Framed Magnetic Fabric Board ~ An Ikea Make~Over

Framed Magnetic Fabric Board ~ An Ikea Make~Over

I have a little nook beside my secretary desk that needed a little updating. I have been reluctant to hang anything on the wall since the empty wall space really isn’t that big {only about 2 1/2 ft wide}. I have always felt the need though that ‘something’ belonged there ~ It was just a little too bare.
While doing some major organizing during our snow storm and computer outage I came across this Spontan magnetic board I had bought a few years ago at Ikea. They still sell these today {link} however they have changed the dimensions of the current version. Mine measures 17 3/4 by 25 1/2 and the new version is 14 1/2 by 30 3/4. With a little sprucing up I thought this would not only fill the space but actually be very useful as well {as I am a crazy LIST maker who has multiple lists because I usually can’t find them when I need them and end up starting new ones}.
I still had some fabric left over from the secretary make-over, found here, as well as some old used molding pieces from a french door project. The fabric was stretched and the edges hot glued to the back of the board…it’s still in tack after a few weeks so I feel safe saying hot glue was all it took.
The molding was cut to size using a miter saw and glued together using wood glue. The corner gaps were filled with filler then the entire frame was painted, a little crackled, and sanded just a bit. The board fits a little snug in the frame so they are able to be hung just using the premade holds in the original magnetic board.

I made some simple magnets from a pack of wood disks and craft magnets found at Michaels. Together they were just under $3.00.
A coat of grey acrylic, crackle medium, and an antique white top coat along with a little sanding and they were ready for the magnets. {attached with Gorilla Glue}

The lamp was another ‘organization’ find and works great adding a little light to the corner. I love the use of lamps instead of overhead lighting especially in the kitchen. It makes it so cozy at night. A quick coat of paint and a little burlap and trim on the shade and it was as good as new.
Funky Junk's Workshop Series
I have a long night ahead of me…As I am trying to make the Funky Junk Workshop Party tomorrow. As many of you may remember I started this project back in January ~ yes it is going on two months now. Luckily Donna, over at Funky Junk Interiors started a workshop series with a definite end date. So that became my goal. Needless to say I am still not completely finished but I think I’ll be able to have something up for tomorrow. If you have not been following the series you can still check it out by clicking here and view the party links by clicking here. Now I just need to get the little guy to go to sleep….Enjoy!


  1. Love the extra molding and fabric. Brilliant idea. Even love your little crackle paint magnets! Love everything you do girl ;).

  2. Love this! The fabric is beautiful.

  3. What a cute board…luv the fabric!


  4. This is so pretty, I love it!
    Rebekah {All Thingz Related}

  5. This turned out really pretty. I love it… (And as a fellow multiple-list-maker, I think it will be a great help!)

  6. I am SO going to ‘borrow’ this idea! I love how it turned out.
    … Connie

  7. Oh, fun! Love this idea!

  8. cute, cute, cute!

  9. You did a super job on these! Looks GREAT!


    Sheila ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. That is a wonderful project! The lampshade too! Good luck with your deadline!

  11. Super cute! I wanted to tell you that I think I am going to feature your St. Patrick Day art that you posted the other day. I loved it! Me and my daughter started on our coffee filters this weekend, and we are going to do something fun with them.
    Have a great day!

  12. I just love this! I’m checking out Ikea now! lol! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. That is a beautiful makeover. I would have never thought that it started out as that simple IKEA board. Great Job!

  14. Fabulous magnetic makeover. So elegant! And I too noticed right away the crackle on the magnets. ๐Ÿ™‚

    So glad you went for the workshop. Your space turned out AMAZING. Every square inch has me rivited!


  15. Ooo…I really like that!!! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Love this idea. It turned out super cute!

  17. Love this! I have that board sitting in my closet! Gonna give it a try! Thanks!

  18. Neat! What a great Idea! ๐Ÿ™‚


  19. I have a magnetic board that is in need of a little update. Thanks for some inspiration!
    SO CUTE!
    Jennie @ Cinnaberry Suite

  20. this turned out so cute! I love the magnet idea– so simple, but really brilliant. Thanks for the ideas!

  21. Love the fabric! You did a fab job. Thanks for sharing at the POPP.

  22. Great project!
    Have a great weekend!

  23. You made a functional thing very, very pretty! Great job! Thanks for linking up to Shop The House Sunday.

  24. This turned out so cute. I love it when functional is pretty.

  25. LOVE how that turned out. I am one of those crazy multiple lists floating around list makers too! I’ll have to make myself a magnetic board. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. I think the fabric you picked for this project is fabulous. And the crackle on the magnet is pure genious.
    Thanks for sharing;

  27. making such a nice craft mush be awesome!
    Love it!
    Keep up the good work Steph!

  28. So stylish & gorgeous! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Question: was your trim thick enough to go back to the wall -or- is part of the magnet board (fabric) visible from the side profile? I bought some picture frame trim to match the existing trim in my kitchen, but I will likely need to buy some 1/2″ inch stock to close off the sides. Did you have this issue? Just wondering how you handled that. The hot glue is a huge help! I wondered how you got the fabric to stay on a hollow magnet board. I have three of those Spontan boards screwed together, so I am looking to frame 1 solid magnet board that is about 30.5″ W by 44″ H.

    • Hi Suzanne. The trim fit the side of the magnetic board and was flush with the wall, after it was hung. To get the fabric to stay on the hollow board, hot glue was applied around the edges, then the fabric was pulled taut across the front and wrapped around. This idea would definitely work on the three boards you have!



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