However, I have found a little time to do some projects I have 'pinned'. You saw this one, but I stepped my game up for this more recent one...
With our ever-mobile baby boy
At a loss for how to block it off (glass doors to put in front are still dangerous and expensive) I took to pinterest and found this from apartmenttherapy.com:
Well I found the thinnest, lightest board I could and had it cut to the size I needed. Found all the other supplies I needed and off I went. At home I quickly discovered the saw at Lowes wasn't cutting exactly straight because one side measured correctly but the other side was about a quarter inch wider. So I had to use a hand saw to to cut a tiny sliver off one side of the board. It worked well enough, and then I sanded down the other areas that were just a little too wide.
After that was done I glued the magnets to the back to hold the board up. Big mistake, you'll see why... Then I wanted to paint the board black as a background before the magnetic paint went on. I figured I would use the spray paint left over from this project. It was a pain in the butt, and all I'll say is that I would end up with nerve damage from pushing down on the sprayer too hard. How do I know it's nerve damage you ask? Well, remember this story? I still don't have feeling in my left thumb, and now my right pointer is in the same boat. I digress...
It was all for nothing because I ran out of spray paint before I could get the board coated evenly, so I sanded it down and decided I would make it a magnetic chalkboard, thinking the chalkboard paint would cover any icky areas. I had to start with magnet paint, since it's a primer. If you think you want to try a project with magnet paint, rethink it. Here are my tips if you decide to go through with it:
-Have them shake the paint at the store, otherwise you will spend over an hour stirring it. All of the magnetic particles glob together and make it ridiculously thick.
-Buy cheap foam brushes for each coat of the paint (you will need at least 3). I got a bag of 10 for $1.50 (of course that was after I had to throw out our $7 brush)
-Don't try to clean the brushes, just throw them away! You need paint thinner to clean them properly, and if you think you can just do it your own way you will end up throwing out your adorable watering can that you used to soak the brushes.
So four coats of magnet paint later, I was so over it. Especially since it clumped where there were magnets glued to the other side of the board. Ugh. I didn't even care how magnetic or not the board was... I was done with it. So I threw on 2 coats of chalkboard paint over top and thought I was done. Wrong! I had to take a razor to the edges since the paint dripping over the sides made the board too thick to fit in the opening.
Once that was done, we had a perfect fit! I threw some magnets on it, and let the boy have at it. He liked chewing on them best. Probably because when he touched the board they all fell down. That's what I get for buying cheap/weak magnets. But Guns still had fun so overall it was a success!
Then, I didn't make these, but pinterest did lead me to where I could buy them. From theyoungbones.com: