When I saw something similar to this online, I knew it was what I was looking for. I love all the different pieces that go into it, but wanted to change it up a little bit. I love how it turned out! For the names, they are just basic craft stars, painted black, distressed, and stained. I ordered vinyl lettering for the names, put magnets on the back, and voila!
ITEMS YOU NEED:
-10x1x28 pine board
-9×27 piece of bead board
-8×26 piece of metal sheeting
-vinyl lettering to fit metal, with plenty of space at the bottom to hang magnets
-your choice of paint for wood and bead board
-4 metal tacks
-sub-floor adhesive (in a caulking-like tube)
-4 roofing nails, 1 1/4 inch maximum
1. When buying your wood and bead board, both Home Depot and Lowe’s will cut them down the to the size you need for free.
2. Router the edges of your pine board. Sand, paint, and stain as desired.
-Paint bead board as desired. If you are using the pre-primed bead board, spray paint covers and sticks much better than craft paint.
3. With the roofing nails, attach the beadboard to the center of the pine board in each of the four corners (should be a 1/2 inch border). Make sure you go in far enough that they won’t show once the metal sheeting is on.
4. Caulk a medium amount of the sub-flooring adhesive to the back of the metal sheeting, but not too close to the edges (it will squeeze out and make a mess). Place it in evenly on the bead board (should have a 1/2 inch border)and press down. Let dry.
5. The metal tacks should be placed in each of the four corners of the metal sheeting, for not only a decorative look, but to keep the corners of the sheeting secure. You may need to hammer or drill a small hole through the sheeting first, before attempting to hammer the nails.
6. Wipe metal sheeting clean, and let dry. Apply the vinyl lettering, making sure to place your letters higher than normal (NOT centered), so you will have plenty of space at the bottom for magnets/names.
7. Make magnets of your choice! Some ideas: glass rocks or pebbles with each family member’s picture on it; wooden stars/hearts/circles/squares that have been painted and distressed, with family members’ names in vinyl lettering on them; wooden blocks with initials only…