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Magnetic Message Board DIY Tutorial

It is truth that I love to repurpose and it is truth that I dig through other’s trash. yup. Let’s face it, we’re a wasteful society and there’s fun to be had on every corner! hahaha… Seriously though, I don’t really dig spend my days digging through other’s trash, but when something jumps out at me from the curb, I stop and get it. As a result, that’s what I did when I spied this artist’s clipboard during city clean-up a few years ago. Today, it becomes a magnetic message board …do you see it?

Curbside Find Clipboard Before Magnetic Message Board Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Because I love to draw and relax while being creative with pencils, pens, etc., when I spied this in the trash I was so excited to use it when I have time to go out doors and draw. However, then comes the reality check…I have NO TIME  to do such things. So instead of letting this go to waste, I decided to turn into something useful.

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Back to the project today…Initially, it spoke to me in many ways, but the one that stuck was the magnetic message board. Who doesn’t love a grand central for all family to see? Here’s how I got started
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Making a Magnetic Message Board | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Supplies:

  • Rust-Oleum Magnetic Primer
  • Paint Tape
  • Foam Paint Roller and Pan

After reading the reviews online about the magnetic primer, I decided to do several heavy coats. In the end, I found that 5 coats gave me the magnetic power I was looking for. Likewise, since it only takes 30 minutes between coats, so it was a breeze to do it while doing something else. Fast and easy – my kinda painting. In addition to using it straight black out of the can, you can even paint a different color right over this. So since I like the black, black it is.

Applying Rust-Oleum Magnetic Primer to Message Board | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Then, to add some fun, I decided to make use of these numbered pulls that we had leftover from my daughter’s vintage dresser makeover.

Numbered Drawers Pulls from Magnetic Message Board | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Also, because the board is a simple design, all I had to do was make some holes with my drill and cut the knob bolts short with my Dreme (you could also use a hacksaw).

Drilling Holes for Magnetic Message Board | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Based on several of my projects, you know I like to hand paint, so this was of course a blank slate. Finally, I use my transfer method to create some wordy fun…

Hand-painting Text on Magnetic Message Board | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

…and we’re done!

THE REVEAL

Repurposed Artist's Clipboard to Magentic Message Board by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Upcycled Trash to Magnetic Message Board by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I love it! Not only does it offer functionality, but also versatility. In addition, it works as a chalkboard too!

Vintage Fun Magnetic Message Board Upcycled by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My repurposed crib springs made some funky fun magnets.

Repurposed Crib Springs for Magnetic Message Board Magnets | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My sneaky little self already has plans to make use of this magnetic primer in some upcoming projects. Are you going to give it a try?

Since some of you may not be into DIY or just plain love this repurposed magnetic message board, it is available in my online shop.

  • Hand-Painted Chest of Drawers with Vintage Truck by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | available at shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shopping #furniture
    Chest of Drawers ~ $295

Additionally, pin to share this fun tutorial and inspire others to get funky with their junk too. ♥How to Create Your Own DIY Magentic Message Board Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comNext, I’m sharing with you this chest of drawers and how it’s sporting a rustic look. eep! Head HERE to see how to distress the easy way.  😉

Antique Chest of Drawers from Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
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Also, more projects for you like my magnetic message board:

Budget-Friendly DIY Farmhouse Style Bathroom Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comOutdated Bentwood Rocking Chair Gets Embroidered Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Comments

  1. Jamie K says

    So sorry you didn’t win – I voted and voted…shoot! You certainly deserved it!! Love this magnetic/chalkboard idea…super cute!!

    • Larissa says

      I had fun with this project. Thank you for the love, Jamie!

      • cheryl B. says

        where are the knobs from.Thank you

        • Larissa says

          Thanks, Cheryl. If you click on “Rustic Brands” within my post, you’ll see their awesome selection. 🙂

  2. Alicia says

    I really thought Beep showed superior creativity and talent than the winning project. I voted repeatedly for you and hoped that you would win. Perhaps the difference was in the perception of the difficulty of the projects. I can see how some people might be intimidated by the the prospect of replicating a dresser redo as good as Beep. However, as a furniture rehabbed myself I have found Beep to be so impressive and inspiring. Keep up the great work!

  3. Jill Flory says

    Larissa that’s awesome! Now I want to find an artist palette in tbe trash!! Your projects always make me wanna do my own!! I need to get going on the small stack of ottomans I found at garage sales this year and get them made over!

  4. Whimzy Thyme says

    Wonderful magnetic board! I love dumpster diving but not much to be had in my neck of the woods.

  5. Gwen says

    I’m a ‘dumpster diver’ too! This magnetic board has a really great look. Those are the tiniest springs I’ve ever seen! Love the numbered pulls too.
    Sorry about Beep – she deserved to win ….

    • Larissa says

      I have oodles of those springs and love to use them whenever I can. 🙂 Thanks for the love, Gwen.

  6. Kathy says

    Larissa, I’m so disappointed that you didn’t win. Personally, I think that you showed way more creativity in giving Beep life! It was,as usual, all you …doing the magic you do… Not just reproducing an already existing product. Hope that doesn’t sound too snarky. She definitely had skills. But you have imagination and real talent. There…now I can get off my soap stand?
    Also, love your magnetic message board. Using the little springs to hold movie ticket money is so cute…who but you would come up with that?!! Love how your mind works. You are truly gifted….

    • Larissa says

      Not at all…I totally get it. Thank you for all the love and support. I will continue to ride the BEEP wave and have fun creating more. Thank you!

  7. Bonnie says

    I would have never seen it’s potential but I love it!!

  8. Ellen Braunberger says

    Love Beep and we’all know who was best! Great idea on clip board, Love, love,love your ceiling, real close to heaven!

  9. Marie, The Interior Frugalista says

    Larissa, dang I was so disappointed you didn’t win. I voted every day on multiple devices routing for you – so dang close 🙁
    Another fabulous repurpose from you today – love your vision for this curbside artist board. Pinned to share.

    • Larissa says

      sigh…me too. Ah well. BEEP is still going strong nonetheless and I’m stoked to have been a part of it. Thanks for the love!

  10. Suzanne says

    Love your vision and originality. Such a beautiful and functional piece.l

  11. Fran says

    I absolutely LOVE how your mind works! I would never think to do these things on my home – so very glad you share!!
    Also, VEEP is, hands down, the most creative piece I have EVER seen. So sorry it didn’t work out (despite my constant voting :-D…..)

    • Larissa says

      Wish my hubby would say the same! 😀 Thanks for lovin’ on BEEP. I am happy with all that has happened because of the chest, so I can’t complain. Would have been nice to win, though!

  12. Claire says

    Great upcycle ! Love that you made it magnetic and love the knobs.

  13. Ivory says

    This is very nice and creative. I always love your creativity.

    • Larissa says

      I enjoy sharing and am happy to hear my efforts are appreciated. Thank you!

  14. Doreen @ Altered Artworks says

    What a fun and practical makeover. Love all the details. I was given several over sized clipboards that would be great for turning into message boards.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks, Doreen! Yes, those boards have much potential and I had fun. 😉

  15. Lesa Diamond says

    OMG! That message board is SO CUTE, but also so functional! You are just TOO CLEVER Larissa!
    I LOVE those numbered knobs. I have some plain magnet circles and I was thinking about gluing the magnets to some knobs. Do you know if you could use the magnetic paint on an appliance? We have an upright freezer right in our kitchen. The front has always had this nasty rough yellowing texture to it. We got a large adhesive marker board and put over most of it, but the rest of it still shows and looks ugly. I was thinking the magnetic paint could cover the entire thing and it would look so much better! What do you think?

    • Larissa says

      I would say the only way to know is try. I believe priming would be the key to it all. Hope that helps!

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