After seeing some awesome pin board inspirations on the web, I decided to give one a try for myself. I’m mildly obsessed with chevrons, albeit behind the times, so chose a white chevron patterned pinboard as my inspiration (I liked this one and this one best!).
I managed to find a cork board for $2 from a local op shop. The only other necessities for this project were masking tape, scissors and white paint. If you want sone extra fanciness, you might want to find some gold pens, thumbtacks and coloured paints, but these are just optional. Overall, this was a cheap and pretty way to vamp up a tired pinboard!
Step One was to tape out the chevron pattern. I made a triangle template and used masking tape to make the pattern (see pics 1 and 2 above). Silly me, I forgot the up-bend in the last triangle on the right hand side, but it isn’t that noticeable in the end! The next step was to pain in the chevrons (pic 3). I used two coats of paint, as the first seemed to sink into the court and went a little splotchy. That was solved with an extra coat though! I also painted the wooden frame, to tie it all together. Then, all that was left was to pull up the masking tape! I also outlined the chevrons with my gold leaf pen, just for a bit of extra interest.
I painted a whole lot of thumbtacks in bright colours, and took a bunch of magazine clippings that I had in my crafty mess, to decorate my completed board. I love the thumbtacks, they’re so much cuter than plain ones! I wonder if I made them and sold them in cute little packages whether anyone would buy them on Etsy… I’ll file that away as a future idea!
So, what do you think? Will you be upcycling an old pinboard yourself in the near future?