Faux Stainless Steel Alphabet Magnets {Pottery Barn Knock-Off}

A few weeks back my friend Rebecca and I were just chatting when she mentioned something…Stainless steel alphabet fridge magnets!  She said she’d seen them somewhere, and I found out they were from Pottery Barn.  Not only were they from Pottery Barn, but they cost $29 for the set!  What!?!  Here’s  what they look like at Pottery Barn.

Stainless-Steel Kitchen Accessories
alphabet magnets
Cute, but ridiculous right?!
Come on, we’ve all seen or probably have had the typical multi-colored bright {obnoxious} alphabet magnets on our fridge for our kiddo’s at some point.  So we talked and thought it would be a fun DIY project to re-create.  Why didn’t I think of this before!  I love how they turned out, well minus the little monsoon mishap a few of my letters suffered from while drying outside.

{Don’t mind my shadow, or the crazy amounts of tiny scratches on my fridge.  Note to those that plan on buying a black shiny fridge, they will scratch with anything that touches them.}

These are incredibly easy to do…
Here is what you will need:
– 1 Set Plastic Alphabet Fridge Magnets 
– 1 Can primer spray paint
– 1 Can Valspar “Brilliant Metal” silver spray paint

{This total project cost me about $4.  I already had the Valspar “Brilliant Metal” silver spray paint, but this paint is a must!  It’s the closet to a shiny silver as I have found to date.  I originally tried the Krylon silver spray paint and that wasn’t nearly as bright as the Valspar was.  So use the Valspar.  And this project can be done in any color you want honestly.  Gold, bronze, copper, white, black, you name it!  The magnets I found at Walmart I think for around $2, along with the cheap gray walmart brand spray primer.}

Spray your letters with primer, let it dry.  Then spray a coat of the Valspar “brilliant metal”.  Let it dry really well.  When it’s dried completely you will have amazing new magnets that won’t clash with your kitchen decor.  And the kids will still have fun playing with them.  And hopefully you won’t have a monsoon storm blow through and blow your letters all over the yard!

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  1. says

    This is so great! Love it and so inspiring to upcycle. I hope you will link this up to The CSI Project this week. The challenge is Kitchen makeovers and decor and this is a sort of kitchen decor.
    Tomorrow the competition will start. Come on over to see kitchen tutorials.
    It is fun and you just might win. A new craft challenge every week.

  2. says

    Oh, I love these! I am so doing this!!! I never thought of painting those rainbow colored letters. They are so much more grown up now!

  3. says

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Someday Crafts! I will be featuring your project tomorrow morning on our blog. Please stop back in and grab a Featured at Someday Crafts button for your blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. says

    Hey, this will be featured tomorrow over at thewinthropchronicles.com! Thanks for linking up last week. Make sure to grab a feature button!

  5. says

    These are wonderful! I would have never thought to spray paint those plastic magnetic letters. Great tutorial, too! Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. says

    Rebecca, this is absolutely brilliant! I’m going to have to do this, so fun. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us! Came from The 36th Avenue blog.

  7. says

    this is freaking amazing! i have to admit that i actually purchased the pb letters, but i was fretting about how i would like another set so that we can have more letters. i’ll definitely give this a try and let you know how it turns out!

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  11. says

    I’m such an idiot. Would you believe that I found this page because i’ve been searching to buy a set of metal ones for ages and haven’t been able to find them!

    I CANNOT believe I didn’t think to paint them!!

    I’ve brought five sets of colourful ones off Ebay to paint now so we can write entire sentences on our fridge!


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