Friday, December 07, 2012

Magnetic Chalkboard

I'm working on the finishing touches of my home office makeover.  I hope to share some pictures with you next week.  I've already "moved in" and it's such an awesome space to work in.

One of the projects I worked on this week was a DIY magnetic chalkboard.  I read quite a few tutorials on what to do and what not to do and I ended up putting my own spin on it.  This post by Less-Than-Perfect Life Of Bliss was quite helpful (especially reading about the problems she had with magnetic paint).

I didn't want to paint directly on the walls with chalkboard paint because I wasn't sure exactly where I wanted the chalkboard located.  I know, something I should have figured out before I started, but that's the way I work.  I also like having the option of moving the chalkboard around without having to repaint everything.  Portable=Good.

For this project, I purchased the following supplies from Home Depot.

1.  4'x2' Chalkboard MDF (1/4" thick).  I didn't even know they had chalkboard MDF so I nearly squealed when I saw it.
2. 4 12"x12" sheets of magnetic galvanized sheet metal.  The store I went to didn't carry anything larger so I went with 4 smaller sheets.
3. Chalkboard Spray Paint.
4. Liquid Nails.
5. 3M Picture Hanging Strips (Large)

I gave the galvanized sheet metal a quick sand and sprayed them with two coats of chalkboard spray paint then let them dry overnight.  I followed up the next day with another two coats, let dry completely, then cured them by rubbing chalk all over them and erasing.

The MDF didn't really need a coat of chalkboard paint, but I did give it one quick coat just to keep the color/texture consistent with the sheet metal.

Once everything was dry, I glued the 4 squares of sheet metal to the top portion of the MDF using Liquid Nails.

Because I didn't want to damage my walls, I attached the assembled chalkboard to the wall using 3M picture strips.  I used 6 of the large size and so far so good.  Baby's still hanging!

The top half of the chalkboard is magnetic and I can use it to post magazine pictures and notes and the bottom half I can use for my to-do list.  I'm really happy with how it came out, but I'm contemplating framing it somehow because I think it looks a little necked. I have a couple of curtain panels coming that will hang on either side of it, so I want to see how that looks first.  

Happy weekend!


  1. Love it! Came out great jess!

  2. I haven't seen chalkboard MDF either - how fun! This turned out great. Can't wait to see the office reveal.

  3. That's a great idea to make it both chalkboard and magnetic. I'd like to do something like this in our kitchen. Thanks for sharing!


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