[DIY GUIDE] How To Make a Magnet Wall +Magnetic Paint Guide

When I was scrolling through my feed on Pinterest this morning, I noticed an image of a very creative magnetic wall in someone’s living room. As soon as I had the time, I read through some DIY instructions for how to achieve this in my own home. With my own spin on the project, I decided to make my own DIY guide for a magnet wall.

How can you make a magnet wall? In order to make a magnetic wall, you will need regular painting supplies along with magnetic primer and magnetic paint. The primer and paint must be stirred very well and applied in several coats in order to work.

Magnetic bulletin boards and refrigerators can be very convenient when you need to display important information and reminders or would like to decorate your home with personal photographs. So, imagine an entire magnetic wall where you could hang up anything you would like.

If you are interested in making your own DIY magnetic wall to make your home decor a little more aesthetic and functional, read through these easy steps to find out how you can achieve this look.

How To Make a Magnetic Wall With Magnetic Paint

While there are plenty of ways to make your own DIY magnetic wall, the most straight forward option is to use a great magnetic paint. Applied almost exactly like regular paint, you can achieve a magnetic wall in just a day’s work following these simple steps.

What You Will Need:

  • Blue painter’s tape
  • Paint roller with long handle
  • Pan for paint
  • Magnetic paint
  • Magnetic paint primer
  • Drop cloths

DIY Magnetic Wall (Magnetic Paint):

  1. Lay down your drop cloth under the wall you will be painting
  2. Place the blue painter’s tape around the area
  3. Use your paint roller and pan to apply a few coats of magnetic paint primer
  4. Apply several coats of magnetic paint
  5. Leave the area to dry for a few days before using
  6. Add your desired magnets to your new magnetic wall!

In order to paint a wall with magnetic paint, you will want to lay a drop cloth under the area you will be painting, and place blue painter’s tape around the area. After stirring well, use your tools to apply a few coats of magnetic paint primer to the wall.

When this has dried properly, you can proceed to apply several coats of magnetic paint on top. Once everything has been covered thoroughly, you will leave the area to dry for a few days before testing it out and using it, to avoid messing up the paint job.

After testing the wall and making sure that everything is good to go, you can add your desired magnets to your new magnetic wall and enjoy your finished product!

An Easy Guide To Using Magnetic Paint

While magnetic paint might sound like the easiest option for creating your own DIY magnetic wall, there is actually a lot more to it than just applying a coat of magic paint and coming out with a giant magnet board.

If you have never used magnetic paint before, there are a few things that you should learn about the material prior to starting your home improvement project. Fortunately, I put together an easy guide with everything you need to know about magnetic paint.

Guide To Magnetic Paint - Tips and Tricks:

  • Paint a dark color under the wall using regular paint before beginning
  • Always apply magnetic primer (can get messy!)
  • You will need to apply about 7-10 coats for it to work (several cans)
  • Use more drop cloths than one (excessive dripping)
  • Wear gloves to prevent staining
  • Magnetic paint must be stirred heavily before using

Before you begin your DIY project with magnetic paint, you will want to keep in mind that the paint will not be as opaque as you might think. While it is true that magnetic paint only comes in dark gray to dark black colors, it will not sit quite like a regular can of black or gray paint.

In order to achieve the best look without buying 30 cans of magnetic paint, you will want to paint your desired wall with a dark coat of regular paint before you begin. Otherwise, you might not be happy with the results when you are done.

Additionally, you should always apply magnetic primer before the magnetic paint. Keep in mind that just like the magnetic paint itself, the primer can get very messy! That’s why it is a good idea to use more drop cloths than one during this project.

You will also want to wear gloves on your hands to prevent staining. If you don’t take this precaution, you will probably have black fingernail tips for several weeks after your project has been completed.

While it is true that magnetic paint does have magnetic properties and you will be able to attach magnets directly to the wall when the paint has dried, you can expect to apply about 7 to 10 coats before anything will stick to it.

Depending on how large the area is that you would like to cover, you will most likely need to purchase several cans of paint to come out with a successful finished product.

The last thing that you should keep in mind while painting a wall with magnetic paint is that both the primer and paint will require excessive stirring before use. The substance will frequently separate in the can, so you will want to make sure that everything is properly combined before applying it to an actual surface.

Alternative Ways To Make a Magnetic Wall

If you do not have the time or resources to make a DIY magnetic wall using magnetic paint, there is another way to achieve similar results. This method is great for people who are renting or would just like something a little bit more temporary.

What You Will Need:

  • Large piece of sheet metal (fitted to wall)
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Cardboard

DIY Magnetic Wall (Sheet Metal)

  1. Gather your materials in your desired workspace
  2. Make sure that your sheet metal is fitted to the wall you would like to mount it to
  3. Place the sheet metal over a piece of cardboard
  4. Use the hammer and nails to create holes around the edges of the sheet metal
  5. Hold the sheet metal up to the wall in one place
  6. Use the hammer and nails to attach the sheet to the wall
  7. Add your desired magnets to your new magnetic wall!

After you have gathered all of your materials in your desired workspace, you will want to make sure that your sheet metal is fitted to the wall you would like to mount it to. Place the sheet metal over the cardboard to create holes around the edges with your hammer and nails.

Hang the sheet metal up by holding it to the wall in one place and attaching it with the hammer and nails. Once this has been completed, you can add your desired magnets to your new wall immediately, with no need to wait for it to dry.

As you can see, the process of creating your own DIY magnetic wall is not as difficult as it may seem, no matter which method you choose. With the use of magnetic paint and the helpful tips from this quick online guide, you will be on your way to hanging magnets right on your wall instead of being confined to the refrigerator!

Related Questions

Is adhesive magnet sheet material removable when placed on a surface?

While it is possible to remove this type of material from a surface, be prepared for a long and tedious removal process which will include cleaning up sticky residue.

How can adhesive magnet sheets be cut?

To cut an adhesive magnet sheet, you can use a heavy duty paper cutter, utility blade, or a printing and cutting duo machine.