You can hang papers, reminders, photographs, and most certainly children’s drawings on the refrigerator using magnets. However, there are other options to create magnetic surfaces at home, with one being the use of magnetic paint or primer to create a magnetic wall.
Magnetic paint or magnetic primer can be applied to the surface of a wall to make it magnetic. Papers and photographs can be hung using kitchen magnets or other magnetic instruments. This procedure can be applied in any space within a home that one wishes to magnetize whether it be a full wall or a small area as a design accent.
I am Jorge Fontan, an architect and owner of Fontan Architecture, based in New York City. In this post, I will discuss the use of magnetic paint, specifically referencing a project where we used magnetic paint in Brooklyn for a modern kitchen.
What is Magnetic Paint?
Magnetic paints or magnetic primers are paints and primers that contain small amounts of iron dust that give them their magnetic qualities. They are applied as a base coat to a wall, which can later be painted over with a finish coat of paint to achieve the final desired color.
Does Magnetic Paint Really Work?
Magnetic paint can easily hold papers and photos, but it has its limitations. It is, for instance, less magnetic than a stainless steel refrigerator door. However, applying extra coats of magnetic primer can enhance the magnetic strength, as it adds more iron to your wall. For the best result, you may want to apply at least three coats of magnetic primer to your wall before applying the final coat of paint.
Magnetic Kitchen Wall
The photograph below shows the kitchen of an apartment we designed a few years ago. These walls were painted with a magnetic primer so that our client, a mother, could have what she calls a “pride wall,” a space dedicated to displaying all of her children’s achievements, drawings, and photos. This wall was left black to work with the modern kitchen and dark cabinets, but a finish coat of paint could have been applied over the magnetic primer.
Magnetic primers are a great way to feature drawings, photos, notes, etc on the walls of your home. The wall otherwise can blend in with the rest of the home when not used for its magnetic purpose.
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I hope this was helpful. If you would like to speak with an architect about a potential project you can contact us at Fontan Architecture directly.
This post was written by Jorge Fontan AIA a Registered Architect and owner of New York City architecture firm Fontan Architecture. Jorge Fontan has earned 3 degrees in the study of architecture including two degrees from the City University of New York and a Masters Degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. Jorge has a background in construction and has been practicing architecture for 15 years where he has designed renovations and new developments of various building types.