Ever heard of the saying "Pinterest made me do it?" Well, I feel like Devin and I both have been craving a good wood pallet project! A few weeks ago I received a text from a friend that said she was landscaping her backyard and needed to get rid of all the pallets the landscaping company left. She had over 40 pallets! I took them graciously. My husband wasn't sure why I was adding "junk" to our backyard, but he couldn't see all the possibilities that could come with these pallets.
First we took them apart. I had seen several things about the proper way to take apart a pallet. I decided to use a saws-all that I borrowed from a family member instead of using a hammer and crowbar. Excuse my lack of safety (flip-flops, t-shirt, no safety glasses).
After taking apart the pallet, we separated the planks of wood into piles. We moved the wood around so there wasn't a pallet with all the same looking wood.
Once they were ready to be to finalized, I laid 2 pieces of wood on the back to fasten the sign. My husband had some long screws and I used those to screw into each plank. They were secure and ready to be painted!
The planks of wood on the back of the pallet stuck out about 5 inches, so I used a miter saw to cut the wood to size.
Here is a finished pallet (30" x 34"), before we started stenciling and painting. Our good friend Beth, joined in and helped create some great vinyl stencils. (If you would like to order vinyl from Beth, her website is http://www.redleafcrafts.blogspot.com/. You can order any of the designs you see here on our post from her site.) Lay your stencil on your pallet where you want it.
Remove the top plastic and set on wood. Press the sticky side down and rub. Try as best as you can to get it in all the grooves and cracks.
Once you have your entire stencil (vinyl) in place, get your paint ready. All of us had different signs going with different colors. I chose a gorgeous green color. Here I am painting over the stencil. I used a sponge brush, and it worked just fine. Remember the less paint, the better. If you lay the paint on thick, you have the chance of it bleeding under the vinyl. Also if you do it thin, and would like to sand over it, it makes it easier if it's not a thick coat.
Here is my finished product. Once I get it hung above my guest bed, I will have to post an updated photo. My pallet was 34" x 48".
Here is Devin's finished pallet sign. Its a popular one on Pinterest and now I know why! It looks awesome in her home.
Here is Caitlin's finished pallet sign. I loved her quote!
This was a great project! We had a lot of fun and we are grateful to all those who contributed! If you are interested in any of these vinyl designs feel free to contact Beth.
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