DIY Magnetic Chalkboard

Syroco Magnetic Memo Board

Diva Pink Magnetic Memo Board

There are so many ways to dress up an old frame and turn it from junk into something functional. What’s more functional than a magnetic memo board. Hmmm…. or than a chalkboard. But use them together, and oh, the organization options are endless.


Magnetic Chalkboard Tutorial

To make for the insides of the pink magnetic chalkboard follow these diy magnetic chalk board instructions
…first things first you need to collect your supplies.

Sheet Metal Sheets(Found in plumbing section of Home Depot of Lowes)
Spray Primer
Spray Chalkboard Paint
Tin Snips

I found this baby at a garage sale last weekend as part of a 4 piece set for $4. So we’ll say $1 a piece. It’s not vintage or antique, it’s home interiors brand resin frame that was missing its mirror. But that was fine by for me for my $1 frame. The frame was already a neutral distressed cream color. All it needed were some new insides.

Magnetic Memo Board Frame

$1.00 Yard Sale Find










Remove everything (mirror, picture, backing, cardboard) from the frame by unscrewing the screws on the back side.

Chalkboard Frame

Remove Screws from Back of Frame

Take the backer piece or mirror that is cut to fit the frame and lay it on top of your sheet metal. Trace the outside of the template with a black sharpie and set the template aside. Use your tin snips to cut out in the sheet metal in a shape to fit your frame.

Magnetic Chalkboard Tutorial

Magnetic Sheet Metal

Now take your sheet metal shape and lay it on a protection for spray painting. First use a primer in gray to cover the surface in thin cots, allowing the primer to dry for about 15 minutes between each coat.

Primed Magnetic Board

Prime Magnetic Chalkboard

Once the primer is dry you can start to apply your spray chalkboard paint. Make sure you shake the can and try to avoid getting any drips from the spray nozzle on your sheet metal, it could leave imperfections in your finish. Apply several coats of chalkboard paint allowing each coat to dry for 10 minutes.

Chalkboard Spray Paint

Chalkboard Spray Board

Allow your board to completely dry then reattach to the frame. It’s a great idea to “prime” the chalkboard surface by rubbing chalk all over the entire surface and then cleaning off using a chalkboard eraser or damp paper towel. Make a magnet or borrow some from your fridge and let your message/information center start working for the family.

Kitchen Magnetic Chalkboard Tutorial

DIY Mangetic Chalkboard

I like to repeat this same process with vintage Syroco frames too, refinishing each one in a fun and unexpected color.  Here’s some others I’ve finished:


Syroco Magnetic Memo Board

Diva Pink Magnetic Memo Board

Blue Magnetic Memo Board

Royal Blue Oval Memo Board

Yellow Magnetic Chalkboard

Syroco Baroque Chalkboard

Lavender Magnetic Chalkboard

Lavender Magnetic Chalkboard

25 Responses to DIY Magnetic Chalkboard

  1. i have a use for this as well! yeah!

  2. Noreen says:

    Have been looking for ways to do the chalkboard paint…thank you!!!!

  3. Clydia Kay says:

    I am totally in love with these! I wish I could find great frames like that! Would you share this at my link party that is going on?

    Hope to see you there!
    Clydia –

  4. Rachel says:

    Great Idea. I love the double functionality and I love the colors you chose.

  5. LOVE the colors you chose. They all look great!

  6. kahli says:

    great chalkboards! I’ve been lucky to find great frames like this every now and then but for more than you paid.

  7. Clydia Kay says:

    Hey there! Just wanted to let you know that I featured your DIY Magnetic Boards!

    Thanks so much for linking up! :)

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  9. Those are all beautiful my fav is the yellow one. I want to make one so bad now. I just need to find cool frames like that. where did you get them. Thank you so much for sharing and linking up to our party Show and Share. Make sure to come back this week and link up your latest projects. We would love to see them.

    A mommy’s life…with a touch of YELLOW

  10. Lolly Jane says:

    Love this! Where do you get all your awesome frames?? Garage sales? So cute…will be featuring this at our weekend party tonight.

    Kelli & Kristi

    • SimplySalvage says:

      Thanks for the feature, ladies! These frames came from thrift shops and flea markets mostly. The frame used for the tutorial was a $1 garage sale find!!

  11. Mimi says:

    I just love these magnetic chalkboard. Beautiful. practical and affordable. What more could a girl ask for?

  12. Jamie says:

    Hello, I love your magnetic chalkboards photos and tutorial.. the colors are amazing! I hope it’s okay, I’ve featured them in a chalkboard paint round-up along with some other clever chalkboard paint projects. You can see it here:

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. Penny Green says:

    This is great! Can’t wait to try it.

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  15. Jesi says:

    Do you think this would be strong enough to hold makeup, even with the paint on it?

  16. Leah says:

    Maybe you can tell me what I did wrong. I primed using metal specific spray paint, painted etc but for some reason the chalkboard paint scratches right off the metal. Any magnets I use on it take the paint right off. I tried adding clear gloss spray paint over the top-even though I knew I would loose the chalkboard quality but even so it still scratches.

    • SimplySalvage says:

      Hey Leah! I’m not sure what you did wrong? I always make sure to do 2 coats of primer, making sure each coat dries in between, and then at least 4 coats of chalkboard paint. No problems for me with scratching at all. I do know that if it is scratched, it is hard to patch, the clear gloss cover is a no-no!! :)

  17. JacquieLH says:

    I love this tutorial! What gauge sheet metal did you get? The one I got is 22 but yours seems thinner.

  18. sisoe says:

    i had a question how do u cut the sheet metal….i tried but the edges are real rough.

    • SimplySalvage says:

      I use cutting shears. They look like big metal scissors. The edges are a little rough, but once you frame them, there are no edges exposed anymore. Hope that helps.

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