Are you a list maker? I’m an avid maker of lists, but also a chronic forgetter of lists. How many times have I found myself at the grocery store as my shopping list rests forgotten at home? The world will never know. Though they may get misplaced, lists are a necessary part of maintaining my sanity, particularly in the kitchen.
To improve my list-making abilities, I wanted to make a little note command center that wouldn’t look ugly on my kitchen refrigerator. I needed one part to hold removable notes for trips to the store while another part could be for writing temporary messages, like my honey-never-mind-I’ll-do-it-myself lists. I came up with this little wooden clipboard that combines both of these list-making needs with a magnet on the back for mounting on a refrigerator or locker. Check out how I made it below!
-1 3/8″ x 4″ x 36″ piece of select pine (I bought a 36″ piece and used 12.5″) / $3.25
-2 3/8″ #4 screws / $.50
-clip no wider than 3″ (like this one or this kind) / $2
-chalkboard paint (spray or brush on) / $5
-primer (optional but recommended)
-wood stain or paint / $5
-painter’s tape / $2
-Gorilla Glue / $5
-magnets (strips or individual) / $2
-120-220 grit sandpaper / $2
Total Estimated Cost for All Materials*: $27
My Cost (wood, screws, clip, and magnets): $5.75
*Most of these materials are small portions of supplies that a crafter will have in his or her supply kit. That is why I also note the amount I paid to complete the project, which does not include the materials I already had.
-wet rag or sponge
-clamps (optional and not shown above)
Step One: Cut the 3/8″ x 4″ x 36″ piece of select pine lumber into 1 10.5″ piece and two 1″ pieces. If you do not have a saw, the lumber yard or hardware store will cut the pieces for you. Be sure to lightly sand down all cut or sharp edges.
Step Two: Dampen the areas of the wood that will be glued together. This helps activate the Gorilla Glue.
Step Four: Clamp together the pieces of wood as shown above, or use duct tape to simulate a clamp. The bond of the glue is improved with pressure. The glue will ooze as it’s activated. Be sure to wipe away any goop before it dries.
Step Five: After the glue has set up (1-2 hours), stain or paint the wood. I used Rustoleum’s “Driftwood” tinted stain. I had this leftover from my framing project.
Step Six: After the stain or paint has dried, attach the clip to the board with screws. You don’t need any power tools for this. A little pressure with a screw driver will drive the screw in nicely and pull the clip tightly against the wood.
Step Seven: Clip the paper you’ll be using into place. Post-its are the perfect size for this! Then apply masking tape around an area for the chalkboard below the notepaper. I made the width of my area to be the same as the Post-it note with about a 1/2″ spacing in between them. Before painting, press the edge of a fingernail along the edge of the masking tape to make sure no paint will sneak below it.
If you’re spray painting instead of brushing, you’ll need to remove the notepaper and mask over the entire clipboard before spraying. I used primer before painting because I had it on hand. It will help the paint job hold up over time.
Step Nine: Use Gorilla Glue to attach magnets to the back of the board. Make sure you’ve tested the magnets to see which side should go against the refrigerator. If the magnets push away from each other while the glue is drying (mine did!), you can duct tape them in place.
Just a warning— I first used an American Crafts chalkboard pen on this board because it writes so much prettier than regular chalk, but it wouldn’t wipe off! I had to apply another coat of paint to cover it up. Now this board is strictly for old-school chalk only.
I love having a nice-looking note station exactly where I need it. Now I can write down what we need from the store exactly when I notice our supply is dwindling. Organization is now within my grasp! Look out, world! –Mandi
Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with Stella of the Signature Collection.