Weekend project number three: Magnetic chalk board

(This is so much more fun than being at work. Can we have a three-and-a-half-day weekend every week?)

Before we redid the kitchen, we had various coupons and notices and things magnetted to the side of the fridge and the side of the washer/dryer. We also had a combination bulletin board and dry-erase board. I wanted to put something up to serve this same function, but wanted something a bit classier. There isn't room for magnets on the dryer any longer, since the dryer-on-top-of-washer is now right next to the stove with a panel between them. I also don't really want to put magnets back on the fridge, because it looks kind of tacky there.

So after all of this, I decided I wanted a magnetic chalkboard. Most of them are expensive, like over $50, except for one at IKEA, but it was too wide for the space. I decided to make one:

Magnetic chalkboard I made

I got a piece of sheet metal, which I made sure was weldable steel so it was magnetic. I cut it using metal snips and painted it with chalkboard paint. I put it in a cheap frame (IKEA RAM frame, $3.99 for 15-3/4 x 19-3/4) and glued a piece of molding with a dip in it onto the bottom for a chalk sill. The whole thing is screwed directly into the wall in each corner to make sure it doesn't move.

Magnetic chalkboard I made

Total cost:
$18.48 for the sheet metal
$8.98 for the snips (reusable)
$12.98 for the chalkboard paint (most of the can is still left)
$3.99 for the frame
I had the scrap of molding, but it would be about $1-2 for 17 inches of it


Jodie said...

You need to do a video walk through of your place to show off all the renovations you've made!

eeka said...

Ooh, good idea. The only thing I have that shoots video is Photobooth, but that would make it just that much cooler. ;o)

Once it's cleaner, I do plan to snap some more stills for insurance purposes as well as just because this place is starting to look awesome.

Hagar said...

I'm glad I came across your post: I've been thinking of doing this too. What thickness steel do you recommend so it doesn't fall off the wall or bend?

For that matter, where'd you find plain old steel?

Much obliged, Hagar

eeka said...

This is 22 gauge. Magnets stick to it just fine with four coats of paint, including crappy advertising magnets from takeout places and such. They have it at Lowes and Home Depot. About $20 for a 24x24 sheet.

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