When I gave my old desk to Husband (see why here!), I also gave him the magnet board and shelf that were above my desk. I never really used that stuff, he could use it, and I wouldn’t have to put a bunch more holes in the wall to move everything. I have a real problem with turning our walls into Swiss cheese. Just ask Husband. I still needed something to go above my desk though, because staring at a blank wall just wasn’t cutting it for me.
jumped off the bridge joined Pinterest. As awesome as the site is for gathering inspiration, I still can’t let go of my magazine cutouts and random whatnot that inspires me. I decided a pinboard would be perfect above my desk. I could rotate items to keep things fresh and I could use it to help me feel inspired, since this is where I do most of my creative work. I had a smaller version of this project above my old desk but I knew I needed to change it up just a bit. I wanted more inspiration board, less memo board this time.
This is what I came up with to fill the void above my desk.
Wanna know what it’s made out of? Tough, I’m telling you anyway. In annoying detail, no less!
When I first moved in with Husband, I needed a cheapo way to organize my closet, since my dresser wouldn’t fit in our bedroom. I bought one of these (Source here!):
|I swear they were cheaper when I bought them a few years ago. Plus, my cubes are silver and I can’t find those anywhere.|
After settling in and setting up my new closet system (post to come soon), I moved part of this modular unit into a spare closet for additional storage. Since I only need some of the cubes, not all six, I was left with a few of these wire panels. I knew I could repurpose them in some way. As it turned out, I could!
I used some beading wire, just like the kind I used here, to attach the panels together to make a 3x3 grid.
|Just wrap the wire tightly around the grids at intersecting points.|
To hang the grids, I used some regular old picture hanging hooks I had on hand.
|Yup. That's a hair. Keeping it real, yo.|
Then, I followed the same method to hang my new pinboard as shown here on younghouselove using a paper template and some painters tape on the wall. Can you tell I read their site daily? They are DIY gods, I tell you! I don’t have a picture of that part of the process but the link will tell you all you need to know. It works better than any method for picture hanging out there. I didn’t have to put any extra holes in the wall! You hear that, Husband?! I only need to make three small holes! YOU’RE WELCOME.
|I’m feeling totally inspired. How about you?|
The grid work makes an excellent place to hang hooks for tools, shower/curtain clips for notes and magazine cutouts, and (being metal) magnets work too! The chalkboard is a canvas panel I painted with chalkboard paint. It was an extra from another project, which I hope to detail later. It looks a bit empty now but I know I will fill it out over time.
|Get these here! However, I got mine from Target, but they aren’t available on Target’s website. Check your local store.|
I also keep little mementos that make me happy here, such as 3D glasses from a spontaneous double movie date with some of my best gal pals and sweet cards from Husband. He’s actually quite the romantic. Don’t let him know I told you! Although, he totally reads the blog, so . . . I suck at secrets.
In case you’re wondering (can’t have that), the lamp is the same lamp pictured here, I just spray painted it blue! You see, with Husband’s new desk set up, he bought this awesome new lamp. It was like the classier version of mine.
|See what I mean? Please allow the black and white to distract from the electronics on the base. I'm not allowed to mess with that stuff.|
I tried to convince him to switch with me but
the bastard he just wouldn’t budge. So I got some serious lamp envy. I couldn’t justify a $40 lamp just because of lamp envy. Believe me, I tried. So I decided to do the next best thing. I spray painted it! Isn’t that always the solution? Yes. It totally is. I had some bright blue spray paint on hand and just gave it a few light coats. Bam! No more lamp envy.
This project cost me $0 because I reused and repurposed items I already had on hand. Just for kicks, I’ll do a budget breakdown as if I had to buy everything but the storage cubes, in case you have a set of wire cubes that you can’t part with but are no longer in use.
Metal grids -$0
Curtain clips with hooks - $9
Beading wire - $ 2
Total cost - $16 – 18 (give or take)
Still not a bad price for a large pin board where I can keep things that inspire me and make me happy. I may attach a cork square behind on of the grids later on, but this will do just fine until then.
So what do you think? Are you so addicted to Pinterest that a pinboard has been rendered obsolete? Have you found any other uses for those metal grids? Feel free to share!