Create a Quick Card Display from Hardware Store Materials

Follow these steps to learn how to make a simple and sleek hanging card display from a sheet of steel remesh.

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Create a simple card display for your home office, entryway, or bedroom using steel remesh. You'll likely need to scrub the mesh clean of rust, unless it comes painted. Once primed, you're ready to spray if with your favorite paint color and display your beloved cards, posters, calendars, and photos. The best part of this project? You can cut it down to whatever size you need.

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What You'll Need

  • Heavy-duty wire cutters
  • Steel remesh sheet
  • Sandpaper
  • Steel wool
  • Rag
  • Spray primer
  • High-gloss enamel spray paint
  • Mini bulldog clips

Step 1: Cut and Sand

Using wire cutters, cut a steel remesh sheet to desired size. We cut ours to a 5x6-foot rectangle, but you can make your card display as large or as small as desired. Use sandpaper to smooth edges and corners that have been cut.

Step 2: Clean Off Rust

If the remesh is rusty, use steel wool to smooth rusty areas. The rust doesn't need to be completely removed, just rubbed until smooth. Once finished, wipe any dust from the rust off the remesh. You may need to wipe with a damp cloth to fully remove all particles. 

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Step 3: Prime

Once the remesh has been sanded and cleaned, spray with primer. Let dry according to manufacturer's instructions. Work in a well-ventilated area for this step, and consider wearing a mask to block particulates.

Step 4: Paint

Paint the surface of the remesh with high-gloss enamel spray paint, following manufacturer's instructions to get an even layer. Repeat to cover all angles of the remesh and let dry.

Step 5: Attach Cards

Using mini bulldog clips, attach cards, photos, magazine cutouts, and notes to the bars of remesh. To protect your walls, mount the wall hanger using removable adhesive-back hooks.

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