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Product Fail: Krylon Magnetic Spray Paint

krylong magnetic paint review So here’s the story of a blogger project fail…

Last week Noah started an at home preschool program.

NoahOur “school” area is this little alphabet table that I scored earlier this year at a yard sale.  She loves eating, coloring, and playing at her table so I figured she wouldn’t mind having school there either.

When I envisioned this little learning area I pictured a magnetic chalk board hanging above her table.  A board where we could hang her artwork up on as well as write the number/letter/shape of the week we are learning.

Insert my great idea to convert an inexpensive mirror into a magnetic chalkboard.  Sounds pretty cool right?  That’s what I thought too.  My plan was to use a back of door mirror from Wal-Mart ($5), Krylong Magnetic Spray Paint and, Americana Clear Chalkboard Coating.
magnetic chalkboard 6You may have noticed in the picture above a wooden plaque and blue spray paint.  This was for another project that I was working on at the same time.  I am happy to report that it turned out great and will be sharing it with you soon.

In the meantime, once I got all my supplies together I covered the frame of the mirror in painters tape.  I was so excited because the frame of the mirror was purple. I really wanted to turn this little corner of the room into a playful area.  Can you sense the sadness in my voice about this project?
magnetic chalkboard 4Once the frame was all taped I carried it outside and set it on top of an old door so I wouldn’t get paint all over deck.
magnetic chalkboard 3I was real careful and read the instructions on the can twice.  This was important because the “shaking” and drying times are both different than your average spray paint. I had to vigorously shake the can for two minutes before applying a coat of paint.
magnetic chalkboard 1

Next, I waited 30 minutes before applying the second coat to allow time for the paint to fully dry.  I then repeated this same process for every coat of paint.  This took so long Fall came!

magentic chalkboardI did begin to get a little suspicious around coat three when I tested a magnet out and it just slid straight down the mirror.  There was zero magnetism!  So like the calm and collective Momma that I am I ran inside grabbed my iPhone and immediately googled Krylon Magnetic Paint reviews.  I read several blog posts and not one had really successful results.  There was one or two who had managed to get a magnet to stick but the magnet couldn’t hold a sheet of paper because the magnetism was so week.

Another had called Krylon to complain.  They told her to give the paint five days to dry so that it could achieve it’s full strength.  She did and the magnet still didn’t stick.

Several had used a single piece of 12″x12″ paper and sprayed the entire can following the instructions and still weren’t able to get a magnet to stick.

Next I checked Amazon.  Of the 22 reviews all 22 gave the product one star.  One star!  Not one customer had even been satisfied enough to give it a rating of two stars.  This really makes me wonder why Krylon still has this paint on the market.  Who has had success with it?  Are they still selling it only because they are able to make easy money off of people like me who just want to give it a try.  As far as I can tell it has been on the market since 2011.  If a product performs this poorly why is it still on the market two years later?

Last week Hobby Lobby even tweeted about Krylon Magnetic Spray paint.  Suggesting to use it to create an easy magnetic board.  I couldn’t help but reply back…

Well anyways.  Back to the story at hand.  I sprayed four coats.  Almost the entire can.  Waited several days.  And then tried again.  Nothing.  At this point I knew the project was a fail and thankfully had seen the writing on the wall in advance telling me it just wasn’t going to work.

magnetic chalkboard 7
No really.  Some animal jumped the fence, came and taunted Buddy our cat, and scratched up the paint in the process.  If I had had hope that the project would have worked I would have protected the mirror in between coatings and while waiting but since I pretty much knew at this point that the project was a botch I left it uncovered and tested it days later only to prove to myself that it didn’t work.

After I knew the magnetic chalkboard was out of the question I tried to salvage the frame.  Because at this point the humidity had already started ungluing everything.  For once a reason to be thankful for all this Southern humidity.
magnetic chalk boarad 5But the frame broke about halfway through so in the end I trashed it.magnetic paint failThankfully it was just a five dollar frame.  Even though I am a little bummed that I lost five whole dollars.  That’s the price of cute place mat, a couple rolls of Washi tape, or another can of spray paint.  Oh well!  It could have been worse.

So what I want to know is… who has used this product?  Did you have success?  Have you used another product similar to this one?  I am scared to try another type of magnetic paint now.  I have heard decent reports about the roll on magnetic paint though.  From what I can tell though it is still pretty weak and can’t really hold a piece of paper in between the magnetic and wall.

So I’m sort of back to the drawing board (no pun intended) trying to figure out how to make all this work for the area around Noah’s table.  I’ve got a few ideas up my sleeve though and will share them with you soon.  I think in the end it will end up cuter than my original idea!

P.S.-  I do plan to call Krylon to ask for a refund. From what I have read as long as I still have my receipt I shouldn’t have a problem getting a refund.

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18 Months of Laundry Detergent

I won’t be posting much this week but that doesn’t mean I’m just laying around doing nothing. Wouldn’t that be nice?  One of the things on my to-do list for the week is to make a new batch of laundry detergent.

DIY laundry detergent that lasts 18 months!

I gave a review of the recipe I used last year and estimated that it would last me twelve months.

Well, I’m happy to announce that my twenty dollar supply of homemade detergent lasted me eighteen months (six more than expected)!  That equals out to roughly $1.11 a month for detergent averaging washing six loads a week.  I’m not sure how much of a savings that is over store bought detergent buy my guess is that I saved some major cash.  Which is pretty good especially for how well it cleans.  Sometimes I may have a stubborn stain or two but usually nothing a little Spray and Wash can’t handle… except for banana stains.  Do any of you Moms out there have advice on how to remove banana stains?

If you are interested in saving a little dough and making your own detergent check out this post.  There you can also find out why I was able to use it on Noah’s newborn clothes but chose not to for her cloth diapers.  In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July.  I’m not sure if I’ll be back for Family Friday or not this week so wherever you are I hope God blesses you with a little sun and relaxation later this week!  Happy Birthday America!

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DIY Knife Stand Block

One of the secrets to making a small kitchen look big is keeping the counter clean and clear of objects.  Doing this allows the eye to travel the full length of the counter without stopping.

american olean backsplash

I try to do this for the most part but sometimes your best use of storage is on the counter.  For instance with my knife block.  It’s a pretty bulky piece to store in the cabinets.  Plus, it’s incredibly convenient to have right next to the stove while cooking.

While I find myself knee deep in the middle of our kitchen transformation I keep looking for ways to simplify things and tie everything together with the yellow and grey color scheme we are working with.  I also like seeing the same color repeated throughout the room.  This design trick also keeps the eyes moving.  Which is one of the reasons I decided to give our knife block a little makeover.

personalized color knife block

personalized color knife block

I found the inspiration for this project a couple of months ago on Pinterest.

roamingrolfesknifeblock

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The project has been sitting on a back burner in my mind since then.  I decided to tackle it a few weeks ago while I had the Sherwin Williams Lemon Chiffon color still out from painting the walls in our kitchen.

First, I removed all the knives and cleaned the knife block with a damp rag. My block had a little metal plate screwed on the front.  I removed it and filled in the holes using Fast ‘n Final.

personalized color knife block

Next, I used a scrap piece of medium coarse sandpaper to scuff up the block a little bit.  This helps the paint adhere better.

personalized color knife block

Using the same paint that we used on our walls I applied two coats. Allowing ample time to dry between each coat.

personalized color knife block

(This is after just one coat of paint.)

Finally, to protect my little block from any abuse it may receive when “Chef Krystle” cooks I added two protective coats of Minwax Waterbased Polycrylic protective finish in Clear Gloss.  I had some leftover from when I painted the dresser in Noah’s room.

personalized color knife block

Not only does it protect the paint but it also gives it a nice glossy look.  Which I like!

personalized color knife block

(Oh, by the way!  Check out that grout job in the background.  Yay for ML!)

kitchenThis was a really easy project and an inexpensive way to update one of the accessories in my kitchen.  Over time I am hoping to add a few more yellow pieces here and there.  You know, to really tie the whole thing together.

In other news… painting of the kitchen cabinets has officially begun.  The whole process is taking a little bit longer than I originally anticipated but I am too excited about the transformation to complain.  I’ll keep you updated as it progresses.

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