A couple of days ago, I wrote explaining how I won't be able to use magnets on my new refrigerator.
I ask you lovely readers if you had any ideas for other solutions, and I got tons of great ideas, especially on Facebook.
One friend suggested drilling a hole through a cookie sheet, hanging it on the wall and sticking magnets to it.
This seemed like an easy, inexpensive solution, so I decided to give it a try. I headed to the dollar store and bought two cookie sheets (because they're kind of small).
Now, I know I said I wasn't interested in having my magnetic area share space with a chalk board. But I changed my mind. I had chalk board paint left over from another project, and decided its deep green color would give the cookie sheets some ooomph.
I taped the sides of the sheets and painted the bottom of each with the chalk board paint. (Following instructions about dry time, of course. They needed to cure for three days before I could use any chalk on them.) Now, I can jot down my grocery or to-do lists in chalk ... although I might not be able to read them afterward.
I also got the crazy idea that I'd like to make magnets out of Scrabble tiles. After scouring local thrift stores for an old Scrabble game, I found faux-Scrabble tiles at Michael's. They don't have points on to them, but they look real enough from a distance. I hot-glued them to magnets, as I did with a stick of chalk. Guess I can now include myself with those who decorate with words.
I also found a roll of gray ribbon with yellow polka dots while I was shopping, which matches my home perfectly. I had my sweetie drill two holes in each cookie sheet - one on a long side and one on a short side. That way, I can change how I hang them without much effort.
The whole project gave me quick, effective, inexpensive results, and didn't require painting a wall or any other work-intensive commitment. And the best thing? When I get sick of them, I can easily take them down.