Now, use a pencil to trace above and below the line of your horizontal cross-pieces to use as a guide as you glue your pieces in place.
Apply a small amount of glue within these lines, as shown, and use the adhesive to adhere your cross-pieces on top of your vertical picket pieces.
Allow the glue to dry slightly, and then use finishing nails to secure the board together. I used two nails per vertical picket section along the top and bottom edge of the cross-piece. (These finishing nails will compensate for any warps in your pickets that prevent the glue from adhering thoroughly.)
Whew – the construction portion of the project is complete!
Now, apply a coat of primer to your pallet, and allow it to dry completely before applying 1-2 coats of paint. Let everything dry thoroughly.
Once your pallet is dry, place 1 tablespoon of tile grout in a plastic cup, and use a stir stick to carefully break up and clumps in the grout. Now, add 1/2 cup of paint to the cup, and use your stir stick to mix thoroughly. Apply this chalk paint to the section in the middle of your pallet between the two horizontal pieces, making sure the entire surface of this section is thoroughly covered with the paint. (You will most likely need at least 2 coats of the chalk paint.) If you run out of the chalk paint as you work, make more of the paint/grout mixture, 1/2 cup at a time.
Once your paint has thoroughly dried, season the chalkboard portion of the pallet by rubbing a piece of chalk over the entirety of its surface and then gently wiping it away with a barely-wet piece of cloth.
This pallet would also make a really fun photo backdrop, and I think it would be the perfect way to punch up front porch decor. What a fun way to greet guests with a personalized chalk message!
- You can use this same basic method for creating a pallet with conventional, straight pieces of wood, too.
- I opted to lean my pallet against the wall to display it instead of hanging it directly on the wall, but you could also add hangers to the back to display it if you prefer.
- Sidewalk chalk is perfect for both seasoning and writing on your board.
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Be sure to also check out the tutorial for how I created the No-Sew Fabric Medallions for this display!