Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Magnetic Kitchen Cabinet Calendar

Wow, so I have been slacking on updating but not on crafting - been quite busy decorating for Halloween.  More on that later but for now I am thrilled to share my Magnetic Kitchen Cabinet Calendar!

It all started (as most of my projects do) with me toying with the idea of making something I saw on a blog - this time it was the Halloween Countdown calendar similar to the one that Project Naptime made but then I remembered that my Mom is the one who can sew...not me.  So I went to plan B - paper!

I initially had planned to do the countdown on a board that would be hung from the door leading to the basement.  I wanted it to be magnetic so I thought a sheet of metal would work but then I realized that the girls would not be able to see that since it would have to be hung pretty high and it would be crazy heavy - both things which kind of defeat the purpose of having a countdown calendar for the girls, right?  Looking for a different solution, I realized that the end of my kitchen cabinets would work beautifully and that with a little magnetic paint it was just what I had in mind!

I started by putting on several - and by several I mean 8 - coats of magnetic paint.  It took so many coats just to get the paint to be reasonably magnetic.  This stuff is pretty cool although it is quite smelly and very thick. I used a foam brush to put it on because I didn't want to pour it into a paint tray (Abby, my 7 month old, would have found that in 3 1/2 seconds) - it worked fine but a roller would have been faster and probably a touch more smooth.

After the final coat of magnetic paint went on, I put 2 more coats of the original white shade.  Can't tell there are 8 coats of black magnetic paint under there can you?  I was very relieved because about 5 coats into the very dark, very thick black paint, I was 100% convinced it was not going to cover up easily.  Thank goodness I was wrong!

While it isn't the most magnetic surface, it will hold a sheet magnet cut into a shape or the super strong, teeny-tiny dot magnets.  My favorite part is that if you don't know the paint is there, you would not be able to tell that the wall is magnetic.

As I mentioned, this was originally to be a Halloween Advent calendar but I realized that I liked the idea of having a calendar for the girls year round.  Some where accessible to mark the different holidays, special events and celebrations throughout the year so I created this:

Ellie, my 3 year old, loves it!  It took a while to make but it was not hard at all.  I used my Cricut to cut out the squares and each date - then I ran them through my Xyron machine to make them into stickers.  I originally used the repositionable cartridge but the squares kept peeling and falling off so I switched to the 'permanent' one and they are sticking fine 20 days into the month!  


Ellie and I added some cute foam stickers from the craft store - love my trick or treating ghost!

I used the Cricut to cut out a day marker magnet in the shape of a pumpkin - Ellie moves it every morning when we get up.  And throughout the day too, actually.  We change dates a lot around here.
I cut October out using Spooky Font and used the Xyron to make each letter into a sticker. I added the tree because I liked the way it looked and need something extra to fill up the space between October and the 1st.

I am planning on doing a new one each month - check back in the beginning of November for the latest calendar!  Hope you like it!

I am linking up to a few bunches and bunches of parties:

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Connie said...

What a fabulous idea and thanks for including how you did it. What kid wouldn't love that, it is right at their level.

Amy said...

This turned out really cute. I too have found that magnetic paint isn't really super magnetic. But it would be just perfect for this. And how fun for your little ones!

Gypsy Rose said...

Really cute and lots of fun

Young and Crafty said...

How cool is that?! I love how it turned out and the space can be used for each month.

I would love for you to link up to Scraptastic Saturday!

Hannah @

Young and Crafty said...

Thanks so much for linking up AND grabbing my button! I hope to see you every week :)


Kim said...

this is awesome!! you gained a new follower!

TidyMom said...

Oh I LOVE this!!What a GREAT idea!!
I stumbled your post for you too!!

Thanks for linking up!! Have a great weekend.

Full Price? NEVER! said...

Wow! I love this... I'm not at all crafty. I wish I was... but I might actually try this... it's that awesome!

Sara {Sara's Closet} said...

What a smart and clever idea. Found you through Tatertots and Jello, cute calendar btw!!

Jenn said...

That is such a great idea! I love how it is down at the kids level. Amazing!!

Kristen @ said...

I did some magnetic board painting last week too up in the boy I babysit's room. I did a million coats too and wish it was a tad more magnetic! If you have time come link up on Tuesday :)

The DIY Show Off said...

Emilie! It's awesome! Great job, girl! I love it! Thanks so much for linking your creativity in the DIY Project Parade! :)

Have a great week!


Anonymous said...

wish i had a cabinet that was white i could do this on....but maybe the side of my fridge...would just got a new follower :)

Cassie said...

I love it!!!
I totally need some magnetic paint!!!
How cool is that!!
I would love it if you came and linked up to my Halloween Party!!!

Sandy Ang said...

Such a clever idea !

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

How fantastic is this? My kiddos would LOVE this!

Megan Hellrung said...

I love this ! ! !