I decided to leave a white border around the magnetic chalkboard. I measured 4 inches from all sides,
and drew lines to mark where I wanted to paint.
I taped off the border with some frog tape to prevent any of the paints from bleeding underneath. (I love frog tape!)
The first layer needed to be the magnetic paint. I decided to use Rust-oleum Magnetic Primer as it seemed to have the best review online.
I read online that you need a good six coats for the magnetic paint to work, but after my sixth coat I found that it barely had a magnetic hold. I ended up painting TEN coats of magnetic primer. And this paint is AWFUL to paint with! It is hard to remove from your hands and has a very oily texture. I felt like I was painting with motor oil. In hindsight, I should have just bought a large sheet of thin metal and glued it to the door! This is a picture of the paint after one coat of the magnetic primer.
Aiden isn’t quite old enough to know how to use chalk, he more eats it then anything, but I think eventually he will love drawing on this door. He plays with the magnets while I cook, which has been a nice distraction to him trying to go through my cupboards. The hubby likes the door because it’s a good way to keep track of what we need to buy at the grocery store next time we go. It has become a real lifesaver around the kitchen and I am glad to have another project checked off my list of things to do around the house!
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Back in June, I painted the cupboards of my new kitchen black (Kitchen Redo #2: Black Cupboards & Some Extras) and planted a little bug on my plans for this super plain pantry door.
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Last week I blogged about the death of my coat rack and how it was time for a new coat solution for our front entryway. Really a new front entryway.
First of all, I want to start this blog out with a tribute, a remembrance, a eulogy….to my coat rack. You have been there through so many years and it is sad to see you go. My coat rack was originally purchased when I moved out of my parents house (12 years ago) and it has lasted through all my moves. It has survived many goodwill piles, only to be pulled out and used again. It’s been there through the good, the bad, and the ugly….coats. It has been taken apart, fallen over, held the heaviest load of coats and still lasted until now. Alas, the other day, the coat rack died 🙁 The bottom bolt stripped completely out, with no way of repair. It now stands crooked and falls over frequently. In fact, this morning it fell over and smacked me in the head, and that was the moment when I decided it had to be put down.
Really, my entryway has been in a major need of a remodel. I don’t plan on doing any painting, just a new way to organize the coats and maybe if my husband lets me, replace the light fixture.
Now this project probably sounds familiar, after all it was just a few months ago when I built the Shoe Pallet Storage Bench for my mud room.
Which has been so helpful, but in my current entryway I already have a large chest that serves as a bench and toy box. I wanted something somewhat quick and I have had some ideas in mind. Here are a few examples I found of how I would like to remodel my entryway:
If I don’t need the storage, having a shelf above the hooks adds extra area for decorating too.
I love the framed numbers and baskets, but not quite sure I really need numbers in the entryway.
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A couple months ago I blogged about my Shoe Storage Bench that I built out of pallets and mentioned at the end of the post that I would be starting a new project, building a wine rack.
Well I am happy to say the wine rack is finished! It was a pretty easy project and I think any beginning builder can build this rack.
Before you start this project please make a note that I drilled holes before placing all screws. I didn’t want any of the wood to split, so drilling holes will prevent that. Every time you read “screw them together” it really means “drill a hole for the screw and then screw them together.”
With the onset of winter I have been drooling over some sort of shoe storage in our house. Right now, shoes get left at the door and I end up tripping over them every time I walk in. I can’t imagine with winter, not only will I be tripping over them but I will be stepping in pools of water too!
I HATE wet socks!
I began looking online for a shoe storage bench. I found something like this for $112.
Or I found this one, which is super cute, but a little out of my budget.
I fell in love! It would be so nice to have a coat rack, some storage, and a shoe bench in my mud room!
However, I know my husband, and he would probably say that we really don’t need it for that price. So one day, I decided that I could build my own. As of late, I have been obsessed with wooden pallet furniture. I thought that some pallets would make a great shoe storage bench….and they did! So here are the directions if you would like to build your own storage bench.
Finally, my mud room coat and shoe storage is complete!
We have had several people over since building it and I have actually had to convince people that this bench was built from pallets. It’s a great way to use up some old pallets and add less to our dumps. Plus, it’s cheap and easy!
Now onto the next project, which will look something like this:
I have this board on Pinterest that I call my Future Projects board. I was looking through it and decided that my goal today would be to complete one of these projects. An item I pinned a few weeks ago was a compost bin made from pallets and I decided to tackle that job today.