Turning a ReStore find into a DIY Magnetic Chalkboard.
I don’t have bad handwriting, I’m just using my own font.
We LOVE the Habitat for Humanity ReStore!! Not only is it a great place to find bargains, but it is a wonderful organization.
These are just a few things that we have found there: dining room light, a brand new Craftsman-style door, and a rustic garden bench...just to name a few.
On a recent date, the couple that junks together, we wandered around to see what goodies await!
SEARCHING FOR A CHALKBOARD
Salvage Sister wanted a menu magnetic board for the kitchen area. You may have seen the walk-in pantry that we created and this was going to go on one of the walls.
I saw a framed one at a local antique/craft shop. It was $50 and the frame was way too thick for the area we needed it for.
The metal sheet stock at the home improvement stores was way too expensive so that was out, too.
The Mister saw this panel at the ReStore for $8 and who wouldn’t think chalkboard, right?
DIY MAGNETIC CHALKBOARD PROCESS
Here is what The Mister did to create this unique item for our home:
Wanting to use the frame as well as the center panel, the mounting brackets were removed.
Next, using a cutoff disk and a grinder, the brackets were removed by cutting the welds.
Then using a flapper disk the remaining weld was removed restoring the original shape of the tubing. Also, removing the powder coat finish.
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The center panel was removed from the frame, for grinding, simply by taking the screws out.
Using the flapper disk the powder coat finish was removed from the entire frame…leaving an industrial type finish.
After thoroughly cleaning the center panel, chalkboard paint was applied evenly (remember to season your board before drawing on it).
Two holes were drilled in the back of the frame for mounting on the wall.
(Holes were measured 10″ in from the outer corners.)
The panel and frame were reassembled.
Finally, this DIY magnetic chalkboard was mounted to the wall.
We know that you may not find a panel just like this but we hope this inspires you to see an item in a whole new way.
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