Mini "Pallet" Sign

Tuesday, July 10, 2012



Once again I'm joining Katie from Bower Power, Sherry from Young House Love, Kate from Centsational Girl, and Michelle from Ten June for the Pinterest Challenge – Summer Edition! 

For this season's challenge I decided to hop on the ol' pallet art bandwagon. My two inspiration pieces were the DIY pallet sign from The Frugal Girls:

source via Pinterest (please pin this image from the source)

And the pallet headboard from House Tweaking...I'm sure everyone has seen this one before:


source via Pinterest (please pin this image from the source)

I don't have any real pallets hanging around so I used The Frugal Girls' suggestion of garden stakes.

I found these stakes at Ace Hardware for $1.29 each. They are 1" x 2" x 36".

I cut the point off and then cut the stakes into thirds. Each piece ended up being about 11". 

Then I stained all sides of the stakes with a Dark Walnut stain. 


Then I painted all sides with Valspar's Nautical (free sample from last year). Once the paint was dry I attached everything with a few nails. 


I used my mouse sander to do a little distressing. Seriously, it took me 30 seconds with my electric sander - best purchase ever! 


I used my Silhouette to create the "love" stencil. The font is called LD Charming Bold and it's available in the Silhouette online shop. I used transfer paper to keep everything together and level. 


Once everything was in place I used a foam brush to dab white craft paint into the letters. Remember - less paint is more if you want to keep the letters crisp.


I peeled the vinyl off after a few minutes. Don't let it dry completely, or it's going to suck to get off. Once the paint was dry I lightly sanded the letters by hand. 


And after all of that:


And in its new home on the mantle:

 (the white paint is still wet in this picture...shhhh! our little secret)

I only ended up using 3 of the stakes and I had everything else on hand, so this whole project was less than $4!

30 comments:

  1. ADORABLE! I'm totally doing this this weekend! Pinned....haha! Great job! Newest follower too!

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  2. So cute! And I love the size that you made it. Perfect for adding to a mantel!

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  3. Perfect spot on the mantle. I've seen a tutorial using paint sticks but never garden stakes. Looks good.

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  4. This is so cute! I love how simple it all was! I'll have to make one of my own soon!

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  5. Very cool! I'm always looking for projects to use my Silhouette with. I am linked up with Young House Love too!

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  6. Normally, I'm not a fan of pallet designs because they look to dorm room cheap. So I almost ignored this post in my Reader. But for you...

    I love this! Way to class it up and yet keep it textured. Well done!

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  7. Lovely! And what a great way to combine your pins, too.

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  8. Love it Sam! The color is so pretty!

    Mandy

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  9. I love this! Totally something I am going to try :)

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  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE! I've been looking for interesting things to add to my gallery wall and this would be perfect! Than you for the *Pinspiration*!

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  11. This looks so good! The colors are perfect and I think you did just the right amount of distressing :)

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  12. I love pallet signs- yours is so cute!!! I love the font and the colors and it looks so pretty in it's new home. Great job Sam!!

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  13. This is beautiful!! I love the colors you choose and the word and everything! Great tip about using garden stakes too. This is going on my "to do" list! Hopefully soooner than later :)

    Brie @ Breezy Pink Daisies

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  14. What a perfect little sign! The colour is great and I adore that font! Fab Pinterest Challenge project.
    xo,
    Shannon

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  15. SO cute!!! I am for sure going to try this!!! Perfect for a beach house!!

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  16. I need to make one of these yours tuned out beautiful:)

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  17. I'm in love! So cute...it turned out great. I've never thought of using garden stakes.

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  18. This is too darn cute! I'm definitely gonna have to make me one of these :) Thanks for sharing! *Newest Follower Here* :)

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  19. This is adorable!!! And it looks perfect over your mantle! A smaller version would be perfect for my gallery wall in my entry way. Can you say "weekend project"?! A perfect way to use things I already have around the house. Thank you for sharing!

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  20. What a great project- love it! I've been toying around with the idea of making some pallet art for my soon-to-be nephew... this may have been the inspiration I needed.

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  21. LOVE this and am so impressed you found a way around the lack of a pallet! I love pallet art but have never figured out how to track down the materials. Nice work!

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  22. Gorgeous! I love the colour and your design. It really looks like you bought it from some expensive interiors shop. x

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  23. This really inspries me! Thanks for sharing :) I love your thorough tutorial! Kathi

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  24. This is absolutely perfect! Awesome!!

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  25. Beautiful. Looks quite rustic & cheek. Thanks for sharing. Love it.

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