With a large, open wall space between the kitchen and dining room, I had a vision of a large (2' x 5') blackboard on which to write notes, the week's dinners, to-do lists, etc. But I also wanted it to be a magnetic board. I had my heart set on it. After fruitlessly looking online and in stores, I decided to make my own. I had a vague idea how others did it (paint sheet metal with chalkboard paint), but I wasn't sure how to finish it with a frame. No matter! I started the project without a finalized plan when I found a pre-cut piece of galvanized sheet metal at our local hardware store. It wasn't the exact size I wanted, but at 2' x 4' and no cutting involved, I was willing to adapt. There were a few options of sheet metal in the store, and since I hadn't thought to bring a magnet, I wandered down to the kitchen aisle and grabbed magnets to make sure they stuck.