Meg's magnet board does double duty. It's made from sheet metal that was painted with chalkboard spray paint. You can learn all about it here. You should be able to find sheet metal at your local hardware store and at Home Depot. Check the scraps and plumbing section, and bring a magnet to make sure you're buying the right one. You can mount a metal sheet directly to the wall, onto a piece of wood or slide it into a frame. To add a coastal theme, magnetize shells, beach rocks, driftwood or pretty seaglass pieces as shown below!
Seaglass magnets made by Dana of CereusArt. Head over there for the tutorial!
There are so many ways you can personalize your sheet metal. Cover it with a great photograph as seen here, use a fun Fabric, scraps of wallpaper, Maps (spray adhesive will do the job) or line it with contact paper.
And think of all the frame choices! To create a Shell Frame with your beach finds would be quite coastalicious! Seen on Beach Grass Cottage. Another idea. Use an Old Window Frame and replace the panes of glass with sheet metal. You can also make magnet boards with canvas by gluing a sheet of metal to the back. Or try magnetic paint. You can apply it where ever you wish and paint over it with the color of your choice.
And speaking of maps, this is Ikea's Spontan Magnet Board decoupaged with Vintage Maps from eBay. Isn't this great! You can read more on Apartment Therapy: How to Make a Magnet Map Board. And the kicker?
Ikea also sells little Magnet Containers! People usually use them for spice storage, but they make the coolest magnets with little beach scenes in them. Take these Mini Fridge Magnets made from round aluminum favor tins as an inspiration!
And I'm sure you knew -tin metal trays and baking sheets are magnetic! And what a great find this is! A nautical vintage tray that was transformed into a magnet board with a rope hanger. Buttons were covered with a white and blue striped ticking to make matching magnets. Regarding baking sheets. Buy a cheap one and give it a nice coat of paint. The great thing about the thin baking sheets, you can attach them to the wall with those removable stickers. I've been using those sticker for small mirrors in my rental apartment. They work like a charm. Oh, and stove-top elements are magnetic too! So many possibilities!
If you love the idea of making a memo board, but aren't sold on the magnets, stay tuned. I'll be sharing a few other creative coastal ideas.
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