DIY Pallet Framed Chalk Board

DIY Pallet Framed Chalk Board - Come learn how to make one of these!Hello everyone. Welcome back!  

I have been seeing all of these cute chalk boards on Pinterest and decided to make one (or two) for myself.  I learned a little about hand and chalk lettering too, so I wanted to try it out.

I am not a very patient person, so I purchased a sheet of chalk board from the hardware store instead of buying the chalk spray paint to paint a sheet of wood and wait for it to dry.  You’ll need small screws, square, measuring tape, pencil, circular saw, miter box with saw, drill, sand paper,  stain, clamps, and pallet wood.  (To learn the easiest way to break down a pallet, check out this post!)

I made two different chalk boards framed different ways.  The large one is just squared together and the smaller one has mitered corners.

Let’s start with the big chalk board!

DIY Pallet Framed Chalk Board - Come learn how to make one of these!

This was the easier one to put together.  I just measured and cut the chalk board to 16″ x 22″.

DIY Pallet Framed Chalk Board - Come learn how to make one of these!

 I then cut 2 pieces of pallet wood to 24″ each.  I wanted an inch of overhang on the top and bottom of the board.  I set those into place so I could measure the width to cut the 2 smaller pieces of wood that would go on the top and bottom of the frame.

 

Here’s a little tip for you:  if you are too impatient to use liquid nails, just use small screws!

DIY Pallet Framed Chalk Board - Come learn how to make one of these!

I tried using liquid nails to put the wood pieces onto the board and I even put weights on them to help.  I waited as long as I could and tried to flip the board over…it just fell apart. Haha!  I took a deep breath and just drilled screws into the back of it and that held up just fine!  I put some old stain on it and that seemed to bring the wood to life.

DIY Pallet Framed Chalk Board - Come learn how to make one of these!

I initially wanted the frame to be flush all around, but I ended up having the two side pieces extend a little farther than the top and bottom pieces.

I actually LOVE the way it turned out!

DIY Pallet Framed Chalk Board - Come learn how to make one of these!

Here are some fun things you can draw on your new chalk board. *I just wanted to play around with the chalk and chalk pens too…

DIY Pallet Framed Chalk Board - Come learn how to make one of these!DIY Pallet Framed Chalk Board - Come learn how to make one of these!DIY Pallet Framed Chalk Board - Come learn how to make one of these!

Next up…the smaller chalk board with mitered corners.

DIY Pallet Framed Chalk Board - Come learn how to make one of these!

This one was a little more challenging, but don’t worry, I will walk you through each step.  I love pallet wood and I LOVE that things don’t have to be perfect!  My lines don’t always add up, but hey, it gives the projects so much character; which makes them one of-a-kind.

My chalk board piece I used was pretty narrow and long.  I didn’t want to have a huge bulky frame around it.  I decided to cut the pieces of pallet boards long-ways.

I measured 2 inches down all the the way across the board and then drew a line.  I clamped down both ends to where I could still get the circular saw where I needed it.

DIY Pallet Framed Chalk Board - Come learn how to make one of these!

I then just cut down the line.  I had to cut two pallet boards like that because they were only 3 3/4″ wide and I wanted my frame to be at least 2″.  I only used the 2″ sides of the ones I cut so my mitered corners matched up better.

DIY Pallet Framed Chalk Board - Come learn how to make one of these!

Once I got all of my pieces, I cut them square to the chalk board.  I wanted to see if it would fit before I cut the mitered corners into them.

Since I don’t have a handy miter saw, I had to use a miter box.  I like to make things easy, so I just used it to score the pieces where they needed to be cut.  Then, I just used my circular saw to cut the pieces at those angles.  I bet a jig saw would have been even easier.

DIY Pallet Framed Chalk Board - Come learn how to make one of these!

 I sanded the mitered corners a little and they fit just how I wanted them to.  I have said this before, but I enjoy working with pallet wood because it is never perfect and helps me to cover up my mistakes, hah!  

I didn’t even want to attempt to use liquid nails again, so I just flipped everything over and drilled small screws into the back of it.  A dark oak stain looked beautiful on a test piece of pallet wood, so I used it on this frame and it came out great!

DIY Pallet Framed Chalk Board - Come learn how to make one of these!

I had a lot of fun doing some hand lettering on these!

Now you can make your own chalk board and put cute sayings on it or whatever you want!  Where would you put your new DIY Pallet Chalk Board in your house?  What would it say on it?  Comment below; I would love to hear from you!  I am looking for some new quotes to put on mine, so send me your most inspirational ones!

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DIY Reclaimed Pallet Table

This rustic reclaimed pallet table is perfect for an entry way. *This post contains affiliate links.

Here it is!  My very first blog post!

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I have been looking forward to this for a while now!  This has been a dream and now I am turning it into a reality.  I have so many things I want to share with you.  I have been working with power tools and woodworking tools and have learned so much.  Most of my projects will be built from pallet wood.  I love things that have a rustic look to them and pallet wood is perfect for getting that look!

My husband and I lived in a condo we purchased in our first year of marriage for 8 years.  We were finally able to snag a house in a great neighborhood this past year.

It needed a LOT of work!

I wanted to decorate, but we were, and still are, on a tight budget; so, I decided I would learn to build the furniture and decorations I wanted and needed (of course.)

Do you have that spot in your house that you think would be perfect for a decorative table?  I did, it was right behind our front door.  It just seemed like an empty space longing to be filled!

My first project is this pallet wood entry-way table.

DIY Reclaimed Pallet Table - Rustic and perfect for a more decorated entry way.

I really loved all of the cute entry-way tables I saw on Pinterest so I decided to make my own.  I wanted to decorate it with fun vases and rustic lamps and either a window or a huge mirror.   I made it to be pretty tall so my front door knob fit just underneath it.

I wasn’t sure how many pallets I would need to build this so I had my husband bring home about 4 or 5 of them. (You can find pallets anywhere…check in the classifieds and even just outside some businesses.  You’ll be surprised at how willingly people want to give you their pile of pallets.)

So if you look up online –  how to break down a pallet – ….you will find MILLIONS of ways to do it!

The easiest, and let’s face it – most fun – way to break one down is with a saws-all!

Step 1:

Break down a pallet using a saws-all and easily cut through nails. Breaking down a pallet has never been easier!

I cut each piece of wood off right through the nails!  No broken boards; no waste! The nails that were lose just fell out.  Some nails were stubborn and I had to use another nail to wedge them out, but it didn’t take a lot of time. I’m not saying it was super easy, but I got them all broken down and still had energy to start building my table!

 *TIP- Wear gloves! I only wore mine half the time and I probably got around 10 slivers…lesson learned!*

Here is my pile of amazing pallet wood boards! Isn’t it beautiful?!

Look at this beautiful pile of pallet wood! All ready to be made into something amazing!

Step 2:

The beginnings of a pallet table!

I picked out four boards that were the same size for the legs of my table.  Then I measured the short and long pieces for the frames.  I wanted two shelves.  I liked how you could put tall vases on the bottom shelf to give it some depth.

I screwed those together with 2 1/2” grabber screws and tried to make them as level as possible.

Pallet wood is NOT perfect! 

The wood is twisted and warped, so you won’t get a perfect square. (That’s what I love about pallet wood; it helps you cover up your  mistakes!)  I stained the frames and legs with a natural wood stain color.

Step 3:

I didn’t want the table to be too wide since it was going to go behind my front door so I made the cross boards 12 inches long.  I measured and used my square (my kids call it a triangle, haha!) and drew lines on each board to make the cuts.

*Here’s a little tip for ya:  Measure ONE cut at a time.  Your saw is going to cut away at some of the wood, so if you just went through and marked each spot at 12”, you are going to end up a little short.  

I set the cut pieces onto one of my frames to see how they would fit….ahhhh!  I was getting so excited at this point!

The crossboards I cut will fit on the frame nicely!

I could finally see what it would look like!

This is what I love about building things; you can imagine something and then when you start to build it…it just comes to life!  I am ALL about visualizing things.  Tell yourself what you want your finished project to look like and then work to achieve that.  It doesn’t have to be perfect…nothing is, but you can sure try!

Step 4:

Stained crossboards ready to be nailed to the frame!

This next part was fun!  I picked out my stain colors…which I already had lying around and stained the cross pieces random colors.  Don’t you just love those darker pieces!?

Most pallet wood is VERY porous; it soaks up a LOT of stain, so I only did one coat of stain on these.  I would suggest doing a few test pieces with the stains you want.  Since the pallet wood can be different types of wood, they will react differently to the stains.

Step 5:

I assembled the frames with the legs and then set the stained cross pieces on the table.

It was finally coming together! 

I couldn’t wait to get those cross pieces nailed on!  I used a nail/staple gun and some wood glue to attach the pieces onto the frames.  I wanted one inch of lip around the top part and one inch hanging off of the bottom shelf.

Since I am NOT perfect, I had to go back and use my circular saw to cut a straight line down the sides to even out the cross pieces.

There you have it!  The finished product!

DIY Reclaimed Pallet Table - Rustic and perfect for a more decorated entry way.

Once I built this first project, I had the confidence I needed to continue to build more things.  I can’t wait to share with you all of the new projects I have been visualizing!

Thank you for taking the time to read this post.  I hope that it was helpful.  If you have any questions or tips on what I could improve on, please email me or comment below.  I would be happy to help or to read your suggestions!

What do you want to build next that you have been visualizing?

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