIY Magnetic Chalkboard
If you’ve been on Pinterest very long, you’ve probably seen some magnetic and/or chalk board crafts. I saw several different ones and decided to try my hand at creating a magnetic chalkboard!
Inspired by Little Lucy Lu
Supplies for DIY Magnetic Chalkboard:
- Frame of your choice
- Ply board or cork board to fit
- Magnetic primer–I used Rust-Oleum Magnetic Primer, $20/quart at Walmart
- Chalk board paint–I used Rust-Oleum Chalk Board paint, $10/quart at Walmart
- Foam paint brush or roller
- Chalk & magnets
I had several of the needed supplies on hand. The frame and backboard were already part of a memory board that was in my daughter’s nursery. When we moved and she got a new room, the memory board no longer matched her decor, so I stuck it in the closet, hoping to use it for another craft. Here was my opportunity to create something cute and useful!
I repainted the frame white (it was an off-white color before), using leftover trim paint that I had in my utility room. I popped the back board off and removed the fabric & ribbons off. To my surprise, it was a cork board underneath. I was hoping it would just be a solid piece of board. I wasn’t sure if you could even paint cork board with magnetic and chalk paint, but I thought I’d give it a try (the answer is YES, you can!).
Don’t have a frame? Check your local consignment and second hand stores for a frame! You can always spray paint it to match your decor.
Here’s how to create your DIY Magnetic Chalkboard!
- Paint your board using the magnetic primer, then chalk board paint, according to the directions on the paint cans. *I applied 2 coats of magnetic primer, then 2 coats of chalkboard paint. Be sure to use the magnetic primer in a well ventilated area. The smell is pretty strong!
- After each layer has dried, allow to sit for 3 days before drawing with chalk. Rub the entire board with chalk, then erase.
- Secure the board into your frame and now you are ready to use your magnetic chalkboard!
These would be great for a variety of functions: to-do lists, grocery lists, chore chart, and more! Now that you know how to make a DIY Magnetic Chalkboard, get creative!