i should be mopping the floor: DIY Weathered Summer Pallet Sign

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

DIY Weathered Summer Pallet Sign

Super excited to be bringing you a Summer Blog Hop filled with lots of summery fun!
Check out all of the projects below!
I'm bringing you a DIY Weathered Summer Pallet Sign.


This DIY Weathered Summer Pallet sign is 
a fun and colorful way to welcome in the sunshine!
I love a good no-cost project. And I love pallets. 
So when the two marry, it brings a big ol' smile to my face.
Check out this simple tutorial below {and all of my friends' projects, too}>>>

I started by cutting wood pieces off of a pallet with a circular saw. I attached the pieces {each about 10-12 inches long} to a scrap piece of wood with one-inch screws.


I used 60-grit sandpaper to smooth out the pallet boards {I needed something really toothy to sand these babies}. I don't know where everyone finds these pristine pallets that keep popping up all over Pinterest and the blog-o-sphere. Every time I find a pallet pile, they're usually in a heap by a dumpster, half falling apart, covered in bird poop...and crazy rough.

And I still can't resist them...


Whenever I paint pallets, they tend to soak up a ton of paint, so I started with a quick coat of ASCP in Country Grey. This worked out really well. It acts as a nice barrier so the pallet won't soak up so much paint. It also kind of evens it all out nicely...kind of like applying make up foundation to skin does. 


Then I distressed it a bit to make it a bit translucent. I wanted the wood grain to come through...but still needed the chalk paint there as a base.


There's several ways you can do lettering for this type of project. I used my Silhouette and used the vinyl as a template...only applying the negative to my board. 

If you don't own a vinyl machine, I have a great tutorial on doing this by hand. It involves a ball point pen and a little patience. You can find that tutorial here.

On my particular sign, I used the font "Lobster" for the 'welcome" and Bebas Neue for the rest.


I used a variety of acrylic paints that I had on hand. I mixed the purple one out of a couple of other colors. I peel my vinyl off before the paint is completely dry...this helps the paint not pull off with the vinyl.


I sanded a bit more, this time by hand...I wanted to give the words a weathered, beachy feel. I really wanted this to look like something that hung out the outside of a kitchsy surf shack for twenty years or so. 


To get it back to that pallet-look and weather it even more. I applied stain to the piece, working it in and wiping it off quickly as I went. You can see the difference in the unstained part versus the stained part. I just think it gives it a bit more depth and authenticity as far as aging goes. 


I was really happy with how all of the colors came together...looks so ice creamy!
Bring on summer!

And check out all of these fantastic projects from my friends!
{Links included below}>>>

Summer Blog Hop Collage
Tropical Fruit Salsa - The Benson Street
Clay Anklet - Seven Thirty Three
Homemade Yogurt Berry Popsicles - Practically Functional
Mason Jar Beach Decor - Here Comes the Sun
Triple Berry Pie - Made to Be a Momma
Summertime Sign - Crafting in the Rain
Nautical Anchor Art - Dolen Diaries
Grilled Fruit Kabobs - Just Us Four






13 comments:

  1. I love how this turned out! So fun and festive for Summer!

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  2. I love how it looks like it's been around forever-perfectly distressed :)

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  3. Looks like it should be outside a cute little snow cone stand! I love how the stain made the colors look so summer-y after! :)

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  4. I need to try this. I have a pallet leftover from the roofing supplies for our new roof.

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  5. Beautiful and so cute! I love the weathered look!

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  6. Great tutorial - this is too cute! Thanks for sharing on the Monday Funday Party!

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  7. This is such a fun sign! I love the bright colors and the shabby chic look to it! Thanks for the great tutorial! You did a great job! We would love it if you linked up with our party this week! http://www.kraftingkreations.com/2014/06/awesome-things-tuesday-link-party_24.html

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  8. I LOVE this, Kristi! I already have a blank pallet sign just waiting to be painted with something fun, and I'm feeling totally inspired to make one of these for my summer mantel now! Great job! :)

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  9. What a great idea! This is so cute for the summer outdoor decor...I love it...thanks for sharing!

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  10. Ohhh I love this!! You make the cutest things!

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  11. I just LOVE this SO much! Would be perfect on my deck!!! I can't wait to share it tomorrow morning with my favorite projects for the summer at www.makingitinthemountains.com! Wishing you SUCH a lovely long weekend Kristi!
    All the best,
    Another Kristi ;)

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