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Magnetic Chalkboard Organizer

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  • Estimated Time

    4 Hours

  • Challenge Level

    Easy

  • Tools & Supplies:

    • New or Vintage Picture Frame
    • Large Piece of Cardboard or Old Sheet
    • Galvanized Sheet Metal
    • Glass Cleaner
    • Wax Paper
    • MDF (medium-density fiberboard) Backing
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  1. Pick any new or vintage frame of your choice. Ours is an Ikea UNG Drill Frame with clear glass. Carefully remove all glass, paper, and cardboard from inside the frame.
  2. Lay down a large piece of cardboard or an old, clean twin sheet on the ground or a sturdy table. Put your frame on it.
  3. Optional: Spray multiple, light coats of Rust-Oleum® Universal® Spray Paint onto the backside of the frame. Allow the paint to dry between coats and before handling. Flip the frame over when it’s dry.
  4. Paint the front side of the frame. Allow the paint to dry between coats and before handling.
  5. Find the paper insert that came with the frame and place it on your sheet of galvanized sheet metal. Wearing work gloves, use it as a guide as you carefully cut the sheet metal with metal tin snips (both can be found at most hardware stores).
  6. Clean the newly cut sheet metal thoroughly with glass cleaner and let it dry.
  7. Carefully hand-apply the chalkboard vinyl to one side of the sheet metal.
  8. Use the paper insert again as a template, this time on the MDF backing. Cut the MDF backing so it’s the size of the paper template.
  9. When your frame is completely dry, place it facedown on the wax paper.
  10. Carefully insert the metal (with chalkboard vinyl facedown) into the frame. Do the same with the MDF backing.
  11. Press the frame’s metal tabs down over the new MDF backing.
  12. Ta-da! You have a brand-new chalkboard (that’s also magnetic) for posting memos, writing notes, and getting organized!