Opposites Attract

No, this is not a post about Jay and me. Well, not entirely. 

This post is about the trials and tribulations of painting a magnetic wall. I’ve already told you about my built-in adoration here. I wasn’t kidding when I told you that our contractor used every little space in our house including this nook beneath our staircase. 

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When we first moved in I used this desk space to house our bills, the charging station, invitations/annoucements/save the dates and our beloved photo booth picture collection. My little ribbon board was busting at the seams but with a stainless steel refridgerator I lost my precious magnetic space. That led me to start looking in to magnetic paint. 

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We ended up buying Rust-Oleum Magnetic Primer mostly because of its claim to be 3 times stronger. Stronger than what? Stronger than before? Stronger than competitors? I am not sure, but I believed it.  I taped the space and got to paintin’! 

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Confession: the directions said to use a dense foam roller. I disobeyed and used a paint brush for the first two coats on the first night of painting. I woke up the next morning to discover that no magnets would even remotely stick to the wall. I vowed to obey directions from this point forward and went and bought a dense roller for a dense home decorator. 

The next night I added a 3rd and 4th coat with the roller and hoped that this would do the trick. It did..kind of!* (see pros and cons below)

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Once the paint dried, I hung my magnetics but decided only very strong and very pretty magnetics may apply which drastically reduced the amount of magnets I had. After all, it’s not a large first floor, so no matter where you are on the main level, you’re going to catch a glimpse of it. 

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I didn’t think we had enough magnetics so I bought more at Target. I may have overdone it. 

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Let’s go in for a close up, shall we?

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It’s fun and proves that our weird sense of humor amplifies in a photo booth. Overall, I love the look of it! Jay said it looks like a “Girl Scout Vest.” I have no idea what that meant.

Anyway, let’s review the pros and the cons of this project. 

Pros:

  • I have somewhere to stick my magnets and my photo booth pictures
  • I can keep important save-the-dates, invitations, coupons, etc in a place where I won’t lose or forget about them
  • Form meets function - it’s pretty and useful. :: Insert Jay’s lame joke here “So, it’s pretty useful?” :: Yes it is! 

Cons: 

  • Drippy paint. The paint consistency is watery. It didn’t make a difference whether I used a paint brush or a roller, I had flecks of black paint splattered on the surface below. 
  • Magnetism is not quite as strong as I would like 
  • Because the magnetism is not strong, you need very strong magnets to hold anything with a little bit of weight up (the manufacturer does state that  flat and strong magnets with minimal weight adhere best)
  • Needs MANY coats
  • Rough texture when dry

All in all, I am happy with my magnetic wall. It’s an unexpected, yet practical way to organize our house and it sure beats the way it use to look. 

Before and After:

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