Here's how to turn any smooth into a magnetic memo board, using paint!
I started with a great vintage frame, which wasn't easy to find! (The frame also has a mirror, which is what I applied the paint to).
I took the mirror and frame apart, and set up a place to paint in my basement, covering the floor with some cardboard. I cleaned the mirror thoroughly to remove any dust or grime.
In my basement (but you should use a well-ventilated area), I applied the Rust-Oleum magnetic paint to my mirror with a small roller. As suggested on the can, I applied numerous, very thin coats. The manufacturer claims three coats will work, but that is a lie. I literally used almost the whole can before it would hold a magnet. After using almost all of the paint, I could finally get a magnet to stick & hold up some paper.
Then I roughed up the frame with sand paper, cleaned it, and applied some leftover magnetic paint with a paintbrush - it took two coats for even coverage. I wanted the frame and magnetic surface to be the same colour.
Although it took a few days to finally get all of the paint on, the results are impressive - I created a magnetic surface from a mirror and a can of paint!
Some tips for using magnetic paint:
- Allow more than the recommended drying time in between coats for a smooth surface
- Mix the paint really well each time you use it
- Buy a nice smooth, low pile roller that won't create "dimpling"
- Keep a magnet handy to test the magnetism after each coat dries
- Don't fool yourself into thinking this can be done in an afternoon
|I didn't let it dry enough in between coats, so I don't have the smoothest |
surface ever, but it works!
|Proof of magnetism|
Now it is time to rock the magnetic poetry. Have you tried using magnetic paint for any projects? I have to admit, this stuff is pretty cool! Here's a tour of my vintage/modern home office, so you can see how this new DIY magnetic memo board add some function without sacrificing a modern style.