Upcycle an Old Pallet Into a Bistro-Style Menu Board

Add a little sophistication to your next dinner party with this chalkboard menu board upcycled from an old wood pallet.
Finished Pallet on Deck

Write On The Pallet

Using chalk, start at the top, with a welcome to your guests, then follow with each course. If your handwriting isn’t perfect, that’s OK. That’s the beauty of changing up the script as you go.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

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Materials Needed

wooden pallet
Kraft paper or dropcloth
medium-grit sandpaper
tackcloth or damp rag
chalkboard paint
paint roller and roller cover
small, disposable paintbrush
chalk

Prep Pallet For Paint

Place the pallet on Kraft paper or a dropcloth to protect your work surface (Image 1). Using medium-grit sandpaper, smooth any rough spots on the face of the pallet boards (Image 2), then remove sanding dust with a tackcloth or damp rag (Image 3).

Paint Pallet

Using a roller, paint the pallet's boards, in a vertical direction, and let dry (Image 1). Add a second coat, this time rolling in a horizontal direction, and let dry (Image 2). Using a small paintbrush, touch up any areas, like between the boards, you missed when rolling on paint (Image 3). Allow paint to cure overnight or even longer, if possible.

Add Menu Items

Using chalk, start at the top, with a welcome to your guests, then follow with each course (Image 1). If your handwriting isn't perfect, that's okay. That's the beauty of changing up the script as you go (Image 2).

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