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Magnetic Paint Gallery Wall - DIY Links
by Brye Dyas

Bye-bye tacks and nails...a new magnetic paint allows you to stick up art without damaging your walls. Our friends at ReadyMade show us how it's done.


Sherry Griffin, ReadyMade

Magnetic paint has been around for a little while, but I'm only now seeing it being used in really sophisticated ways. Like this installation at the gallery r20thCentury, which features posters and pamphlets displayed on the wall using rare-earth magnets. (Why rare earth? Because it's world away stronger than any alphabet magnet you can find.)


Sherry Griffin, ReadyMade

For the strongest effect, use three coats of the magnetic paint. While you can paint over it and still get the magnetic benefit, I've heard that two coats are the max for the second color coat. (And even then, it gets a little weak.)


Champagnechic, Flickr

Magnetic paint is ideal for a childs' room. (Just think, no unsightly holes made by tacks!) Here, it's used to repurpose a mirror into a message board. What's even more remarkable is that the designer finished the project with a topcoat of pink chalkboard paint. Love this idea.

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Magnetic Paint Applications

Use magnetic paint to make fun changes throughout your home. Magnetic paint works well on walls, on flat furniture and for various other home improvement projects. Purchase a can of magnetic primer paint at your local home improvement store along with a roller and paint pan; magnetic spray paint is also available and is easier to use for some projects. Magnetic paint is usually found in primer form and is meant to be painted over with a coat of regular paint, so it is easy to seamlessly integrate into any design scheme.

For Note Boards

Paint a section of a wall or a sizable flat surface with magnetic paint to create a magnetic note board to which you can attach photos, notes, magnets and other objects. Place these unique note boards in your office or work area, or in your teen's room. To make the look finished, frame the area or surface you painted with some wooden trim molding that you painted previously.

In Kids' Rooms

Use magnetic paint in kids' rooms to eliminate the need for tacks, sticky materials and other materials you may have used in the past to decorate with your child's artwork. Paint an entire wall with magnetic paint to create a fun project wall for all of your child's artwork and schoolwork. Paint the side of a child's desk or drawer fronts with magnetic paint for yet another fun place for magnetic objects. Headboards, footboards, and closet and room doors are also great surfaces in kids' rooms for magnetic paint.

For Teachers

Make learning fun with magnetic surfaces. Paint your chalkboard with magnetic chalkboard paint to add another dimension to that classic teaching tool. Attach magnets to the back of educational materials or use magnetic ink jet paper to create new teaching materials that will serve as a fun, tactile experience for young students. The science behind magnetism also works well as a teaching opportunity.

In the Kitchen

Magnetic paint has several uses in kitchen areas. Magnetic paint primer can be used on cabinet door faces or painted back splashes. Attach recipe cards, family photos or other fun objects to the magnetized surfaces. Paint a smaller accent wall with magnetic paint to create a really large space for items such as magnet clips, grocery lists and phone messages. If you use magnetic chalkboard paint, you can draw a calendar each month on the wall and attach information about different engagements.


 

Magnetic Spray Paint

(in 13-ounce aerosol cans)
available in Gray Primer Finish.

Perfect for kids' rooms, classrooms,
workshops, kitchens, offices, message
centers and more. Use this iron-based
Magnetic Paint as a primer on any project,
then simply topcoat the surface with your
favorite color and add lightweight magnets.

Magnetic Spray Paint can be used on:

  • wood

  • metal

  • plastic

  • glass

  • paper mache

  • ceramic

  • paper

  • and more

Lightweight magnets work best with this paint finish. Before completing your project, test to make sure you've added enough coats to hold your magnets. If you plan to paint over this finish with another color, add a few extra coats of Magnetic Paint first so that your magnets will still hold in place.

Available at www.Michaels.com

 

Specialty 32 oz. Black Flat Magnetic Latex Primer

Specialty 32-oz Black Flat Magnetic Latex Primer

The Rust-Oleum 32 oz. Black Flat Magnetic Latex Primer helps create a magnetic surface for hanging a variety of items including notes and photos. The primer can be applied to wood, metal, masonry, drywall or plaster and dries to a flat black finish in as little as 15 minutes for your convenience. The latex formula can be cleaned up easily using soap and water.

  • Creates a magnetic surface when applied to wood, masonry, drywall or plaster
  • For indoor use
  • Latex formula dries in as little as 15 minutes
  • Flat black finish
  • Covers an area of up to 33 sq. ft. for your convenience
  • Cleans up easily with soap and water
  • MFG Brand Name : Specialty
  • MFG Model # : 223081
  • MFG Part # : 223081

        Available at www.HomeDepot.com




 

 

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