DIY- Making a Magnet Chalkboard

IMG_3965I will admit that I love using specialty paints to create toys at home.  One of my favorite creations is a simple, magnetic chalkboard that we mounted to the wall (makes a great vertical surface for play- see my post on the benefits of vertical play).

Step 1- buy a piece of wood.  Home improvement stores sell 2×2 foot pre-cut pieces that easily fit into cars to transport home.

Step 2- buy magnetic paint.  I used a primer magnetic paint (meaning it will need a top coat of typical paint): Rust-Oleum Magnetic PrimerIMG_3985

Step  3- buy chalk board paint (or just regular paint if you only want it to be magnetic, or there is white board paint available as well): Rust-Oleum Chalkboard paintIMG_3987

Step 4- paint!   I painted 3-4 layers of magnetic paint first, focused on a smooth finish.  After each coat, I tested several magnets until I was happy with how well it holding them

Step 5- paint!  I covered the magnetic paint with a top coat of chalkboard paint, it took 2-3 layers to get a good finish, but it would depend on what paint you choose.IMG_3991

Step 6- Mount it to a wall, or leave it portable if that works better in your house.  Just be careful if you choose to use chalk that you aren’t over carpet due to the inevitable mess!

Up next… how to make magnetic toys!

Paige Hays is an occupational therapist who provides in-home, pediatric occupational therapy services in the south metro area of the Twin Cities, MN. She is a mother of 2 girls, avid DIYer, and a highly skilled and experienced OT. She specializes in working in pediatrics, with diverse expertise ranging from cognition and sensory issues to working with children with neuromuscular disabilities or complex medical needs.