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DIY Chevron Magnetic Memo Board
Isn’t this Chevron Magnetic Memo Board cute? Would you believe I have a total of $2 in it? – and that includes the bow (which you could total do without!) A trip to Dollar Tree and a raid of my craft supply closet, a little bit of patience and I have a cute new, functional piece of wall decor for my new office-in-progress.
I love Dollar Tree for inexpensive craft projects. All you need is a little imagination, some time to wander the aisles, a few dollars and you’re good to go! For this particular project, you’ll want to hit up the kitchen section and grab yourself a cookie pan. Yes, bakeware. While I am sure this pan would make lovely cookies, I had bigger plans for mine.
If you craft at all, chances are you have some paint laying around. Spray paint or the regular brush on acrylic would work fine. For my office makeover, I already know that my color scheme will be white, yellow and gray. As it happens, I had white spray paint and yellow brush on acrylic handy.
After removing all packaging/stickers from your cookie pan, you can spread out a trash bag or piece of plastic to do your painting on. This is the first time you’ll need to have some patience while completing this project. The paint can take a while to dry depending on many factors, including the humidity and how thick you apply your coats. I suggest two thin coats, front and back, with ample dry time between. It only takes a few seconds to apply a coat, so you can do this as you have a few spare minutes through out the day. I started this project the night before and got on one coat front and back before bed, then finished it up the next day.
You know how they say “the devil is in the details”? Well, that’s kind of true here too. Laying out a Chevron pattern isn’t hard, it’s just time consuming and requires a little bit of finesse. I found a great printable template online from Life In Positudiness and put it to good use. While you could certainly use tracing paper and trace the pattern onto your pan for freehand painting, I wanted a crisper finish, and my freehand paining is terrible, so I grabbed the scissors and painter’s tape.
The first row is the hardest, and the rest is a breeze! Start by cutting out two strips of the Chevron pattern and taping them end to end. This gives you one Chevron strip long enough to run the length of your pan. Using strips of painter’s tape, line the edges of your pattern. You will need to trim each point on the edges where the tape intersects to get good, sharp points. Once you’ve taped both above and below the Chevron pattern, you can move it down and continue taping. After the tape pattern is laid out, smooth it down well – giving special attention to the edges and curves in the pan.
The great thing about painter’s tape is that you can stick and unstick without messing anything up. Once you’re happy with how your pattern looks and you’re sure the edges are smooth, you’re ready for paint! With gray planned for the walls and white for my furniture, I really want to use pops of yellow in my new space. I’ve had this bottle of yellow Gloss paint hanging out in my craft closet for sometime, and as it happens, it was the perfect shade for this project. A quick coat of yellow was all I needed. If I had used a darker color, I would’ve probably added a second coat. On the white though, the yellow was find after only one coat.
After a lot of trial and error through the years, I have decided that I prefer to remove my painter’s tape while my paint is still wet. Very carefully, remove the tape one strip at a time. Toss the tape and allow your board to dry completely. Once dry, you can touch up any edges or spots that may need a little extra coverage.
Cute, right? It’s going to look amazing hanging on the wall in my office! I’ll be sure to share an updated shot of it on the new gray walls once I get the project completed. It will be a great spot to keep my notes, but it would also be pretty awesome for a kitchen or photo memory board in a guest room. And, all I spent was $2 on supplies at Dollar Tree! I think I will swap out the bow with some sort of seasonal decor each month… maybe an egg cluster for Easter or a Gerber Daisy for Spring (both things that I can grab for just $1 at Dollar Tree.)
Later this week, we’ll have an Easter wreath to share that you can make for less than $5! Are you a Dollar Tree crafter? Do you have some amazing Dollar Tree crafts you can share? Leave a link in the comments – we’d love to check them out.