Sunday, October 14, 2018

ORGANIZE YOUR TRAVEL MAGNET COLLECTION!


 This is a great way to share your memories 
without cluttering your refrigerator! Or if you have a stainless steel appliances and magnets don't stick.


What kind of collections do you have? I come from a long line of hoarders. In order to avoid the same fate,  I typically do not collect things. But if I do, I don't want it to be packed away in a box or a storage locker. If I'm going to keep it, I find a way to display it and give the collection purpose. Hence my magnet collection.

I travel a bit for business as well as pleasure. I used to bring home t-shirts and local made crafts, but eventually those things find their way into a yard sale.  I've found that magnets are a small, cheap and useful conversation piece. Plus they are just a little reminder of adventures I've been fortunate enough to take. 



I had an idea about metal instead of glass in a picture frame that I could hang on the wall. I checked the internet and of course loads of people already had this great idea. I saw several examples, although don't you hate how they make everything look so simple? 

I learned that the local hardware store carries sheet metal. I didn't know it would be super greasy. I assume the grease is so they don't slide around or cause friction during transport. So be prepared,  bring gloves and a towel to keep your car clean. 


Now cleaning the greasy metal proved to be a lot more difficult that I expected. Hot soapy water worked okay but really required a lot of effort. Eventually my husband pulled out the electric sander and we wrapped a clean rag around it and ran it over the metal with hot soapy water. That worked so much better and way faster. 

I'd found a frame at Goodwill selling for $8.99, it was pretty beat up so I negotiated a bit and got it for $5.99! I love a bargain! Took it home and used putty to fill the dents and dings, sanded it smooth and then spray painted it white. 

The sheet metal fit perfectly in the frame. We just had to change the direction of the hanging wire on the back. It's important to find the studs in the wall to hang it as it is much heavier with the sheet metal and then the weight of the magnets as well. 



It came together really well. I'm super excited about it. Not all my projects turn out as planned. The magnets look great and there is room for many more. 

Now I'll have to schedule some travel to fill it up! 





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