In my tour of the Mississippi ReBuilding Center last week, I promised to share a project made with materials I found there. So here is the metal wall grid that I made with my spoils:
DIY metal wall grid display

Also featured: My chalkboard clock and eye magnets.

DIY metal wall grid display

A while back I posted about metal wall grid displays I’d seen that I really liked. I remembered them when I spotted this among the piles of miscellaneous materials:
DIY metal wall grid display
So I bought it, for a total of $3, and brought it home. For its transformation into a wall-worthy piece, first I pried off the metal brackets with pliers and a flat-head screwdriver. Then I sanded off a bit of rust, wiped it down well, and gave it several light coats of Rustoleum appliance epoxy in black. (That stuff smells terrible–if you use it, make sure to do your spraying outdoors or someplace well-ventilated.)

DIY metal wall grid display

After letting it dry for 24 hours, it was time for the fun part, hanging and styling. I used two cup hooks to hang it up, and then went to town.

DIY metal wall grid display

I think this was a former store display, so I can’t tell you how to get a piece just like it. But I have seen similar wall grids made from wire mesh rebar/remesh, or cattle or hog panels from feed stores. Or if you can’t find the perfect panel, you could skip the DIY and buy this UO wall grid. No one will know.