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:
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.
$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