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September 4th

Magnetic Primer

Want to give your kids free rein to decorate their rooms without the wall looking like something from a swiss cheese factory? Now you can with the creation of a new wall covering that is a magnetic primer, which contains non-toxic iron particles. You’ll need at least two base coats of this special primer under the paint of your choice. The resulting surface will hold magnets, which in turn can hold artwork, including posters. (For best holding power, use broad, flat, or ultra-strong magnets.) Now when your kids change their pictures, either daily or monthly, there won’t be a trail of holes left behind in your newly painted walls. 

Where To Buy:

  • Magic Wall, $13 for 32 ounces, Michaels, www.michaels.com for store locations.
  • Rust-Oleum Magnetic, about $20 for 32 ounces, available this summer at Lowe’s, www.lowes.com for store locations.
  • Krylon magnetic spray paint (good for smaller areas), $11 for 13 ounces, select Ace Hardware stores, www.acehardware.com for store locations.