Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Out Of Necessity Comes Creativity

I love these magnetic boards that Traci at Beneath My Heart made, with Ballard Designs’ version providing her inspiration.  I had seen them in the catalog as well, but am not willing to spend $39.00.  I had printed out her blog post on it and added it to my blog ideas binder.  I wound up doing this project a little sooner than I expected.


Photo courtesy of Ballard Designs

Mine started with a metal reproduction shabby rose advertisement that I had purchased off of eBay some years ago.  It was totally faded and rusted, having been hanging on my shed door.  I checked to make sure, and it is magnetic.  I already had everything I needed to make this, which is always a plus in my book!  Sorry, I forgot to take a picture until I had already did a first coat of white.


I started off by spray painting it with a Krylon white paint.  This is their general paint that says it covers “wood, metal”, etc.  I did two coats of that and then sprayed Heirloom White once that dried.  I’m going to be adding scrapbook paper to the top, but wanted to have a good base color to work with.


I chose this really pretty and whimsical paper to coordinate with my laundry room, since this is where it will be hanging, and Mod Podged that on.  I used a different aged looking yellow paper as a “header”. 


I used these rub-on monogram letters and an embellishment rub-on on the “header”.  The colors in the letters pick up on the colors in the balloons in the paper.


Then to break up the two papers a bit, I added this ribbon with hot glue.  I think it added a nice touch between the two.


Add a simple tie bow to the middle.


Using the existing holes in this piece, I threaded some ribbon through for hanging and just knotted it off.  {Yes, it is crooked}.


Magnets made out of two earrings {see the red gems}.


What is the necessity part, you wonder?  Well, with my daughter and her fiancee in the house now, we need a laundry schedule.  Add in my son, and someone’s laundry always seems to be in the washer or dryer when I go to do mine, and that person is never to be found.


So now we have a schedule, everyone has chosen a day that they can do their laundry from start to finish and not leave anything in either appliance or in the laundry room itself.   I think I can shorten up that piece of paper with the schedule.  Let’s look at this little lovely one more time.



In case you want to do this project without having to buy metal at the home improvement store, the dollar store carries decorative metal plaques that would work great for this project. 

Linking up to:

DIY Day at A Soft Place To Land

Be Inspired at Room to Inspire

Make It Yours at My Backyard Eden


LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

I love those!!

Design Esquire said...

It looks amazing - I love the paper you chose. Good luck with the laundry situation! At least everyone is washing their clothes :)

Content in a Cottage said...

Very nice. I could use one of these since magnets don't stick to my stainless steel fridge. Rosemary

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Love this! And I too love the papers you chose. Very nice!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

I love it, Kathy, so whimsical! I have a corkboard in my room that is half corkboard, half magnetic board. I covered the corkboard side but didn't know I could do the magnetic side! Ah, yet another project, LOL, now added to the to-do list!!


Absolutely Ladylike said...

Oh it's so pretty! Great job Kathy! I think laundry schedule is a great idea...I think I will schedule my boyfriend to do the laundry every now and then on a cute magnetic board like this, LOL.

Hope you're having a great start of this week, cheers: Evi

Anonymous said...

As the frustrated mother of a laundry leaver, I'm so totally in with a schedule. Brilliant! The board is adorable and there's no mistaking user times so no agitation *get it?* lol, for you.

I'm kicking off Woo Hoo! Wednesday this afternoon so I hope you can link up and join the fun.

One Cheap B*tch said...

Great thinking and such a cute solution! God I remember that problem at mom and dad's house. Someone always shrunk my clothes that I carelessly left in the washer.


Leanne said...

I saw that in Ballard and saved it in my file too, but I haven't got around to making it yet. I love yours and I understand your pain. We've had the same problem and had to make a schedule too.

Decor To Adore said...

Oh I adore the hot air balloon touch.

Anonymous said...

IS VERY GOOD..............................

Unknown said...

You know, that would make a darling gift. Who doesn't need one of those somewhere? You can tell I am in the Mother's Day mode. My kids like to make something for their Grandma's. Cute idea.

Anonymous said...

Looks great! Love the paper! We need a laundry schedule in our home.

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

Turned out so cute Kathy. And a great idea for the schedule.

Alluring Interiors said...

Awesome idea...Totally love it!

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Cute Kathy! I love it and the laundry schedule idea too!

Looks wonderful!


Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

A cute way to solve a problem! Looks great.

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

What a great idea...you are so creative:)! The paper you chose is wonderful...love the balloons!


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Kathy, thanks for stopping by! I love your board & that should really come in handy. I've got an old frame that I'm about to do another chalkboard with. Fun project!

Unknown said...

That's a great project Kathy. I ave to ask where you got the rub-on letters. I've never seen ones that fancy, and I'd sure like to have some for my herb pots.

I love the balloon paper!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy, that turned out so cute!! I love the paper. Great job...Kathy

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Very, very cute!! I need a laundry schedule. :s Thanks for the visit!

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

That turned out so cute. I love how you used the Modge podge and scrap book paper. Thanks for the shout out! ;)

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Kathy,
What a cute idea! I have some of those old metal signs around and now I know how to pretty them up!! Thanks for the how-to!!


Tammy said...

What a neat idea....I only wish my boys would follow that rule and help with laundry...

The Tuscan Home said...

What a great idea! I love how you hung it with ribbon. I could definitely use one of those in my laundry room. Thanks for sharing! Liz

P.S. Thank you for commenting on my weight loss post, you are too sweet! =)

Unknown said...

I LOVE that paper! Love it! This is similar to a project that Bridgette and I worked on for a guest post @Everyday Mom Ideas last week! We'll be posting about it soon on our blog. But your magnetic laundry board looks great!! And I love those magnets!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

What a cute project!! I really love the letters at the top!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Kathy, I love this project and especially the paper you used. I think I will make one for my honey do list. Thanks for the sweet note you left on my yard sale post.

Room to Inspire said...

What a great project and I love that you had everything on hand - those are always the best! Sounds like a lot of laundry going on in your house these days! Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today.


Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Shut up!! I love this!! It is so cute!!! SO cute!! And a laundry schedule? What a great idea! However, mine would read:

Monday - Mom does Seth's Laundry
Tuesday - Mom does Cameron's Laundry
Wednesday - Mom rests
Thursday - Mom does husband's laundry
Friday - Mom does her laundry
Saturday - Repeat above

My house is in serious need of some changes!!!

Have a great week!

Lou Cinda ;)

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Great idea Kathy! I love the whimsical monogram letters! I think I need to train my kids and make a schedule for them!

Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love that balloon paper. Do you happen to remember who the manufacturer is or where you bought it?

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