Magnetic Blackboard Project

Our burgeoning family needed a spot for messages, shopping lists and invites, etc.  We also thought it would be neat to have a little drawing and ‘abc’ activity area for little Caroline.  Initially I thought I would need to get a sheet of metal, affix it to the wall, then paint it with blackboard paint.  I couldn’t find a sheet of metal big enough–but the folks at Home Depot were very helpful and suggested that magnetic paint might be the solution to my problem.  Magnetic paint??  I didn’t know such a thing existed.  

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First I taped off the area I wanted to paint.  Next I painted three coats of magnetic paint.  I recommend maybe one or two more coats so that you can use big heavy magnets–three coats is a little weak. Then I painted a top coat of the blackboard paint.  (note–the fumes from the magnetic paint are pretty strong, so don’t do this around babies or when pregnant)

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After letting the paint dry for 24 hours, we got to use the chalkboard.

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My father came to visit and told me the blackboard needed to have a trim.  He kindly went to Home Depot to pick up the trim and then installed it for me.  Definitely a nice touch, but I think it looked nice without the trim as well.  Here is a picture of the finished project.  Caroline doesn’t always like “to color inside the lines,” but that doesn’t bother me. =)

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1 comment
  1. Kelly said:

    What a cute idea! My daughter would love permission to draw on the walls! I didn’t know magnetic paint existed either…fun!

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