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Magnetic Message Board

Jot notes on the chalkboard surface or use magnets to attach lists and coupons to this family message center. Then dress it up to send a Christmas message.

Magnetic Memo Board

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Miter saw or miter box and handsaw
  • Cordless drill and driver bit
  • 1/8-in drill bit
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Medium-grit sanding pad
  • Caulk gun
  • Gloves
  • 2-in painter’s tape
  • Tape measure
  • Carpenter’s square
  • 2-in-wide packing tape
  • Trisodium phosphate
  • Paint roller and tray


  • 3 - 1 x 2 x 72 select pine boards
  • #8 x 1-1/2-in sheet metal screws
  • 2 screw eyes
  • 24-in x 36-in flat sheet metal, #50186
  • White Rust-Oleum metal primer, 12-ounces
  • Valspar tintable chalkboard paint, Aged Pine, #6011-5, #494049
  • 2.5-oz Liquid Nails general-purpose adhesive, #220816
  • Hillman picture-hanging wire, #52697
  • Rubber wall bumpers

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Step 1

Cut the sides and cross braces (Project Diagram) from 1 x 2 pine boards, and sand the parts with 180-grit sandpaper. For square corners on the frame, make certain the cross braces are all cut to the same length.

Step 2

Assemble the memo board frame using glue and screws.

Mark the sides with the cross-brace locations. Assemble the frame by adding glue to the ends of the cross braces and drilling 1/8-inch pilot holes. Drive #8 x 1-1/2-in long panhead sheet-metal screws to complete the back frame.

Step 3

Clean the 24-in x 36-in metal sheet using trisodium phosphate to remove any oil residue and allow the panel to dry. Scuff both the front and back of the sheet using a medium-grit sanding pad. Scuffing the surfaces will help paint stick to the front face and adhesive stick to the back.

Step 4

Apply adhesive to the frame

Wipe the metal surface clean and apply a bead of general-purpose adhesive to the edges of the 1 x 2s. Center the metal panel on the frame leaving a 1/8-inch of wood exposed on all edges. Hold the metal in place with pieces of painter’s tape while the adhesive cures.

Step 5

On the front of the metal panel, mask off a 2-inch-wide strip around the border (Project Diagram) and spray the surface with a metal primer.

Step 6

Roll on chalkboard paint.

After the primer has dried, apply the chalkboard paint with a roller following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 7

: Remove the tape to reveal bare metal.

When the paint has cured, remove the tape to reveal a framed chalkboard.

Step 8

On the back of the frame (Project Diagram) add the screw eyes to the inside faces of the frame, the board can be hung vertically or horizontally. Twist one end of the wire around one screw eye and then connect to the other screw eye. Place rubber bumpers on the lower edge of the frame to protect the wall. Add an anchor to the wall and your memo board is complete.