Everyone uses magnet boards to keep track of notes, recipes, school info, photos and much more. Here in Utah, they are quite the trendy design must-have. A few months back, I was at my local craft store and their magnet boards were on sale so I bought two! I loved the large wood frame and spontaneously had an great idea! That original idea was later scraped by an easier ~ need based idea. Instead of keeping notes, recipes and other such essentials I decided to prominently display the most current photos of my boys. At Costco you can get a 12" by 12" photo printed "perfect for scrap booking", is what the sign says for $2.99 + tax. ( For the why behind Costco printing click here.)
spray painted the first coat of black paint outside. Then inside, I did a second coat of black paint with a sponge brush. Let it completely dry, then repositioned the metal and backing. Once everything was back into place I used my favorite boy bottle cap magnets; Tika Kids and put them on top of my photo for placement.
Instead of making this the cutest magnet board turned photo frame... I just wanted it to be done and instead enjoying the pictures. I have to admit this is not normal for me, but I resisted the urge and have thoroughly enjoyed the pictures and so has my husband. He commented: "Glad to see we are finally looking at these pictures!" ( he means instead of on a CD) I couldn't agree more!!
I love that fact that I can now get a big over sized photo of my boys, display it for cheap, change the photo often and get a new look in my home regularly. The black goes with almost any of the photos of my boys and the metal behind gives it a funky matte-ing look (I know I am stretching on that one!).
Tip: For a new interesting look, don't actually hang your pictures. Have Furniture? Just prop your picture up on the buffet, side table, desk, etc. especially if they have a wall behind them or use an easel. Shake things up a bit, I love to do this in my living room.