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What To Put Behind a Dart Board to Protect Wall That’s Cheap!

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Find out what to put behind a dart board to protect wall that is super cheap or even free! Find an old pallet and covert it to a rustic back board.

Hi Friends!  I’m continuing on with showing you how I updated our bonus room into a teen/game room.  We have always had a dart board on the wall, but when I went to paint the room I saw just how many small holes there were on that wall. 

So, I started brainstorming on what to put behind a dart board to protect wall that is cheap and easy.  I googled and looked on Pinterest for dartboard wall protector ideas.

But I didn’t want to spend any money… you all know I’m pretty cheap, right?

I searched my wood stash and decided to use one of the pallets to prevent dart holes I had and it ended up working perfectly!

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This is the before picture… the plastic dart game was just mounted on the wall with millions of holes all around it!  I really needed something to 

what to put behind a dart board to protect wall

Where to Find Pallets

Pallets are free or pretty cheap if you know where to look.  Luckily, I have friends that know that I will always use a pallet so they contact me if they happen to have an extra one or see if someone is giving one away. 

Sometimes people will post them on local free Facebook groups or on Craigslist.  You can always stop by your local hardware store and ask if they have any damaged ones they don’t need. 

I have gotten a few from Lowe’s in the past.  I have made a few super easy outdoor bars out of them too (check out tutorial here!).what to put behind a dart board to protect wall


Disassembling Pallets to Make Dartboard Wall Protector DIY

I started by using a crowbar to take off the middle wood piece and the three horizontal top pieces.what to put behind a dart board to protect wall

what to put behind a dart board to protect wall

I then laid the dartboard on the pallet to decide how big I wanted the dart board wall protector to be.  I used one of the boards I took off to put across the bottom.what to put behind a dart board to protect wall

Once I decided how big I wanted it, I drew a line and used my jigsaw to cut the side pieces of the pallet.dartboard wall protector diy

Then I used my drill to attach the side and bottom board together with screws (2 on each side).what to put behind a dart board to protect wall

I attached the top board the same way so I was left with a big rectangle.  I then sanded the whole thing with 80 grit and then 120 grit sand paper and an orbital sander.sanding a dartboard wall protector diy

Dust everything off and then stain.  I used one of my favorites – Minwax Dark Walnut.  I applied the stain with a brush, let it sit for a few minutes and then wiped it off with a cotton towel.what to put behind a dart board to protect wall

Hanging Up DIY Dart Board Backboard

Hang it up on the wall by screwing the pallet into the studs of your wall.what to put behind a dart board to protect wall

Then I screwed the dart board into the pallet board surround.  To store the extra darts, I drilled a bunch of holes in the bottom board and stuck the darts in.drilling holes for darts in backboard

what to put behind a dart board to protect wall

what to put behind a dart board to protect wall

The other wall has a mini basketball hoop that I also made out of pallet wood.  Find out how easy a wood basketball hoop surround is to make here!

 

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To learn how to make the large “Game On’ sign click here!

what to put behind a dart board to protect wall

If you’d like to save this dart board backboard DIY idea for later, simply hover over the top left of the image below and PIN It now!

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Now you know what to put behind a dart board to protect wall!

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Let me know if you have any questions and have a creative day!

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Barry McEvoy

Wednesday 19th of August 2020

What was the final dimensions of your pallet dart board backboard.Thank you.

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