Friday, October 28, 2011

Pinterest Challenge

Oh, lord, I'm about to do myself in.

I have a list of projects a mile long (including several Halloween costumes on the docket), and I know myself well enough to understand I work best with a deadline.  I like to have just enough pressure to make the magic happen.  (I will ignore how dirty that sounded).

Enter the pinterest challenge.

Not too long ago, Young House Love and Emily Henderson and Bower Power and Making a House a Home challenged themselves to pin something they loved on pinterest and turn it into a DIY project.  With a deadline.  My husband and I just agreed to magnetic paint as a solution the the problem of the children's art in our house.  Avert your eyes if clutter makes you itch, but this is what we are dealing with.

That's right, a pile of artwork bigger than our smaller child.  Taking over one of the extra dining chairs.  In the room where we spend the most time.  Do you have ANY idea how much work it is to avoid this pile when taking pictures for this blog?  It's a problem.  Plus, you know, the girls would love to have their work displayed in a place of honor.

So, some wall in this house will get the magnetic treatment, and some kind of visually pleasing somethin' somethin' on top.  Possibly the upstairs hallway, possibly the laundry room.  Dave nixed my plans for the blank wall next to the refrigerator (though it is clearly the superior choice.)  What can I say?  Marriage is about compromise.

So, what will I do with my magnetic paint?  Possibly magnetic stripe(s), vertical, horizontal, diagonal, it's all fair game.  A shape on the wall, a full-on magnetic surface with frames painted out. Or how about something crazy like this?

That's just a quick little Sunday afternoon project, right?  (The original source MUST be Martha Stewart, don't you think?)

See a bunch of other inspiration on my pinboard, here.  What do you think: any favorite treatments?

And more importantly: can I pull it off by Halloween?

Come back next week to hopefully not watch me crash and burn.


  1. Ooooh, I can't wait to see this wall when you're finished! Where exactly do you get magnetic paint?

    Good luck, Heather!

  2. I picked up my magnetic paint (or actually, it is a primer) at Home Depot! It's kind of pricey, but cheaper than most other projects I've thought of for the artwork problemo.


  3. Magnetic paint! I had not heard of it, but really quite smart!


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