Shabby Chic Pallet Frames DIY

Shabby Chic Pallet Frames DIY

Hey guys! As a part of my new Hand Lettered By Hannah Series, I thought a little Shabby Chic Pallet Frame DIY was called for.

So it’s no secret that I love creating art and dabbling in hand lettering. I really have a very unique cursive style that I like in home decor (some may say it’s hard to read, but that’s fine with me- art should make people stare. Lol!)

I wanted to show you all how I make my pallet wood frames for my art. They are really a gorgeous, rustic farmhouse style, and I am obsessed with how they look: raw or painted distressed white!

It’s super simple and makes art for your home super affordable, which I am all about.

Shabby Chic Pallet Frames DIY

First, cut all your boards at a 45° with your saw. The board’s width may vary a little, but to me this adds character.

Don’t know where to find free pallet boards? Check out my post with all my pallet hoarding tips HERE.

Shabby Chic Pallet Frames DIY

Choose which sides you want to show off character-wise, and flip them so they are facing the ground. Next, lay a smooth plywood piece of wood behind that sucker and screw it together using the plywood to hold it all together.

Shabby Chic Pallet Frames DIY

Boom. Done. I’m not a perfectionist for all the unseen things (like the back of this frame) so as long as the front looks presentable and level, I am good to go.

Shabby Chic Pallet Frames DIY

Next you get to paint the plywood and the frame. Okay, so this part should really go first if you want your frame left raw, but I usually just do all the painting in one go since I like my decor white.

Shabby Chic Pallet Frames DIY

It usually needs 2-3 coats. I like to do the paint thick, but also leave certain areas a little untouched.

Shabby Chic Pallet Frames DIY

Looking good so far. I usually let them sit for a few minutes until they get into that in-between stage of wet and dry.

Shabby Chic Pallet Frames DIY

Next, pick up what ever sort of sharp, scrappy thing you can find to distress the heck out of your newly painted frame.

Shabby Chic Pallet Frames DIY

If you want an especially chippy look, go back and forth, leaving scrapings still attached.

Shabby Chic Pallet Frames DIY

My husband walked in on me during this project and said: “You know, most sane people like things to look new…”

Well I like them to look old and worn!

Shabby Chic Pallet Frames DIY

I don’t like this method as much on brand new wood. It just doesn’t scrape away as beautiful as old, aged, rustic wood.

Shabby Chic Pallet Frames DIY

These frames make my heart pitter patter every time I see them. Like, I am in LOVE!

Shabby Chic Pallet Frames DIY

Stay tuned to see the process videos of the hand lettering I did inside them!

Shabby Chic Pallet Frames DIY

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  1. Tori

    August 26th, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    Looked all over to find the tutorial haha! This is basically what I was thinking for making some, but wanted you’re painting technique as well. We are shabby sisters! My husband I think prefers everything cookie cutter and new…. but he married an old soul who loves old things❤️ I’m currently renovating a 1996 mobile home to make it more homey and farmhouse/rustic/ with a smidgen of French country. I’m all over the board. I just found your site today via Pinterest and am reading All. The. Posts! Haha! Can’t wait to see what you do with the new house. Oh btw what brought me here was your You are My sunshine printable. That’s the song I used to sing to my son who is now 20! Time flies. Enjoy your kids, they grow up so fast!!

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