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I love DIY projects, like really love them! I always have so many projects and ideas running through my head that I can’t usually concentrate on just one. I try to tackle smaller projects on my days that I works so they wont take up a whole day. This DIY pallet board welcome sign was one of those simple and quick projects that add a bit of character to the outside front door area of the house.
Breaking Apart Pallets
Let me tell you, this is not an easy task. My husband gets pallets from work for me which is amazing. Said pallets are oak pallets, which is also amazing. What isn’t amazing is pulling the pallets apart. This takes so much time! Usually when I pull pallets apart I do a whole lot so I have a stock and don’t have to do it for every project. The plus side to this is that my younger two crazies also love to help out. This is really the most time consuming part of my pallet projects.
Raw Pallet Boards
Once I have them pulled apart and the nails out of them I sand them down and cut them to the size I want. I usually determine the size based on how good the individual boards are. The ones that are still in good shape I keep whole so I can use them for bigger projects and the others I cut into different sizes. I then sand the ends of the boards after I cut them. For this project I actually did the whole sign without painting the board. I had it hanging up for almost a year and decided I wanted it to stand out a bit more. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of the sign like that. Sorry guys!
Updating the Sign
I decided that I wanted to paint and redo the lettering in hoes it would be more noticeable. I used Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte Spray Paint in White Linen. This was so quick and easy! The nice thing about the white is that it was just dark enough to give the effect I wanted but light enough that I could still see my original lettering so I didn’t have to redraw it. Once the paint dried, ok I’ll be honest, about a week later, I got to the lettering.
When I did the sign the first time, I used a pencil and did free hand text. I then used this wood burning tool to trace the lettering.
Being that the pallet boards are oak, it was a little difficult the first time to keep the tool hot enough. Oak is heavy duty! The second time around was much easier.
Finishing the Sign
After retracing all the letters, I used a different attachment to put some little designs on the corners of the sign to add a little to it. On the back of the sign I put a screw in each side and attached jute twine to hang it with. I really love the way the sign turned out after I painted it. It made the letters stand out so much more.
What do you think or what would you do different in making your DIY pallet board welcome sign? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.