I love a complicated weekend project as much as anyone, but I get equally excited about a quick 15-minute build that's full of clever use of materials. Case in point: this industrial modern magnetic notice bar.
This one was assembled in less than half and hour using about $15.00 in materials from Lee Valley and the local home improvement store. Eric Reinholdt of 30X40 Design Workshop built this project from a raw steel bar and some rare earth magnets. He says, "I personally like the raw steel look, but the steel could be painted, or wire-brushed for a more finished look. I purchased additional rare earth magnets along with my spacer/cup sets as I find they hold just about anything (i.e. multiple layers of paper) to the steel. I’ve also used these cups recessed in door panels to hold pocket doors closed and they make versatile hangers for many different items around the house (kitchen knives, hidden hangers for pictures, if you use steel angle in lieu of the bar you have a small shelf too.)"
Love it. Get the full how-to at Apartment Therapy - Easy Organizing: 15-Minute, $15 DIY Floating Steel Notice Bar