Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner

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Comments - My Total Office Makeover: How to Make a Woodgrain Magnetic Memo Board

Abby's Mom on Jan 21, 2013:

Real wood veneer is available from scrapbooking stores and is fairly inexpensive. I found a site that has 26 x 40 sheets available; the price isn't listed but 12 x 13 sheets are around $3.00. This is available with different thicknesses of backing paper and the site also has instructions for use. I think they would look amazing on a magnet board. Also I remember seeing somewhere a blog post about using oil drip pans for magnet boards.


Chris Gardner on Feb 04, 2011:

Josh - try the IKEA Spontan, but don't be afraid of frames. They can most always be removed, or busted off!


Josh on Feb 04, 2011:

I'm having trouble finding unframed magnet boards. Most have that 1/2" or so plastic, rounded frame. Any suggestions Chris?


DesigningMom on Jan 27, 2011:

I think I'd over lap the contact paper keeping it as straight as I could. Then use a straight edge with an exacto knife to cut through the two layers. Once that's finished carefullly remove the extra sections of both upper and lower layers, replacing each large piece back down on the metal. Real wood pieces are seamed so I see no reason to wory about this being pieced.


Chris Gardner on Jan 26, 2011:

Josh - mine is 17 x 26 1/2". The contact paper is only 18" wide, so it barely covers the edges. Shame about your size. Perhaps you could cut it?


Josh on Jan 26, 2011:

What size was your magnet board? I want to get the big 18" x 12" one from AC Moore but the contact paper from Amazon is only 18" long so I assume it will leave some exposed surfaces.


Lea @TheGraciousHost on Jan 19, 2011:

Very cool. I love a lot of your stuff, and I'm also redecorating my office so I'm keeping a close eye out!


Georgia on Jan 19, 2011:

Check dollar stores - that's where I found mine. They had the color above and a lighter one...for, you guessed it, a dollar!


ThreeBirdsJewelry on Jan 17, 2011:

LOVE this! In fact I bought some of those magnetic strips from IKEA meant to hold knives and am going to attach it to my peg board. It is great for all my metal files, in addition I bought some 'spice' containers with magnets on the back to hold various supplies.


ThreeBirdsJewelry on Jan 17, 2011:

LOVE this! In fact I bought some of those magnetic strips from IKEA meant to hold knives and am going to attach it to my peg board. It is great for all my metal files, in addition I bought some 'spice' containers with magnets on the back to hold various supplies.


DesigningMom on Jan 13, 2011:

Hey this is really neat Chris.


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