Last week Noah started an at home preschool program.
Our “school” area is this little alphabet table that I scored earlier this year at a yard sale. She loves eating, coloring, and playing at her table so I figured she wouldn’t mind having school there either.
When I envisioned this little learning area I pictured a magnetic chalk board hanging above her table. A board where we could hang her artwork up on as well as write the number/letter/shape of the week we are learning.
Insert my great idea to convert an inexpensive mirror into a magnetic chalkboard. Sounds pretty cool right? That’s what I thought too. My plan was to use a back of door mirror from Wal-Mart ($5), Krylong Magnetic Spray Paint and, Americana Clear Chalkboard Coating.
You may have noticed in the picture above a wooden plaque and blue spray paint. This was for another project that I was working on at the same time. I am happy to report that it turned out great and will be sharing it with you soon.
In the meantime, once I got all my supplies together I covered the frame of the mirror in painters tape. I was so excited because the frame of the mirror was purple. I really wanted to turn this little corner of the room into a playful area. Can you sense the sadness in my voice about this project?
Once the frame was all taped I carried it outside and set it on top of an old door so I wouldn’t get paint all over deck.
I was real careful and read the instructions on the can twice. This was important because the “shaking” and drying times are both different than your average spray paint. I had to vigorously shake the can for two minutes before applying a coat of paint.
Next, I waited 30 minutes before applying the second coat to allow time for the paint to fully dry. I then repeated this same process for every coat of paint. This took so long Fall came!
I did begin to get a little suspicious around coat three when I tested a magnet out and it just slid straight down the mirror. There was zero magnetism! So like the calm and collective Momma that I am I ran inside grabbed my iPhone and immediately googled Krylon Magnetic Paint reviews. I read several blog posts and not one had really successful results. There was one or two who had managed to get a magnet to stick but the magnet couldn’t hold a sheet of paper because the magnetism was so week.
Another had called Krylon to complain. They told her to give the paint five days to dry so that it could achieve it’s full strength. She did and the magnet still didn’t stick.
Several had used a single piece of 12″x12″ paper and sprayed the entire can following the instructions and still weren’t able to get a magnet to stick.
Next I checked Amazon. Of the 22 reviews all 22 gave the product one star. One star! Not one customer had even been satisfied enough to give it a rating of two stars. This really makes me wonder why Krylon still has this paint on the market. Who has had success with it? Are they still selling it only because they are able to make easy money off of people like me who just want to give it a try. As far as I can tell it has been on the market since 2011. If a product performs this poorly why is it still on the market two years later?
Last week Hobby Lobby even tweeted about Krylon Magnetic Spray paint. Suggesting to use it to create an easy magnetic board. I couldn’t help but reply back…
— ColorTransformedFam (@Krystle_CTF) August 30, 2013
Well anyways. Back to the story at hand. I sprayed four coats. Almost the entire can. Waited several days. And then tried again. Nothing. At this point I knew the project was a fail and thankfully had seen the writing on the wall in advance telling me it just wasn’t going to work.
No really. Some animal jumped the fence, came and taunted Buddy our cat, and scratched up the paint in the process. If I had had hope that the project would have worked I would have protected the mirror in between coatings and while waiting but since I pretty much knew at this point that the project was a botch I left it uncovered and tested it days later only to prove to myself that it didn’t work.
After I knew the magnetic chalkboard was out of the question I tried to salvage the frame. Because at this point the humidity had already started ungluing everything. For once a reason to be thankful for all this Southern humidity.
But the frame broke about halfway through so in the end I trashed it.Thankfully it was just a five dollar frame. Even though I am a little bummed that I lost five whole dollars. That’s the price of cute place mat, a couple rolls of Washi tape, or another can of spray paint. Oh well! It could have been worse.
So what I want to know is… who has used this product? Did you have success? Have you used another product similar to this one? I am scared to try another type of magnetic paint now. I have heard decent reports about the roll on magnetic paint though. From what I can tell though it is still pretty weak and can’t really hold a piece of paper in between the magnetic and wall.
So I’m sort of back to the drawing board (no pun intended) trying to figure out how to make all this work for the area around Noah’s table. I’ve got a few ideas up my sleeve though and will share them with you soon. I think in the end it will end up cuter than my original idea!
P.S.- I do plan to call Krylon to ask for a refund. From what I have read as long as I still have my receipt I shouldn’t have a problem getting a refund.
For more Color Transformed Family follow me on:
Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.