"" Rendition Road: Motivational Pallet Sign & a 'Fail' Moment

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Motivational Pallet Sign & a 'Fail' Moment

Hello dear bloggy friends!

I have a quick little project for you today using everyone's favorite; reclaimed pallet wood. I am lucky enough to have a business close to my home that allows me to take pallets at my whim. They are not food grade pallets so I have no fears of chemical pesticides being used on them. If you're not that lucky, I'm sure you'll still be able to find them fairly easily. Your local Craigslist, businesses near your home or work, or maybe even friends. Yea, I have cool friends like that too :) Just ask, you may be surprised at what your peeps have shoved in their garages.

I love quick projects that add a quality of uniqueness to my home so I whipped up a sign that would inspire me every time I saw it. Signs are one of my absolute favorite things to make, the possibilities are endless! I have made signs for every room in our home & being able to use colors matching your decor, personalizing them with names or dates, and making them the exact size needed for the wall are all reasons to make your own if you don't already. They also make for heartwarming gifts for friends & family. Have I convinced you yet?

I've been changing out some of the smaller decor elements in our downstairs for the last couple of months & incorporating Krylon's ocean blue into the mix. I will just admit it now, I'm kind of a Krylon snob. I've tried other spray paints and they just don't compare to the quality & coverage I get with Krylon. Everyone Has their favorite, but if you haven't tried it, I suggest you give it a go. They have so many colors & they are always coming out with exciting new things to spray out of a can. Glitter blast, for example, glitter?!.....color?!.....together in a can?!...hello beautiful! I warned you I love them.
All right, enough jabber & on to the project. We happened to come across some extra long pallets and I had Mr. Rendition break them down for me. He loves breaking pallets down. Okay he hates it, but he does it because the busier I stay with my projects the less I can bother him about projects for his 'honey-do' list. We work so well together. 
After breaking them down I picked a couple nice, straight boards for the sign I wanted to make. I planned on putting it above the door between the living & dining rooms so it needed to be a little wider than one plank.
They received a good sanding to remove any possibilities of splinters.

I didn't fill in any holes or cracks since I wanted the sign to be as rustic as possible. {I even beat it up a bit more with my hammer & my metal paint scraper.} I connected the two boards together with some flat brackets I picked up at our local flea market; sorry I'm not sure the technical name for them. 
Connected with brackets
I sprayed them down with my Krylon satin black. I just gave it one coat but imperfection is the key here & I only need this color to peek through once I sand the sign down. Once it dried, I threw on two coats of Krylon satin white then took it inside to start my lettering process.
Sprayed black
Everyone has their own way of putting lettering on their signs, but I prefer to make mine in Microsoft Word & trace them on the board. It's simple & I'm able to use any one of the hundreds of cute fonts I've downloaded to my computer. I could have also cut a stencil with my Cricut, but since my sign was so "rustic" & uneven, I opted to go this route.

   Once I picked my font {Monotype Corsiva} I printed it off across several pieces of paper & taped them together. I then just flipped them over & rubbed a pencil on the back to make a cheap 'knock-off' version of graphite paper. I got them all laid out on the board where I wanted them & taped the paper to the board to keep it in place while I outlined the letters.
Lining up the papers on the board after having penciled over the backing

   Once that's done you'll have a nice outline on the board of what your sign will say. You can either use a small brush to fill in the letters or some paint pens. I use my Elmers paint pens All. The. Time, but for this project I used a brush. I wanted to get as close to Krylons' Ocean Breeze as possible so I chose some acrylic paint I had that came pretty darn close & filled in my letters. 

Filling in the lettering

   Once the sign was all filled in & had some time to dry I hit it with some sandpaper. I wanted it to be pretty rustic so I used a 60 grit & followed it up with a 100 grit.
Sanding away on the sign
   I mixed up some black craft paint with a small amount of water to mimic a glaze & brushed it over the sign. I just brushed it on rather sloppily & wiped it off right away. It worked perfectly & gave the sign that 'dirty' look I was going for.

I attached some ring hangers to the back & hung it up. 
   Okay are you ready for an awesome fail? I fixed it and I can laugh now, but it really wasn't funny at the time. Did I happen to mention that it was about 1am when I was finishing up? Well it was & after I got it all hungup, I stepped back & this is what I saw. 
Yep, you're reading that right
   I knew I had extra letters when I was done, but you have to understand, I had some trouble printing it so I had a few copies of the same letters lying around. I just assumed the extras were from one of the other print jobs. Somehow I made it through all the painting & everything without noticing! It's okay if you're laughing, I am too....now. At the time, however, I was beside myself! Who does this?! That little mess taught me to double check all my sign lettering in the future :)
All better. Sorry for the quality but it was late at night.

There you have it, a super, simple way to make a rustic sign, spelling errors & all. See you all tomorrow when I jump on & show you how I made my own knock-off version of the ever so popular Pottery Barn number sign.
Until next time!


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