my name is AIex and this is my first instructable. English is not my native language so please forgive if i made some mistakes ;)
I found an old pallet at home and i didn´t want to throw it away so I thought: Hey I could turn it into a nice looking frame for a chalkboard to manage things!
The idea of recycling some stuff (literally trash) which doesn´t look perfect anymore because it´s broken and make something great out of it is what I just love and you don´t need many materials for it.
This is also my entry for the Green Design Contest so if you like my instructable please vote for it :)
In the end my chalkboard looked like in the picture above!
Step 1: Get Together the Things You Need
Here is the list with the things i used for this project:
- old pallet
- expanded plastic slab (you can use any board you want, make sure you can write with chalk on it)
- sandpaper (120 or 150 grit)
- wood stain (i used some rustic wood stain)
- wood glaze
- piece of cloth
- screwdriver (or any other tool to take apart the pallet)
Step 2: Think of a Design
Take a look at the pic below, its a quick sketch of my final version.
My expanded plastic slab was 50cm x 50 cm so i had to cut the pieces that go horizontal.
As you can see i also added a little rack at the bottom.
Step 3: Take It Apart and Prepare It for Applying Wood Stain
Then remove the old nails with a hammer.
Now cut the pieces just how you want them. Don´t be afraid to use some pieces that have holes in it or are broken. Those little details give it a more rustic / used look ;)
To give it a smooth surface use the sandpaper. The smoother it gets the easier it is to apply the wood stain and glaze in the next step.
I experimented with my pieces of wood: Some pieces had grooves and when I applied the wood stain those grooves turned out darker than the rest.
Step 4: It´s Time to Give It a Rustic Look
If you want to apply some glaze use a brush again, it´s the easiest way. It should look like on the picture above. Let it dry over night and you are ready for the next step.
Step 5: Assemble It
The last step is to add the plastic slab. I used some screws to fix it at the back of the frame. In the first picture you can see how I used the tacker gun and the screws (red lines ar tackers and red dots are screws).
I was really surprised how nice it looked when I finished it.
Now it´s time to put it up on my wall and decorate it a little ;)
If you have some tips for it please make some comments and don´t forget to vote!