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DIY Wood Pallet Sign: Tutorial

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Take it  away Emily.....!!!

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DIY Wood Pallet Sign by House in the Heights

Heyyy!  I'm Emily and I blog over at House in the Heights.  I love finding ways to decorate our home on a budget and hope to inspire others to do the same!

A few weeks ago, when an item that my husband ordered was delivered to our porch on a wooden pallet, I just knew that I wanted to use the wood to create some sort of sign to help freshen up our decor for summer.

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As summer approaches, I find myself looking for ways to incorporate seasonal elements into my decor.  When I think summer, I think of natural, nautical elements.  I find myself wanting to incorporate jute, stripes, driftwood, and other elements of the sea into our home.  For me, the beaten-up pallet wood and anchor just feel like summer.  And I think we all need a reminder to refuse to sink every now and I right?

After taking the pallet apart (which was more easily said than done), I cut and stained three of the boards with Minwax Antique Walnut stain, and then attached them to each other by nailing two pieces of extra pallet wood across the back of the sign.  

Then, I used Picmonkey to design and print the anchor and words in 8x10 format. Initially, I wanted to use the entire phrase 'No Matter How Rough the Sea, I Refuse to Sink', but all of those words made the sign feel cluttered, so I scaled it down a bit.

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To transfer the anchor and the words onto my sign, I used a simple chalk transfer technique (details in this post) to create an outline of each item onto the wood.  

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I'm no artist, so this transfer technique is a total lifesaver!  I used a small paintbrush to color in the images with my one of my favorite products, Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding.  It's a must-own item for a gold-lover like me!

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I love how it turned out!  This fun little sign is a perfect finish to the little toilet alcove in our master bathroom!

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Want to hear more about dismantling that pallet or any of my other decorating adventures?  Swing by House in the Heights and check out the rest of our house!
Thank you for that great decor tutorial from the House in the Heights blog, pallet re-design is so popular for so many reasons!
Some of her fabulous by her are:


Enjoy, and stay tuned for me tutorials from Emily!!
Please stop by and visit the House in the Heights blog and check out all her posts. Leave her a comment that you were there!!

~Be Sweet
Sweetest Haute


  1. Thanks for linking to Create Link Inspire at The Crafty Blog Stalker. You have been featured and pinned! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Emily should be thrilled!!


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~Be Sweet
Sweetest Haute

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