how to: make a huge pinboard.*

In my cave (that's what I lovingly call my mini studio apartment), I don't have too much space. I do however have too many clothes. I keep them in two different wardrobes, and use one of them as a room divider. Now the problem with that, was having to look at the ugly backside of an IKEA PAX 24/7. Yeah, it wasn't pretty.

So, I went to the hardware store and got all the supplies needed for building my own huuuge pinboard. Not only is it pretty and covers the brown backside of the wardrobe, but oh so useful. I put up pictures, poems, little gifts, inspirational photos I rip out of magazines and much more. 

Wanna make your own? Here is how:

You need: 

  •  MDF board (medium-density fiberboard...who knew?), 3mm thick
  • styrofoam
  • fabric of choice
  • styrofoam (stucco) frames
  • paint for the frame
  • glue
  • stapler

Take the measurements of the wardrobe you want to cover. Or choose any size you wish, if you want to hang it on the wall.

Let the nice man in the hardware store, cut a 3mm thin MDF board into your desired shape and size.

Get your styrofoam. I bought for pieces in the same size, each 1cm thick, to completely cover the MDF board.

Superglue the styrofoam pieces on the board and press down.

Let the glue dry, before covering with fabric.

While the glue is drying, measure the frames and cut them, so they fit on the board.

Paint the frames in the colour of your choice. I used a shiny silver paint, that I still had on hand from a table makeover.

Let the frames dry.

Put the fabric over the board and carefully turn it around. The fabric should be big enough, so you can pull it tight on the backside of the board and staple it into place. I used an IKEA bed cover, because a) I loved the print and b) it was big enough to cover the 2m long pinboard. Don't skimp on the staples and make sure it doesn't have any wrinkles in the front.

Superglue the frames on the fabric-covered pinboard and carefully press down. Additionally, you can use thin nails to secure the frame.

Hang up pinboard.

Cover pinboard with favorite letters, cards and pictures.

Admire finished pinboard.

Once you have all your supplies ready, the whole project only takes an afternoon to finish. Less, if you want a smaller pinboard. So I should actually say, huge overhead pinboards take an afternoon to finish.

Let me know, if you have any questions at all.

Happy weekend!

* Sorry for the less than stellar pics. The lighting situation in the cave is really, well cave-like, so a flash was in order.