DIY: Transforming an Old Magnet Board

Items you will need to do this easy, fun DIY project: old magnet/dry erase board combo (check yard sales, thrift stores, or your closets for one of these *wink*), scrap fabric to cover the front of the board (choose a thick or dark fabric in order to cover up all the lines and words), ribbon, Mod Podge, foam brush, sandpaper, upholstery tacks (or other decorative tacks), hammer, scissors, and perhaps a few other tools and such *smile*

Items you will need to do this easy, fun DIY project: old magnet/dry erase board combo (check yard sales, thrift stores, or your closets for one of these *wink*), scrap fabric to cover the front of the board (choose a thick or dark fabric in order to cover up all the lines and words), ribbon, Mod Podge, foam brush, sandpaper, upholstery tacks (or other decorative tacks), hammer, scissors, and perhaps a few other tools and such *smile*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from fabulous finds to home renovation. Today on the blog, we are chatting about getting organized–because it is January…and that is what we do. We clean out, we toss out, we organize, we start a diet and exercise program…because it is the beginning of a new year…a fresh start. So, I want to help y’all with the resolution to get organized in 2015 with a simple and fun DIY project. Now, I am not a professional photographer (I took all of these photos with my Samsung Galaxy S5.)…and I am really not a professional DIYer…I like to do things myself…and I love sharing my projects…so I apologize if my instructions are not very detailed…and if I get off topic or babble. We are here to have fun–not have a school lesson *wink*

Now, let’s get this DIY party started…just follow along with the photos for all the randomness and details *big smile*

I love to decoupage. I will stick fabric and paper to just about anything. For this particular project, I chose to use the classic and dependable Mod Podge.

I love to decoupage. I will stick fabric and paper to just about anything. For this particular project, I chose to use the classic and dependable Mod Podge.

Before sticking the fabric, lightly sand the metal...just scratch it up a bit--knock off the shine.

Before sticking the fabric, lightly sand the metal…just scratch it up a bit–knock off the shine. P.S. Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista was a fabulous hand model. Don’t y’all just love her nail polish! Click here for all the details and the VIP Nail Color of the Month.

Be sure to iron the fabric before decoupaging it to the board. Wrinkles are bad *wink*

Be sure to iron the fabric before decoupaging it to the board. Wrinkles are bad *wink*

Apply glue to a small portion. Place fabric on the part with the glue. Smooth with your hands. Yes, you will get glue on your hands. But that is what makes it fun. Continue applying glue and smoothing fabric until the entire board is covered with fabric.

Apply glue to a small portion. Place fabric on the part with the glue. Smooth with your hands. Yes, you will get glue on your hands. But that is what makes it fun. Continue applying glue and smoothing fabric until the entire board is covered with fabric.

Once the fabric has been glued in place, rub out all the bubbles and wrinkles--make it as smooth as possible. Once again, be prepared to get glue on your hands.

Once the fabric has been glued in place, rub out all the bubbles and wrinkles–make it as smooth as possible. Once again, be prepared to get glue on your hands. Allow the glued fabric time to dry–depending on temp and humidity and such–this could take an hour or so…you want it to be throughly dry before beginning the next step.

After it dries for a bit, add a protective layer of Mod Podge glue...then give it more dry time.

After it dries, add a protective layer of Mod Podge glue…then give it more dry time.

Dance around while it is drying...have a cup of coffee or two...catch up on your recorded shows...

Dance around while it is drying…have a cup of coffee or two…catch up on your recorded shows…

I wanted to keep the pretty turquoise edge of the board, so I cut the extra fabric away using an X-Acto knife. You can easily wrap the excess fabric around to the back of the board--much like wrapping a present.

I wanted to keep the pretty turquoise edge of the board, so I cut the extra fabric away using an X-Acto knife + scissors. You can easily wrap the excess fabric around to the back of the board–much like wrapping a present–and staple or glue the fabric to the back of the board…duck tape also works *wink*

Time to add the ribbon. I did not measure my ribbon pieces. I just winged it, but y'all feel free to be more precise *wink*

Time to add the ribbon. I did not measure my ribbon pieces. I just winged it, but y’all feel free to be more precise *wink*

Hammer the tacks into the board. Be careful. Hammers hurt people.

Hammer the tacks into the board. Be careful. Hammers hurt people.

Just keep hammering...

Just keep hammering…

Blooper--I did not know that my tacks were just a tiny bit longer than I needed...so I accidentally nailed my board to my worktable...it took a little help from Abby, but we managed to free the board.

Blooper–I did not know that my tacks were just a tiny bit longer than I needed…so I accidentally nailed my board to my worktable…it took a little help from Abby, but we managed to free the board.

Because my tacks were too long, I had to cut them off using wire cutters. Please wear goggles when cutting things. After all the tacks were trimmed, I added washi tape to the back--because it looked like a hot mess...not that anyone is going to see the back...but I knew it was a hot mess...and that is all that matters *haha*

Because my tacks were too long, I had to cut them off using wire cutters. Please wear goggles when cutting things. After all the tacks were trimmed, I added washi tape to the back–because it looked like a hot mess…not that anyone is going to see the back…but I knew it was a hot mess…and that is all that matters *giggles*

This pretty little board is a perfect addition to my art studio.

This pretty little board is a perfect addition to my art studio.

I added a saw tooth hanger to the back. You could easily add a ribbon hanger.

I added a saw tooth hanger to the back. You can also add a ribbon hanger or use command strips. Now, it is time to organize those notes and business cards.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about transforming an old, ugly magnet/dry erase board into a darling new one. What I love about mine is not only can I tuck photos into the ribbon, but I can also attach important business cards with magnets.

Be sure to stay tuned to the Facebook page for all the details about my chat with Tyler and Nikki from The Regeneration Station. It was so much fun being on the radio!

A collaboration project with my favorite blogger, Abby Hathorn. Abby was in charge of the lettering, and I was assigned the task of decoupaging them to a wooden block.

A collaboration project with my favorite blogger, Abby Hathorn. She was in charge of the lettering, and I was assigned the task of decoupaging them to a wooden block.

 

 

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5 thoughts on “DIY: Transforming an Old Magnet Board

  1. Carolyn says:

    I think I’m going to make one for my kitchen!
    Yours looks fab ( of course)
    Keep up the wonderful ideas Chas and Abster!!!!!

    • chasidyhathorn says:

      Thanks so much, Carolyn. It is a super easy and fun project–and I spent absolutely no money on mine because I had everything in my house to do it! Thanks so much for all the support and kind words 🙂

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