DIY Magnetic Chalkboard

Awhile back we talked about making your own chalkboard paint and we told you we were tackling a magnetic chalkboard for our own kitchen. It took us longer than expected, but we finally finished it…because we needed to get it out of the dining room to work on the renos!

Here is the same space now.


To make your own magnetic chalkboard simply mix  2 tablespoons non-sanded grout with 1 cup of acrylic paint in any colour (we used a PPG colour called Knight’s Armour) and roll it onto a piece of uncoated mild steel (sheet metal). Be sure the grout is mixed in really really well. It tends to clump. You may have to do two coats. (Mix your grout and paint into a container that you can put a lid on between coats). Dean siliconed (caulked) our ‘chalkboard’ to the side of the cabinet and then caulked around it. The last step is to cover the entire chalkboard with a chalk base and then wipe it with a dry cloth or brush. Done!

It looks like it was always meant to be there, don’t you think?

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    Yes, I do like it! We have a chalkboard door in our kitchen and I love it (seen here: )… we use it all the time. I want to do a magnetic chalkboard in an old mirror frame for my daughter’s room, but I keep forgetting to bring a magnet with me to Home Depot (from reading other blogs, I’ve heard that not all sheet metal is magnetic, and I want to get the right stuff).

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      aka design says

      Thank you for the comment! My hubby has been in sheet metal for years…and you’re right. Not all metal is magnetic. I was glad to have him help pick the metal for this project! Great to hear from another “local”.

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    PS – I found you when searching for ‘wood letters painted like zinc’. I was so excited to see that you are also in Ontario, so I knew I could actually FIND the product you recommended!

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      aka design says

      I love love love all the decor blogs out there, but I am so glad we can help you find Canadian products (or at least products available to us Canucks)! Thank you for the comment again! XO. S.