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DIY Chalkboards and Magnets {part deux}

March 14, 2014

Before we get to these chalkboards and magnets … let me first say …


As a former engineer, and a HUGE fan of math … how could I not mention it?!?  Pi … 3.1415926 (I just recited that exact number from memory … impressed?).  The ratio of the circumference of a circle to it’s diameter.  Today is March 14th.  3-14 (or that number above rounded to two decimal points).  Get it?  Important stuff here, I tell you!!

But … I’m sure you’re not here to talk about PI (at least that kind of ‘pie’).  So … on with today’s post:

A couple weeks ago, I shared one type of DIY chalkboard we’re going to put in the boys’ shared bedroom, and this week I’m back with two other DIY chalkboard ideas (as well as some fancy magnets to go with)!

See this post for the bright blue skinny chalkboard and DIY bottle cap magnets posted a couple weeks back.

For this week, I’m sharing our Ikea tray turned chalkboard for our ‘command center’ and another magnetic chalkboard made with a an old round metal serving platter.  Along with these two chalkboard ideas, we also made some fancy magnets to go with.




DIY chalkboard and magnets | View From The Fridge



This project was about as easy as it gets, so here’s they quick how-to:



DIY chalkboard and magnets | View From The Fridge

Magnetic Chalkboard from Ikea Tray …

I originally bought the Ikea tray pictured above because I liked the minty color.  Once I got it home, I decided that I somehow wanted to hang it on the wall and use it as a magnetic board in our command center.  It was sort of an after thought to also turn it into a chalkboard, but I’m so glad we did.  Now it can serve several functions … magnetic board to hold important (or just cute) items AND a memo board to help us remember something on the way out the door.  The traditional black chalkboard paint seemed a bit to dramatic for this space, but this grey paint that I happened to have on hand was just perfect!

Painting the chalkboard paint onto the shiny metal try took several coats … think 6.  The directions said to paint one coat with ‘up and down’ brush strokes, let it dry, then paint the next coat with ‘side to side’ brush strokes.  I repeated this three times for a total of 6 coats.  I then ‘primed’ the chalkboard surface by rubbing a piece of chalk on it’s side across the surface and wiping away.

Now … for those fun magnetic clips …

My inspiration came from Angela’s at Life in Velvet’s Fancy Clothes Pins.  Go check out her’s … they’re beautiful, and will inspire you to make some of these ASAP!  Basically … I found some fun embellishments in the ‘dollar’ section at Michael’s (I call it this … all the stuff usually costs more like $2 or $3, however … either way, still a bargain!).  I also gathered some fun washi tape and craft paint and some regular old clothes pins.   With a little Mod Podge and a hot glue gun (or super glue) … I quickly (and easily) created these fun clips.  SO SIMPLE!

That’s it for this magnetic chalkboard AND the fun clips to go with!  Oh … and I pinned up that fun printable from Krista at the Happy Housie.  I loved the colors and the saying (sometimes I have to remind myself that creating a ‘home’ happens over a lot period of time … and not to rush everything).

DIY Magnetic Clips  |  View From The Fridge

DIY Magnetic Clips  |  View From The Fridge


DIY Magnets | View From The Fridge

DIY Magnets


Now, for the next DIY Chalkboard …

Old Metal Serving Platter Chalkboard and Cork Magnets:

Magnetic Chalkboard from Old Serving Platter and Cork Magnets  |  View From The Fridge

This fun chalkboard is made from an old round sliver serving tray (think thrift stores!!) and some black chalkboard paint.  That’s it!  To go with it, I made some fun cork magnets.  I’m thinking this would be fun to put up at a drink station at a party (list the wine choices, tell guests to ‘help themselves’, etc).  You could also easily hang this on the wall for a fun, unique memo board.

Here’s the simple how-to:

Magnetic Chalkboard from Old Serving Platter and Cork Magnets  |  View From The Fridge


Pretty self explanatory, but …

  1. Find an old platter and paint center with chalkboard paint
  2. Drink a bottle of wine …
  3. Save the cork and cut in half (I used an X-acto knife to carefully slice in two).
  4. Using some round adhesive magnets, stick a couple on the back of the cork.
  5. That’s it!

I had to leave it up to hubby to do #2 for me (two more months and counting … ).  You could also just buy some corks at a craft store (but that wouldn’t be nearly as fun).

I also made that printable to go along with the board because it makes me laugh.  I’ve seen the ‘dog beers’ quote before (In Dog Beers, I’ve only had one!).  I just modified it to go with my wine theme.  And it’s a perfectly reasonable statement …  :)  (can you tell I miss my wine???).

Here’s that same tray with some of those fancy magnetic clothespins from above:



So … that’s it!  Two fun types of DIY chalkboards and lots of fun magnetic clips!  Again … it’s a little bit of a stretch on my ‘Dirty Little Secret Friday’ resolution.  Does this count as an ‘organizing’ post?


DIY Chalkboards and Magnets | View From The Fridge

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have an excellent Friday and weekend!!  We’re making our way home from Destin, FL at the moment (so sad to leave!!!).  I’ll share some details and pictures of our vacation next week, but be sure to stop by DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE tomorrow at 5pm CST to link up all your fun projects and see last week’s favorites!


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  • Reply Raquel March 14, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Love the clothes pins…how is it I never thought of using my alarmingly growing stash of washi tape for that?!??!! and love the idea of adding a flower to the end!!!

  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney March 14, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    I was obsessed at one time turning everything into chalkboard in my house. it’s just so easy. But I never even thought to turn a metal pan into a chalkboard and use it as a chalkboard and magnet. Great idea Katie, I really need to post some of my chalkboards but I forgot to take before pictures, which I’m super bummed about.
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  • Reply Jennifer Dawn March 15, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Oh my! I love these and I love your blog. Stopping by from the SITS Spring Fling and following now. I’m so glad I found your lovely bloggy corner.
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    • Reply Katie March 15, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Hi Jennifer! Thanks so much! I’m so glad you stopped over, too! Hope you’re having a good weekend!!

  • Reply Jennifer Johnson March 15, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    These are so cute all the chalkboards and tapes are so addictive!
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    • Reply Katie March 15, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      They are addicting, aren’t they?!? Thanks for stopping by! Hope your weekend is going well!

  • Reply Korilynn March 16, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Those are really cute! I’m going to pin this and add it to my DIY craft ideas. Of course, that means finding the time to do it all. I love chalkboard stuff — I have been slowly adding it to our house.
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  • Reply Antionette Blake March 16, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Sorry I missed wishing you a Happy Pi day – lol . I love your DIY arts and crafts and appreciate that you link up and share them with us at the #WWDParty.
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  • Reply Renee @ CreativeMamaMessyHouse March 17, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I love all of this! So chic and fancy. I picked up some mini clothes pins a while back and now I know what I should do with them. Thanks for the ideas!
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  • Reply Sara Pirate (@CleverPirate) March 17, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    These are so creative! Definitely love the clothes pins!
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    • Reply Katie March 17, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks, Sara!! Better than just plain ol’ clothes pins! Thanks for stopping by!!

  • Reply Emily March 18, 2014 at 7:05 am

    So cute! Thanks for sharing with us.
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  • Reply Sonnet @ SohoSonnet Creative Living March 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I absolutely love the cork magnets on the silver tray, what a GREAT idea!! I cant wait to send this to my sister, it will look awesome if she did this in her house…
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    • Reply Katie March 18, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      Thanks! I saw some cork magnets at a store nearby, and was determine to make some of my own!

  • Reply Mindie Hilton March 18, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    These are all very cute! Love the wine theme.

    • Reply Katie March 18, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      Thanks, Mindie!

  • Reply MumLee March 21, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Cloth pins- wow. Never thought of this before. Great ideas.


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  • Reply Angela (Life in Velvet) March 21, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Thanks so much for linking up at Thursday STYLE! These are all so creative and cute! Have a great weekend :)

    • Reply Katie March 21, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      Thanks, Angela, and thanks for a fun party every week!

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