Kids Chalkboard and Magnet Wall DIY

Chalkboard & Magnet Board DIY




My kids love to play with magnets. The problem is they had started taking over our kitchen, not to mention I am not too keen on my kids playing in the kitchen all day. We needed a solution! Here is what I cam up with, a wall just for them to use and play with. I debated about putting it in the hallway or in one of their rooms, but the more I thought about it, we don’t really play anywhere else in our house but the living room, so I chose to keep it in the main area of our home. That is probably not the ideal location for everyone, but it works for us and we love it!

Want to make one? It is easy and fairly inexpensive.

Supplies needed:

  • Sheet Metal (size will vary depending on what you want)
  • Chalk Paint
  • Paint Roller
  • Screw & Anchor’s in Black
  • Drill
  • A basket or two to hold chalk and magnets (optional)

First you want to decide where you want to hang your sheet metal and figure out how much of it you will need. You can buy sheet metal from your local hardware store in various sizes, if they don’t have one big enough you can buy two pieces and just hang them together. We happened to have a giant piece leftover from a previous project, it measures 3′ x 6.5′.IMG_4017 IMG_4018

Option: They also sell magnetic paint. I have found that it is not as strong as the actual sheet metal, but is cheaper. It seems to work great for hanging magnetic letters and lightweight items, but you have to use quite a few coats and really be a stickler for following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Next grab a can of Chalk Paint, I used the Rust Oleum brand, this is offered in more colors than just black and the little can goes a long way!

Here is a tip: This paint works best when mixed really well, have the paint department at the store mix it for you before you leave. You will save yourself a ton of energy and you paint will be beautifully mixed! If you buy your paint and wait a few weeks before getting to your project, run it back to the store and have them shake it again!

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Give your metal 3-4 good coats of paint making sure to follow the directions on the back of the can! Patience pays off when using paint like this, you have to wait the full amount of time in between coats. Let it dry overnight. (If you have paint leftover, maybe paint your strangely skinny pantry door on a whim for fun!)

Chalkboard & Magnet Board DIY

Use the anchors to mount the metal on your wall. Check for studs and secure that baby to the wall so it is sturdy and safe. I added a few more anchors just to make sure it stays flush on the wall and that the corners are tight to the wall.

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After mounting it to the wall we let it sit for a few days to really set up so that nothing will scratch it. Before writing on your chalkboard you should condition it by rubbing a piece of chalk sideways over the entire board. Then erase it. It can be wiped clean with a damp cloth, always recondition it after cleaning.

Chalkboard & Magnet Board DIY

You are done! Let your kids have a blast writing and playing on their new wall and try to resist the urge to cover all the surfaces in your house with chalkboards!

 

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About Aimee

My name is Aimee and I was lucky enough to meet my perfect match at age 15. We were married 6 years later and are parents to the cutest kiddos around. Our oldest son is a cautious, but outgoing, smarty pants with a little sister who has no fear and loves to push all his buttons. They are 19 months apart. Before becoming a stay at home mom I was a second grade teacher, and I loved every minute of it. Now I spend most of my day on the floor building trains, tucking in baby dolls, reading stories, and laughing my guts out with my own kids. I love to spend time with my family, travel, read, watch movies, be outdoors, and eat!