DIY Magnetic Organizational Board
I don't know about your house, but ours is filled with lists, coupons and receipts floating around here all the time. It's almost enough to drive me nuts, so I wanted to come up with an easy, accessible, stylish way to keep track of all of those little papers.
We don't have a ton of wall space in our kitchen to add much of an organizing system, so I decided to makeover a thrifted large frame into a functional magnetic organizational board that we could hang on the inside of our pantry door. Here's how it turned out!
I love the pop of happy yellow, and how all of those random little papers now have a specific place!
Here's how we did it:
First we started off with a large thrifted frame, in the size that we wanted the organizational board to be.
Then we bought a large piece of magnetic metal from Lowe's, and cut it to fit the inside of the frame.
The metal was so large that in the end it made two organizational boards.
Then we bought a piece of decorative radiator covering (that, FYI, is not magnetic) and cut it to fit the inside of the frame as well. Mostly this was just for visual interest. I love the texture that the metal has to offer, and they come in different styles too! Home Depot doesn't carry these, they are only at Lowe's.
We used a piece of cardboard for a template and drew out exactly how big each piece of metal needed to be, to fit each frame.
To cut the metal we used some heavy duty tin snips.
After everything was all cut, the painting started!
I used this Krylon Farm & Implement yellow spray paint for the metal backing. I chose this kind of spray paint because it works really well on metal, and I wanted the paint to be as durable as possible, since our organizational board would be getting a lot of use.
After a few coats of yellow on the metal, I spray painted our thrifted frame white and sanded it down a bit, to give it a distressed look.
I left the decorative metal just the way it came, and then layered the pieces inside the frame, like so!
I added a few small wooden plaques with decorative paper and vinyl labels on them to the board as well. I just adhered those with command picture hanging strips, so they would stay in place well, and the magnets were bought from Hobby Lobby.
We have our board hung on the back of our pantry door, with a bunch of picture hanging strips. It's the perfect place, because it's where everything and everyONE tend to gather :)
Also next to my coupons I have a little i-Slice cutting tool that's magnetic from Pampered Chef that I use to "clip coupons". It's a lifesaver!
I'm excited to get organized for the new year, and having creative, cute ways to STAY organized is the key for me... because it just makes it more fun.
Have you started de-cluttering your space for 2012 yet!? What are some of your favorite ways to get organized?