Welcome to the first day of a five-part series of pallet projects!
My dear friend Jenny and I love to have Pinterest project days, and we decided to try making some wooden signs. I've been wanting to put this blessing in my dining room: “Bless the food before us, the family beside us and the love between us, Amen.” And Jenny wanted to put this in her bedroom: “Every love story is beautiful but ours is my favorite.”
We checked out Aimee Weaver's tutorial and got to work. The hardest part was trying to figure out how big to make our letters and what fonts to use. LOTS of trial and error. We ended up with size 400 font!
I decided to hang my boards separately on the wall with space between them, which translates to no woodwork! For Jenny's, we picked some of the narrower pallet pieces to fit across the back of the boards to hold them together.
After cutting them down to size, we slid the support pieces under the front boards, and lined them up with the original nail holes. I definitely recommending pre-drilling your holes for this project because pallet wood splits so easily. Then we screwed it all together and the sign was assembled!
We decided not to do any sanding since we were both going for a rustic look, and the rough wood was perfect. For our background colors, we literally just did a crappy paint job to make the signs look aged. Glob the paint onto the middle of the board and feather it out toward the edges. I was afraid it would be hard to make the paint look weathered, but it turned out to be super simple!
Then we used transfer paper to trace our words onto our boards. This is the same transfer paper I use for my embroidery projects. It turns out that it works just as well on this project!
Painting the letters was definitely the most time consuming part. Using tiny brushes to get nice edges on the letters seemed to take forever, but who doesn’t like nice mindless activity?
Here are the final products!