More & more people are recycling pallets. Pinterest is loaded with pictures of pallet furniture, home decor, & art. I have never worked with pallets until recently after being inspired by the projects my friend Audrey has been creating lately over at Iron Dragonfly Signs. So, I threw caution to the wind, rolled up my sleeves, & got to work breaking down 3 pallets I scored from another friend’s place of employment (with permission).
This baby looks innocent enough……..right?
I found out breaking pallets down was not as easy as I anticipated…..then the husbster said “let me show you a trick” & whipped out the sawzall. He had it cut apart in about 2.5 seconds.I thought that trick was pretty nifty since it will save me oodles & boodles of time.
Once the pallets were cut apart then I had several nails I had to pull out which again seemed like an innocent enough job…..once I had the hang of it then it went pretty quick.
I found several ideas on Pinterest that I wanted to try which included painting & stenciling signs & various designs. I made a trip to Hobby Lobby in search of stencils & employed the help of my handy dandy Cricut.
To secure the planks together I nailed wooden strips to the back of each piece. This also served as a place to attach the hangers.
Next, I stained each piece with whatever left over stain I had stashed. Usually, you apply stain & then wipe it off – the darker you want the wood the longer you leave on the stain before wiping it off; however, pallet wood soaks up stain so wiping it off was not part of my process.
I used white chalk paint on 2 of them to serve as my background. You could paint them whatever color you wanted, though.
I really liked how the dark stain peeked thru the white paint which, to me, added some additional character to the piece.
I really liked how the stain was absorbed by the pallet wood. Usually, I would need to wipe the extra stain off after a few minutes but not with this project which helped save time!
After months of browsing Pinterest & creating a bazillion boards with hoards of ideas, I knew I wanted to create several flags made from pallet wood.
1st: I grabbed a roll of painter’s tape & taped off the stripes
2nd: I taped off the section for the stars
3rd: I used my Cricut to cut 20 paper stars, rolled up small pieces of masking tape & put them on the back of each star & eyeballed where I wanted them
I used a small paint roller to speed up the painting process.
Tip: I stored my paint rollers in snack size plastic bags in the fridge to keep the rollers moist & save time
Finally……after all the painter’s tape & star stencils were peeled off & a couple of coats of spray sealer was added for extra protection…..
…..I have this finished beauty!
How cool is that???!!!