I’ve been working on creating this next project for a couple of weeks now and I am so excited to be able to show it to you! It was the brain-child of a few ideas, meshed together and I am absolutely in love with how it turned out! It started with the need to have some art in my master bedroom; we have none. I had also been wanting to create a pallet-sign type of project. My problem was finding an image or a quote that “fit” my husband and I. I finally pulled all the pieces together love my final result! So I present to you the complete (ie long) tutorial on how to make this super cute Together is our Favorite Place to be pallet-style DIY sign!
This is truly one of my favorite projects I have every made! It combined my love of my Saw, Kreg Jig and my Silhouette cutting machine! These three tools create a deadly combination for a killer project in my opinion so not only did I love making it, but I also love how it turned out.
Please forgive the length of this post, but I wanted to walk you through the entire process from start to finish. And even give you tips on using the Kreg Jig, walking you through how to make and use a Stencil out of vinyl and every other step in between! So the post is long, but I’ve jam-packed a ton on information in here; it’s kinda epic!
I use a chop / miter saw, but even a simple hand saw would work fine for this step.
My overall board ended up being 27″w x 32″t. I used 2″x6″ boards from my local hardware store, measured twice, cut once and soon I had (5) 32″ long wooden boards for my project.
It is important to take the time to sand the wood well so that the stain applied evenly. I started with a lower grit sandpaper, then finished off with a finer grit sand paper. I used my electric sander for this step. Be sure to get the ends very well too to avoid the ends being three shades darker then the face of the wood.
After my board were sanded really well, I used a clean cotton knit cloth and wiped my boards down to remove any saw dust.
I used a cotton knit rag and a Dark Walnut Stain for this project. This is one of my all-time favorite stains! It is so pretty!
I dip the tip of the rag into the stain, blot it off and patiently work the stain into the wood. You want to apply stain with the lightest coat possible so work it in and make a little go a long way.
I used two coats of stain for my project.
I brought out my Kreg Jig and got to work! If you are looking to assemble a few pieces of wood together this is truly the quickest and easiest way I have found to do this. Basically, you will clamp your wood into their neat little jig contraption, set a couple of settings to the size of your wood, take your drill and drill away! It is really so simple!
The jig will enable you to drill an angled hole so that you can screw two boards together easily, simply and cleanly.
HINT: With the Kreg Jig, you clamp the wood into place. Since my wood was finished and beautiful and I wanted to be sure to preserve my wood, I placed a second piece of wood between my finished board and my clamp.
GIRLS CAN USE POWER TOOLS TOO!
With boards this long, I drilled three holes in four out of my five boards using my Kreg Jig. You do not have to measure where these holes go, I just eye balled it, one on each end and one in the middle-ish.
Using your drill you will assemble the boards together. The Kreg Jig comes with a special drill bit that is extra long and works with their screws. It is totally worth the investment. You only need to place two boards side by side and screw into the boards using the holes you previously drilled. It is so simple!
With boards this big, I enlisted my husband to help so it only took just a few minutes to assemble my big pallet-style board! I held the boards together and snapped photos while he put the screws in one end. Then we switched jobs and I put the screw into the other end. That’s either really good team work or us being lazy 🙂
After you’ve assembled the entire board in this fashion, you have a really fun, beautiful pallet-style board! I loved it so much at this point I knew my project was going to be awesome!
Sixth: Cut Stencil
I chose to use vinyl as a stencil for my board. You can also use vinyl for your lettering, but I wanted a bit more of a rustic, handmade look so I decided to use vinyl as a stencil.
I am lucky enough to have a Silhouette Cameo that I am desperately in love with! I also have the Designer Edition Software Program which allows me to customize my designs in so many ways. But even without the designer edition software program, one of my all-time favorite features of the Silhouette vs other cutting machines is that I can use ANY true type font on my computer to design text with. Yup. I can turn any TTF into a design to cut out. One of the many reasons I love my Silhouette.
So I started laying out, designing and picking fonts for my board. I knew I wanted to use two fonts, one fancy and one more simple and two paint colors so I took a lot of time to carefully design my final look.
Once it was fully designed, I cut my design out with my Silhouette and weeded the letters out of the design, leaving a stencil still on the backing paper.
After your stencil is cut and weeded, you will want to use transfer tape to carefully apply your vinyl to your board.
Since my vinyl wasn’t going to be on my finished board, I grabbed some old vinyl I knew I wasn’t going to use. This shiny silver vinyl totally has its place, but I personally had no foreseeable use for it so it became my lovely stencil!
But I did keep joking with my husband telling him I was going to leave it just…like…this 🙂
When you use vinyl as a stencil here are a couple things to keep in mind:
- Make sure all edges around the letters are firmly adhered to the board to help prevent seepage.
- You will always have seepage so be “ok” with a handmade, rustic, shabby look.
- Apply the vinyl, paint and remove vinyl as quickly as possible to help prevent the vinyl from sticking too badly to the wood.
- But don’t remove your vinyl until the paint is at least almost all the way dry, preferable all the way dry.
- Do not, under any circumstance, use latex paint. Use craft paint! Ok. You can use latex paint, but be warned that the latex paint will try to stay on your vinyl when you take it off so it will take extra time and a lot of patience when removing the vinyl from your board to be sure that your letters stay on the board too. Craft paint makes this process so much easier! I may or may not know this from personal experience…just sayin’
After the cutting, sanding, staining, drilling, assembling, vinyl cutting, painting and a little clean up, my lovely board was done and as pretty as could be!!
Both my husband and I love this quote and it just “fits” us. We love spending time together, we love working on house projects together, we love going on dates. Spending time with each other is an important part of our relationship so this quote is perfect for us. It is the reason I chose it and the reason I looked for so long for a quote for us for our bedroom. I had to find the perfect one, and this is it:
This board would be perfect to create in your home with a quote that fits you or your family. I actually have a couple more ideas up my sleeve now that I’ve made this for other projects that I’d love to do! I can’t wait to get started on them!!
If you like this board, would you mind taking a moment to Pin It? Thanks 🙂 You’re the best!
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I never mind if you are inspired by my ideas to create your own! In fact, that is why I share my projects, to inspire you! And I would love for you to share my project! Please feel free to share via Pinterest or other social media outlet as long as you link directly back to my original blog post. You may also share this on your blog by using (1) photo and a brief description with credit to my blog and a link back to my blog post. I highly encourage sharing so thanks in advance! Please be courteous and don’t re-post my work in its entirety or use it in its entirety in any form. Also, if this inspires you to create your own, I’d love a link back and I’d love for you to tell me about it so that I can come and see what you’ve created! Thanks so much!
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