"Hello Sunshine" Pallet Sign | Little House of Four: "Hello Sunshine" Pallet Sign

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"Hello Sunshine" Pallet Sign

Are you sick of my pallet projects yet?  Well, if you are you'll be happy to know that this is my last one (I think).   In an attempt to use up the pallets and finish decorating my daughter's room I decided to make her a sign to hang on her wall.   When she was a baby I would sing "You are my Sunshine" over and over while I rocked her to sleep.  It only felt right to have a sign for her room that symbolized those special moments.

I started by cutting the boards off the pallet with a circular saw.   I was going for a more rustic look so I wasn't too worried about the boards being perfectly straight.

Once I had a bunch of boards cut I arranged them in a staggered brick pattern and glued them to a scrap piece of wood.
When the glue was dry I flipped the board over and nailed a few nails into the back to reinforce the pallet boards.




I forgot to take a picture, but before I painted the sign yellow I applied one coat of Minwax Jacobean stain.
This is where things started to go wrong.   I'm all about sharing the good the bad and the ugly when it comes to projects.  It just wouldn't be right if I didn't share the process I went through to get to the final result.

I started off by free handing the worlds "Hello Sunshine" in white paint, but I just wasn't feeling it.

In an attempt to make it a little more rustic, I took the same Jacobean stain and rubbed it over top the white letters then sanded.  Yup, still not feeling it.
I ended up painting over the "Hello" and redoing it in cursive using black paint, but I didn't like that either.   That's when I scratched everything and painted over the entire sign in yellow.  This time using coral and navy paint to write the letters.  Finally, I was liking how it looked. 

My original plan was to hang the sign over Paige's bed, but I liked it much better on the other side of the room.  

Just a few more projects and her room will be complete!  

11 comments:

  1. So cute!! I love that you redid it a million times. That is so me. :-) Great job.

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    1. Thanks Bre! This was one of those projects that just wasn't turning out as I had imagined, but I was determined to get it done.

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  2. Great job! Most of my DIY projects seem to be a comedy of errors so I can totally relate :)

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    1. Thanks Rosy! I'm glad I'm not the only one :)

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  3. Sign for your daughter is great, love it. Did you hand write all the letters? If so you did great job. I have trouble every time trying to get the spacing right so end up having to redo often. I love how you spaced the boards and then attached them, the order you did it in looks good. Usually end up using stencils for my letters.
    When I want a sign done I ask hubs then he does it whatever way he wants to unless I stand there and watch him but don't let him know that's what I'm doing. If he's figured it out he hasn't indicated. I try to get off on other subjects very casually so he's not aware of what I'm doing. He's a control freak so have to be very careful how I pose requests. After 45 1/2 yrs. I have to be quick. We make our signs from pallets also, love free lumber. Happy summer days

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    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. Yes, I did hand write the letters, but it took me multiple attempts to get the writing and colors the way I liked them. I know how you feel about your husband doing projects. Mine never did them the way I wanted, so I just started doing them myself. I think he actually prefers it that way :)

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  4. #1 I *love* that you didn't use a fancy die cut machine for your words!
    #2 I love that you showed all of us the good, bad, and ugly parts of this project!
    #3 I love this sign! It's so happy and would look great in our playroom!

    Tomorrow morning is my Show-Licious Party! I'd love for you to link to and show off your awesomeness!
    ~ Ashley

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    1. You are so sweet Ashley! Thank you so much for stopping by. I'll be sure to check out your link party in the morning!

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  5. Love, love, love, love this! In fact, I love it so much it's one of my Knockout picks from this week's Hit Me With Your Best Shot party! I hope to see you there again tonight!

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    1. Oh my gosh, you just made my day! Thank you SO much Shelly! I will definitely be linking up tonight!

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  6. This is absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing with us at Your Designs This Time!

    Emily & Erin

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