Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pallet Chalkboard

We all love ourselves a pallet project, right? I wish I could get my hands on a hundred or so of these babies... my husband, he would kill me if I took over our garage with pallets!
 
I've been wanting a chalkboard for a while now... and I finally sat down and whipped one up. And I LOVE it. I love it so much I've made three! One for a friend, and one for auction at a church youth fundraiser! It sold for $40.00... Not too bad...
 
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Let's get started shall we? Grab a board. Mine happens to the a shelf from the cabinets we got for our garage. My husband was going to throw it away but I made him save it. And I'm so glad that I did!!! Paint the entire front with chalkboard paint.
 
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Now grab some boards from a pallet, or you could use any reclaimed wood, but a pallet is way more fun!!! And way more cool!!! Lay the board up against the side of the chalkboard piece. Make a small mark where the board ends. Cut it to size. Then cut one more for the opposite side of the chalkboard piece.
 
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 Now let's do the other two sides. It's more confusing so bare with me... Take the two boards that you cut in the step above. Put them on the edge of the board so they overlap the board half way and hang off halfway. Then take another board from the pallet and line it up on one of the other sides. Push it clear to the end of the edge of the cut pallet piece. Then mark it at the other end, where my finger is pointing.
 
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Also  mark it here on the inside of the already cut piece of pallet.
 
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And mark it here on the other inside of the other piece of pallet that we already cut.
 
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Now cut this piece that we have marked on the last marking so it is the length we need it. Then cut at the other two markings. Cut one inch in on that marking. Then from the outside edge of the board cut one inch up until you meet the other cut. Hope that makes sense... Check out the picture below if it doesn't!
 
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Repeat with the other side.
 
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Now it's time to attach the pallet pieces to make the frame. Turn over the chalkboard piece. Slide one of the straight pallet pieces underneath it on one edge. You want half to be under and half to be hanging off. Attach it with three or four screws. You want the screws to be long enough they go through the entire chalkboard piece and into the pallet pieces but not all the way through so you can see them in the front.
 
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 Now grab one of the cut out pallet pieces. Slide this underneath on the side next to the one you just attached the pallet piece to.  
 
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On the opposite end this piece will hang out further than the edge of the chalkboard piece. Just make sure the cut line matches up exactly with the edge of the chalkboard piece.
 
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The other end should match up exactly with the pallet piece that is already attached. Attach this with screws the same way as we did the previous one.
 
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If you flip it over it looks like this.
 
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Now let's do the other side. Take the other cut out pallet piece and slide it underneath. The first edge will match up exactly with the pallet piece that is already screwed on.
 
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Remember to make sure the cut out on the other end matches the chalkboard piece.
 
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Now screw it on through the back just like you did the previous two boards.
 
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The fourth board should slide right in so half of it is sticking out. Screw it on just like the previous three.
 
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 Flip it over and you've got this.
 
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Flip it back over. Screw two screws into opposite sides at the same distance from the top edge. Then wrap around some wire and tighten them tight. This will be how you hang it.
 
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Hang it on your wall!
 
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Add a lovely chalk drawing and you're good to go!!!
 
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If you want a little extra something to give it a pop add a felt garland. I just sewed some blue raindrops together and draped it over the top...
 
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The perfect addition that will match any holiday right by my front door!
 
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Let me know what you think and if you give it a try! I can't wait to share with you what I put on it each month!!!
 
Shannon

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