19 April 2013

D-I-Y Framed Magnetic Board (part 3 of the fridge organization series)

Now that I've shown you how we made the frames and weathered the wood, it's time to put something inside them! The first one is going to be a magnetic board - framed, and covered in fabric.

D-I-Y Framed Magnetic Board (part 3 of the fridge organization series) - organize your pictures, notes, or whatever on a magnetic board! I'll show you how I did it!

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I found a piece of magnetic metal at Hobby Lobby for $11.99 - since I was already there and had a 40% off coupon, I decided to buy it. The fabric I picked up at JoAnn's for $12.99/yd, but I also used a 40% off coupon for that. (I used less than half a yard.)


What I used:

First I measured the back opening of the frame, then Gus cut the sheet of metal to fit. I laid it on the fabric, then cut the fabric, leaving a 2" selvage on all sides.

D-I-Y Framed Magnetic Board (part 3 of the fridge organization series) - organize your pictures, notes, or whatever on a magnetic board! I'll show you how I did it!

Since I didn't have any spray adhesive handy, I used Mod Podge to adhere the fabric to the metal. On the "front" side of the metal, I applied a 2" band of Mod Podge around the edges. Then I flipped the metal over, onto the back side of the fabric.

Next, I cut small squares out of the fabric at the corners of the metal - so that when the fabric was folded onto the back of the metal, the corners would be smooth.

D-I-Y Framed Magnetic Board (part 3 of the fridge organization series) - organize your pictures, notes, or whatever on a magnetic board! I'll show you how I did it!

Then I applied a 2" band of Mod Podge to the edges of the metal, and folded the fabric back over it - making sure that it was pulled tight and smooth.

D-I-Y Framed Magnetic Board (part 3 of the fridge organization series) - organize your pictures, notes, or whatever on a magnetic board! I'll show you how I did it!
D-I-Y Framed Magnetic Board (part 3 of the fridge organization series) - organize your pictures, notes, or whatever on a magnetic board! I'll show you how I did it!
D-I-Y Framed Magnetic Board (part 3 of the fridge organization series) - organize your pictures, notes, or whatever on a magnetic board! I'll show you how I did it!

Rather than leave the back of the metal exposed, I decided to cut a piece of poster board to fit the opening of the frame and cover the back of the metal. I didn't use any adhesive on this - I just put it in place and then used a staple gun to hold everything in the frame.

D-I-Y Framed Magnetic Board (part 3 of the fridge organization series) - organize your pictures, notes, or whatever on a magnetic board! I'll show you how I did it!

That's all there was to it! It only took a few minutes to put everything together - and I really like the way it looks. As a matter of fact, I like this fabric so much, I think I may use it for valances in the kitchen!

D-I-Y Framed Magnetic Board (part 3 of the fridge organization series) - organize your pictures, notes, or whatever on a magnetic board! I'll show you how I did it!
D-I-Y Framed Magnetic Board (part 3 of the fridge organization series) - organize your pictures, notes, or whatever on a magnetic board! I'll show you how I did it!

Magnetic board: $10.20
Frame: $5.32
Total cost of framed magnetic board: $15.52
(I know that seems a bit expensive for a magnetic board, but it's inside a frame that matches the other frames I'm using and can also be used for other things!)

Stay tuned for Part 4 of the fridge organization series: D-I-Y Fabric-Covered Picture Board! Have you made a magnetic board? How did you do it? Leave me a comment or snap - I'm enjoythevue on Snapchat!

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