Old Weathered Pallet
30 Screws (May vary depending on size)
3 different colors of paint
Wood Stain (Optional)
Hammer or Crow bar
Sponge (Only if you are Staining)
Map or Gazette (You could also print one off to cut out)
This sign didn’t cost me anything to make as I already had the supplies, sorry I don’t have a cost breakdown for the project.
While my husband was away for a guys weekend, I figured it would be a good opportunity to tackle a project with my dad. I’ve been wanting to make a sign out of pallets for a long time, but wasn’t really feeling inspired as to what I wanted to put on it. I wanted it to be meaningful to us as a couple/family. Therefore, I wasn’t feeling and of the popular quotes that seem to be all over the home decor scene right now. I’m in love with the song “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, but it seems like it’s being used everywhere. I have also been wanting to incorporate Maine into the artwork on our walls, I like the typography prints, but they just don’t really fit the style of our living areas. I knew that when I got around to making the pallet sign it would go in our kitchen.
Well, one day a couple of weeks ago it just kind of hit me on the car ride home, when one of my favorite songs came on the radio, Bring it on Home by Little Big Town. It had been a long day and this song hit me like never before, you know how sometimes you can listen to a song and never really hear it until it’s relevant, well this was one of those cases. It just reminded me that everything would be okay, I was on my way home to the one person who would make me feel better. Everyday, no matter how good or bad, we talk about our day and we help each other work things out and give each other advice on how to make it better. We bring home the good things too, but it’s just always nice to know that no matter what, we can bring it on home to each other.
One of the things I love about Maine, is that it’s abbreviation is “ME” and it makes it really easy to do a play on words. So I decided to take this sign and give it two meanings, I used the line “Bring it on home to me” from the song, both for the personal meaning and for the literal HoME meaning. Maine is and always will be our home (though I wouldn’t complain about a vacation home somewhere tropical). So maybe that seems weird to some of you, but it makes me happy so deal with it. I personally am in love with this sign and I think that other than my DIY Wedding invitations, this is my favorite DIY project yet, I see it as being one of those pieces that stays with us for the rest of our lives.
I only wanted my sign to be about 2 1/2 feet long, so my dad cut the pallet to fit the size I wanted.
Then it was time to pry the wood off of the pallet frame, this is where you want to use either the back of a hammer or a crowbar. Be gentle as most weathered pallets are fragile and can break off easily. Remove nails from the pallet board you plan to use.
Arrange your boards and push them together against something flat. We used the edge of the work table, it had a nice lip which allowed for the board to stay in place while the backs were screwed on.
We chose to do three board across the back to make it sturdier. You can cut these boards right out of the same pallet. You will want them to measure the length that crosses the other boards. Screw them in with two screws going from the back bracing boards into each of the front sign boards. I had 5 boards that made up the sign and three bracing boards, so 5 boards x 2 screws each is 10 screws x 3 back boards equals 30 screws total. Does that make sense?
We ran out of short screws, so my dad just used the longer ones and then used his grinder to grind them down if they poked through the front of the sign.
Now that it’s all put together, it’s time to sand it down to make it nice and smooth for the paint later on.
All sanded and ready for a makeover!
Use a sponge to rub in stain, you do not want even layers of the stain because the wood will lose it’s weathered look. You don’t have to use stain, the board was pretty without it, but it didn’t match the shades in my kitchen so that’s why I used it.
As you can see, I just rubbed it in however, wherever.
Time for the paint. I needed something bigger than a 8 1/2 by 11 template from the internet, so my good ‘ole Maine Atlas it was. (Sorry, Nana, it lived a good life). I used an X-Acto knife to cut out the cover page of the atlas. I taped down the atlas and painted using a foam brush.
I decided to use gold paint for the State of Maine, I was inspired to incorporate more gold into my projects by my blogger friend, Tara, over at Suburble (<<<Go check out that gold horse of hers!). I used Martha Stewart Living Metallic Paint in Vintage Gold, I got it at Home Depot and highly recommended!
I think it came out really nice, and of course I added the islands on too!
Next it was time for the quote. After finally deciding on fonts and size, I printed out the quote on basic computer paper. I used the X-Acto knife to cut out the letters. Then I played with the words for positioning to get them just where I wanted and taped them down. You may have to cut the paper closer to the words to make sure there isn’t any overlap so that you can easily paint them. Don’t forget or lose the middle of the letters like “B” or “o”. I highly recommend using two different fonts, make one key word a little different than the rest. It will really make the sign stand out.
Use the foam pouncer to paint the letters. These work great for this kind of project because you are going straight down, where as with a brush you would be moving from side to side and it could catch on the paper and mess up the letter.
Of course I needed to put a little heart on the state, we do after all live in “The Heart of Maine”.
She’s looking mighty pretty!
The finished product! I hung it over my microwave on the wall connecting the kitchen and living room area. I used basic picture frame brackets and hung it up using Money hooks (another awesome product)!
It definitely makes the kitchen feel more complete and homey. I’m so happy with how it turned out! I think that Mainer’s overall will have an appreciation for this, but you can easily change it out to an state you want!
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