Magnetic Make-Up Board
I completed my first craft project courtesy of Pinterest over the weekend. I saw this post about the magnetic make-up board and thought “Hey! I could actually use that and make it myself!”. I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions (because I never keep them) but for some reason this year I decided to “Organize and Simplify” which has been my motto for 2012. I’ve been doing pretty well and I thought this would be perfect for getting my makeup off the counter (so that I might actually keep the counter clean).
Behold before & after photos 🙂 On the left (although I’m a bit embarrassed to actually show you this) is the before picture of my side of the bathroom. Notice all the makeup / brushes on the right hand side? I like to keep things I use daily near by and accessible, but it’s just so cluttered. Next, you can see the AFTER and how nice and clean the counter is? I love having all my make up right there and as I finish getting ready they just go right back up on the board. And finally a close up of it hanging on the wall.
Here are the details on how I made mine.
1) Obtain all components:
- Sheet Metal (Lowe’s) – I got a 24×24 piece and used metal shears to cut it
- Metal Shears (Lowe’s) – or if you have a jigsaw with appropriate blade (this would give you a cleaner cut, but I wasn’t worried about it being perfect)
- Magnets (Lowe’s / Staples) – I’m sure you can find them at Walmart or plenty of other stores too. I heard the Dollar store had them, but I didn’t find any there.
- Spray Adhesive (Lowe’s) – I had never used spray adhesive before so I wanted to try it. I’m sure you could get by with hot glue if you already have that.
- Picture Frame (Goodwill) – I didn’t have one large enough so I went to Goodwill and bought one for $5.
- Spray Paint (Lowe’s) – if you want to paint the frame
- Fabric – we have a fabric / quilt store in Statesville!! I got mine from http://needleandthreadnc.com/. I couldn’t decide while I was there so I got these two:
2) Spray Paint the frame. I chose to do a silver metallic and I love the way it turned out. I forgot to get a BEFORE picture, so the 2nd picture is of the back and you can kind of see a sliver of the dark brown stain that was originally on the frame. I didn’t worry about priming before hand, I just sprayed the silver right over top.
3) Cut the sheet metal to the appropriate size and adhere magnets to your make up. I used a hot glue gun. They’re also pretty easy to pop off and then adhere to new make up when you get it. At first I had trouble popping one off but it eventually came. I did notice that my magnets from Staples weren’t strong enough for a glass jar of eye cream, so I had to use a stronger one. You’ll just have to play around with it and the different things that you’re trying to put on the board.
4) Adhere the fabric to the sheet metal. I chose to use Spray Adhesive (because I’ve never used it before). I cut the fabric just about 2 inches larger on all sides than the sheet metal. Then I sprayed the sheet metal and adhered the fabric. I then sprayed the back side and adhered the overhanging fabric. You could also just cut the fabric to the exact size, but since it’s going in a frame and all that is hidden anyway, I figured this was faster.
5) Put your lovely fabric covered sheet metal into the frame and secure. I had an original picture/mat in mine. So I just put that in behind the frame which I felt added a little support. And finally, attach your makeup! Notice the pink locker holder at the bottom right? I got that idea from my mother-in-law. And when I was at Staples this was the only one they had. I figured it would work out because of the pink in one of my fabric choices. That kind of helped me make a final fabric decision as well. It works perfectly for holding all my brushes and even my mascara (but you could put a magnet on that).