Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pinterest Project: Make Up Board

I'm pretty sure all of you have seen this make up board floating around on Pinterest. You know, the one that is magnetic so that you can de-clutter your counter top and your make up bag? No? Take a look then.

Ever since I saw the first one, I have been wanting to make one. And now with a new house and needing things to fill wall space, I figured why not? And, I had bought an old picture frame at a garage sale that I was wanting to use for something and this seemed perfect. 

Old picture frame that I bought at a Garage Sale for $1

Detail on the frame
I started out by dry brushing the frame with the color that I wanted to use. This is a technique that I saw on the Junk Gypsies TV show on HGTV. It helps to really bring out the details in whatever you are trying to paint. And it gave it kind of an antiquee feel which is definitely what I was going for.

Once my frame was dry, I moved on to the actual board part of it. Originally I was just going to buy some of that magnetic paint and paint it onto a piece of plywood, but after doing a lot of research on it, and reading a ton of reviews, I decided against it. Most people said that the paint didn't work very well and I didn't want to waste my money so I went a different route.

I went to Home Depot and bought a piece of steel instead. I took a magnet with me to make sure that it was magnetic first of all and then we measured to make sure that the piece was big enough. We got it home and cut it down to size and then went to work on deciding what pattern I wanted on it. I scowered the internet and found a pattern that I loved. We printed it out onto regular copy paper. I cut the pattern out and then retraced it onto a thicker paper and then cut that one out. Once I had it cut out, I laid it in the middle of my piece of steel and held it in place with magnets so that it wouldn't move.

Then I took the paint that I wanted and painted the pattern onto the board. This took so much time. Even more time than I thought it would. I had to do quite a few coats so that the paint didn't look streaky.

My paint colors and brushes

Very streaky first coat

One row done with the first coat

Finished product

After I was done painting my pattern onto my steel, I sprayed it with a Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer. I thought this would help the paint from scratching, but it really didn't make a difference. Once we were done with all of the painting we cut out a piece of plywood to the exact same dimensions as the piece of steel. We then laid the steel on top of the plywood and then put the two pieces in the frame. Once we had it positioned the way we wanted it, I put wood glue all around the edges where the plywood met the frame. And then we nailed tiny little nails in the plywood and into the frame so that it would stay put. We then added a hanger on the back so that we could hang it later.

And that was it, it was done! The only thing left to do was to attach magnets to the back of all of my make up. I did that using a hot glue gun. I also put two magnet strips on the bottom of the board to hold my bobby pins and barrettes. I also have a plastic pencil holder that is flat on one side that I want to paint and attach to the board to hold all of my brushes, but I haven't gotten that far yet.

Finished product with some of my make up on it

I absolutely love how it turned out. It came out a lot better than I was expecting and I love the way it looks in my bathroom. This was definitely worth my time and effort. I know that I will use this thing for a very long time. 

Have you done any projects that you found on Pinterest lately? Did they turn out the way that you were hoping?



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