Published on May 24th, 2011 | by Jules IKEAHacker


SPONTAN Magnetic NOT Markerboard

Materials: SPONTAN Magnetic board, sandpaper, chalkboard paint

Description: I am bad at reading the fine print. Let’s just start there.

I saw the smooth SPONTAN magnet board at IKEA and assumed that because it was smooth it was a marker board as well as a magnet board. Well… you know what happens when you assume, right?

So I couldn’t get the marks off the board and pretty much decided the board was junk. All I wanted was a write and magnet combination. Then I realized I had chalkboard paint in the basement left over from another project.

This hack is SUPER easy. Even a caveman could do it.

I lightly sanded the magnet board down and put three coats of chalkboard paint on it. That’s it. I waited 24 hours between coats just to make sure it had enough time to dry between coats.

Works (an erases even) like a charm now!

See more of the magnetic chalkboard.

~ Crystina, Saint Paul

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7 Responses to SPONTAN Magnetic NOT Markerboard

  1. daperfectmix says:

    Nice! Great idea to save your board!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh dear, bought two of them at the weekend because I thought I could write on them. Back they go. Congratulations on the hack (and save!).

  3. I have often wondered why they don’t just change product to a write on wipe off magnetic board!

  4. m.winter says:

    hahaha I am one of the ones who assumed you could write on it as well, since they even sell the markers right next to it.

    I know what I will be picking up from the home improvement store this weekend. :D

  5. Yamaneko says:

    I’m not sure, but I think I have the same one and I can definetely write on it. Not with IKEA pens, though, but with a special marker pen. Works like a charm

  6. Anonymous says:

    You could use IdeaPaint to turn it into a markerboard, too.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Love this idea. (And thank you to the comment about Ideapaint.) I’ve wondered Ikea makes this non writing board. Seems they’ve missed the point on this product, but you made it much better!

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