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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Magnetic Paint Experiment

For an organizing freak like myself there is nothing more irritating than the dilemma of what to do with jars of spices piled up on top of each other.  Have you ever been right in the middle of the recipe and then realized that you need cumin or oregano or chili flakes?!  Ahhhhh, pot is boiling over but you're in the pantry sorting through 500 jars and small bags of spices.

So while I was out strolling through Canadian Tire some adorable metal and magnetic spice jars leaped into my basket and begged me to take them home (true story!).  My first intention was to use them in conjunction with a metal tray but that was a massive fail in the diy department.  Next I thought I"d try magnetic paint.  Success:)


How To:
1.  Tape off the area to be painted.

2. Using a foam roller, roll on several light coats allowing 30 minutes to dry between coats. I actually think I used 6 coats although I did test fridge magnets and they stuck after 3.  The spice tins are heavy, especially with spices in them so keep layering.

 3.  Once the last coat of magnetic primer has been applied wait 4 hours and then apply the paint.  I was worried about covering black with our light gray/blue wall colour but 2 coats of paint did it.

4. In the meantime prepare your spice jars with labels.



The paint can be applied directly on top of the magnetic primer and it only takes 1 or 2 coats to cover.  Even our light blue/gray wall colour covered with only 2 coats.

If we decide that we don't want to hang spices we can use this as an area to hang recipes and keep them in eye sight while we're cooking.

30 comments:

  1. Wow, Carol - that looks great! I've seen those jars around too and they have yet to jump into my cart (soon, though). I like how you painted over with your kitchen colour - how clever!

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  2. I didn't realize you could top-coat magnetic paint with the color of your choice and have it still be magnetic! Thanks for that tip. Just wondering, is the magnetic paint really stinky until it dries? I really like the way it works in your kitchen.

    Robin
    happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com

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  3. Neat! I used magnetic paint to cover a mirror and make a stylish magnetic board for my office, but even after many coats (of the same brand) I can only hold something if I use super strong magnets (not cheapo dollar store ones like I planned). No big deal, but I think I may have done something wrong . . .

    Here it is: http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2011/04/diy-magnetic-chalkboard-phase-i.html

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  4. i am glad it worked well for you! i have tried it and had the WORST luck but i used a different brand and i wonder if that is why. it is so handy!

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  5. I'm with Cassie. Magnetic paint was a fail for me. I LOVE this idea though! Pretty and functional. Can you go wrong?

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  6. I like that you covered over the black with the soft gray -- it's functional, but doesn't scream "I'm a magnetic wall!"

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  7. That is soo cool. I have always wanted to use magnetic paint but never really sure it would work! Fabulous darling. Hey, did you get my text message???

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  8. Such a cool idea. I wonder if magnetic paint works on a orange peel surface? My wall has a lot of lumps and bumps.

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  9. I have those jars too:-) After we complete our new backsplash this may be my next kitchen project. thanks again for the inspiration, Carol!

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  10. i don't know why, but i have never heard of magnetic paint! this is so cool...trying to come up with a place to use some now!

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  11. I'm glad it worked for you! I used it under my chalk board wall... what a NIGHTMARE! I think I did about 8 coats, and it STILL barely holds a magnet. Plus it gave the wall a gross bumpy texture. Ugh.

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  12. Look at you little Miss Organizer! What will you think of next? Can't wait to find out!!!

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  13. I had no idea there was such a thing as magnetic paint! Cool! What I would like to know is...How is the Sesame Wonton Triangle recipe? Easy? Worth trying?

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  14. I've never seen magnetic paint! I'm sure they don't have it here in Dubai..
    Love that you can paint your own paint colour right over top. I've got my magnetic spice jars on the side of my fridge and it sure beats the mess of jars in the cupboard!

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  15. Oh you are such a smarty pants!!!! Now ya got the wheels turning for me to use that paint somehow. I love how something's just leap into your basket while shopping!

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  16. Can it be that I like you so much 'cause opposites attract? I'm the MOST unorganized person you will EVER know!!! I can't believe how creative you are. I love the magnetic paint idea.

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  17. this is awesome! i've wanted to try magnetic paint in my kitchen also-- such a great idea! i just found your blog, so i'm looking forward to reading through everything!

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  18. that's brilliant! I have this magnetic organizer thing that needs a home. I know what I'm doing with it!

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  19. That is such a great idea! And good to see that magnetic paint really works the way it's supposed to :-)

    Can you imagine future homeowners wondering why all their metal things are sticking to that wall? ;-)

    Kelly

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  20. Oh I love this idea!! I already have these containers:)
    PS Sent you an e-mail!! Check your inbox:)

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  21. This is SO inspiring. I can think of a zillion places we can use magnetic paint! Next time I see it, it's jumping in my cart and there's nothing I (or anyone) can do to stop it.

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  22. I've been meaning to try this stuff!

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  23. Great idea! Having the recipe on the wall would be super helpful. I'm always getting food and stuff all over the recipes when they're on the counter.

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  24. Found you through Hodge Podge....and now I am crushing on you....lol. How could I have not known about this magnetic paint? Where is the Manager at my Canadian Tire? I am going to have to have a chat with Earl. :) Nice to meetcha from another Cdn Girl who blogs and diy's. Following now.

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  25. I'm with everyone else here, a great idea for the kitchen, I seriously want to try it out myself!

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  26. Such a clever space for magnetic paint!! LOVE this project and idea.

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  27. What a fabulous use of that wall! Love this idea!

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  28. Awesome! I have been wondering how that works! Thanks for trying it and letting us know.

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  29. I love this idea. This is so brilliant. So creative! Maybe I should try this idea too. Thanks a lot for sharing this one. I am really glad you shared it.
    Lyt.com

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