I Made This - Linen Pin Board

I have wanted a linen pin board for the longest time.  But every one I found that was nice and that I liked, cost way, way to much (in my opinion), so I've never taken the plunge.  In setting up my new home, due to wall configurations and the such, my 6ft white desk, that I love, wouldn't fit in the extra room I have, so it ended up in my bedroom.  At first I didn't like the idea, but now I love it.

Since this is my bedroom, it was essential that whatever type of board I put up on the wall had to be classy, neat and simple.  Hence, my coming back around to wanting the understated look of linen.  But what's a girl to do who is on a tight tight budget?  Well, she comes up with the idea of using an old discarded painting on a gallery wrapped canvas as the frame for her linen board.

Here's how I did it:

First, I laid out the batting, marked off the cutting line, and cut two pieces of batting to fit the canvas.  I wanted my board to be extra padded, so I used two pieces of thick batting, but you could use one.  I then secured the first piece of batting to the frame with my handy staple gun.  Just a few staples here and there to keep the first layer in place before adding the second layer.

Then I used a hot glue gun to secure the second layer of batting on top of the first.  This really only serves to hold them in place while you stretch the fabric.  Makes the job way easy!

Then you should stop and take a picture of yourself in the mirror.  Cause you can.  And in so doing, you reveal the not yet completely set-up, wreck of a art studio/guest bedroom/storage room.

Next I ironed the linen.  NOTE: When buying your linen, ask the sales gal to roll it for you instead of folding.  I left mine in the bag for 24 hours not even thinking about how badly linen wrinkles - and how hard those wrinkles can be to get ironed out.  Once ironed, lay out the linen and place the canvas with batting face down.  I allowed myself plenty of inches on all sides for bringing up and around the sides of the canvas.  You can trim later if you like, but if you cut too short.... well then you are screwed and will have to head back to the fabric store for more linen.

But before I did all this with the linen, I had to vamp it up a bit for the camera.  Because that's just how I roll.  I like to have a little fun with my projects.  Between all the cursing.

Next, you start stapling like a mad woman (or man) and let me tell you, it would be hard to use to many staples.  You start in a corner with just one or two staples, then do the same in the criss-cross corner until each corner is somewhat secure.  Then you start adding staples around the frame, beginning in the center and moving around the canvas, slowing getting each staple closer to the next until done.  IMPORTANT: Make sure you pull the fabric as tight as you can when stapling.  Over time the fabric will stretch some and the last thing you want is a saggy pin board.  It would look really sad that way.  Also, I decided not to trim the excess linen but instead rolled it under and used more staples to secure.

And I won't lie to you folks, the staple gun is a killer on the old hand.  You can try to wear gloves, but past experience has taught me it dosen't much matter.  Just accept that there is a little pain involved in the gain of your DIY linen board.

To make myself feel better, I took a short break to have a mini Milky Way bar.  Or tow.  Or three.

And just like that... I had my linen pin board!

And it occurred to me that you could totally make a floating headboard like this too.

I set it up on my bed for a look see.  Please excuse the state of my bed cover and wrinkled pillow cases.  If you decided to make a headboard though, you would need to find a more secure way to attach it to the wall.  You wouldn't be able to just hang it from a wire like I did with the pin board.  But that shouldn't be a problem for us smart folks. 

So I was now ready to add the picture hanging wire on the back of the canvas and hang it on my wall.

But wait... first I had to clean up dog puke.  Thanks Hugo.

Ready?  Here it is!

I still need to massage it a little along to the top to get the bumps out, but I couldn't wait to hang it up.  I am so happy to have this project competed.  I've got lots of good stuff to pin up already and will take a pic of the filled up board once done.  

I should also add, that normal push pins with short pin lengths will not work on a board that is this thick with batting.  You would need to use hat pins, or some sort of pin that is made for securing fabrics.  Check your local fabric store, JoAnn's or Michael's.  I think the idea of using vintage hat pins or small brooches.  Fun! 

Hey, why not make yourself a linen pin board and,
Ann Marie

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