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DIY: Magnetic Frames Inspiration Board

Looking through the flickr group, Inspiration Boards, I was inspired by kitty80's board, which she created by painting her walls with magnetic paint and covering them with a beautiful wallpaper that is printed with ornate frame outlines. The magnetic paint allows her to hang her inspirations with magnets without damaging the wallpaper.

To no avail, I searched high and low for her wallpaper. I did find a similar paper by Graham & Brown called Frames ($40/double roll), designed by artists Taylor and Wood, and also The Family ($230/roll) by Lisa Bengtsson. These wallpapers are very interactive, allowing you to paint directly on them, or hang up inspirations or your own artwork. They also very much resemble the Deborah Bowness wallpapers I posted about recently.

For additional info. on this project,

I also found a great thread on Apartment Therapy about magnetic paint, that answered many of my questions. I learned that you can magnetize your walls with about three coats of magnetic paint or magnetic primer (which are not actually magnetic, but just metallic), which will do the trick to hold up your inspirations with whatever magnets you choose. I suggest using Mighties, ultra strong Neodymium magnets that are tiny and nondescript.

If you're going to wallpaper your walls with a frames printed wallpaper or another, you can just use the magnetic primer. If not, and you want charcoal/black walls, you can use the magnetic paint. Otherwise, use the primer and then paint with your regular paint color. The paint leaves a textured finish, so if are not covering up your walls with wallpaper, you should sand the walls after the paint dries and before you paint a color.

If you don't want or can't afford the Frames wallpaper, you can paint your walls white, or any other color, and then stencil or stamp on an ornate frame pattern.

Whether or not you choose to create a frame outlined inspiration board, magnetic paint is a great product and I encourage you all to try it!

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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
that is so cool!
melda melda 9 years
i wish i could find something like that here
ond ond 9 years
Brilliant! I am already dreaming up lots of ways this could be used with the many magnetic things on the market like clips and spice jars. You could transform a wall into whatever you need it to be, like a rack-less spice-rack.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
neat idea :D
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
What a great idea :)
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 9 years
wow! talk about wicked- definetly unique and interesting.
yeti yeti 9 years
I can't believe people aren't raving about this more! I love it so, so much, except that I am renting and cannot do this to my walls.
Home Home 9 years
Hi Megania, You can click the links in the post to order magnetic paint online, or they should stock it at your local paint shop. If not, try a larger retailer like Home Depot. Happy Painting! CasaSugar
lvdsgn lvdsgn 9 years
such a great idea for those that hate staring at the same thing everyday...perfect for studios, workspaces, inspiration boards and even kids rooms!
sgdish sgdish 9 years
I love this wallpaper...I must find!
figurine figurine 9 years
Without the frames, I think this is great.
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
great idea! i've been trying to figure out what to do with my walls!
megania megania 9 years
I love it. Where can I find magnetic paint?
courtney422 courtney422 9 years
That's really cool!
Random2 Random2 9 years
I like it. The frames would be cute for one wall, and the magnets would really save paint, walls, and wall paper from holes or sticky tack.
emalove emalove 9 years
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
That's different...
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