DIY & Crafts, Projects

Custom Pinboard

September 13, 2013
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My our office has a long way to go.  A very long way.  It’s a rainbow of colors, and not it a good way.  It’s dark.  And it’s usually a mess (which is all my fault).  As I mentioned before … I have a vision for the space:  Brighter.  Whiter.  And Girlier (miss Mol and I need a girly place in this house of boys).  Back in February we made progress (file cabinet re-do … awesome project).  Then we kinda stalled.  And when I say stalled I mean we’ve done not.  one.  thing.  (except making it a mess).

I am forever pinning pinboards (huh, didn’t realize that was funny until just now).  I just love the DIY bulletin boards ideas out there.  Here’s a sampling…

Pinboards made with embroidery hoops … love these (and the styling of this desk area).

via theofficegal.com

Or this painted pinboard from Emily A. Clark (I LOVE her website … by the way.  Just discovered it!):

 

Or this simple one with an old frame, paint, and fabric from Three French Hens:

Love the fabric and paint choice!

I could go on and on with all the FANTASTIC ideas on there on Pinterest.  But … I figure you can search Pinterest in your free time and see the same great pictures.    So, on with my project …

My Dad had a lot of great artwork frames in his house.  We had an estate sale.  No one even took a second glance at this masterpiece …

It's a lovely scene...

It’s a lovely scene…

So…I figured, here’s my Pinboard in the making!!  My siblings didn’t fight me over this piece.  Odd, huh?

Okay, so assessing what I have to work with … fairly good quality wood frame…inside the frame, a {lovely} painting on canvas…turquoise spray paint in my closet waiting to be used, and a closet full of fabric options!  We’re in business!

I plotted out how this was going to go down in my head:

  1. Pull canvas painting out of frame.
  2. Spray paint frame.
  3. Cover front of painting in corkboard.
  4. Wrap canvas in fabric
  5. Stick covered canvas back in frame.
  6. Staple back together.
  7. Stand back and admire!

The actual process didn’t turn out too much different when I got to work.  With one exception … attaching corkboard to painted canvas was way more challenging than I thought it would be.

Here we go:

Painted Frame.  This was the easy step:

Painted frame

Painted frame

Purchase roll of corkboard (Michael’s…$15, use your 40% off coupon!):

IMG_2689

 

Measure roll to canvas, cut to size (you’ll need a straight edge and X-acto knife):

Really sunny on my porch, apparently ... sorry for the shadows!

Really sunny on my porch, apparently … sorry for the shadows!

Now … adhering cork to canvas.

Attempt 1:

Spray adhesive.  It works on everything else I use it for … why not give it a try?

Attempt 1 ... failure

See that ‘High Initial Tack’ note.  A lie!!! (at least on corkboard/canvas combos).

I’m trying hard to get this corkboard to stick (broke out some planters and vases) …

Not working

Not working

After 10 minutes, I gave up.  Didn’t even stick a little.

Attempt 2:  Liquid Nails and Staple gun.

Broke out the backups

Broke out the backups

I spread the liquid nails ALL over the cork board.  I mean ALL.  OVER.  I think I used like three quarters of the tube.  I got a little smarter, and placed the canvas face down on the corkboard.  Because of the empty-ness (not a word…I know) of the center of the canvas, I threw some books on there to weigh it down:

Liquid Nails setting will work!!!

Liquid Nails setting will work!!!

Then I read the directions on the tube … 24 hours to set.  I guess this is not a one nap project, huh.  Just to be sure it was going to stick this time …

Nice socks

Nice socks

You may be wondering why I’m outside in socks (or probably not).  When I have a project I want to get done during nap … I literally run around the house.  No time to find shoes!  The garage is fairly clean.  I’ll just take my socks off when I go back in … perfectly normal.

Got sidetracked, sorry… Fast forward to the next day:

It's stuck!  Damaged a bit, but stuck!

It’s stuck! Damaged a bit, but stuck!

I forgot to mention that I broke the cork board when trying to flip it over.  I’m covering it with fabric, I don’t care.

Glad that step is over … next one:

Cover cork with fabric.  Most important part here is to make sure your fabric is tight.  Pull and staple.  Pull and staple.  Pull and staple.  Pull and…well you get the idea:

Doesn't really matter what your wrapping looks like on the back.  Just make sure it's tight!

Doesn’t really matter what your wrapping looks like on the back. Just make sure it’s tight!

Last step…attach covered canvas back to frame:

Hold staple gun at angle to grab canvas AND frame

Hold staple gun at angle to grab canvas AND frame

 

Resulting staple (do this all around):

staple

Done!

All done!

All done!

I lied.  Last step is actually:

Add items to your board!

Love my finished product!

Love my finished product!

Closer look?

An inspiring R&B nursery plus some fun girly fabric.

An inspiring R&B nursery plus some fun girly fabric.

A picture of my Dad and me.   (he recently passed away)  Thanks for the frame, Dad!

A picture of my Dad and me. (he recently passed away) Thanks for the frame, Dad!

And there you have it!  I finally made my pinboard.  Now I can stop pinning these!!  Maybe.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Allison January 30, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Oh my goodness that is so adorable! LOVE IT!

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