DIY magnetic fabric noticeboard the lazy way

As you will remember, my new monsoon magnets pressured me into re-covering my whiteboard to complement their loveliness.

You’ll notice that this is a ‘lazy way’ tutorial. Once I decide to do a project, it’s happening, regardless of whether I have the right tools or enough time to do it. Inevitably, things can sometimes be a little botched (by the end of this post you’ll see..) but they usually end  up alright!!

 

This project was a true case in point. I had cute floral fabric, check. And nice magnets, check. A way of attaching the fabric to the board….now that wasn’t as easy. First I tried superglue, that sticks anything right? Wrong. Apparently it doesn’t stick fabric to plastic. Well, what can I say? You learn something every day. Not to be defeated by mere superglue I got to thinking of an alternative.  After a while I found myself thinking, hmmm….uhh…sellotape?

Yes, that’s right, I used sellotape and literally wrapped the board like a big flat present. It wasn’t big and it wasn’t clever but it WORKED, so there. I now have a nice magnetic fabric noticeboard. As long as no one takes it off the wall and looks at the back, they’ll be none the wiser.

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DIY French bedside table

After a couple of months searching high and low for a bedside table, I decided there was no way I could afford one that I wanted and no way I wanted one of the ones I could afford!

So, being intrepid DIY-er, I decided to craft my way to the perfect item of bedroom storage.

    

I found a sturdy but hideously orange-y varnished pine bedside table in a local charity shop for £20. I went and bought a random shade of cream paint (out of like 20 options- who knew cream was so complex?) and some beautiful knobs to replace the originals.

After laying down some newspaper and gathering my tools (sandpaper and block, paintbrush…), I got to work. Here’s how I did it.

  1. Remove drawers and unscrew knobs.
  2. Sand the whole cabinet roughly – it doesn’t have to be perfect (this a whole lot more dusty than you think- be warned).
  3. Wipe every surface with a damp cloth to remove dust and leave to dry.
  4. Paint all visible surfaces with a thin layer of paint. I left the inside of the cabinet and drawers in/as plain wood because I liked the contrast and well, it’s easier.Leave to dry- a couple of hours should be enough.
  5. Paint a second coat on.
  6. Leave to dry overnight.
  7. Screw in new knobs.

Hey presto, a French-style piece of furniture for a fraction of the price!