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Pin #61: Knock Off Ballard Design Pin Boards

June 6, 2013

I’ve had this one in my que for a long while.  In fact, I’ve had it partially done in my dining room for several months!!  I finally just finished it last weekend and it is one of my favorite projects EVER.
Cheap, easy, and best of all, I got to use my staple gun again! YES.


Pin #61: Ballard Design Pin boards, very pricy $$$ $50 for that tiny one.           We can do better right??


Similar to my post about wrapping canvas with fabric for art, aka Pin #44 and Pin # 45, you simply need a few supplies.  In this case I had three 16×16 inch magnetic cork boards that I had up in my old house in the little play nook in the basement that I wanted to repurpose.  The were also wrapped with a cheerful childish polka dot print for that space.  I’ve decided I want to put these up in my kitchen to take the place of putting crap up on the fridge.  Having loads of stuff on my fridge stresses me out so this is a great solution for those things that you DO want to put up temporarily like birth announcements, school pictures of cousins, fun cards, kids art projects, etc.  Also, these are going to go on the wall facing INTO the kitchen. In other words, you have to be IN the kitchen to see them.  Upon walking in, you don’t see the clutter.

The notes on this pin were from someone who also planned on doing a ‘hack’ of the item.   They said they were going to cover them in burlap.  I had that intention going to the fabric store, but the burlap just reeked of what seemed to smell like gas to me. (Pregnant nose).   So I went with wrapping them in a linen fabric.  It was much pricier at $14.99 a yard, but luckily I had a 40% off coupon. I think the look is much nicer too in the end.


My ‘naked’ pin board. After sitting in the garage for a year, they were in pretty bad shape, but the beauty of this kind of project is making something old look new again!



Staple Gun = old to new!



I marked dots every 2 inches around the edges for the decorative upholstery nails.



Nails in!  I chose silver since I have stainless steel appliances in my kitchen.  The original Ballard Designs boards had an antique gold.  





The hired help….precision work.




Wha-la! Milo is not too impressed but I LOVE them!! *note wall color is best seen in the first picture with the naked board. This iphone photo makes the wall look quite green.



I’m sure they will get more cluttered, but for now, I’m loving looking at some recent instagrams, baby announcements, Luca’s soccer team photo and a few other goodies. *note above about the wall color.  


61 down..39 to go….


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Trisha permalink
    June 9, 2013 10:06 am

    LOLing at the hired help. 😛


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