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DIY Magnetic Chalkboard

Updated on December 8, 2014

A Fun DIY Project For Teens

Come see how easy it is to make your own DIY Magnetic Chalkboard upcycled from an old whiteboard. Don't throw away those old dry erase boards that have become too stained to be of any use. Instead, repurpose them into magnetic chalkboards that can be used to decorate a teens bedroom!

As some of you may know by now, my daughter is crazy for zebra prints. We are redecorating her room in a zebra print theme, but rather than buying everything new, we are upcycling old pieces of furniture and odds and ends using paint and duck tape.

I had planned on tackling this project myself, but my teen daughter and her friend asked if they could do it instead. I supervised and they did all the work! I would say the level of difficulty in this project is medium because it does require some adult supervision and guidance. In between coats, waiting for the paint to dry, they sat on the front steps making loom band bracelets and sipping on iced cold lemonade. Since we had three old whiteboards to choose from, her friend was able to take one home too! It was a great way to spend the day with her bestie.

I have put together a simple tutorial that shows how you can make your own re-purposed magnetic chalkboard. Make one for your bedroom, kitchen or office, or all three! Continue reading for easy how-to instructions and the recommended products we used.

DIY Magnetic Chalkboard
DIY Magnetic Chalkboard

Gather Your Supplies And Organize Your Workspace!

DIY Magnetic Chalkboard Supplies
DIY Magnetic Chalkboard Supplies

Before you begin painting, make sure you have your work area set up, preferably outside, otherwise in a well-ventilated space. Protect your work area with a plastic drop cloth or old sheet. These can be reused over and over, as long as you let all the paint dry before you put them away. They also fold up really small and can be stored easily.

Make sure you have all the paint rollers and brushes that you will need ready. You will need 3 foam paint rollers and 3 paint trays if you are using all brush-on paints. If you are using spray paints, you will not need these. We only needed one roller and brush because we used one brush-on and two spray paints.

I use Krylon and Rust-Oleum paints in my projects. They are high quality products that I have tried and tested and feel comfortable recommending. There are other brands of magnetic and chalkboard paints out there, but proceed with caution because some of those brands do not deliver what they promise!

The brush-on paints need to be stirred really well. Ask to have the cans of paint shaken at the store in the paint shaking machine when you buy them. This makes it easier to stir them at home.

Always Follow Safety Protocols

Kids should be supervised when they are working with household paints. Even though my teen is capable of completing many DIY projects on her own, I make sure I am always supervising and ensuring she is following safety protocol.

3M 8656ES Latex Paint and Odor Respirator R95
3M 8656ES Latex Paint and Odor Respirator R95

It is especially important to wear a respirator when working with paints, especially spray paints. This one covers your mouth and nose for complete protection without being bulky or uncomfortable.

 
Safety Girl SC-282 Polycarbonate Navigator Safety Glasses, Clear Lens, Pink Frame
Safety Girl SC-282 Polycarbonate Navigator Safety Glasses, Clear Lens, Pink Frame

I like to wear safety goggles when I am working with spray paint because it has a tendency to blow. They protect also protect my eye glasses from getting paint on them. I really love these pink safety glasses. They are just too cute!

 
DIY Magnetic Chalkboard Upcycled From An Old Whiteboard
DIY Magnetic Chalkboard Upcycled From An Old Whiteboard

Supplies You Will Need:

Time required: 24 hours

Difficulty: medium

Materials:

  • White board
  • White primer paint
  • Magnetic primer paint
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Patterned duck tape

Tools:

  • Paint rollers
  • Paint trays
  • Drop cloth
  • Paint mask
  • Safety goggles

Instructions:

Cover the entire whiteboard in a coat of white primer paint.  Allow to dry for 30 minutes.
Cover the entire whiteboard in a coat of white primer paint. Allow to dry for 30 minutes.
Krylon K08800007 'Dual' Superbond Paint and Primer, Gloss White, 12 Ounce
Krylon K08800007 'Dual' Superbond Paint and Primer, Gloss White, 12 Ounce

You need to prime the whiteboard before you begin. For smaller projects, I like to use Krylon's white primer paint in a spray can because there is no messy paint brushes and trays to clean up.

 

Instructions:

1. Cover the entire whiteboard in a coat of white primer paint. Allow to dry for 30 minutes.

Stir the magnetic paint and chalkboard paint until thoroughly mixed and pour a small amount into separate paint trays.
Stir the magnetic paint and chalkboard paint until thoroughly mixed and pour a small amount into separate paint trays.

2. Stir the magnetic paint and chalkboard paint until thoroughly mixed and pour a small amount into separate paint trays.

Brush on one layer of magnetic primer paint.  Allow to dry for 30 minutes.  Repeat for a total of 3 thin layers.
Brush on one layer of magnetic primer paint. Allow to dry for 30 minutes. Repeat for a total of 3 thin layers.
Rust-Oleum 247596 Magnetic Primer, 30 oz
Rust-Oleum 247596 Magnetic Primer, 30 oz

This magnetic paint is super neat! It is a primer paint that you can paint on almost any surface to make magnetic. It can then be painted over with any other kind of paint. It is also available in a spray can.

 

3. Brush on one layer of magnetic primer paint. Allow to dry for 30 minutes. Repeat for a total of 3 thin layers.

Brush or spray on a coat of chalkboard paint. If you are using the spray paint, you can add a second layer after 15 minutes.  If you using the brush-on paint, you will need to wait four hours between layers.  Two coats should be adequate.
Brush or spray on a coat of chalkboard paint. If you are using the spray paint, you can add a second layer after 15 minutes. If you using the brush-on paint, you will need to wait four hours between layers. Two coats should be adequate.
Rust-Oleum 206540 Chalkboard Brush-On, Black, 30-Ounce
Rust-Oleum 206540 Chalkboard Brush-On, Black, 30-Ounce

Since this was our first chalkboard project, I started with a spray can of chalkboard paint because I wanted to test the product and make sure I liked it before I bought a big can of the brush-on. I was very happy with the results and have since bought a large can of the brush-on chalkboard paint to use on a few more projects I have in the works.

 

4. Brush or spray on a coat of chalkboard paint. If you are using the spray paint, you can add a second layer after 15 minutes. If you using the brush-on paint, you will need to wait four hours between layers. Two coats should be adequate.

Allow to dry overnight.  Using a roll of patterned duck tape, cover the outside frame, working with one side at a time.  You can also just paint the frame if you choose.  If your whiteboard does not have a frame, skip this step.
Allow to dry overnight. Using a roll of patterned duck tape, cover the outside frame, working with one side at a time. You can also just paint the frame if you choose. If your whiteboard does not have a frame, skip this step.
Duck Brand 280110 Printed Duct Tape, Zig-Zag Zebra, 1.88 Inches x 10 Yards, Single Roll
Duck Brand 280110 Printed Duct Tape, Zig-Zag Zebra, 1.88 Inches x 10 Yards, Single Roll

If your whiteboard has a frame, you could cover it with colorful, patterned duck tape to match the theme of your room. My daughter used green zebra print duck tape to frame her whiteboard. She has every color of zebra duck tape available! Alternatively, you could just paint the frame too.

 

5. Allow to dry overnight. Using a roll of patterned duck tape, cover the outside frame, working with one side at a time. You can also just paint the frame if you choose. If your whiteboard does not have a frame, skip this step.

Green Zebra Print DIY Magnetic Chalkboard
Green Zebra Print DIY Magnetic Chalkboard

Accessorize Your New Magnetic Chalkboard! - Add Some Fun Magnets, Magnetic Photo Frames And Magnetic Pen Holders

Fridge Door Magnets .. Phone Icons Refrigerator Magnet
Fridge Door Magnets .. Phone Icons Refrigerator Magnet

These social media icon magnets look like so much fun for teens. My daughter thinks they are pretty awesome and would love a set!

 
25 Home Decor Set of 3 Animal Print Magnetic Frames - 4" x 6" Photo - Zebra, Peacock, and Cheetah
25 Home Decor Set of 3 Animal Print Magnetic Frames - 4" x 6" Photo - Zebra, Peacock, and Cheetah

Magentic photo frames are a fun and decorative way to display photos your friends, family, pets and selfies.

 

Wild For Zebra Prints?

Check out this Green Zebra Print Nail Polish Rack and Pink Zebra Print Pin Board that we made!

Have You Tried Chalkboard Or Magnetic Paint Before? - What kinds of projects have you tackled?

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    • Rhonda Lytle profile image

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      This is great. I have that exact same tape pattern. Now, I wish I had thought of doing what the girls did. They did an awesome job. Very cute.

    • Merrci profile image

      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      This is a great idea and project! I didn't know you could spray on a chalkboard finish. Will definitely have to try it.

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      Love this project. What a great way to make a stained white board look really good again. I just purchased some of that magnetic paint. Now I have one more way to use it. Love that zebra print tape, too.

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