I bought these frames at the beginning of the summer and it's taken FOREVER for me to finally finish them! I was originally looking for one frame to turn into a magnetic chalkboard for my scrap room. I couldn't find one at the antique stores and the antique festival around here, so I went to the source of everything you could ever want... eBay. I found what I was looking for as a set of two, so I then planned on one for me and one for Quinn's new room.
I gathered my supplies: chalkboard paint, magnetic paint, spray paint. I spent days applying coats of paint, paint, paint and more paint. I have to say, as brilliant of an idea as it seemed, the magnetic paint was a let down. You have to use SUPER strong magnets, and even then I couldn't hold very thick paper (I applied the recommended 3 coats). And the darn paint was $21 a quart! The chalkboard paint was as cool as expected, though, so now Quinn has a slightly magnetic chalkboard in a really cool frame for her new, pink room.
Since the magnetic thing turned into a crafting fail, I decided to go another route with the one for my scraproom. I had originally thought of stringing thin wire across it and using little clips to hold my stuff kind of clothes line style. At CHA, inspiration struck in the Jillibean Soup booth. Or, more precisely, I stole their idea. They had smaller frames with chicken wire holding some of their new product and I decided THAT was my plan for this frame. I went out to our old, dark, cobweb-filled barn that has produced some pretty good treasures for me lately and found some old chicken wire. I spray painted it the same color as the frame, then used a staple gun to attach it to the back of the frame and trimmed the excess off. Now it's a super cute little holder of goods- little pictures, Studio Calico cards, cute little scrappy goods and some CHA swag. I used paper from Fancy Pants Wishful Thinking line and Mod Podge to cover small wood clothes pins to hold everything.
Rustoleum Magnetic Paint from Menards
Rustoleum Spray Paint in Berry Pink from Menards
Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint from Michael's
Wood Clothes Pins from Joann's
Paper and Mod Podge from A Cherry On Top. com