Thursday, December 6, 2012

diy pallet sign

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i am an etsy addict.  there.  i admitted it.  so when i was redoing my bedroom, i naturally began scavenging on etsy for some wall décor.  i came across the most gorgeous pallet sign i’d ever seen.  but it was $145.  yikes.  i am a tightwad thru & thru and that just didn’t work for me.  so, naturally, i set out to make my own.  and it took me three months.  not the actual work, but life, coupled with screwing it up the first time, just made it take for-ev-er.  in fact, when i texted leshia, “pallet sign’s done!”  her reply was “about time!!” J  she loves me.  really.

here’s the scoop on the diy pallet sign:


*some apparatus to bust it up (we found a sawzall worked best and just sawed thru the nails)
*wood glue
*spray paint
*paint for words
*sandpaper (optional)

after you’ve busted your pallet up, decide on how big you want your sign.  i wanted mine pretty big, so i left the longest boards alone and just lined up seven of them.  it turned out to be roughly 2ftx3ft.  i flipped the boards over to the side that i didn’t want to be the face of the sign, and used some scrap pallet wood to attach them together.  i would suggest first using wood glue on each board, letting it dry, and then tacking the boards in with the finishing nails.  if your nails are longer, you can drive them thru the front and just cover them with duct tape if that stick out the back, so not to scratch your wall.

after the pallet sign is assembled (it’s really not hard), the painting begins.  i found several cans of rustoleum’s american accents in whitewash at a hardware store in town that’s going out of business.  it was a great deal, and it was the perfect color for my sign.  i painted just a coat or two to give it a little color and then began to stencil. 

*here is where the three month issue comes in*

if you’ve read any of our other diy posts, you know that leshia and i rarely complete a project that we don’t screw up somewhere along the way.  while i admire and aspire to be more like the blogging women who can do a diy project perfectly the first time with their eyes closed, that is just not our reality at this stage in the game.  i guess we’ve learned some valuable lessons that way?  i mean we can hope.  so i got these 6” stencils from lowe’s.  i did a rough measure of my letters for the phrase “you have my whole heart for my whole life.”  it was a tight squeeze, but i thought i had it.  wrong.  i managed to get “you have my” on the first line and it looked pretty darn good.  i even remember calling leshia and saying “i can’t believe i haven’t screwed this up yet!  it is looking so good.”  pride cometh before the fall, right?  wellll, “whole heart” was up next, and i got to, oh, about “whole hea” when i realized that it was either going to say “whole hear” or “whole heat” or something weird and definitely not what i’d envisioned.  so i got mad.  naturally.  i put the sign away and didn’t work on it for a while.  but i’m kind of glad i didn’t, because i planned out my final attempt very carefully and am so happy with how it turned out. 

when i finally got the gumption to try again, i started by sanding the words that i had painted on as much as i could, and then applied lots more coats of the same color.  because the wood isn’t treated, it soaks that paint up like crazy.  so once it was sufficiently covered, i started stenciling.   

 i printed out my letters off of microsoft word and cut them out, taped them on, and stenciled in pen.  i didn’t mind  using a pen because i knew i was using black paint.  but if you’re not all wild and crazy like me, you might want to go with pencil.  in hindsight the whole pen thing really wasn’t the greatest idea.  once i got the words stenciled on, i set out painting. 

 i just used black craft paint and only one coat because i liked how it looked a little distressed.  if the words were darker, i would definitely sand it, and i still may.  but for now, i love it.  i think this is one of my favorite projects i’ve done so far.  i’m pretty much obsessed with it.  so, my charge to you: plan your stenciling.  you will be better for it.  best of luck! J



  1. I love this .... such a great shabby chic project

  2. I love this, so pretty! Following you from the Mingle With Us blog hop!

    - Chloe

  3. What a great sign and tutorial!

    I found your blog through the blog hop and I'm your newest follower. I'd love for you to check out my blog, too, and follow me back! I love to craft, too, so you'll find lots of tutorials!


  4. Love your pallet! I also love that you are a do it yourself kind of girl!
    I found your site from the Grow Your Blog party. I am already following you, but I am happy I am. Hope you drop by my blog, if you haven't already! Thanks.
    Cynthia at

  5. Super cute! You have some great projects here and I have found myself here at your blog more than a couple of times. :) Your newest follower!

  6. Great project.Very creative.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  7. So cute! This would be perfect for our Master Bedroom. Thanks for inspiring me! XO

  8. Your persistence paid off girlfriend! It's so lovely! Absolutely beautiful!

  9. That's beautiful! I love pallet art!

  10. Found you through the blog hop and following you :-) Feel free to visit my blog anytime dear.

    Kisses Keke (Pakize)

  11. Love it!~ I love using these pallets for stuff... so many ways to repurpose them!
    Here from shine on Friday

  12. Great sign and tutorial. Thanks for sharing. I'm visiting from Debbiedoo's Power of Pinterest party and am pinning this. Also am following you. Happy Holidays!

  13. That sign is super cute! And doesn't seem like it would be too difficult to tackle.. :) I'm not much of a DIYer - more of a DIY Dreamer.. Found you via the Aloha Friday Blog Hop.
    Nikki at

  14. Hello! Found you VIA the Aloha Bog Hop...i'm excited to keep reading your follower :)

  15. Hi just found you via Debbie's Pinterest party and have pinned your post to Pinterest. I'm now following you too!!! Great blog!!!

  16. Came over from Be Different, Act Normal and I love this! I also like that you admitted it didn't go perfectly the first time!

  17. Very Cute! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  18. This is so adorable!! I'm your newest follower! Found you on the GFC Blog Hop. Can't wait to see what other projects you make! Stop by my blog if you get a second! Hope you're having a great week!

    ~Jen @ Yummy-Healthy-Easy

  19. Hi there, I'm Hanna and I found you on the blog hop! I love making new friends and love your blog:) YAY! I am your newest follower. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU! You can find me at

    xoxoxox Hanna

    LOVE this DIY BTW:)

  20. Don't feel bad, I can barely create any DIY properly even on the 2nd try!! I'm willing to bet those DIY divas who rock out the beautiful perfect crafts the first time around had plenty of projects that they needed to do over. :) I love the outcome though!! Very pretty.

    Thank you so much for participating in our Aloha Friday Blog Hop!! I am following you, of course!! Wishing you and yours a lovely week!!


    Jean {What Jean Likes}

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  22. Beautiful! I love this, and your blog! New follower!

    Sarah @ The Pitts

  23. Awesome tutorial!! That's so cute! Found you from the GFC blog hop!

  24. I love your pallet sign! It is awesome. Thanks for the great tutorial, too! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent each week. :)


  25. I love this!

    Thanks for linking up to the weekly creative :)
    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  26. Love this! Great idea

    Thank you for stopping by and linking up at the Friday Chaos this week.
    Have a nice weekend


  27. Cute! I love pallet crafts! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!


  28. i love this! what a nice saying. thank you so much for linking up to our party!

  29. Very cute! I need to make one of those sometime!
    Thanks for linking up to the party!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  30. Cuter than cute! Thank you for linking it up at the linky party at

  31. I just recently saw a sign like this in a store and wondered if I could do it myself. Yours looks exactly like the one I saw and now I know I can do it myself. Great post!

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