Like any child her age, my 6-year-old daughter Vanessa brings home all kinds of art projects that end up covering the entire refrigerator door. She usually likes to take some of the stuff to display in her room too, but I don’t really like how the walls of her room looks with all those push pins. So when I learned through Walmart’s Projects Made Simple that there’s a super easy way to make a section of a wall (or any other surface for that matter) magnetic, I knew I wanted to give it a try.
Another big reason why I wanted to try this project out is because Vanessa has been learning how to write and I love the idea that she can practice her spelling skills in Spanish in her own room using her newly converted section of the wall!
I must admit that since I’m no good when it comes to DYI projects of any sort, I was pretty skeptical about the whole thing, even though the Projects Made Simple video made it look exactly like the way it describes it: SIMPLE. Now that I’m done, I realize I had nothing to worry about because it’s really, truly simple.
I basically just followed each and every single step on the video and was able to complete the project, with the help of my daughter, without a problem.
The first thing we did was gather all the necessary materials incluiding:
- Rustoleum Magnetic Primer
- Painter’s Tape
- Drop Cloth
- Foam Rollers (different sizes)
- Tray Kits
We then taped off the section of the wall we wanted to become magnetic and then we were ready to start applying the magnetic primer. Just like the video indicated, we put three coats of the primer waiting about 30 minutes (or a bit less) between each one. We then had to wait four hours for the primer to set in before we peeled the tape off. And then, Vanessa’s new magnetic surface was ready to be used. As simple as that!
My main tip regarding the process is that you make sure you allow for a lot of ventilation in the room where you’re using the magnetic primer because it definitely releases an extremely strong odor.
The best part of the whole project was seeing Vanessa’s astonished face after she stuck the first two magnets to the wall and hearing her ask me if it was magic! And then, she told me she wanted me to use the magnetic primer in her entire room!
And now, check out our own how-to video:
Disclosure: As part of the Walmart Moms program, SpanglishBaby received compensation and the product to facilitate this post. As always, all stories and opinions are our own.