Our kitchen doesn’t have a lot of wall space. There’s only two places to hang anything. One is in our breakfast nook next to our pantry/laundry room and the other is between the kitchen and dining room. For the last few years I had our calendar on the wall between the kitchen and dining room, but I wanted somewhere we could also put up invitations, reminders, etc. Our refrigerator is stainless steel and not magnetic on the front. A lot of things end up lost on our kitchen counter.
My hope was to just paint a section of wall with magnetic paint, but after some searching, a lot of bloggers have found magnetic paint is not all that magnetic. Most suggested to avoid disappointment, just to use metal in a frame of some sort.
So I went to my local Goodwill and found a tall skinny frame to fit my sliver of wall. Then while at Home Depot on an end cap, I spotted small pieces of sheet metal. I asked the Hubs if he would be able to cut it and he said yes. If you go to Home Depot, it was part of a display with both solid and patterned sheet metals.
The frame got a coat of white spraypaint. The sheet metal got a coat of spray primer and then four coats of chalkboard paint. I decided I preferred the look of a chalkboard instead of just the plain metal in the frame.
Make sure to get your chalkboard paint stirred at the counter and read the directions. After painting the metal, I let the metal sit for three days to cure. Then I rubbed chalk all over the surface and erased to “prep” the chalkboard surface. I don’t anticipate using the chalkboard part as much as the magnetic part, but I wanted it prepped just in case.
Then I stuck the metal back into the frame and hung it on our wall. I added a hook onto the bottom of the frame for our calendar. Hopefully this will help keep me a bit more organized and give us a place to display important things, like Ella’s birth announcement.
It was definitely a fairly quick and easy project. Now we have a spot to hang important papers and invites and a place to hang our family calendar that keeps track of important dates and appointments.
I do have a good amount of chalkboard paint left over, but I’m toying with another project using it, so it won’t go to waste.