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“This is my beloved and this is my friend” Pallet Sign

Today I have a simple tutorial for y’all, the pallet sign that was in my master bedroom makeover last week.

pallet sign

master bedroom

First thing you will need is a pallet, obviously. I know pallet projects have been all the rage lately, but I haven’t ever really used them. Then one day Adam came across a stack of them behind his work and came home with these three.

free pallets

He called them “the most gorgeous pallets I’ve ever seen”, since they were made from wood like red oak and pecan (or some equally nice hardwood…we’re guessing here). I think he may become a pallet stalker, which I’m all for.

After disassembling them, we laid out the wood and decided on the right size for above the bed.

making a pallet sign

I thought about leaving them rough for an intensely rustic look, but Adam talked me into sanding and staining them.

pallet artwork

Well, letting him sand and stain them…I’m still using pregnancy and babies as an excuse to do not do manual labor.

He stained them with “Provincial” by Minwax and they turned out so much better than I expected. Just look at all those scratches and texture. Awesome.

pallet canvas - front

To assemble to pallet “canvas” Adam clamped the boards tightly together and screwed on a few thin pieces of wood, putting a screw into each plank.

pallet canvas - back

The next step was adding the words. Now, you could absolutely paint these letters on using one of the many tutorials you can find online (like this or this), but with a new baby in the house and a looming deadline I took the easy (and expensive) way out and bought pre made vinyl letters. I knew what I wanted it to say and found the verse I was looking for at christianstatements.com.

Vinyl words on pallet wood

It was incredibly easy to attach them, and they look perfect.

Easy pallet art

This is where you would usually stop when making pallet wall decor, but I didn’t feel like it was quite finished. I wanted it to have a thin modern frame, and also something that would hide the gap between the boards and the wall. The perfect solution? Lattice.

lattice frame

Lattice is really cheap, which means that if you were to paint your letters on instead of splurging on vinyl you could make this whole thing for about five bucks.

pallet sign

Not a bad deal if you ask me! Mine was more like $35 though, but took no time at all to make. Time vs. money…the never ending battle.

quick bedroom makeover

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  1. This is beautiful Ashley! I love this verse for the master bedroom! There are some pallets laying around our farm, you may have just inspired me to do something with them…! :)
    Was it difficult to disassemble the pallets? I have heard that sometimes it’s a bit of a process.

    1. Adam disassembled them, but he did it the easy way and cut the far ends off with a jigsaw and then pried the planks off of the two center supports. Saved a bunch of time and you only end up loosing like two inches off each plank.

  2. Oh my gosh, I love it! I have some pallets and was waiting for some inspiration to try a project and I think I just found it! My only question is, where do you buy pre-made vinyl letters like you used?

  3. Really nice, I think it is much nicer with the frame that you put on it. Good job! I hope you and the baby are doing well and getting adjusted.

    1. Thanks girl! Judah and I are doing well, though this three kid thing is going to take some getting used to. It’s on a whole different level than having two!

  4. I think it’s gorgeous! Love the saying. It’s good to hear you guys are all doing well. You’ll get the hang of this three-children thing! How are the little guys liking being big brothers?

  5. Uneven slats on side, even crooked cut on one or two gives more rustic look as is not covering the surface completely with image. Painted seascapes and farm scenes like that. Still looks charming with frame though.

  6. The Bedroom looks beautiful, hopefully it creates a calm loving space for you and adam! So any chance of updates and pics of Judah? I can’t be the only one wanting to see how you are all adjusting to life with a new addition xxxx

  7. I love this idea but the framing confused me. I need pictures of every step lol. Could you plz explain the framing process like your talking to a 5 year old? Your babies are beautiful. I had 4, you do get used to ‘just one more’. Congratulations and thank you for you tutorials. I love them.

    1. Thanks Judy! Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of every step, sorry! I’m a visual learner, so I get the need for lots of pictures. Let me see if I can explain it a bit better though…

      So the lattice is very thin and wide, and I turned it on its side so that only the thin side showed. Then I measured and cut the pieces for the two long sides and attached then with a brad nailer (nail gun), but if you don’t have one wood glue and clamps will do. Then I measured and cut the two short sides, which you have to do second to account for overlapping the framing on the long sides. Attach the the same way. Oh and I painted all the lattice before I attached them, then did touch-up after it was all together to cover nail holes and corner joints. Does that help?

  8. what is the size of the sign? we have a king size bed in the master and I’m wanting to put a sign with lines from our vows on it….i just have no clue what size to make the dang thing!

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