Magnetic Chalkboard Message Center

I have an old house, which I love.  But that also means I have an old kitchen.  The beauty of an old kitchen is that you can pretty much do anything to it and you have improved the looks of it!  With four kiddos bringing home art, invitations, schedules, etc., we needed to revamp our message center.  I realized that I had some prime real estate on the cabinet around my refrigerator.  With a little paint and elbow grease, I was able to transform the cabinet into useable space.Magnetic Chalkboard message center suppliesMaterials:

  • magnetic paint
  • chalkboard paint
  • foam rollers and/or brushes
  • painter’s tape
  • sand paperMagnetic Message Center before


I scuffed up the surface of the cabinet with some sandpaper to help the paint adhere.  Per the directions on the can of magnetic paint, I used a sponge roller to roll on the paint in a thin layer.  I let it dry and repeated 2 more times.  Then I used a roller to roll on the chalkboard paint.

Lesson learned:

Get the magnetic paint shaken at the store.  Even after many coats of paint, this message center is only mildly magnetic because the little metal flecks in the paint weren’t thoroughly mixed throughout the whole can.  It wasn’t exactly as I had envisioned, but was still an improvement.Magnetic Message Center Finished

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