Friday, August 18, 2017

DIY Magnetic Fridge Frames

There's a part of me that feels like such an ass when I pull down my kids' art from the fridge but I HAVE to do it. The amount of art, papers and tests that my kids create is enough to probably cover every wall in this house! If I don't control it, the papers would take over. Plus, our floor plan is open-concept and the kitchen and refrigerator is in plain sight as soon as you walk in through the front door and as much as I am proud of my kids' creations, I don't like how unruly the refrigerator looks with stuff all over it.


To keep things looking a bit more organized, I decided to make a gallery wall right on my fridge. Here is what I used:

  • old frames without the glass (just in case the frames fall)
  • grey chalk paint
  • white chalk paint
  • small magnets that are strong enough to hold up the frames. According to the scale on the package, the magnets I used had a magnetic strength of 7 out of 10.
  • paintbrush
  • hot glue

mix and match the frames for a collected look

I went with chalk paint for a nice, flat finish on the frames

A neutral color like grey keeps things looking clean

I wanted a slight variation of color on a few frames so I added white to make a lighter shade of grey

I put two coats of paint and let the frames dry for a few hours then I attached the magnets to the back of the frames using A LOT of hot glue.  You gotta make sure those things stick! I let the glue set for about an hour and then arranged the frames on the fridge. I gathered some of my kids' artwork and just sandwiched them in between the frames and the fridge for an instant gallery wall!

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Having kids artwork in picture frames makes each artwork look like a masterpiece!

The neutral-colored frames keep things from looking too crazy and allows the art to POP!

If you're not a fan of the kid art, then maybe you can create a gallery of family pictures from a recent trip.

choosing black and white prints keeps the "visual clutter" to a minimum

Or you can display a gallery of your favorite art pieces.

Anything goes with this refrigerator gallery wall. I thought of maybe adding cork to the back of the frame to pin up memos or how about framing a dry-erase board??? I don't know, I'm thinking of having some fun with it 😁

If you want some more tips on what to do with all that stuff kids come home with then you should check out my blog post on organization! I show you a method on organizing art, school papers, electronics, toys... you know what I'm talking about...


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    1. Thanks! Looking forward to filling those frames with pics from our vacation!

  2. love this! great job as always, oscar!

    1. Thanks so much Marsha! I appreciate you checking it out 😊