Galvanized Steel Magnet Board Project

Around two years ago, I bought a large wood frame from a builder’s surplus store.  I had no project in mind, but I knew that it was a good size (48 inches by 30 inches), and the price was right, around $10. We moved it around our garage several times, and eventually the frame ended up underneath our bed.  I can’t stand clutter, and it was driving me crazy.  While remodeling my son’s room last year, I finally came up with a project for the frame.  I was going to frame a cork board or chalk board on the wall in my son’s room with that wood frame.  I then realized that doing cork or chalk was not the best idea for a six year old’s room.  I knew my son would not do well if cork = push pins, and chalk, well chalk = mess.

Galvanized Magnet Board

I saw several magnet board projects on other blogs involving sheets of galvanized steel in picture frames.  I thought that this was an excellent idea for my frame project and headed towards our local hardware store.  I went to Home Depot and Lowe’s to look at their galvanized metal. Unfortunately, the frame was WAY TOO BIG, and the sheets of steel that these stores sell, is WAY TOO SMALL.  My co-worker told me awhile ago that her dad deals with metal.  It is a good thing that I remembered this.  I asked her if her dad could get me a large piece of galvanized steel and she said, “YES”.  I gave her the measurements and within a few days, she brought me the piece of galvanized steel.  I placed the piece of steel and the frame against my husband’s work bench in the garage, and there it sat, for another month.

Galvanized Magnet Board Before It Was Hung
Of course, I begged and asked my husband to help me with the project but we were both swamped. One day, he finally agreed to start on it.  He placed the galvanized steel against the wall, and pre-drilled the four corners, after measuring and making it level.  He then took it off the wall, and then checked the drywall to see if he needed anchors, or if he was drilling into the studs.  The reason that we were mounting the steel directly to the wall, and not to the frame, was because it was HEAVY, like VERY Heavy. If we used some kind of glue or epoxy to mount the steel to the frame, it would eventually come loose because of the weight.

Pre-drilling the wall for the magnet board mounting
After pre-drilling the steel, Angry Husband mounted the steel to the wall with dry wall screws. We use these screws a lot in our house. We buy them in bulk.  Angry Husband was moving at a very fast pace, so I took pictures with my iPhone.  Like they say “the best camera to use, is the one you have”.

Magnet board mounted to wall

After mounting the galvanized steel to the wall, Angry Husband then placed the unpainted frame against the wall around the steel.  He then marked the spots where he would place the screws.  He did some measurements, and then pre-drilled the frame.  He then pulled the frame away from the wall.  He then took the frame into the garage and counter sinked the holes so that the frame would lay flat.  I would have never thought of this.

Of course, I went on some errands, and Angry Husband had spray painted the frame while I was gone.  He used a can of primer black that was already in our garage.  We went with a primer black between the rest of the colors in the room are flat, and not shiny.  The orange chair rail is also a flat non-shiny orange. I had already sanded the frame prior to this project being started.

After the spray paint had dried for about a day, Angry Husband mounted the frame on the way.  He used the dry wall screws to secure it once again.

Galvanized Steel Magnet Board
I think that this project was super easy and turned out great. Just don’t get an extremely large frame and expect to find galvanized steel the same size at your local store, because you won’t.

I think Angry Kid’s room is finally done. It is about time!!  Now I just need to finish our master bedroom.

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14 comments
joanne
joanne

Great idea!!! I dont have any friends in the Steel business, do you have any ideas how i could find a place that would sell me a customize piece??

Peggy
Peggy

Awesome idea! Just what I've been searching for online. However...can you clarify or elaborate...how do I "counter sink the holes"? Obviously, I'm new to do & I need to do this myself because my husband is sick of implementing my endless ideas. Thanks!!

Gail
Gail

Great project and result! Is the galvanized steel 'strongly' magnetic so regular store bought magnets function on it? (We've had store bought magnetic boards that are weak and most magnets fall off, which defeats much of the purpose and keeps us seeking esp.'strong' magnets).

workout mommy
workout mommy

i LOVE it! I still covet (and talk to my hubby) about your awesome closet re-do. (sigh) :)

Joni
Joni

it turned out great! i love it!

Lee-Ann
Lee-Ann

Looks great, you have such great idea's!

T
T

I have four sheets of metal sitting around - and three frames... (yeah, I broke one while it was sitting around... sue me) maybe someday I will follow through with the intended project?

Jamie B
Jamie B

Love this!! I'm in the process of just thinking about moving my two boys into the same room, and of course redecorating... I just may have to use this idea!

Kathleen E.
Kathleen E.

This is a good idea...I should put one of these in my kitchen, as our stainless steel fridge isn't magnetic on the front, and we need more space to post stuff. :o) Thanks!

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Joanne, I would start searching locally via yellowpages.com for Scrap Metal businesses and metal businesses. You can check to see if they have pieces that you can buy. Make sure you get the right kind because no all scrap metals are magnetized.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Counter-sinking means pre-drilling with a small drill bit, so that you can use the bigger drill bit and screw when affixing it to the wall.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

That hallway closet project was really our best one yet. And something that the 6 year old boy hasn't trashed!