Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Gold Alphabet Fridge Magnets

So I know this is my third post about making knockoffs, but what can I say, I like to make things for cheaper than I could buy them.  On Making It Lovely, I recently saw these sophisticated, grown-up versions of the kids magnets we all had on our fridge at some point.


But they are $30?? Okay, yes, they're super cute. And they're stainless steel. And yeah, its Pottery Barn, and that store is geared towards people who can do things like buy $30 magnets. But then I found these for $4, and to be honest because they were from Amazon Prime, I can guarantee you could find them for cheaper elsewhere. But hey, $4 is cool.

We'll keep this project simple. Step one: buy magnets. Step 2: spray paint them gold. 

Now you can sock away all that money you saved so that one day, you too can buy a giant ass fork for just under $200.


To be honest, after finishing this project I still kind of yearned for the serif on the original ones, and the shine that only metal can give, but I also loved to do away with the primary colors, since that's not entirely my style either. Maybe at some point I'll hit the vowels with a shot of neon? Or fall back on my trusty dip-dye for a few of them? Or maybe I'll just leave them gold because it doesn't matter what color they are as long as they can leave dirty messages on my fridge.

xo,

12 comments:

  1. Do you think doing a coat with a clear gloss would help make them shinier? I used one on a box I spraypainted pink and it is crazy shiny.

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    1. oooh i like that idea. did you use a spray gloss? i feel like this is someting that should be in my arsenal at all times.

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    2. Yeah, just a Krylon one!

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  2. Just found your blog. Have to say I love a) how you write, b) that you swear in yoru posts, and c) that you make such cute stuff for so little! Adding your blog to my regular reading list!

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    1. haha thank you so much!! im so glad you found it, thanks for reading!!

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  3. Ha apparently I can't spell! *Your

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  4. I would have so much fun with a giant ass fork!

    I wonder if some sort finishing spray might give the magnets that shine?

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  5. I'm having a love affair with gold spray paint so this post is right up my alley! You've totally inspired me to do this project. (and I actually prefer the matte look, but that's just me)

    I just did a gold-dipped vase that I'm obsessed with and wanted to share...I hope it's okay to post here in the comments.

    http://practicallymartha.blogspot.com/2012/07/gold-dipped-vase.html

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  6. What about using Krylon Stainless Steel spray paint? :)

    http://www.krylon.com/products/stainless_steel_finish/

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