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DIY Magnetic Door

Magnetic Door

This will definately not be for everyone, but my soccer crazy son, loves it.

This project came from an idea my husband had, he wanted me to attach “something” to my sons door so they could set up a soccer field.

He wanted a soccer field on the door so they could set up soccer positions.  My husband puts his team and the ball on the field before he leaves for work in the morning and Caleb’s job is to set up his team to defend.

I really didn’t want to attach anything to my doors, so I looked for an alternative.

I knew magnetic paint existed, but I had never tried it, so I thought I would give it a try.

The product is made by Rustoleum.  I purchased it at Lowes.

Rustoleum Paint

Several years ago, we replaced the plain hollow core doors that were in our house with  these two pannel doors that I picked out at Lowes.

white door

I painted the center panels with the magnetic paint.  I carefully read the directions on the back of the can.  The paint required a lot of stirring.  In order to make it magnetic, it contains a lot of metal and therefor takes a long time to mix it to an even consistency. After that, the paint goes on easily with a roller.  I used a mini roller designed for smooth surfaces.

The can suggested at least 3 coats, but when that was dry, I did not feel it overly magnetic.  I decided that I would just use up the rest of the can.  Honestly, I couldn’t think of what else I would use it for.  I ended up putting six coats on each panel, the paint dries very quickly, so this didn’t take very long.

magnetic door

I want to note that the directions imply that cleanup is easy.  I did not find this to be the case.  I would suggest that you plan on throwing out whatever brushes you use.

I painted over the magnetic paint with the white semi-gloss that I originally used for the door.

Magnetic door paint

Braden has magnetic phrases on his door so he can write silly sentences.

Braden's Door

Now, for the soccer part…I left the top panel on Caleb’s door black.

soccer door

soccer door 1

soccer door 2

My husband figured out the scale of the for field and I drew it on the door with a white paint pen.  It’s actually pretty cute, and I can just paint the door white when he is over the soccer field.

Magnetic Door

Until next time…happy creating.

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