This easy little project has been perfect for posting drawings, ideas or artwork I make or get from my talented friends both short and tall.
I also clip photos, fall leaves, concert tickets, teen idols (Flashback – I did that in high school) or anything else that inspires me. I’m constantly adding and exchanging things I pin up. And sometimes I don’t change anything for several days, weeks or months.
It’s like a real life, olden days, analog non-electronic Pinterest board!
Don’t let the number of steps below scare you off. It really is simple, dimple!
- Select and prep boards. Sand or leave your boards rough. Stain, paint or leave them as you found them. Use something you already have if you can.
- Select position for your bolt and washer sets. I used 3 on each board. You can use more or less. Just make sure you choose bold and interesting hardware/bolts and washers!
- Measure and pre-drill for the bolt hole. Choose a drill bit slightly smaller than your bolts you’ve selected. When you screw in the bolt it will automatically thread the hole.
- Select positions and pre-drill holes for the screws you’ll use to attach the boards to the wall. At least one on the top and bottom of each board. You can use more if you like.
- Position and mark where you’d like the boards on the wall. Easiest to find and attach to the studs already in the wall. (I usually go the easy peasy route as the first line of attack.) You can use/Google Molly Bolts if your studs are not in the right positions. Just an extra step, but not difficult.
- Pre-drill holes into the wall studs. Slightly smaller than your screw size. Use the holes you made in the boards as positioning guides.
- Attach the boards to the wall beginning with the top screw on each board. The boards will essentially be hanging. You’ll be able to shift the boards left and right after you do this step.
- Find vertical alignment by using a level along side each board. Mark the position on the wall along side each board.
- Screw the bottom of each board to the wall.
- Loop and secure the wires. Slip a Cable Crimping Sleeve onto the end of the wire. Loop it around one of the bolts on the left board. Then crimp/flatten the Sleeve. The loop is now permanent.
- String the wire over to the opposing bolt on the other board. Loop around that bolt and do the same crimp thing. Continue with each wire.
- Attach inspiring, beautiful and wonderful things to the lines. You can use clothes pins or any other type of clip you run across.
Supplies you’ll need for this project:
- 2 pieces of reclaimed wood. Any length/width and kind of wood you like.
- Heavy Duty Washers and Bolts. Not for strength, but for aesthetics. Poke around at your local hardware store. There are bound to be some really cool options.
- Wire (Length based on width between boards and number of lines.)
- Wire cutter ( I had my local hardware store cut and crimp loops for me because I used braided wire. Tough to cut, but it’s what I had. I didn’t buy the tools to do it myself. They cost over $100.00. Measure and mark your wire loops accurately if you go this route. )
- 2 Cable Crimp Sleeves for each wire.
- Wire/Cable Crimper. (I recommend going to your local hardware store for this, the wire and the wire cutting. They’ll show you a selection and help you decide how to finish it all off without spending a ton on tools you may only use once.)
- 4 screws (Length should be thickness of your board plus 1/2 inch or more.)
- Sandpaper. Grade depends on how rough the wood and how smooth you want it. I used 150 and 220.
- Optional: Stain or Paint. I have a version of this with painted boards in another room. We recommend neutral in tone so that the amazingly inspiring things you clip up there do not get overpowered aesthetically. But, you can be your own judge. Maybe you like overpowering
Tools you’ll need:
- Wire cutter & crimping tool (Or your local hardware store tools)
- Drill and proper sized bits for bolts and screws
- Stud Finder (Molly Bolts if you choose not to use the studs)
- Tape Measure
- Level (because nothing is square in my house!)
We each have or have had at least one of these in our houses at any given time and they all look a little different. The basic idea and steps are the same though.
It is really simple dimple. You can do this too!