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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!
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Step 1: Get together the things you need

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You can use any pallet or wood you can find, it´s really up to how you design it. With this instructable I just want to show you how you can reuse some wood other people would just throw away or burn it. I really like the rustic look of wood so i used some wood stain to give it an old, dark look.

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)
- hammer
- nails
- saw

Step 2: Think of a design

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Depending on how big your pallet is, you have to cut your pieces so they fit together in the end.
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.
bball61 year ago
I like it. But how exactly did you put the frame together? Did you just glue it?
azipper (author)  bball61 year ago
I used a tacker gun to put the pieces together, that was the easiest way to do it
Maxmil1 year ago
Great idea - I have way too many ideas filled up in my head on things to do for our house and have all of the leftover supplies to reuse them with but I can't seem EVER to pick a project that is in my skill level and what I am aiming for. I love this and thanks for sharing. I recently just tried diff paint combos on repainting some inexpensive/cheap coffee tables and found for our paint scheme the black chalkboard paint used on everything but the table top looks tight. I'll post if this is true opinion from strangers lol
K3R ME1 year ago
This is a fabulous idea & as a female making things like this can be intimidating sometimes. Since I recently made a headboard for my bed, I'm going to try my hand at this now....thanks for the idea! It could be very helpful to keep students organized. I'm going to make one similar to this, about 2 feet high by 3 feet wide. Thanks again!
cool idea!