Pin Up

It is time for another Upcycle Challenge. Lynne from The Altered Element purchases an item(s) from a charity shop, sends to the DT members for The Altered Element and we are then required to upcycle the item. As the item is a surprise I cannot tell you how much fun it is receiving the parcel from the Postman and opening to see what will be revealed.

Here is what I received to Upcycle

Immediately I knew what I would make –


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For the sake of photographing the board I have not completely obscured the board so you can see the paint and hopefully the Deko Ice.  In the evening, I switched on a nearby lamp, causing the Deko Ice to twinkle in a beautiful way.


1. There is a lot of prep and several coats of paint but I wanted to achieve a distress look and it really is worthwhile taking the time to work through the stages. Also, it helps to have a heat gun to hand if you are slightly impatient like myself! Thoroughly prep the board with sandpaper. Apply 2 coats of Gesso. Sand in-between coats of Gesso and the emulsion (latex) paint.  Sponge heritage colour emulsion (latex) paint in Camisole Pink applying two coats. Then one coat of Tapestry Green paint. Finally dry brush a coat of Camisole Pink, aiming for some green to show through, especially on the edges.

2. Using a clear drying glue adhere Deko Ice in Crystal around the edges. Deko Ice is available from The Altered Element in a variety of colours. Now I am not a fan of glitter BUT this is an exception and quite unlike other glitters I own.

3. Mark out a grid and use ric rac to form a lattice shape. Use a staple gun to attach at the rear.

4. Hammer in 5 upholstery tacks.

5. Attach lace and fabric blossom to top of board.

6. At the rear create a hanging. I used two eye screws and wire.


Pin Board – The stamp set is Anna Corba French Labels which is available from The Altered Element

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. craftytrog
    May 15, 2010 @ 11:43:16

    This is such a beautiful, and practical piece of art Lynne! xx


  2. JeanFB
    May 15, 2010 @ 12:31:08

    Wonderful, beautiful project! Thanks so much for the step-by-step.


  3. 2amscrapper
    May 15, 2010 @ 13:02:51

    very creative!


  4. Crafty Dawn
    May 15, 2010 @ 16:35:47

    Oh goody and what a great job. I love this

    Love Dawn xx


  5. Lucy Edmondson
    May 15, 2010 @ 19:07:23

    This is so fabulous! Lynne will love it.

    Lucy x


  6. Christine N
    May 15, 2010 @ 20:22:56

    How clever. You can put some beautiful inspiration pieces on it! I’m going to go check that blog out!!!



  7. Suzie Hayward
    May 16, 2010 @ 20:38:29

    All of your project are simply lovely. You are so creative, thanks for sharing your talents.


  8. Nancy Maxwell James
    May 17, 2010 @ 14:34:14

    such a pretty board and wonderful project to share. I still need to hang up mine since we moved here 2 months ago (I wonder if the boxes will ever be unpacked? :)) Hope the weather is beautiful in “Bonnie Scotland” today! 🙂


    • lynne
      May 19, 2010 @ 15:17:31

      Thanks Nancy. It was good to do a practical item for a “wee” change! Oh Scottish weather, let me just say, it is never something to brag about LOL. Lynne x


  9. Jude
    May 18, 2010 @ 06:45:20

    What a great idea and love the paint techniques -I really enjoy these upscale challenges and look forward to seeing what you’re going to do next with each new item -you really are inspiring -Thanks 🙂


  10. ScrappySuzanne
    May 18, 2010 @ 11:58:48

    SPOOKY…..I “pinched” one of these from son’s bedroom a few weeks ago to alter …. obviously still not got roound to doing it thou ….so you are a better woman than me. Seriously your work is just too beautiful for words.




  11. Annie
    May 19, 2010 @ 13:40:26

    It loks gorgeous, lovely job as always. I really must make myself a project board, how useful.


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