Magnetic Paint For Walls

by | Last updated May 17, 2024 | Interior Design, Kitchen Design

Using magnets, you can hang papers, reminders, photographs, and most certainly children’s drawings on the refrigerator. However, there are other options to create magnetic surfaces at home. One is using magnetic paint or primer to create a magnetic wall.


What is Magnetic Paint?

You can hang papers and photographs using kitchen magnets or other magnetic instruments on a wall with magnetic paint. Magnetic paint or magnetic primer makes the surface of a wall magnetic. This procedure can be applied in any space within a home that one wishes to magnetize, whether an entire wall or a small area, as a design accent. 

At Fontan Architecture we work on various project types including residential renovations. In this post, we will discuss magnetic paint, specifically referencing a project where we used magnetic paint in Brooklyn for a modern kitchen.


Magnetic Paints and Primers

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 to achieve the desired color.

Magnetic Paint Primer

Rust-Oleum Magnetic Primer


Does Magnetic Paint Work?

Magnetic paint can easily hold papers and photos, but it has 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, adding more iron to your wall. For the best result, use 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 Walls

Magnetic primers are a great way to feature drawings, photos, notes, etc., on your home’s walls. The wall otherwise can blend in with the rest of the house when not used for its magnetic purpose.

If you want to see more tips for your kitchen design, we have another post you can read on Modern Kitchen Design Ideas.


Thank You for Reading Our Blog Post on Magnetic Paint and Magnetic Primers for Walls.

I hope this was helpful. If you want to speak with an architect about a potential project, contact us at Fontan Architecture directly.


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Jorge Fontan

Jorge Fontan

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 20 years where he has designed renovations and new developments of various building types.