DIY Vintage Pallet Signs

Merci Sign Full Kitchen pixlr

After redoing our kitchen a year ago I decided it was finally time to hang some art (a little late, I know, but it’s hard for me to make holes in freshly painted walls).   But what to hang?  So, in my house we are constantly working on gratitude, being aware and grateful for all the many gifts God has given us every day. I decided “thank you” in French and Italian would be appropriate phrases to hang in the kitchen. So, here is a tutorial on, ” how to make a vintage looking pallet sign”.

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Front Door Refinish

For a long time my front door has been boring and white. White is a great color but with little boys (and kids in general) bumping into the door constantly, the color has changed from the brilliant white it was intended to be into a scruffy yellow white (sad but true). So finally, one brave day, I decided to go through the process and change my door to a more updated, kid friendly color. So here is how I did it…

First, I lightly sanded the door. It didn’t take much scuffing because the kids had already roughed it up for me. The whole point of sanding is to give the new coat of paint something to grip onto. This step is super important.  When you are painting over something glossy the new coat will peel off if it is not sanded enough, which after all your hard work would be a huge frustration. After sanding wipe it off with a damp rag. Then tape off all the windows and hardware, pressing firmly to create a seal so the paint won’t bleed.

Front door after sanding
Front door after sanding

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Easy Buntings

We have made a few seasonal buntings at Jacs and Hil Design so here is a quick and easy tutorial on a basic bunting. I am going to sew, but you could hot glue this bunting as well for a no-sew option. For the purpose of this tutorial I am going to pick a simple bunting that is not going to require a ton of time.

The first step is to pick your fabrics and figure out the layout. We decided to alternate between a plain linen panel and a patterned blue fabric with a burlap backing, but the sky is the limit on combinations. You will also need to decide on a shape for your panels. Again, since we are doing an “easy bunting” we are going with a basic rectangle.

Measure 4 inches of blue fabric and 4.5 for the burlap backing
Measure 4 inches of blue fabric and 4.5 for the burlap backing

So after you decide your layout, fabric, and shape it is on to the cutting phase. We used a 4 inch panel because it is a great size for garnishing a hutch or doorway. So, with our fabric tape measure we measured out 4 inch panels of linen and blue fabric. Then we cut four 4.5 inch burlap panels. Because we are alternating patterns we had 3 of the linen panels and 4 of the blue and burlap panels.  I know there are a lot of 4’s but trust me it turns out good.

Zigzag stitch fabric together (or hot glue)
Zigzag stitch fabric together (or hot glue)

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