I love leftovers.
Let me be more clear; I love scrap material leftovers, not food leftovers. Yuck. Food leftovers are never as good as they were the first time whereas scrap leftovers get better with age; and I love them “ripe”.
Here’s one pile of my leftovers on hand.
When we moved, our highend items were wood created by a specialty moving company. They came out and built custom crates in our garage to safely transport each item (tv’s, taxidermy, antique mirrors, etc.) I broke the crates down as we unpacked and saved the good pieces of wood for later use. (My coffee bar in our new house is also constructed using this scrap wood. That is the project I was working on when our house caught fire. Anyway – post on that project coming soon…)
I used a 1×8 board for the top, and 1×4 boards for the other three sides.
I cut an arch in the top board to resemble the archways throughout our home.
I didn’t have to cut down any of the boards. I used them all as is. That’s a perk of having so much on hand. There has to be the perfect piece somewhere (although, cutting a piece down probably would have been faster than “hunting”).
I sanded each board with my palm sander to get the best penetration for the stain at application.
I constructed the pieces with wood glue and stapled the seams together on the backside where the boards met. Plywood was then glued and stapled to the back side of the completed frame.
I then covered the middle chalkboard part with a plastic trash bag and painters tape so I could stain the frame without getting stain on the chalkboard area – I didn’t want the stain to hinder the chalk paint adhering to the plywood. I added a coat of my favorite stain (Minwax Honey) and after that dried a bit, I added some streaked black paint that I rubbed in to make it look as though the frame had been oiled or burned. I removed the bag and tape and added a couple coats of Valspar Chalkboard paint.
Here is the finished, hung project.
Dry time: 3 hours
Hang time: Forever (well, until the next relocation, anyway. It’ll have many homes in its lifetime.)
(I have the board hanging on the wall with Velcro Command Strips by 3M at all 4 corners. I love these things.)