Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Pallet Letter Sign


I recently started seeing these circular letter signs on IG and thought I would give it a try. My dad works in a shop and is able to get pallets pretty easily. I asked him to pick up a pallet for me and I cut it apart with my Ryobi jig saw. Next, I used my Ryobi orbital sander and sanded down the boards a little bit, still leaving them with that rough pallet look. 

My next step was figuring out how to get all the boards into a perfect circle. I am still trying to master this. For this one, I laid out all the boards and then used my tape measure to measure out 10 inches from a dot I made in the center. This turned out to be a 20 inch sign. I marked this around the wood and used this as my guide to cut out the circle with my jig saw. 




After this, I printed out a very large S from Microsoft Word and used that as my stencil for the letter. It significantly helped to have all my boards numbered, I would highly recommend doing this with a light pencil mark. Next, I was trying think of how I should assemble the boards to stay together. My boyfriend introduced me to a dowel jig when he built this Restoration Hardware knockoff media console. Here are some pictures of this amazing piece he did for his living room.





So I decided to use dowels to connect these boards together with this dowel jig. If I were to make more of these signs, next time I would cut a thin piece of plywood and use my nail gun to secure these. It was a lot of work with the dowel jig. I then used a wood file to smooth out some of the edges. Here it is after I got it all assembled.


Next, I used some Minwax dark walnut stain to get a nice dark wood look for the sign. 


 

I actually really liked it with just the stain on it as well. But, I decided to go white with it. White has been my obsession lately! I used Fusion mineral paint in limestone to paint it and then some light sanding to distress it. I love how it turned out and currently have it displayed in my bedroom.



What do you all think?

Thanks for reading!
Shayla


17 comments:

  1. Hi Shayla, Wow I love this letter sign pallet you made! Thanks so much for joining and sharing this at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J. We hope to see you again.

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  2. Ok I am totally obsessed with this!!! What a fantastic idea! So glad I found this post on Chic on a Shoestring link party. Pinning!

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  3. Great idea! Love how it turned out :)

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    1. Thank you so much, I am thinking of trying some different colors next :)

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  4. Aww! I love how cute this is!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thank you so much Jess and thank you for hosting!

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  5. Super cute project, have to share with my sister who just came into an entire stock of salvaged 100 year old barn wood, she would love to drake this with some of that wood!

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    1. Thank you so much Brenda, would love to come across some old barnwood to make another one. Maybe some day :)

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  6. This sign is awesome! I love how you used the dark wax on the bottom and the limestone paint on the top to give it a cool rustic feel, it's fantastic. I also love the restoration hardware inspired console table. You guys have mad skills. Thanks so much for linking this to our Something to Talk About Link Party, Coco

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    1. Thank you so much CoCo! I always love linking up to your page!

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  7. I love it. I want to try this. I didn't realize the s was cut out at first, it looks awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. What an awesome project... Great job! Pinning!

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  9. It's quite interesting to see that you actually cut each piece individually and then assembled. I would have thought it was assembling first and then cutting. I like it!

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  10. This is so pretty! Thanks for linking up at Friday Finds!

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  11. This is so pretty! Thanks for linking up at Friday Finds!

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