Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Magnet Board Project

Now that I'm out of first trimester and feeling much, much better I am getting back into my creative mode. I have had this very large, silver frame sitting in the basement for the past year {since my bedroom makeover} as I was unable to sell it on craigslist. I was reading this post at one of my favorite blogs, I saw the picture of the magnet board in the background of the third picture so I thought what better way to reuse this beautiful frame! After contacting Chris and finding out how easy it was to make I just couldn't resist. Plus, I had been thinking about using this particular wall next to the kitchen to display Arielle's artwork since we were running out of space on the side of the stainless steel fridge.


Off to Lowe's we went in search of sheet metal which was the only thing I needed to buy to finish this project. We found that they sell precut sheets which are a heavier guage of metal and they cost more money than I wanted to spend {the size I would've needed cost over $28}. Fortunately, we found some lighter-weight sheet metal that they sell by the roll {20 inches by 10 feet; I needed 20 x 38 inches}. The roll only costs $13!!! My husband warned me there would likely be creases on the sides from being rolled up and he was right but they aren't that noticeable especially after you hang all the stuff on it. I struggled a bit to get the frame back together as it is a custom made frame and had to be completely disassembled then reassembled without the glass and with the sheet metal. I was able to pull it off and I am pleased with the end result!


To complete the look I am going to have to find some MATCHING black magnets. This will really give it that final touch and make it look more cohesive and less cluttered! Since I took the pictures, Arielle has added some more of her artwork and the hodge-podge of magnets doesn't appeal to me at all. Anybody know where I can find some good looking, affordable magnets?


~Momma to Bug~

7 comments:

Meghan said...

while you're at it....just make magnets. you can buy those glass beads (that you use for vase fillers in the floral section at the craft store...i bet you own them) and use craft glue that dries clear to adhere scrapbook paper to the back. cut them out and attach magnets to the back(you can buy any kind of magnet imaginable at hobby lobby). super easy craft and they are very cute! xoxo

Nikki said...

I'm glad you are feeling better.

I love this project.

Chris said...

Ideas for adorable magnets? You bet I do! I did this post...
http://j-a-girl.blogspot.com/2008/08/desperate-post.html

I do so many different kinds of magnets that you have inspired me to do a post about it! Your magnet board turned out awesome!!

~Mommy+Me~ said...

Very cute. Glad you found a use for the frame.

I think you should try and make some of those magnets. :)

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

What a fun project! I love how it turned out!! Not sure where to find the magnets, but I am sure you will get some good ones.
Carrie

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

Adorable, found you through Chris. :)

Cindy said...

Try these cute and easy flower magnets on my blog! I also have been collecting vintage earrings, snipping of the clips and hot gluing on magnets. Have fun!