Oct 10, 2013

LESSology Challenge #30: Creative inspiration of Mitra Pratt

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Hello there! Have you been raiding your kitchen in preparation for LESSology Challenge #30: Kitchen Raid? *winks* Let's see how design team member Mitra Pratt tackled the challenge.

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I came up for the idea of a magnetic hanging frame in the kitchen after I got sick of things on my fridge. I thought that it would be a great place for the school calendar as well. 

Plus it works nicely with our latest challenge here at LESSology for raiding the kitchen for project supplies! I made the original hanging frame back in November of 2011 and it was getting very faded. Plus, everyone forgot to write in the days on the calendar every month rendering it a bit useless. ;-) 

Here is how it looked before the transformation. The actual base was originally a very thin piece of board with a pink wash and just a plain black frame. 

One night I gave my Big Shot a rather large work out and embossed piece after piece of aluminium tape. 

I carefully covered just the front of the frame with these embossed metal stickers. 

Then it was time for some paint. Wanted a pearl pink look so used some liquid pearls for my pink color. 

A quick sand and my frame was ready for metal!

Getting the metal was a little adventure in itself. I went to a local steel yard with my frame and got to pick out the exact gauge of steel I wanted. Then, pulled around back and some dude cut it to size.

Of course being raw steel, I then had to paint and rust treat before I could cover with chalk board paint. 

See, I couldn't make up my mind! It's not only magnetic, but also a chalk board! ;-)

If you look closely, I also went over my textured frame with a brown Stazon Ink pad. Love how pretty that recycled book page flower still looks. It's magnetic now so I can move it around.

My vintage silverware is also magnetic! I wanted to be able to easily take everything off this board for washing!

A fun practical project that hopefully inspires you to go on a kitchen raid yourself & play along!


Suman Pandit said...

this is fantastic,!! You went thru' so much of trouble ....getting the steel and the aluminium embossing, and the chalkboard too....but all worth it for such a beautiful and user- friendly project !!

Audrey Frelx said...

Wow, what a fabulous project!!!

Shylaashree said...

very interesting project

SD pooja said...

Hey yhos is fabulous !! not only it looks good but is usefull too...fab upcyling..

Lizzy Hill said...

Stunning project & fab idea, especially having BOTH chalk AND magnetic board....& that staz on looks just great:):):)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow wow and more WOW!! This is just amazing!!!!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

What a terrific job!

Ella Swan said...

Mitra this is a really gorgeous and beautifully constructed project! WOW!! Something like this would sell very well here - you could go into business!!!

Lynnda said...

Awesome!... Love it... great transformation! You rock Mitra! hugs...x