Free Pinboard

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.

I’ve recently 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.

Budget Breakdown:

Metal grids -$0
Curtain clips with hooks - $9
Magnets - $ 5 - 7, found here, here, and here
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!


  1. Miss CC,
    do you sew? or maybe you know someone who likes to sew?
    I'm co-hosting a kind of cool sewing thing called the Retro Pillow Challenge. There's a button for it on the top of my sidebar on my blog, Ricochet and Away! It would be a good way to meet new bloggers...
    p.s. I love that picture of the winking bride(you, I'm assuming) on your header--lol!

  2. oh, I'm at riochethandbags @ hotmail . com
    if you have any questions.

  3. Ah're using that spray paint again! Btw...I'm the commenter from a few weeks ago that told you I work for a spray paint manufacturer.
    I love your ideas! You are SO creative.
    And yes - I love Pinterest.

  4. What a great job, I love the idea of spray painting the lamp, I have one of those lamps that is yellow and all scratched, i think i will be getting the spray can out soon! Saw you on link party and now google following you. Would love if you could pop by and follow me too, Karima x

  5. Nice idea. Looks very elegant as well.

    Thanks for linking up at Tea-Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. Your post added to the celebration. Party for this week is going on now. Hope to see you there.


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