Our kitchen has a fireplace that used to be covered over. When we stripped out the kitchen after we moved in we discovered behind the board was an old kitchen range. The idea then was to restore it to it’s former glory as a ‘feature’ in the kitchen. However, after staring at the dusty, dirty fireplace for too many years to mention, we finally admitted that it was better covered up!
To make it useful, we decided to use magnetic paint and have it as a memo board for recipes. The paint tin promised only a couple of coats would be needed, but I reckon we did about four coats in the end. The board is just a piece of plasterboard sawed to size- it has been glued in place as have the bits of skirting round the edges to frame the board.
The magnets used on the paint need to be quite strong to hold anything in place. I’m very pleased with the outcome- it means recipes from magazines don’t just get put in a pile and it gives inspiration for cooking during the week.