How to Make a Magnetic Chalkboard

By on March 6, 2014
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Make A Magnetic Chalkboard With Paint

In this tutorial we are going to show you how easy it is to make your own magnetic chalkboard. Whether it’s in your office, your kitchen or in your kid’s playroom, a magnetic chalkboard is the ultimate addition to any space.

We are going to show you how to make your very own chalkboard paint. It’s easy, and way less expensive than buying pre-made chalkboard paint. Plus, you won’t be limited to the colors in the store and can make your magnetic chalkboard any color your DIY-heart desires!

 

How to Make a Magnetic Chalkboard:

 

Supplies You Need:

  • Magnetic Primer
  • Surface of your choice (wall, table, piece of wood)
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Matte Paint
  • Container for mixing the paint
  • Stir stick
Supplies you need to make a magnetic chalkboard: Magnetic primer, Paint, Plaster of Paris, Sand Paper, Paint Brush, Stirring Sticks

Supplies you need to make a magnetic chalkboard:
Magnetic primer, Paint, Plaster of Paris, Sand Paper, Paint Brush, Stirring Sticks

 

Step 1:

Start by cleaning off the surface you are going to paint. If you are painting a part of your wall, be sure to measure and tape off the section you want painted. If you have to sand down any bumps or rough spots, be sure to do that before you wipe the wall down with your wash cloth.

While the surface dries, start prepping your magnetic primer by stirring. This can take about 10 minutes of constant stirring. You’ll want to stir until it begins to thicken slightly – you’ll be able to feel that it’s ready to go.

You will need to stir the magnetic primer really well. To get it to be fully mixed, it took a solid 10 minutes of constant stirring.

You will need to stir the magnetic primer really well. To get it to be fully mixed, it took a solid 10 minutes of constant stirring.

Step 2:

Start painting the magnetic primer on your wall/surface. We found, through trial and error, that if you want the magnets to actually hold items like paper or post cards, you’ll need to apply five coats of the magnetic primer. Trust us, we know that’s not what you wanted to hear, but it totally pays off in the end.

As you paint, continue to stir the paint in the can, otherwise it will start to settle and separate.

In between each coat, wait about 30 minutes for it to dry before applying the next coat.

Make sure your surface is clean. Wipe it down with a damp cloth and let it dry completely.

Make sure your surface is clean. Wipe it down with a damp cloth and let it dry completely.

Start painting the magnetic primer on.

Start painting the magnetic primer on.

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This is one full coat of primer. It will take 5 coats of magnetic primer to have a wall that will actually hold a magnet!

This is one full coat of primer. It will take 5 coats of magnetic primer to have a wall that will actually hold a magnet!

Let it dry for about 30-45 minutes in between each coat. Dry time will vary depending on how thick of a coat you applied.

Let it dry for about 30-45 minutes in between each coat. Dry time will vary depending on how thick of a coat you applied.

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Step 3:

As the magnetic primer dries, let’s start mixing the chalkboard paint. For this recipe, we will use plaster of paris, paint and water. A good rule of thumb for creating your mixture is 3 parts paint, 2 parts Plaster of Paris, and 1 part water.

Depending on how thick your coats of paint are, you may need to wait about 4 hours until you can start painting again. You’ll want to make sure your magnetic primer is completely dry before you paint anything on top of it.

Wait to make your chalkboard paint until you are ready to start applying it. Stir your paint well.

Wait to make your chalkboard paint until you are ready to start applying it.
Stir your paint well.

Mix the Plaster of Paris, paint and water together. Here's your ratio: 3 parts paint : 2 parts plaster of paris : 1 part water

Mix the Plaster of Paris, paint and water together. Here’s your ratio:
3 parts paint : 2 parts plaster of paris : 1 part water

 

Step 4:

Start painting the chalkboard paint over the magnetic primer. Start in one spot, go over it a couple of times, then move outward from there. Depending on the color of your chalkboard paint, you made need to apply a couple of coats. Be sure to let it dry completely in between each coat. (approximately 30-4 minutes)

Start applying your chalkboard paint.

Start applying your chalkboard paint.

Start in one area and go over that area a couple of times before you move on.

Start in one area and go over that area a couple of times before you move on.

Let it dry and apply a second coat of chalkboard paint if needed. (We needed to!)

Let it dry and apply a second coat of chalkboard paint if needed. (We needed to!)

 

Step 5:

Once your board dries, you’ll need to condition it. If you skip this step, the first thing you draw on your board will not come off. So, don’t skip this step!

To condition your board, just take a piece of chalk and turn it on it’s side. Then rub it all over the surface. Leave it like this for a couple of hours then wipe it of with a slightly damp paper towel.

Step 6:

Enjoy your new magnetic chalkboard!

 

Ready to start crafting? Here is a list of supplies you’ll need to get you going!

 

 



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About Stephanie

Stephanie is the executive editor of DIYready.com. She is curious, creative, and an expert mess maker who is not afraid to try anything a couple of times to get it right. Her specialties are inventing things, writing no nonsense clear instructions, artistic endeavors, paper crafts, digital media, kids crafts, creating recipes and figuring out new and better ways to do almost anything. Stephanie is a DIY guru who thinks maybe she should have been banned from DIY forums years ago, but enjoys being part information junkie, mad scientist, uncertified gourmet chef and mom of three budding DIY enthusiasts.


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