Another weekend, another project.
I have wanted to make a pallet sign for over a year now. In my head (and on Pinterest) I have countless sign ideas that I would love to make. The problem was, up until this weekend I have been to scared and intimidated to attempt trying to make one.
Finally I cast my fears aside and went for it.
The first and most difficult part of this process was disassembling the pallet. I pretty much beat and pried the tar out of it. During this process I was fortunate enough to only break one board which left plenty of boards for my sign.
Next I arranged the boards trying to make them nicely fit together. This took some playing around to figure out what pattern worked best. I cut a board in half, placed it across the back, drilled holes and screwed the boards together. I had a little help with the screws. I think he worries I may destroy the screwdriver bit, he is probably right in thinking that.
I kind of wanted to leave the rough edges but they board was a bit larger than I wanted so we cut 4″ from each side.
With the board at the right size, I was ready to paint. I was going for an off white color but I didn’t want it to look like wood that had been painted. I took some acrylic paint and mixed it with water probably at about a 10 to 1 ratio giving me some very watered down paint that was more like a wash.
I ended up applying about 3 coats of the wash. A couple little girls offered to help with the process. They love to be a part of my projects.
While the paint was drying I came inside to print out my lettering. I am sure there are SEVERAL different ways you could do this. I chose to go to Canva, type out my lettering, export it as a PDF file and then scale the image size up to what I desired before printing. I was actually surprised at how smoothly this process went. For the larger words I broke them up to about 4 letters for each page allowing me to scale them to the size I wanted.
Next up was the part I have always been nervous about. How in the world am I supposed to successfully paint this on my sign without it looking like a Kindergarten art project.
For years I have been afraid to try, if only I had learned the secret weapon sooner.
Simply line the paper up where you want it to go, put a sheet of carbon paper underneath and trace the letters.
It only took me about 20 minutes to do this whole sign and this is what it looked like when I was done.
All I had to do now was stay inside the lines while painting. Easy enough, right?
Thankfully I had a tiny paint brush that made doing that very easy.
Painting the letters took about an hour. The girls were watching a movie so I stuck some earbuds in and got in “the zone”. Not only was it easier than I ever imagined it could be, it was fun to.
When I finished this was the result.
I decided to let it dry for a day then I lightly took some sandpaper to distress the lettering a bit.