How to Make a Magnetic Chalkboard With Galvanized Sheet Metal

How to Make a Magnetic Chalkboard With Galvanized Sheet Metal

You do not need to spend lots of money on an expensive magnetic chalkboard. With a few simple craft and paint supplies, you can create your own decorative board. This type of craft is so easy, economical and decorative that you also can make it as a gift for a special friend who needs a magnetic chalkboard for her office. Use your creativity to give your chalkboard a personal touch..

Things You'll Need
  • Wax paper
  • Decorative frame
  • Spray paint
  • Measuring tape
  • Galvanized sheet metal
  • Permanent marker
  • Heavy work gloves
  • Sewing scissors
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Screwdriver
  • Paint stick
  • Paint tray
  • Miniature roller brush
  • Magnet
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue stick
  • Line a flat, outdoor space with wax paper.

  • Place a decorative frame in a size of your choice on the wax paper. You only need the frame and not the back of the frame or the glass.

  • Shake a can of spray paint in a color of your choice, and spray the frame lightly until you have covered it in paint. You may need to spray the frame in two layers to completely cover the frame completely. Allow the frame to dry for about 45 minutes to an hour.

  • Turn the frame over, and measure the width and length of the back of the frame. Add 1/2 inch to each measurement.

  • Place a sheet of galvanized sheet metal on the workspace. Place the frame on top of the sheet metal, and trace around the outside of the frame with a permanent marker. If the frame does not have smooth edges, use the measurements you took to draw the shape of the frame onto the sheet metal.

  • Put on heavy work gloves. Cut out the sheet metal with a pair of sharp sewing scissors. Cut carefully, as galvanized sheet metal is extremely sharp.

  • Open a can of chalkboard paint with a screwdriver. Mix the paint with a paint stirrer, and pour it into a paint tray. Dip a miniature roller brush into the chalkboard paint, and roll the brush gently over the raised surface of the paint tray to remove excess paint. Continue this process until the roller brush is covered in paint.

  • Roll the chalkboard paint over the galvanized sheet metal. Allow it to dry. Paint the sheet metal five more times. After the fifth coat has dried, test the magnetic chalkboard with a magnet and piece of paper. If the board isn't magnetic enough, paint more coats.

  • Plug a hot glue gun into the wall with a glue stick already inserted, and allow the glue to warm up.

  • Line the back of the frame with hot glue, and press the magnetic board onto the frame. Allow the glue to dry.

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