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DIY Magnetic Bulletin Board

04.28.14

Do It Yourself Stenciled Magnetic Bulletin Board #DIY

I’ve been keeping my eye out for a bulletin board for quite some time now, but haven’t been able to find anything that suits my needs & aesthetics. I wanted quite a substantial size board that wouldn’t cost me hundreds of dollars AND something that was beyond your basic cork board, dry erase or chalkboard. I gave up on the “hunt” and finally decided to just make my own magnetic bulletin board!

Do It Yourself Stenciled Magnetic Bulletin Board #DIY

After a little bit of brainstorming & a trip to The Home Depot, I was ready to start building my custom magnetic bulletin board. I grabbed a basic 2ft x 4ft piece of white melamine board that would be used as the base of the project.

As you see in the finished product pictured above, I was aiming for creating a moroccan inspired bulletin board using white & gold. There are quite a few different options on the market, but I opted to go with Martha Stewart’s ‘Vintage Gold Satin Metallic Paint.

Do It Yourself Stenciled Magnetic Bulletin Board #DIY

Do It Yourself Stenciled Magnetic Bulletin Board #DIY

To create a simple boarder, I grabbed 3 pieces of pine carved rope moulding that would easily adhere to my particle board with wood glue. I started off by giving these a fresh coat of metallic gold paint & set them off to the side to dry.

Do It Yourself Stenciled Bulletin Board #DIY

Next up, we applied 3 coats of Martha Stewart’s Magnetic Paint. When applied, it does appear as shown with a bluish/grey tint. Each coat must be applied and then left alone to dry for close to 24 hours. This is where they tell you “patience is a virtue.”

Do It Yourself Stenciled Magnetic Bulletin Board #DIY

Do It Yourself Stenciled Bulletin Board #DIY

After you have allowed the last coat of magnetic paint to dry for 24 hours, you can begin applying a coat of paint in the color of your choice. Since I wanted the base of my bulletin board to be white, we grabbed a jar of Glidden Tintable Tester in White and mixed that with a jar of Martha Stewart’s Primer/Sealer.

I wasn’t thrilled with the overall result of how well the white paint saturated overtop of the magnetic paint (even after 2 coats), but since I was planning on stenciling the entire board I didn’t worry too much about it for this project.

Do It Yourself Stenciled Magnetic Bulletin Board #DIY

Do It Yourself Stenciled Bulletin Board #DIY

Now we get to the most time-commitment aspect of the entire project. This was my first go-around at stenciling and I quickly learned just how precise one must be aligning it time and time again. The moroccan inspired stencil I used was from Martha Stewart ‘Arabesque’ collection.

I used the same vintage gold metallic paint as I did with the moulding to keep the gold color consistent. In order to keep the stencil in place, I used strips of washi tape that would allow me to easily pick up and reposition as needed.

Do It Yourself Stenciled Bulletin Board #DIY

An important tool when stenciling is making sure you have the correct brushes. I grabbed a small & medium brush set from The Home Depot that were less than $3.00. These brushes allow you to stipple the paint onto the stencil, which helps ensure you don’t get paint underneath the designated areas you desire.

Forewarning – your arm will get tired from so much stippling! 

Do It Yourself Stenciled Magnetic Bulletin Board #DIY

Do It Yourself Stenciled Bulletin Board #DIY

After you are all aligned, it’s time to put on some of your favorite tunes and get stenciling. It is a very time-consuming part of the project, but I urge you to TAKE YOUR TIME and read the instructions. I will be honest, my stenciling came out far from perfect. I didn’t line up the stencils properly a few times which ends up throwing off your entire pattern down the road.

Do It Yourself Stenciled Magnetic Bulletin Board #DIY

After I was done stenciling, I applied the moulding & let that set overnight to ensure its security to the board. I was finally able to bring it upstairs to my home office and got to making it fit right in with magazine tear pages & coupons.

Do It Yourself Stenciled Magnetic Bulletin Board #DIY

Do It Yourself Stenciled Magnetic Bulletin Board #DIY

Overall, I am really pleased with the final result. I didn’t sweat it too much that the stenciling wasn’t perfect because I knew I’d be covering up most of the board anyways with paper & images. I’m not thrilled with the quality of magnetism the paint provided & have to use selective magnets that will work with this board (nothing thicker than a magazine tear-out will work on this board as the magnetic paint doesn’t seem strong enough for the magnets to hold them).

I’m thrilled how it looks in my home office & love that it is quite large and one-of-a-kind! Now I get to peek over at inspiring images throughout the day & also not forget about those soon-to-be expiring coupons!

Keep Living a Stylized Life.

Kristin Signature

2 comments on “DIY Magnetic Bulletin Board”

  1. Very cool Kristin! I have not been able to find a cool board that is BIG enough either! This is a great DIY idea! I am wondering if there are “stronger” magnetic paints that anyone has discovered….. ?

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