Friday, August 12, 2011

Pallet Board Art-PB Knock Off

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In the midst of moving and getting one house ready to sell I was finding myself well a bit grumpy and drained.  My husband kindly pointed out that Julia with a project is a happy Julia and so I took a break from packing, unpacking, touch up painting and cleaning and started working on a project.

When we were first married we wrote a family constitution.  We wrote down things that we wanted to see our family doing and typed it up in a consitution style and it adorned our wall for the last almost 10 years.  We now have 3 more children and so we asked them what they would like to see our family doing and I wrote a list of the things they said and then I wrote a secondary list that brought them altogether so my project wouldn't look like a jumbled mess of words.  Now that I havve explained the why of the project lets get to the how of it.

First you are going to need to collect some pallets.  I am lucky enough to have a husband that works in retail so he was able to snag some up for me and he broke them down for me too...Yahoo Hubby!  I ended up with a pile of boards like this:

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Next removing all the nails and staples.  I used a Dremel and a good ole hammer for this part:

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Then to cut the boards to size.  I measured the wall I was going to hang it on and cut my longest board 4 inches shorter than that with the other boards being cut 4 and 8 inches shorter that the longest boards. I cut them using a jigsaw and cut a bunch of boards in different lengthes..... 

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like this:
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I moved them around until I was happy with the arrangement.

This was the most time consuming part figuring out what words where, what fonts, what sizes for the fonts and then cutting out the words onto vinyl with my silhouette.  Once that was done I adhered the letters or the frame around the letters to the boards like so:
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If it had the letters I painted the whole board and rapidly removed the vinyl and if it had the cut outs of the words I just painted that in using a stencil brush.

Once dry I flipped all the boards over and liquid nailed and nailed these 2 strips of wood to hold it all together, added hangers, and foam pads(so not to ding the walls) and it was ready to hang.......
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I absolutely LOVE how it turned out and am glad when you enter my home this is what you see:

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This is the inspiration piece from PB:

I am going to make my own sign like this


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Idea Shared at:
http://www.thethriftyhome.com/
http://www.alittletipsy.com/
http://www.theidearoom.net/

36 comments:

  1. You did a great job! I really want to try making a pallet sign soon too. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. WOW! I love this. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  3. very nice! I like that you used different fonts for each board. It looks so great.

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  4. I want to do this but have heard that the chemicals used to preserve the pallet wood (namely formaldehyde) and that it is not safe to make something for inside your home. Do you know? Is there a way to tell what has been used to treat a pallet?

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    1. Just wanted to let you all know that formaldehyde is in everything. You know that new car smell? Formaldehyde. New carpet smell in your house? Formaldehyde. Beer overseas? Formaldehyde. One shouldn't be emersed in it, but a house with adequate ventalation it shouldn't be a problem.

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  5. I love it! Thanks for sharing the tutorial, I am going to have to save this in my inspiration folder for sure! I'm your newest follower!

    Brie from darlingdoodles.blogspot.com

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  6. I love it! It looks even better than the PB one. Great job:) I am a new follower and Love your blog!!
    www.karismaheartsavannah.blogspot.com

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  7. Such a great idea. I like it better than the PB one, too. :) Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link up party going on right now over on my blog. :) (New follower, cute blog!) :)

    Ginger
    gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

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  8. Great Project! I pinned it too!
    Visiting you from Workshop Wednesday.

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  9. Man this is SO cute! There are so many possibilities with this -- I am pinning this for my 'to make' list which gets longer by the day :)

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  10. Your sign is wonderful, both in appearance and the reasoning behind the words, this is definitely going on my to do list!

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  11. Wonderfully made!! My husband just brought home a large pallet for me the other day...you've given me some thoughts...Anyhoo, found you via Gluesticks link party and have become your newest follower. Pop on over for a visit when you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn

    http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/08/dining-room-new-paint.html

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  12. I love the idea of a family constitution! What a great looking reminder. Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

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  13. What a great sign & I always love something Pottery Barn inspired. I'm putting your sign in the PoPP Spotlight. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  14. OMG this is awesome- I am going to feature this friday for my friday feature!

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  15. Featuring YOU over on my blog today. Love this! :) Feel free to drop by & grab a button. :)

    Ginger
    gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

    http://gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com/2011/08/take-look-you-simple-messages.html

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  16. I LOVE it! It's better than the Pottery Barn original. I would love it if you would stop by and share this at the crafty link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face.
    :)Rachel
    http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/08/cure-for-common-monday-6-craft-link.html

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  17. Great job! I am loving all of the use of pallets that I get to see. I think I like yours more than the PB version.:)

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  18. I love it!!
    I found you through jello & tater tots.

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  19. Thanks for sharing! You are being featured this week at Lines Across My Face.
    Rachel

    http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/09/cure-for-common-monday-7.html

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  20. I LOVE THIS!! Love the colors too! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    BTW...I featured it here:

    http://thecreativecrate.blogspot.com/2011/09/pallet-wood-art.html

    Thanks again! :)

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  21. Can you elaborate more on how to create the lettering and where you would get vinyl, etc?

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  22. Amazing! You are so talented!

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  23. yea...mine is up and i love it! thanks for the inspiration. you can check it out at http://craftedbymama.blogspot.com/2011/12/pallet-transformation.html

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  24. I love upcycling anyway & this project is just so great. I'm impressed!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  25. Love this and have pinned it for reference. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Debbie :)

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