A vintage style fence pinboard made from galavanized welded wire fencing is an easy project that can amp up the wow factor of a blank wall. The straight lines of wire pinboards have a clean contemporary feel that isn’t overpowering, and they are a functional way to hang the type of art you want to be able to change quickly, like photographs or free printables.
When we redid our kitchen we replaced our appliances with stainless steel, and though having a clutter-free fridge surface is really nice, the absence of family photos makes the kitchen feel cold and empty. I kept staring around my kitchen while I was cooking dinner, thinking about how that loved and broken in feeling was missing—partly because it’s a new kitchen—but also because there were no personal photographs.
I was attracted to the idea of a welded wire fence pinboard, which I first saw in an office workspace, to solve my dilemma for a few reasons. They are light, simple to hang, and the size is totally customizable. The galvanized surface has that easy-to-love modern farmhouse meets the vegetable garden vibe, and in my opinion there is not place more suited for a veggie garden vibe than in direct proximity to where I chop and can veggies from my own garden. I also loved the fact that welded wire fence isn’t super trendy; chicken wire is everywhere but this type of fencing is still catching on in home décor.
Strictly speaking my home is not modern farmhouse, but I do have some modern farmhouse touches here and there, like vintage mason jars, a rustic pantry, and a farmhouse dining table. I combined a collection of old clothes pins with a more modern looking office clip.
All you need to make a wire fence pinboard is welded wire fencing, a power drill and a grinding stone or a dremel (to smooth the sharp edges), side cutters, and four screws and drywall anchors to hang your board.
I will warn you right now that you want to find a store that sells this stuff by the foot, but you might only be able to find it by the roll. Buying a whole roll of wire fencing won’t be cheap because they come in HUGE rolls, like 50 ft. long rolls. The larger the grid, the larger the rolls, and the larger the roll the higher the price.
If you can’t find it by the foot, and unless you plan to make a bunch and sell them to your friends to recoup the losses (which I did), you will want to scour your local Facebook swap & sell, Craigslist or Kijiji looking for someone who has this stuff leftover from a garden project. You might also be able to salvage some from a farmer who is replacing some fencing, or find a length at an antique shop.
One last thing: you might see this referred to on the internet as a wire grid pinboard, or a wire grid fence pinboard, or even wire mesh board. I don’t recommend going to your local hardware or farm supply store and ask where you can get a wire mesh board, because the clerk will give you one of those “ohhh no, not another DIY-er” looks. It’s actually called welded wire fencing, and you will want to specify the size because it comes in all sorts of sizes, from very tight grids to super huge gaps meant for livestock fences. The gap size of the fencing I purchased was 2″x4″ though I had originally been looking for a 4″x4″ gap.
Watch out for our upcoming post with the free Drink More Gin printable, plus links to the other free printables I used to decorate this board,.