This week has been, in a word,
Just be sure- even if you’re just making a sign- that your pallet is clean. As in, wasn’t used to store oil containers or boxes with meat in them or the like. It’s impossible to know a pallet’s history, really… they are bought and sold like Pokemon cards and do not come with a passport. But, clean that baby good- just to be sure.
The gaps between boards were small enough that I didn’t make any filler boards. I did coat it with a coat of stain and then spray painted it white. I should have saved myself the time… the wood soaks up everything. Be sure to use a good primer under your top coat if you’re going for opaque.
So, you start with a plain pallet. Clean ‘er up.
What’cha want your sign to say? Now, if you’re fancy or current (which I am neither) you’ll use your electronic cutting tool to make your letters nice and even. These machines even cut out vinyl, which you can simply paint over and then peel off. Genius.
I’m working old-school here, so I have the alphabet in 300 point Caracteres font. Look familiar? It’s the font used in French transportation signs. It’s also the font I’ve used for years on my celebration banners. Long ago, I printed out the alphabet onto plain paper. I cut that out and then traced each letter onto empty cereal boxes. These have been my stencils ever since. The letters fit almost exactly (which, according to how words work, is not exactly) on the pallet boards… but good enough for me. I was not about to cut out a whole new alphabet!
I played around with the letters… some t’s are out of place and the i’s are always a bit low… just to make it interesting. The quote was roughly traced with a black sharpie and then filled in with black acrylic paint. All in 10 minute increments. This place is crazy. I kid you not.
The two empty boards at the bottom bug me to no end. So, they will be cut off. OR, some hook will be added to hold towels and swim suits after Sprinkler Time. I can’t decide. Either way, some foam will be glued to the back so the pallet doesn’t scratch our siding, and then the whole thing will be hung on the back porch with some rough rope. It’s huge and perfect for filling up some major dead space.
Now I need one for the front porch, but I’m having trouble finding to perfect quote. Suggestions are welcome.
Have a great weekend, Folks!
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