Did you see my bi-fold door and dresser Coffee Station Cabinet? I made an easy pallet sign for it. “But First. Coffee” Today I’m going to show you how easy it is to make a Pallet Sign in 10 Easy Steps.
Generally my really easy projects don't include tools, but you could use a jigsaw, or even a handsaw to make this pallet sign.
Remove Nails from pallet board
Sand Pallet Board for a Nice Pallet Sign
I use a Ryobi orbital sander but you could use a sanding block or sandpaper.
Cut Pallet Board
Carefully cut your pallet board. I purposely left nails in my board. Be careful when cutting old pallet boards, nails can be hidden. I used a compound miter saw, but as I said earlier, you could use a jigsaw or even a handsaw.
Whitewash Pallet Sign Board
Paint your pallet board. I chose to whitewash my board. I keep a bucket of whitewash handy for quick jobs like this. It’s regular latex paint that I diluted with water. You could use craft paint. For a quick project like this, a cheap chip brush is perfect because it doesn’t waste much paint on clean up. In addition, they clean up quickly because they aren’t loaded down with paint. I reuse these brushes for months and months.
Apply Stencil to Pallet Sign
Cutting stencils out of contact paper is the best way for me to do a simple project like this. I found a similar But First Coffee stencil on Amazon.
Martha Stewart foam pouncers are my favorite way to paint stencil. I’ve been using these for years. They actually come with a plastic holder, but I never use them anymore. You could use a stencil brush to apply your craft paint.
It’s best to remove your stencil while the paint is still damp. There was a little bleeding, but I’ll take care of that later. You can see I used my favorite self centering tape measure to place the stencil on the board.
Remove Oodles and Boodles
Using a hook tool, I removed the inside of the “O”. Did you know they’re called oodles and boodles?
Drill Holes – add Wire
Can you see that I lightly sanded the wording to make it look older? Drilling small holes and adding wire with little curly q’s is a great way to hang a pallet sign.
You can see how I married a set of bi-fold doors with a dresser to make the coffee station by clicking that link.
Do you make your own signs? You should! They are quick, easy and FUN!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.