Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pallet Wood Sign

I have been dying to make a pallet wood sign for a while but I wanted the perfect saying. Something that would be positive and mean something to our family as we walked past it each day. I was perusing the wood connection blog  (I used their cute frames for my gallery wall) and they did a wood sign project with this saying and it struck me like a ton of bricks. It was
PERFECT!  Exactly what I was looking for. So I got busy and went to work.
 Click on over to see how I put it together:

First, I went to my family's ranch and hit the pallet pile. They have piles, and piles of pallets they were happy to have me take a few off their hands. Just don't go digging through pallets in crocs. I stepped on an exposed rusty nail. It hurt, not to mention I didn't have a current tetanus booster so I headed to the doc. (I have also heard if your working with old wood you should make sure your tetanus is up to date.)

After that random drama, the next step was dismantling the pallets. I am not going to lie. This was super hard! It took me several hours and my body was achin'. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be.

 After I gathered several pieces, I pulled out extra nails but left some of broken nails for the rustic look. I laid out all the boards to the approximate size and look I wanted and then put two boards going on the back to vertically to hold them all together with nails. (sorry didn't take a pic of this...and now don't want to take it down to take a pic...its quite heavy!)
Next, I created the stencil on my silhouette with cardstock and pieced it together with tape. I had planned to use white and accent with yellow. Now time to paint. I got lucky and my sister did most of the painting...she knows I am procrastinator with tedious jobs!
 That's it. I wrapped wire around the back of the vertical boards and hung it up. We I love it! (hubby doesn't really 'get' using old wood. :)   UPDATE: I have created a more in depth tutorial on how I made the stencil for this. Check it out here: http://www.bloominghomestead.com/2012/09/pallet-sign-tutorial-part-2-stencil.html
 


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89 comments:

  1. I LOVE this!! I have a pallet sitting in my garage (it screamed my name as it was sitting by a dumpster) and now I have an idea of how to use it! This is LOVELY! I think it is perfect! I would be so happy if you would share it at my first ever linky party! http://www.therusticpig.com/2012/09/my-first-linky-party.html

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  2. I was just staring at a pile of pallets waiting for new homes the other day. This is a lovely idea!

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    1. Thanks! I was very happy with how it turned out.

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  3. This is the perfect project for a spot in my living room! What size font did you use? I know all fonts are different but I would like a starting off point :)
    When I get mine done and post it on my blog I will link to your tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi, the main font size for the believe and good in was 477. I sized the other ones down, but not sure of the exact sizes of those. I just kept measuring and guessing and finally found a size that worked!

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    2. Oh...just realized I gave you the wrong font size! Sorry, I am going to put up a tutorial today with the correct font sizes and everything!

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  4. Love the color combos. What color is the wall behind?

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    1. Thanks, the color is a custom color from home depot. It is the main color all over my house from when we bought it but the ratio on top says (and I have no idea what this means...) CLRNT: 384th, B: 38, C:117, F: 8. I can send you a pic of the top label to take in if you need it. Just let me know. :)

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    2. I would love a pic of the top label. Its just the color i have been searching for!

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  5. Oh my goodness, this is so perfect!! What a fabulous sign!

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  6. What a great piece! I love the colors. :) I always try to use contact paper or whatever for stencils but I think the card stock works great (and probably much easier to manage!). xoxo

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    1. Yeah, because of the roughness of the pallet and its work surface I am pretty sure contact paper wouldn't have stuck so the cardstock worked out surprisingly well!

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  7. This is my first time at your blog. It is great and I plan on being a regular! What is the size of the overall sign and what are the size of your letters?
    Thank you!!!

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    1. Okay, here are the dimensions:
      Height: 27 3/4", Width: 40"
      Believe is 6 1/2", there is was roughly 4 1/2, good in was 5", & the world was 3 3/4".

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  8. You did a great job! I am a huge fan of pallet projects (we've done a few) and I can't wait to show this to hubby!

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    1. For sure...I would have loved some manpower dismantling these pallets! Its hard work!

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  9. I absolutely LOVE this sign!!! I had just pinned it from Pinterest and then saw that you had linked it up to my party. Thanks so much for sharing at Clean and Scentsible. I will be featuring this on the weekend. The whole vignette just looks awesome!!
    Jenn :)

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  10. Omgosh! When I saw this on Pinterest I literally screamed out loud..."I WANT THAT!"

    I was really hoping the link was to a shop I could buy it at. It is beautiful and I love the colors. Thanks for sharing. Maybe I could summon up the motivation to go searching for a pallet.

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    1. Thanks. I really do love it. I have had several people ask about me making them to sell, but they are so heavy shipping would be so costly! LOL

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  11. This is gorgeous! I've been wanting to make a pallet wood sign, too. You've inspired me.

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  12. Came from House of Hepworths - this is awesome - love the message within a message! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. This is darling! You did a great job!! XO, Kelli and Kristi

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  14. Love this sign. Do you sell your stencils? I don't have a silhouette but would love to make this!

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  15. I absolutely LOVE this! Everything about it ~ awesome quote! TFS!
    xo
    Heather

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  16. Love love love the saying. And love the pallet-turned-art! Beautiful!

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  17. Preciosos tus trabajos, felicidades.
    Te llevo a mi blog, para poder seguirte.
    Besos!!.
    Toñi.


    Sigueme en:
    http://tiempodecoser-antonia.blogspot.com.es/

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  18. This is perfection! Yes - same question as Teresa - do you sell the stencil?? I have no idea how to make the stencil. Fantastic job :)

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  19. Looks great! I love the words you chose!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  20. So creative.. it looks amazing!! Pinning it and sharing over at my FB page:)

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  21. This is so pretty and such a great message! You have done a fantastic job! Thanks for sharing your talents at Gettin' Krafty! Can't wait to see what you have this week!

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  22. Fabulous pallet DIY!!! What a beautiful message!
    xo,
    Shannon

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  23. Will you make this and I can buy it for my wife?
    Gregg

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    1. I think I emailed you...but I am not making them for sale right now! Just too busy!

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  24. I LOVE this! Both the rustic wood sign and the sentiment! I will be featuring it on my site tomorrow!!

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  25. Too gorgeous! It totally looks worth the trouble! (easy for me to say huh?) My husband doesn't get the whole pallet craze either. Good thing I love it enough for the both of us!
    Stacia@ http://feathersandsunshine.blogspot.com

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  26. This is an absolutely amazing project - I see a lot of features in your future ( I'm a clairvoyent by the way LOL )
    This is a project I definitely have to steal or let's just say COPY -
    I love it more than I can say!
    Your newest follower - would love to have you come by and follow back when you have the time!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  27. Wow, this sign turned out absolutely beautiful! You did a great job! It's so exciting to turn old wood into something so creative! I've made one pallet wall hanging and that was for a gift...I think I'll have to put on my creative hat and get back at it. :)
    Keep up the great work!

    Jennette

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  28. Ummm, this is AWESOME! I can never decide on what to put on signs, this is perfect...can I copy you...PLEASE!?! I love this!

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  29. This is fabulous and what an appropriate saying for this day and age! Love it!!

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  30. Can you share what the paint colors/brand are you used for the quote?

    Thanks!
    Andrea

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    1. Yes, I used basic craft paint in white and the yellow was called sunny day. Both were the brand apple barrel...I think I got them at walmart.

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  31. Is this hanging from a stud in the wall or in sheetrock? I want to make it but I'm afraid it will be too heavy to hang....any tips?

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    1. It is hung in the drywall via a pretty narly anchor that says it will hold up to 75 lbs. So far it is holding well, but yep...its very heavy!

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  32. I've pinned this saying before wanting to make something with it, now you've given me the perfect thing. I love this! I'm just hoping my husband will go for it - he doesn't get the old wood thing either. :)

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    1. Good luck...I love it everytime I walk past it. Still hasn't grown on the hubby though!

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    2. When it grows on the hubby, he will have then seen the light. And will be better for it. <3

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  33. This is wonderful. Not just the sign but the message. Thank you for this.

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  34. I love this!! I wish I had some old pallets laying around!

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  35. I like both the saying and the sign very much. I am hoping to write a blog post this week on charitable giving and was hoping that I might use one of your photos from this post as a title illustration (with a link back here, of course). Would that be alright with you?

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    1. As long as you credit and link back I don't mind. Thank you for asking!

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    2. Thank you so much. You can find the post at http://awordfromauntb.blogspot.ca/2012/11/charitable-giving-on-budget.html

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  36. Um Marie,
    I thought we were friends, how on EARTH did I not KNOW you had a blog! You humble thing you! I actually have been coveting this since you showed it to me and got on Pinterest to see if I could find something similar for inspiration. When I stumbled across this pic that looked VERY familiar! Could you just please sell these babies? LOVE IT!
    Liz B

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    1. LOL Liz, because I am lame and kind of embarrassed about it! It was funny though, it took about a year before my sister stumbled across it and she was like..."hey, this lady copies everything Marie does and steals her pictures...lol". Then she finally realized it was me. :) I'm just lame like that and its fun to blog without it being too "serious". :)

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  37. This is amazing! Thank you for sharing! Did you have to treat/clean the wood before applying the paint?

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    1. Patrick, I did not treat the wood and it was pretty clean when I started dismantling the pallets, however I have heard that you need to be careful when using pallets in your projects. Since this was a personal project...I wasn't quite as concerned.

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  38. Love this!! I'll be featuring it on my blog tomorrow. :) xoxo

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  39. This is gorgeous. I'll be featuring it on Craft Gossip this afternoon http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/

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  40. Love this! Pinned it :)

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open

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    1. I did not sand down the wood. I really LOVED the texture so I kept it as is.

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  42. This is so lovely and that is the perfect inspirational quote without being too sappy. I saw a picture of this on Pinterest a few months ago, but the actual link was broken. I've been searching the web for the original project for months, and I FINALLY FOUND IT! Thank you for putting up this tutorial, I've got my eye out for pallets now!

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    1. Yah! I am glad you found me! I know how that goes when you search and search! lOL

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  43. Love your DIY. posted a link on my site at www.creativeabolitionist.com

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  44. Interesting blog. You have given us all a message that there exists some goodness in us so be the good:)

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  45. I love the sign but was wondering what color your walls are painted. I'm remodeling my house right now and have been looking all over for the perfect neutral. THanks for any info

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    1. Hi, I am not sure of the paint name, I only have a custom mix label and I shared it on my facebook page. You should be able to find it here, you can take it to the paint store and they can match it!

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=380411582038680&set=a.352655764814262.84640.338434549569717&type=1&theater

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  46. Random question :-) do you mind sharing your wall color you used?

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  47. Do you mind sharing the wall color you used? It looks very fresh with the white trim !

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    1. Hi Sarah, I don't mind sharing at all. It is actually a custom color from Home Depot. I posted a pic of the top of the paint can with the formula so you can take it in a match it if you like. Here is the link https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=380411582038680&set=a.352655764814262.84640.338434549569717&type=1&theater

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  48. Marie,

    I am amazed that you were able to dismantle that pallet. I took a swing at one in my garage this afternoon in hopes of creating a similar sign and there was NO WAY I was going to get that thing dismantled! Kudos to you for ripping it apart on your own!

    The sign is adorable. I love the saying and the colors. Maybe someday I will figure out how to make one of my own without taking apart a pallet!

    Jen
    www.1creativemomma.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Jen...and yes dismantling pallets is so NOT easy!! I had no idea when I started how difficult it really would be. I finally got a technique going with 2 huge hammers and it still took me several hours.

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  49. Love your blog! I linked my blog back to yours on a similar project :) You can check it out here http://decoratemylife.com/how-to-make-a-wood-sign/ Thanks for the inspiration!

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  50. This is a beautiful sign! I love the colors that you chose and I like how you left the wood unpainted. I'm currently working on a pallet sign and hope it turns out as good as yours!

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    1. Yes, I loved the wood 'as is'. So much character!

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  51. I am considering trying to recreate this sign as I love love love it and was just thinking that maybe it would be easier to do the stencil on big poster board? This way it would keep the words together since the silhouette will cut without a mat as well as cut pretty much any length i think (I'm new to using it). I would just need to cut the width of the paper to the size of the letters. I'm excited to get started. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Good thinking...I am sure you could get that to work! I just used what I had, but cutting down some poster board to keep the width the same would be a great idea!

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  52. I love the Quote! and the fact that you make it into pallet art makes it even better. You might just have inspired me to make my own :)

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  53. LOVELY! This is definitely on my "To Do" list. Random question: where did you get the little slide calendar pictured on the desk? It's so cute!

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