This industrial chic faux zinc magnetic memo board is a cool summer project. Cool because it’s unique, and cool because it’s a project you can make inside.
Is it hot where you are? It’s hot here. So hot that I thought a simple indoor project was in order today. With temps hovering at what seems like 100+ and humidity that hangs in the air so thick I can feel the weight of it a soon as I walk outside, I’m having a hard time finding motivation to do much of anything this week.
OK, I’ll admit I might be laying it on a bit thick but it really is darn hot outside. However, I do think my new faux zinc magnetic memo board is really cool, and I think you’ll like it too.
Last fall myself and a small handful of creatives attended a two day workshop at Amy Howard’s headquarters in Memphis Tennessee. Making a faux aged zinc finish is one of the awesome techniques we learned. We started with plain new, kind of shiny sheet metal squares and created an authentic weathered and aged zinc finish in a matter of minutes. I held onto my little square because I knew it would make a unique magnetic memo board and I’d get around to making it eventually;)
Supplies needed for a faux zinc magnetic memo board
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- Sheet metal This is a good resource, or you can find it at your local hardware store or a sheet metal shop
- Amy Howard Antique Zinc Solution
- rubber gloves
- clean disposable fabric paint cloth
- cotton cord
- Large drill bit
Note holder supply list
- magnetic strips
- mini-letter stamps
- paper flower embellishments
The process of making an aged zinc patina is really easy, here’s a video that Amy made showing how to create the aged zinc finish.
Making the magnetic memo board was easy. I started by drilling holes around the edge of my metal memo board to run my cord through to the top. A regular drill and large bit worked fine.
Tip: Wrapping tape around the end of the cord made it easier to string through the holes.
I used a few clothespins to make note holders by gluing magnetic backing and adding paper flower embellishments. I’m always looking for an excuse to pull out my mini-stamp set, so I stamped a few clothespins with fun words too.
All I did was knot the top of the cord on the memo board. It’s ready to hang on a nail or a hook.
That’s it. Easy!
My faux zinc magnetic memo board is a stylish alternative to the standard cork memo board. Just because it’s back to school season doesn’t mean we can’t have style in our organization, right? Speaking of back to school, I have a good post on back to school organization, you can read it here.
Other ideas for this aged zinc finish? How about on a table top, counters, layer on a stencil (Amy shares an awesome example in her video), how about cabinet door inserts or a really big faux zinc magnetic memo board? The ways this finish could be used are countless!
The patina is rich in color and layers, multidimensional and just plain gorgeous! This is a fabulous aging and finish technique for metal. You guys know how much I swoon over patina and special finishes, so in case you’d like to paint a metallic faux finish you may like my How To Paint A Mettalic Finish (oldie but goodie post) or one of my favorite dresser makeovers Paint A Faux Zinc Top.
All paint aside, there are times when a piece of sheet metal is the perfect choice for a project. If so, this is the finish you want!
Have I got you thinking about where you could use a faux zinc finish? Have you thought of ways that I didn’t mention? Let’s talk about it! Share your ideas in the comments below!
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Linda at Mixed Kreations says
Oh I bet that was a really fun work shop! I love that faux zinc finish, and your magnetic board is beautiful! I love how you added the rope around the edges of the board. Pinning!
Hi Linda and thank you so much! I love the faux finish too. It was so easy to use and really changed the metal. Yes, on the workshop, it was absolutely amazing to attend! Thanks so much for sharing my project!!
I love this! It came out so pretty and something I would enjoy making. Thank you for sharing it with us!
I love it Wendi! The magnetic memo board is beautiful!
Hi Susan and thank you! I really like how it turned out too. I use it to hang my grandson’s art he sends me 🙂 Thnaks so much for your visit!
Donna @ Modern on Monticello says
Great project and I like the robe details. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty
Hi Donna and thank you! The rope was the best finishing touch. Thanks so much for hosting and your sweet comment!
Christine Chaseling says
Love all things farmhouse ❤
Hi Christine! I think farmhouse style is so versatile and works with many different decorating styles. Glad you like my magnetic board project. It was fun to create. Thanks so much for your visit!
That is beautiful! What a great gift idea for friends or family. 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty
Hi Jaime & thank you! I loved the texture of the zinc treatment. It stands out and looks so unusual. Thank you for hosting a fun party to share my work with!
Well that is the cutest board ever Wendi. Loved it. Hugs and blessings, Cindy
Hi Cindy and thank you!! I loved the patina on the metal so much I had to find a good way to use it. I’ve been eyeing it for the longest as a memo holder and finally got around to making it, of course, now I have to find a place to hang it! LOL Thanks so much for your visit and taking your time to leave me nice comment! 🙂
I can also see this as a set of 4 boards or as a picture frame.
It’s a great idea and look so much better than cork (cork boards – while I have one – hurt my eyes with their ugly browns). Nice – and practical – touch to use the rope! 🙂
Hi TPC! This would be awesome in a set of 4 boards! I wish I had more but this was the only piece. I completely agree with you on the cork, every time I’ve tried to use one here I hated the way it looked. So good to hear from you & hope your summer is rounding out well!
Very pretty magnetic memo board Wendi. Love the paint finish, happy to know you hang on to things like I do….
yes-it’s too hot here! I am itching to get out and get some projects done. But it’s not happening anytime soon.
Thanks so much Gail! Yes, I do hang on to them but don’t have the awesome storage space you do my friend! I’m with you and ready to be done with the hot weather…looking forward to getting outside and working in cooler temps! Thanks so much for your visit!