Friday, July 10, 2009

Vintage Painting Repurposed as Magnetic Board

My dream is to one day have all original paintings and works of art. Call me snobby, but I don't want prints of original paintings. At the same time, I neither have the money nor the wall space for real artwork. Vintage paintings though, are right in my price range, and this DIY project to turn one into a magnetic board is great. It takes something interesting and fun and turns it into something with a function. The steps are super simple and take minimal materials.


  • Metal Board. The original crafter used the BITS ikea office board, $10, but whatever metal board you can get a hold of. I think you could easily find something at the hardware or thrift store.
  • Vintage Painting. Must be at least as big as the metal board.
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissor
  • Magnets. Use strong magnets if your painting is on heavy weightcanvas or the paint is thick.
  • Hanging wire or other preferred method to hand board upon completion. The original picture may come with hanging wire on the back, which you could easily reuse.

Step By Step

  1. Start by ripping your canvas off its original stretcher bars and place it face down.
  2. Lay your metal board on back of the canvas and if it’s too big, you can cut the sides of the canvas down to leave an inch on either side of the board. Make sure you like how the image is cropped on the front before you cut.
  3. Glue the edges to the back of the metal board with the hot glue. Glue one side at a time and pull the canvas tight before you glue.
  4. If you covered the holes on the board with the canvas, use the scissors to poke through the hole so you can hang the piece.

[via Design*Sponge]