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DIY Magnetic Chalkboard (Part 1)

I started working on a fun feature for Noah’s new bedroom…it’s a magnetic chalkboard painted on the wall. I am so excited about this idea. I can imagine how often I would have used it as a child for playing school. I hope he loves it!

Let me first tell you about the supplies I’m using and offer a few tips.

Rust-Oleum Magnetic Primer: (About $20 for a quart) I first saw this on The Nate Show and knew immediately that I’d have to find a place for a magnetic wall. Nate gave a few tips for using it, but I’ll add a few of my own.
1) Have them shake it at the hardware store before bringing it home (I forgot this…whoops!)
2) Use a foam roller (get a bunch of them)
3) VENTILATE. This stuff smells like spray paint. Yuck. (This is my only complaint about the product)
4) Stir it constantly. I actually scooped it into the paint tray with the stirrer. You have to get all of the thick paint from the bottom…that’s where the magnet is.
5) Expect multiple coats. I did 5 coats. Test it in between coats. After 4 coats, I could hang 3 sheets of paper with a lightweight magnet. I added an additional coat since I’ll be painting over it.

Noah’s chalkboard will be about 5′ X 4′ when it’s done. I have used most of the can of magnetic paint for this project. If you are doing a larger wall, you may want to get two cans.

Here are a few photos of my progress:

The taped-off area

The first thing we did was mark off the area for the paint. I used regular painter’s tape and a loooong level for this. I also had a lovely assistant. I don’t think that I could have done it alone with the same level (har har) of accuracy. (Note: the beautiful new wall color didn’t come out very well in this photo. It’s much more gray of a green than it looks here)






The first coat goes on


Here’s a shot of the first coat going up. Like I said, prepare to do at least the three coats suggested by the box. I did five in total.







Ok! I’m off to paint the first coat of chalkboard over the magnetic paint. I’ll take lots of photos and post them in the cleverly-titled DIY Magnetic Chalkboard (Part 2)

Happy Saturday!


  1. Love this! Looks great!

  2. Cool idea! Nanda’s cousin has this in her room, and now as a tween uses it stick hoards of pictures up.

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