You know when you see something on Pinterest where you’re like, “I must do that. Now.”? It’s that feeling between having a mini creative heart palpitation and “Why didn’t I think of thaaaat?!”. Ya’ll know what I’m talking about. Well, over the weekend, I had such a feeling when I came across this quick, easy and clever DIY project on Pinterest.
Yes. Gold letter magnets. Like every other interior design enthusiast on the planet right now, I’m hooked on all things gold and brass. My Aunt calls me “Magpie”. My love for gold also rolls over into my favorite jewelry. These gold spray painted magnet letters reminded me of one of my favorite necklace which made me love this project even more. So, needless to say, this was easily added to my list of weekend to-dos.
The very next afternoon, I ran to Target and picked up 2 packages of magnetic letters. For those of you who don’t have kids, like us, you can find them in the kitchen section near the timers and meat thermometers. While I was out running errands, I also picked up a can of plastic primer and gold spray paint. After going back and forth between my favorite gold spray paint options, I decided to go with Rustoleum’s Bright Metallics Gold because it seemed to be the best choice to match the shade of my favorite gold initial necklace.
I was worried about the color showing on the sides once they were against the black magnetic chalkboard. Greg said he was pretty sure the magnet would still “magnetize” through a few light coats of spray paint (and he was right, it does), so I started out by spraying the backs with a thin coat of primer. After about an hour of drying time, I turned them over and coated the fronts.
I ended up spraying two coats of primer on the front of the magnets (just one on the back) to make sure the crazy bright colors were covered really well and we’d get a nice, even finish when the gold paint was applied.
Like with the primer, I started with a thin layer of gold spray paint on the back, let them dry and flipped them over to do two thin layers on the front. At this point in the process, I couldn’t wait to get them up on our magnetic chalkboard in the laundry room.
Once they were dry, I had a nice, shiny collection of gorgeous gold letter magnets. Magpie was in heaven.
I’m looking forward to using these along with chalk drawings – especially for holidays. One thing to note: If you’re using these on a metal chalkboard surface like I am, when you’re moving the letters around to make words, don’t slide them along the surface of your chalkboard. This might cause the primer to scratch off and mark the chalkboard. I found this out the hard way, but the primer came right off with a damp rag and a little scrubbing action. So, just to play it safe, pick up each letter then place it on the chalkboard rather than sliding them all around.
All in all, this is probably my favorite quick and easy project to date and it’s safe to say, magnet letters are not just for kids.