Get Creative: DIY Magnetic Chalkboard

 DIY Magnetic Chalkboard

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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!

  1. 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!
  2. After each layer has dried, allow to sit for 3 days before drawing with chalk. Rub the entire board with chalk, then erase.
  3. 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!

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Katie is the "virtual assistant" here at Family Friendly Frugality. Katie lives in south Georgia and is married to her high-school sweetheart. She is a Registered Nurse turned stay-at-home Mom to 2 kids just under 2 years apart. She is a busy Mom & Wife and loves blogging about frugality, cooking, couponing, and DIY projects.

One thought on “Get Creative: DIY Magnetic Chalkboard”

  1. Very cute! I want to make a magnetic chalkboard from an existing cork board, but I want the cork board to remain functional as well…still able to be pinned into…will that be that case or will the magnetic primer and chalkboard paint make it impenetrable? Thanks!

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