DIY Magnetic Board

Hey ya’ll- Ashley here! So my inspiration for this magnetic board came from a Melissa and Doug magnetic doll for Laney last week. She showed immediate interest, but found it hard to dress the doll with the little stand it came with and the no flat surfaces we seemed to have for her disposal. (Insert light bulb above head). I will make her a magnetic board that we can attach to the wall in her play area. Big enough for this doll and any other magnets she may acquire. Thus a project was about to start!

First things first, I had nothing to make said magnetic wall board. So we all jumped in the car and headed to our second favorite place- Home Depot! There are two ways to make any surface magnetic; you can apply a magnetic paint- usually black and a very bold statement to a surface or you can purchase a piece of magnetic zinc coated metal, in any size desirable. I chose the latter.

So we went in with this list:

  • 24×46″ 26ga. zinc sheet metal
  • white window/base board molding (to frame sheet metal)
  • rosettes (to make window molding look like a frame and a little more dressed up)
  • paint to paint the window molding

We found all of our material and paint, which gave us a grand total of $51.87!!

I already had some leftover paint at home that I used to paint the frame- but most stores have samples you can buy for really cheap and even mark down paint that wasn’t used.

Once we got home, I cleared all of Laney’s toys so hubby could hang the sheet metal. He did this using Loctite construction adhesive (that bad boy isn’t going anywhere!). While the metal dried and adhered to the wall, hubby cut the molding to fit around the metal square size using a miter jig. The molding was 2″ thick so we just overlapped half of it to the metal and the rest the wall. The right and left panels are 34 1/2″ in length. The bottom and the top panels are 20″ in length. This will leave just enough of a gap in each corner- your rosettes go there!

 

Before
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While the metal was drying and adhering to the wall, I painted the molding using chalk paint because it adheres to any material with little to no prep work required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MagneticBoard3Now that the metal had adhered to the wall and all the molding pieces were dry (I left the rosettes the primed white they came as for a pop of color), we glued the molding first and the rosettes second. We used duct tape to keep everything in place while it dried. (The Loctite adhesive we used required a 24 hour cure time-this will vary depending on what product you go with, or if you use adhesive at all). We only let it cure for about 12 hours and it was solid.

This is how our magnetic wall board turned out!!

 

 

 

 

Overall this was a fairly easy shopping spree as all needed materials are readily kept in stock. The only tool that you may not have lying around wood be the jig- but those are fairly inexpensive tool and cool to have in the garage! The actual set up time was done while Laney was sleeping so the adhering process and drying time of the paint was not compromised.

She absolutely loves playing on her board and am so happy we decided to make this for her- not only can she used it for her dolls, she can practice her numbers, letters and colors as well as use the board to hang her art!

 

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Mel’s Crock-Pot Chili

     Hey everyone! Melissa here. I am taking over the blog today to share with you my Crock-Pot Chili recipe that I make quite often, especially on colder days. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser.

 

   I know I am not the only parent who has a child in extracurricular activities, and I am pretty sure I am not the only single parent (or busy parent in general) 😉 . What I also know is that dinnertime can be frustrating for us busy parents. Sometimes, not getting home until after 7 PM makes getting dinner together down right stressful. Which is why I make A LOT of “dump meals” in my Crock-Pot. It saves me from having to worry about what to make for dinner, and also saves me time when we finally arrive home at night. And the smell that fills your nostrils when you walk in the door, MmmMmmMmm 😋 .

 

 

Mel’s Crock-Pot Chili

 

Ingredients:

 

1 LB. Ground Meat (Turkey, Beef, Chicken, Pork)

1 Can stewed tomatoes

2 Cans Tomato Sauce

2 Cups Water

½ Cup Brown Sugar

1 Can yellow corn

1 Can Kidney Beans

1 Can Black Beans

1 small can of diced greed chilies

3 TBS Worcestershire sauce

4 Cloves garlic (Minced or chopped)

2-3 TBS Cumin

½ Yellow onion (Small)

1 TBS Salt

1 TBS Ground Pepper

Taco seasoning

 

Optional:

Flour

 

 

Instructions:

 

Start off by browning the meat with the Taco seasoning and yellow onion in a pan on the stove. Once the meat is done, put to the side and start opening all the canned goods (straining what needs to be strained) and dumping them into the Crock-Pot. After the canned goods have been dumped in, add the remaining ingredients, and stir well. Next add the browned meat, and stir.

 

Set Crock-Pot to high for 6 Hours, and be on your way.

 

If you notice, before serving, that the chili is a little thin, or not as thick as you like, make a flour paste (1 cup water & 1-1 ½ cup flour). Slowly add the paste, while stirring, to the chili until it is at the consistency you like.

 

Don’t forget to taste once it’s all mixed up. If your taste buds feel like its missing something, add it.

 

 

Side note:

We enjoy jalapeño (or regular) corn bread with our chili. For leftovers we usually add cheese and make it into a dip. We even use it for chili dogs, burgers, and/or fries.

 

 

If you have anything else you like to add to your chili, let me know. I would love to try it.

 

 

If It Makes You Happy

A couple of years ago, I was discussing a potential vacation with a good friend, and occasional travel companion. We had kicked around the idea of this trip for a while, and I was reluctant to commit to further planning. This was to be an international trip lasting a few weeks. “It’s just going to be expensive”, I said, “and I really want to get my house painted.” She couldn’t understand my hesitation. Being a true lover of travel, she didn’t see how I would even consider putting off a trip for something as mundane as painting a house. I tried to explain that, while I loved the idea of going to a new place and exploring different parts of the world, the experience would be pretty short lived compared to the satisfaction I would feel having a freshly painted house, in a color I love. Yes, I do enjoy traveling as well, and the memories that come with a fun trip will last a long time, but I knew that I would also feel joy when coming around the corner and looking at my newly painted house. I don’t know if this makes me materialistic, or too attached to worldly goods – please don’t judge!

 

Anyway, I did go ahead and have my house painted that year. I was thrilled with the result! And, even though it’s been a couple of years now, I still feel joy when I come around the corner to my street and look at my house, especially on a beautiful sunny day.JenniferHouse

The following year, we took that trip. We had a great time, I have my souvenirs and happy memories, and pulling into my driveway when coming home after three weeks, I experienced the satisfaction of a beautifully painted house all over again.

 

So, if there’s something about your home that is bugging you, (an outdated kitchen or bath, perhaps?) and you wonder if it will be worth the trouble and expense to fix or change it, you have to decide if it will bring you joy or satisfaction. Because, for some of us, that happy feeling that you can get from making your home more beautiful is priceless!

 

 

Contact us today for your first free consultation.

 

 

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