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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

DIY Merry and Bright Pallet Sign

It's time for another Monthly DIY Challenge!

I have to say, I have been feeling a bit off lately and really needed this challenge to kick me in the butt to get motivated.  I'm sure you have noticed it's been awhile since I've actually completed and posted a project, so it was nice to finally get out my paint and tools and get to work.

This month's theme was "reclaimed wood" and I knew right away I wanted to use pallet wood.  It's free and the boards are perfect for creating DIY signs.  Since Christmas is only a few weeks away I chose to go a bit festive this time and create a "Merry and Bright" sign for our freshly painted fireplace.
DIY Merry and Bright Pallet Sign

10 Creative ways to use reclaimed wood

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- Pallet Board (see how to easy remove boards here) 
-Dark Stain (I used Minwax Epony )
- Sand Paper
- Alphabet Stencils

First and foremost you have to get your pallet boards apart without breaking or cracking them.  The easiest way I've found to dismantle pallets is with a hammer and rubber mallet.
How to dismantle a pallet
If you take your time and do it properly you can remove full boards without cracking or breaking them.  Older, aged pallets will need to be taken apart with more care.
How to dismantle a pallet
As with most projects, this one evolved over time.  I originally thought I wanted to make the sign red, but after washing the board (I mixed paint and water) with red paint I hated how it looked.  It ended up way too pink and not the look I was going for.  I then decided to go over the board with ebony stain, which I still wasn't feeling.
Staining pallet board for DIY sign
The ding, ding, ding, moment came after I covered the stain with white chalk paint.  After sanding the edges (do not paint all the way to the edge) and distressing the board the sign was ready for lettering.
Painting pallet board for DIY sign
Instead of applying paint over the stencils I opted to trace them and fill in the letters using a black oil based Sharpie.  It takes a bit more time, but I find it's the best way to avoid bleeding paint.
Tracing letters on pallet wood

Painted letters on pallet wood
I debated whether or not to distress the letters, but in the end I left them as is for a cleaner look.  The sign looks like it was made to be placed just above our metal fireplace surround. 
DIY Merry and Bright Pallet Sign
The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating projects out of pallet and reclaimed wood!

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  1. And the queen of pallet projects does it again! LOVE it!

  2. Love the sign! I'm glad you left the letters as is. I for one am getting a little tired of all the distressing. But I know I'm in the minority!

  3. Aw, I love this! The perfect minimal sign for Christmas and it pops so beautifully against your dark fireplace!

  4. SUPER cute, Pallet Princess! This is a pallet project I could actually do! :-)