This may be from the absence of Legos in my adult life, but over the past couple of years I have had the itch to build things from wood. With refurbished pallet wood the DIY craze, I decided to roll up my sleeves and give it a try. Unfortunately, this is not a tutorial on how to build and create works with pallet wood, but I will give a brief explanation on how each piece was created. Check out some of my creations below, while others will be revealed to you all soon.

I will start with a warning before you take on a project of your own. Pulling apart pallet wood is harder than you may think and the better the wood, the better constructed these things are. A lot of effort went into getting the pieces needed to make these signs.

Now onto the most recent piece created, the “Adventure Awaits” Map Sign:

I truly am happy with how this 45” x 28” sign came out. Christina really wanted a world map sign with the quote, “adventure awaits” on it for our naked living room wall. Using my design skills, I created the final image you can see here. We used a tea and vinegar stain to age the wood and added coats of various stains to really pull out the grain. I had a friend, who also does awesome graphics work, cut my design in vinyl and then used it as a stencil to get the clean lines of the map. After the paint dried, we added an aged trim to give it a finished look.

These signs were of random sizes and have a wide range of designs on them. We gave these away as gifts so we matched the quote with the person who was receiving the sign. After painting the base coat and selecting the typography for the quotes, we traced and painted the letters to the signs. No exact science here to really give the hand painted look and feel.

After the signs were created, I used the scrap pieces to create a free standing beer bottle opener with a cap collector. We aged the wood, attached a Mason jar to the base, screwed in the bottle opener to the top and painted the quote on the side.

Like I said, these are just a few of the projects that were created. You’ll have to come back later to see more!

If interested in any of the signs created, reach out to me on my contact page.

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