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Painting the Pan
How to Make a Magnetic Message Board from an Old Cooking Pan

Apply multiple coats of chalkboard paint to create the chalkboard.

Photo © Jami Delia

Pick an area where you want to paint the pan and lay down newspaper or a drop cloth of your choice to protect your work area.

Before you begin painting the entire pan, do a spot check to make sure the paint will stick. Since the pan I used had a non-stick surface, I had a hard time with certain spray paints sticking to the pan. The spray paint I wanted to use for the boarder of my chalkboard did not stick at all. You can tell the paint will not stick properly when it automatically beads or appears very uneven.

  1. Apply a thin coat of chalkboard paint to the area you want to use as the chalkboard. You can cover the whole pan with chalkboard paint or leave the boarder unpainted and paint it a color of your choice later.

  2. Let the paint dry in a cool dry place and check every hour or so to make sure the paint dries properly and sticks to the pan. If you notice the paint is not sticking properly, let the paint completely dry and come back later with a different type. For example, if you used a spray chalkboard paint and it beads or does not cover evenly, you can either attempt to spray on another coat or let the paint completely dry and paint over it with a homemade or jar version of chalkboard paint.

  3. Apply multiple thin coats of chalkboard paint until you no longer see the metal of the pan showing through. Let the paint completely dry before painting a boarder.

If you want to paint a boarder around the chalkboard, you can paint the outside rim of the pan. I recommend doing this step after you apply the chalkboard paint, especially if you used a spray chalkboard paint.

You can use a colored spray paint or acrylic craft paint; however, I found that acrylic craft paint stuck better to the pan and was the easiest to apply. I simply used a medium sized craft paint brush, dipped it into the paint and carefully applied a thin coat of paint to the edges of the pan. To prevent the paint from dripping into the chalkboard portion of the pan, cut out a piece of newspaper the size of the pan and tape to the inside of the pan.

  1. Apply a thin coat of paint and let completely dry.

  2. Continue applying thin coats of paint until you no longer see the color of the pan showing through.

  3. Let completely dry for at least 24 hours.
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