I love reclaimed wood projects. Mostly I use weathered fencing, but I recently got some great blue pallet wood. So for this month’s power tool challenge I decided to make a printable pallet frame. It’s a fun printable that my friend Jocie made for me. I have never really posted a printable on this site, so I searched and searched for the perfect quote for the kind of work I do. I think you’re going to love it the printable AND the very unique pallet frame that is free standing!
Old pallet wood
Look at these yummy blue pallet boards! I got them from my neighbor Rodney. I cut away the bad boards before storing the boards. It seemed like it made more sense than storing pieces that I wouldn’t end up using for projects.
The theme for this month’s power tool challenge is a picture frame. I chose to do a frame for a printable.
You know I keep it real. This was my first attempt at making this month’s project. I was less than thrilled with how it turned out. That is why I went with plan B, the printable pallet frame.
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Sand pallet wood to bring out the details
I wanted to tone down the blue paint a little. My Ryobi orbital sander made quick work of that. It was a very cold day and I was anxious to get back indoors.
Glaze will enhance details even more
I LOVE the look of the boards after sanding. BUT, I think they needed a little something to age them a little. I reached for my favorite Smoked Glaze to darken the wood a little. Ohhh, so much better, don’t you think?
Watch my video of How To Glaze Painted Furniture
Mark for pocket hole screws
The boards were marked for pocket holes on the back. I prefer to mark my boards to make sure I don’t make any mistakes. Been there, done that!
Staggering the pocket holes gives a good hold on the pallet wood rustic frame.
I love the way the paper looks against the blue paint and gray glazed boards.
Picture Frame Clips
I’ve had these picture frame clips for years. I wish I had these black picture frame clips available on Amazon. In this photo I was trying to figure out how I wanted to space out the clips in order to best hold the printable.
I used the tip of the screwdriver to make a dent in the wood in order to make a pilot “start” hole for the small screw.
A combination square is really handy to make sure all the clips are in the same distance from the side and bottom edge of the frame.
I have made easels of various sizes to hold chalkboards and such. But this frame was sort of large and I didn’t want to add bulk to it. I had a plan! I used a piece of scrap pallet wood to trace the bottom edge of the pallet frame.
Genius! Don’t you think? I googled to see how others have done this and couldn’t find a single thing. Surely I am not the first person to come up with this idea. After seeing if it actually worked, I trimmed the ends to make it shorter.
Are ya ready to see it?
Free-Standing Printable Pallet Frame !
I made two different stands for the pallet frame. It can rest horizontally or vertically. This printable probably looks familiar. It is the design I used for my Bless The Food sign that hangs in my kitchen. I got it from Tanya Siekman @ The Funky Farmhouse.
I found this quote online. It may or may not be Thomas Edison. I just love how it describes me. I had my friend Jocie from One Project Closer hand letter it for me. She has an awesome Busy Girl's Guide to Hand Lettering video course. I could just watch her all day. I've tried my hand at hand lettering, but I’m telling you—I’m THE most non-artistic person there is. I took a class with Jocie at Haven Conference where I made an awesome Eat Sleep Hustle Repeat sign. The sign needed just a slight embellishment and I made her do it for me because I didn’t want to mess it up.
I’ve never really printed a lot of these things. But I had this Presentation Paper and I love the way the ink showed up on it. It’s a lot better than regular printer paper. I’m so please with out this pallet frame turned out. Sometimes Plan B is a good thing!
Now you’ll want to check out all of these great projects from my friends!
H2OBungalow - Easy Rustic Picture Frame
Create and Babble - How to Make a Magnetic Scrapbook Display
Just the Woods - How to Make a Printable Display for Kids Chore Charts
The DIY Village - DIY Wood Shim Picture Frame
The Kim Six Fix -Acrylic and Perforated Metal Floating
My Repurposed Life - Printable Pallet Frame
Refresh Restyle - How to Make a Photo Display
Are you inspired? I am! Which one will you make?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.