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Magnetic Art Wall

Yep, I’m finally ready to reveal all the crazy things I’ve been up to this past month.  I know you guys have been waiting to see my office and I can’t wait to show you–better late than never right?!  That’s coming up tomorrow.  Today I’m showing you my new magnetic art wall.  This wall started out with cookie sheets.  It was fun for a bit, but it just wasn’t working for me.  I never had enough space to put stuff and it looked a mess all the time.  So I switched gears and turned it into a full magnetic wall.

Here is the play by play of how this came to be.

I started out painting the whole wall with 4 coats of magnetic primer.

This stuff only comes in the quart size which was enough for 2 full coats on the entire wall.  I wanted to make sure it was  magnetic enough so I bought another one and did 4 coats total.  I HIGHLY recommend doing 4 coats.  The box says 2 coats are enough, but my magnets were barely staying on.  You also need to mix the paint frequently while you apply so that the iron particles don’t settle at the bottom.  Have the paint store mix it for you when you buy it and then mix it up yourself before you start.

A HUGE word of caution!!!!  This is SUPER messy!!  I cannot stress this enough.  No matter how careful or how slowly you roll it on, it will splatter back at you!  And this stuff takes major scraping to get it off your skin.  Make sure you cover your floor and baseboards.  After getting covered on the first coat, I wore gloves, a long sleeve jacket, pants, socks, shoes, and a mask.  Then I put rubber bands around my wrists to keep my sleeves from sliding up my arms.  After all that, I still managed to get paint on me, but not nearly as bad as the first time.

OK, now that I’ve warned you we can move along.  I thought a plain surface would be too boring, so I decided to paint 10 inch horizontal stripes to add a little interest.

I used a level to draw my stripes with a pencil and than went to town with the painters tape.  I have done stripes before in my son’s nursery, and I knew it was nearly impossible to get perfectly clean stripes without the paint bleeding through.  So I tried an experiment.  Have you guys heard of Frog Tape?

It’s supposed to be better than regular blue painters tape for giving you perfect stripes.  I wasn’t so sure.  So this is what I tried.  I taped off the stripes with the blue tape and did one with the Frog Tape.

The I sealed the edges of the blue tape with a clear glaze.  This was a sample size that the paint sales person recommended.  It is white but dries clear.  Putting this on first is supposed to give you a clean line.  So what was the result?

I was SO disappointed with the Frog Tape.  I did not get a perfectly clean line.  Using the clear glaze with the blue painters tape worked better, but still not perfect.  There were several spots that bled through.

After the gray stripes were dry (2 coats), I applied new tape to paint the white stripes.  This time I used Frog Tape WITH the clear glaze and what did I get?

PERFECT STRIPES!!  Look at that clean line.  Absolutely no bleeding through.

And here is the finished product!

I’m so happy with the result.  All my magnets stick very well and now my counters are clutter free.  I’ve been using the wall as a place to put my son’s homework and artwork.  It’s nice because my boys can access their stuff by themselves.   The challenge will be to keep it looking semi-organized.  I don’t want this to become a clutter wall so we’ll display only the most important pieces.

The whole thing took me about a week to complete. I had to work like crazy during nap time.  It was very easy, but very messy–so be prepared.  Each quart of the primer was $21.00–I know, pretty expensive.  So my total cost was $42.00.  It’s more than I wanted to spend, but it’s so functional and we’ll always be able to use it.

Come back tomorrow for my office reveal!

I’m linking this project up to some of these parties.


  1. Kelli says:

    love this!!!

  2. Joani says:

    I had no idea that magnetic primer even existed (i’m not very experienced with DIY projects). Thanks for showing us photos of the project you used and giving us a play by play. I really like the stripes. What a cool, creative project!

  3. how fun! i love the space that you chose to stripe, and the magnetic is even better. now where can i do a fun stripe….?

  4. Wow! What an ambitious project; it turned out great! I am thinking about some magnetic or perhaps chalk paint in my nook so I appreciate your write up.

    by way of so very cheri and texas monkey too:)

  5. Rachel says:

    LOOOVE your final paint color… this is super appealing to me. :) I’m also so glad to read your tips on the magnetic primer— in all the blogs I read, I’ve never read these tips and they will be really really helpful if I ever decide to use it!

  6. Lana says:

    Heidi, the wall looks so cute! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Thanks for the tip about the glaze, I’ve always been scared to paint stripes because of bleedthrough. I’d love to see you at my weekend linky party :)

  8. Sara Hickman says:

    Amazing! I want one.

    New follower, I will be back to see the office. I need to re-do mine.

  9. vicky says:

    We did a whole wall in the magnetic paint. Then we cut the wall into 3 separate parts, the top being artwork, the left a white board and the right a chalkboard. My daughter loves it and my hubby and I use it too!!!

  10. Amanda says:

    Looks great, I’ve liked the idea of a matnetic wall, but I never realised you could paint over it!

    Great tip about Frog Tape and glaze.

  11. That is so awesome! Totally adding this to my list of things to do when I get a house of my own someday!!!

  12. Lauren says:

    Wow :) What a fantastic idea. I love this. So unique.

  13. CraftyMummy says:

    This is a fabulous idea! And your instructions and tips are very thorough – I’m soooo tempted to go out and buy some paint!

  14. Brianna says:

    so this magnetic primer REALLY works?
    oh MY
    like NOW!


  15. Kelli says:

    This is such an awesome idea…and I love the stripes! I have been looking for an excuse to add some stripes in my house!

  16. LOVE this idea! Your wall is so classy and functional! I am featuring this at YOu will get some great traffic with this feature!!!

  17. TisforTonya says:

    I’d heard of using the base color to seal off the painters’ tape (because if it bleeds it already matches…) but I LOVE the idea of the clear glaze…

    guess I’ll pick up some frog tape AND clear glaze next time I’m doing stripes – it’s about time to re-do SOMETHING… my paintbrush fingers are itching :)

  18. i did this on the doors of my sons room. but i bought my magnetic primer from Micheals, it ran around 13 for a quart but with my 40% off coupon i got almost 2 for the price of one. It wasn’t that messy for me the biggest trick was that it clung to the roller and got really heavy after awhile. think the key is to work fast fast fast! I ended up using the cheap black foam brushes y ou can get super cheap, then when they got mucky and heavy just threw them away and got a fresh one. We also did 3 coats and most magnets stick really well, we probably should have done 4 but we got antsy!:) love the stripes we just painted his orange

  19. Carlee says:

    This is adorable, I really love it… I have a question though, and it is probably just because I am naive about this product, is it safe? I have spent a lot of time removing lead paint from my 100 year old home. I am sure they have much safer methods now, I was just wondering…. But I really do think it is cute, and I can think of 1,000′s of uses for it!

  20. WOW!!!! I LOVE THIS!!! It looks so amazing, and the stripes are spectacular! I have never even heard of the glaze before – so good to know!
    I have 2 little girls, and this is VERY appealing for all those things you want to hang. The fridge just isnt enough sometimes:)
    Thanks for sharing!
    Lindsay @ Diary of a Crafty Lady

  21. isi says:

    Its amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love it!!

    greetz from Germany

  22. Emma says:

    Wow! great idea! you’ve come up with the next chalkboard paint trend.

  23. megan says:

    i love it. the gray and white stripes are adorable, plus I love how functional it is!!

  24. Chris says:

    I’d never heard of magnetic primer! What a fabulous way to add rotating artwork to a wall.

  25. Sew Woodsy says:

    I absolutely LOVE this magnetic wall! Thank you again for linking up! We featured this on Sew Woodsy yesterday! Please make sure you grab a featured button and display it proudly!

  26. it’s great! what a fun idea! And thanks so much for the tips on tape. I’ve been too cheap to try Frogtape – but then, I’m not painting stripes any time soon (that I know of ;)

    I haven’t tried the clear glaze. What I have done (w/blue tape) when I’m painting different colors on adjacent walls is basecoat one color, allow to dry, tape over that color and paint over the tape with same color. Then paint the other color. This has always worked, but I haven’t tried it with stripes. Yet!

  27. Jen says:

    This came out so great! I love the idea! I featured you today on my blog, linked back to your blog and your original post. Please feel free to check it out, and grab a button if you like! Have a great weekend!


  28. Heidi I love this! Thanks for linking! I’ll be featuring this project on BCD on FEb.11. LOVE IT!!!

  29. Hannah says:

    I am incredibly in love with this wall! I love everything about it, the stirpes are fab and how super cool that you can put magnets on it!

    Thanks so much for sharing in FFA!

    Hannah @

  30. AllieMakes! says:

    Very impressive! SOOOO glad to know about the frog tape WITH the clear glaze. Your wall looks amazing. Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

  31. Mandy says:

    Okay, this looks AWESOME and I am SO DOING THIS!

    PLEASE come link it up at my party this friday

    (and any other creations you have!)

  32. This looks amazing and thanks for the tips on the straight lines – I also liked the before cookie sheets idea, but this is just great! Awesome job!

  33. Katie says:

    This is so great! I never would have thought to do that! And now an entire magnetic wall?! It looks great with the stripes! I love it!

  34. This is just too fun! I didn’t realize that such a primer existed. Thank you so much for the idea! I’m definitely going to use this in my son’s new big boy room!

  35. I was so glad to read that the Frog Tape worked out the second time with the glaze. Your magnetic wall turned out fabulous! Thank you for all the great tips! I’m so glad I saw your feature at Tickled Pink! Jenn/Rook No. 17

  36. April says:

    I just love it!!!!! Maybe I will put it in a kids room, or office for me.

  37. Michelle says:

    Very cool ideas here that I’m gong to use for my bonus room. Good Job!

  38. Diana says:

    I just found your blog! I love it! Do you mind sharing your gray paint color?? I absolutely love it!!

  39. Heidi says:

    Diana, the color is “Driftwood Gray” from the Martha Stewart colors at Home Depot. I had it color matched in Behr because I’ve heard the quality of the Martha Stewart paint is not that great. I call this gray the “magic” color, because it seriously looks great with everything.

  40. Jennifer says:

    I love the wall! Would you mind sharing your paint colors?

  41. Heidi says:

    The gray is called “Driftwood Gray” (Martha Stewart @ Home Depot). the white is just your basic white.


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