Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Pallet heART + Tutorial

Pallet decorating is so fun and inexpensive. Here's a quick pallet tutorial on how to paint and hang pallets for your home. Pallet art rocks!

A few weeks ago, a sweet friend posted that she saw a pile of pallets in her neighborhood that were up for grabs. And that's when I became obsessed with turning one of these leftover items into an art piece of sorts for my house. Hubs went and grabbed all five pallets in her neighborhood. I split the loot with a couple of other mama friends with pallets on the brain (thanks, pinterest, we're all *slightly* obsessed now).

I originally thought I would do a scripture or something on mine...but looking around my house, I have a lot of that going on. So...a heart seemed appropriate since it was going in our master bedroom.

The beginning of it all...it was ROUGH!! I did do a round or two with my hand sander...but I did want to leave it a bit textured.

Apparently, I didn't sand it quite enough...it was still quite rough. So rough, in fact, that it wreaked havoc on my sponge brush. Yikes.

After throwing a coat of white paint on it (I just used whatever was left from this project), I painted (freehand) a gold heart. I intentionally didn't do it even. But the slats on the pallet certainly helped with some spacing.

Then my team of sanders went after it. (No explanation as to why he was in a random Mario costume...life as we know it). 

Then I went back over the now distressed piece with stain that I wiped off to give it more of a worn look (does a pallet really need a more worn look?). I go into a lot more detail on this weathering/distressing technique in this post...I used the exact same method here.

Wiping the stain off. You can achieve different looks/levels of weatherization (is this really a word?) by the amount of stain you rub off or leave on.

She's ready to hang!

Hanging was a bit interesting. I had originally wanted to hang this on the wall above our bed. However once my handyman (aka, my dad) arrived and realized how heavy this thing was, he told me I'd have a death wish if I hung that above our bed. If it were to ever fall (although he said he guaranteed his hanging technique was fail-proof), it wouldn't be pretty.

We have a faux-fireplace in our bedroom that I decided to hang it above instead. It was a bit of a bittersweet moment...two years ago, I spent a good six hours painting a verse (with an overhead projector, a paintbrush, and a major neck ache) over that fireplace. But the flatness of painted words had kind of served its time for us (although we still adore the verse)...and I was so tired of looking at that font! 

These are what my dad used to hold two "L" brackets (or corner brackets) onto the wall...spaced according to the back of the pallet dimensions. 

Mounting the L-brackets that are secured into those WallGrippers in the above photo. And getting ready to cover up the verse....makes me a bit sad. The pallet basically sits on top of the L brackets and secured in from the top with screws. Just FYI: the top screws aren't actually load-bearing, they are simply in place to keep the pallet from coming off of the brackets.

My dad's pretty awesome. He works for endless cups of Donut-Shop Decaf and high-fives from my little guy.

Annnnnnd.....done! The thing I didn't think about is that you can indeed see between the slats...not great since there are still words on that wall! HA! I will be dragging out the paint and painting over that verse (makes me a little more sad).

But, I am happy with my little Pallet heART.









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41 comments:

  1. Beautiful...I love that you had stick in the info about his random dressing up of Mario. LOL I always have to do things like that in my post too!

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  2. Just beautiful. Thanks for the step by step photos too...I will be looking out for a pallet.
    Eilis
    my-heart-lives-here.blogspot.com

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  3. I love it! It's awesome! I would love for you to link up to It's a Party going on right now!
    www.acreativeprincess.blogspot.com

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  4. Love your heart pallet wall art. Thanks for the step by step tut.

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  5. LOVE this! Pinning it now onto my creative ideas board :)
    Would you please come share this at my brand new weekly "Get Creative" party? It's perfect!
    http://justalittlecreativity.blogspot.com/2012/02/get-creative-linky-party-week-one.html
    Hope to see you there!

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  6. Super cute idea..thanks for sharing.

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  7. Love your pallet art...thanks for linking to Thrifty Thursday! I'm now following you on Linky....would you be willing to follow back? :)

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  8. I love pallet art and yours is cute! Love the heart!! I am stopping by from WhipperBerry and would love if you would visit me too!!

    Amanda
    everycreativeendeavor.com

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  9. Stopping by from the Friday Favorites Blog Hop! http://queenofsavings.com

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  10. This is so cute! Love the idea of using pallets!

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  11. So simple and lovely! Glad you shared at Shine on Fridays!!

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  12. I'm stopping in from tatertots and jellos link party. I love this! Absolutely amazing! I'm following. Stop by www.thenymelrosefamily.blogspot.com and check me out.

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  13. Well done! I'm TOTALLY doing this! I'm your newest follower and would love a return follow. I'd love it if you linked up to my party: http://www.nutmegplace.com/2012/02/show-off-saturday-2.html

    Hope to see you there!

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  14. Your pallet is very pretty. I think you did it some justice :)

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  15. Love the pallet - I didn't notice the words behind it until you mentioned it. I also love the mario costume. It seems someone is always wearing a princess dress around here. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel

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  16. That is so sweet; I love the giant heart on it!!! I'm obsessed with pallets too!
    www.inside-outdesign.blogspot.com

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  17. Great work Kristi! I love this! Where does everyone get their pallets???

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    1. Sarah, I was super lucky. These were literally on someone's curbside. A friend saw them and announced on FB that there was a big pile of pallets in her neighborhood & we went and grabbed them. The next day, I saw a bunch by the dumpster in our church parking lot. It's just a matter of stumbling onto them. Sometimes stores have old ones out by their large dumpster areas...so you may want to keep your eyes peeled for that! ;)

      Thank you!! ;)

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    2. Why not use a piece of poster board or soome such type material paint it same color of the wall and attach it with the stuff you use to stick posters to the wall and you can still keep your letters

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  18. Love it! Looks fantastic over your fireplace. Loving the color of the fireplace too.

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  19. Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog tonight! Come stop by and grab a button :) http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2012/02/your-whims-wednesday-47-and-features.html

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  20. What a fun idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  21. What a great idea, it really looks pretty. Don't worry about the lettering I don't thing anyone would notice it if they didn't know it was there. It really looks nice over your fireplace. So pretty. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best!

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  22. I LOVE this project...and I love that it was a family affair. :) I totally pinned it.

    So happy to be your newest follower, it would be great if you want to come by and follow me back. :)
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  23. I love this - it looks great on the wall! Thanks for the info on the brackets too- I have a similar thing (very heavy) that I'd like to hang but wasn't sure how to do it.

    www.psastampcamp.blogspot.com

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  24. Hey!
    I just wanted to stop by to let you know I've featured your palette he-Art this week at my *Get Creative* linky party!
    http://justalittlecreativity.blogspot.com/2012/02/get-creative-linky-party-and-features.html
    This week's party just started, so be sure to stop by, grab your feature button, and link up more of your creative projects :)
    Have a great week,
    Molly

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  25. So cute! I love the random Mario costume, looks like my home. :)

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  26. Ok!! I LOVE this! You are soooo creative..I've just got to try it!
    Thanks and Blessings!

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  27. That looks awesome!!!Thanks for sharing it with Six Sister's Stuff Link Party. We hope to see you back next Saturday!
    -The Sisters

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  28. This is amazing, Kristi!!! Thanks so much for sharing! I am featuring you today! :) Have a great weekend!

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  29. Awesome! I just love it. I'm not sure I would have even thought of what to do with a pallet. When I have seen them I usually just think...isn't there something I can do... So thanks for the inspiration!

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  30. Really great idea! Love your blog name too- it's soo true! Thanks for sharing! Please follow my new blog, i-heart-vintage.blogspot.com

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  31. FAbulous!!! Just linked you on my blog, all the way from sunny Dubai!! Adapted your piece a bit but that's the beauty of these things.....take a bit of inspiration and make it your own!! Thanks for your beautiful posts!!!

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  32. Hello, newest linky follower,love the heart pallet art! Hope to see you visit and follow!
    Happy Holidays

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  33. Nice work!

    http://creativepallet.blogspot.com/

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  34. Nice, super simple and i like how the lighting complements the look!

    palletparadise.blogspot.com

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