The power tool specialists, Ryobi are campaigning for people to get more creative with their power tools and have some fun upcycling and making things. They wondered if I could share any quirky project inspiration, something that goes beyond just using your tools to put up shelves.
Now, I’m not a massive user of power tools, but I was up for the challenge as I definitely would love to get a bit more hands on and not just ask the hubs to do stuff for me. I used to watch my dad DIY everything at home as a little girl, so I like to think I know my way around a tool box and shed! I had a good think about what I could possibly make, using some Ryobi power tools. I remembered we had some old boards up in the loft; originally they had boxed in the old water tank up there and they look a lot like pallets, making them perfect for creating a bit of pallet style art.
First though, this panel needed a good dust off and sand down.
The hand held Ryobi sander I tried is great because it is cordless, you just charge it up and its very comfortable to grip. It was so easy to use, even the sanding pads are a doddle, because they simply stick on to the sander, like velcro. The planks came up nice in no time. I was planning to paint them, so they didn’t need to be super-sanded, just enough to take the top layer of grime off.
The panel was much bigger than I needed it to be, so with a Ryobi jigsaw, I was able to cut it down to the right size.
I wanted to paint a big number five on the wood, similar to the really nice wall art I had seen on Pinterest, especially as we are a family of five:
But, I wasn’t exactly sure how to get the number on to the wood; I printed out an A4 sized number 5, but it wasn’t big enough to trace on, so I just copied it freehand in chalk on to the board, rubbing out mistakes as I went and perfecting it until it was good enough. This is pallet art, so a bit of roughness around the edges is allowed – or even encouraged!
When I was happy with my ‘5’ outline, I used a chalk marker pen to make the lines a bit cleaner, then painted in the five using simple white primer for a slightly diluted, worn paint look, rather than a pristine white gloss. I wanted the board to look a bit aged and weathered, to give it some character.
Next I took a small paintbrush from my sons’ art box and painted around the number 5 carefully with black chalkboard paint. Once I’d done the outline, I could use a thicker brush to paint the rest of the surface black. I didn’t paint into the grooves of the pallet, as I wanted to keep the individual planks clearly showing when it was up on a wall.
And here is the end result, with the pallet art taking pride of place on a blank wall in my teenage son Alex’s loft-inspired bedroom:
It suits the style of his slightly industrial room ideally and I’d been wondering what to put above his desk, so this ticks the box and it cost zero pounds which is even better! If you have wielded the power tools recently and upcycled something fun, I’d love to hear about it. You can also follow the campaign on the hashtag #MyRyobi. Also, look out for a few more finishing touches in Alex’s room soon and, perhaps, another upcycled project soon.