Monday, February 6, 2012

Love in Any Language - Pallet Art

I know that pallet art is all over these days.  But I really wanted to make a lovey dovey sign for my hubby to hang in our bedroom.  You know?  Some sweet valentines love all year round.

I was inspired by Katie at Sweet Rose.  Her pallet was beautiful.  However, I wanted to do something relevant to me and my sweetie.  Ryan speaks French and I speak Portuguese.  Of course we both speak English.  lol.  So I love you in our favorite languages sounded perfect.

Anyhow, here are the details.

I went to Lowes and picked up 2 ten feet pieces of wood.  They were not in the best shape ond only $3 a piece.  Perfect!  Yes, I have a table saw, but I don't know how to use it, so I had them cut me 6 three feet pieces.

Next, I used a vinegar and tea method of aging wood that I found on Pinterest.

Here is what my wood looked like before and after:

Cool, right?
First, you take some steel wool and soak it in vinegar over night.  I used about 1 cup of vinegar and just put it in a mason jar with a hunk of steel wool.

The next day I was ready to go.  But I forgot one problem.  I don't drink tea!  I found some green tea in my cupboard, but it didn't really work.  I called my mom.  She LAUGHED AND LAUGHED.  Black tea, dear.  Black tea.  Oh.  So I picked some up. and brewed it.

I took a paint brush and dipped it in the tea, then spread it on the wood.  Then, I dipped it in the vinegar and brushed it on top.  It was amazing and I was thrilled with the results!  So much safer than some old pallet!

After it dried, I used wood glue and glued those babies together.
Then, I took the scraps and used them as braces on the back, screwing them in from the front.  I liked the look of the screws.  Honestly, how did I miss a pic of this?  Click on Lolly Janes tutorial for a picture of theirs.  Way cute!

Using my Silhouette, I cut out the text I wanted, then stuck it on there as a stencil

Painted, removed stencil and voila!

It fits perfectly and I adore it!

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Mrs. Crafty Pants said...

Looks great!! Saw you on the chefs talent tuesdaay!

Sankat said...

Wow, the transformation of the wood is amazing. Great job.

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

I saw the Portuguese and had to come right over :)
Eu falo tambem!
It's lovely!

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

And also, just saw you'll be at Snap. Woohoo, me too, and I'm getting excited!

Anonymous said...

Very Cute! I am featuring this tomorrow!!

Kristina @ ReMadeSimple said...

Great job on this love pallet art and love how you wrote it in different languages.

Leslie said...

Great job! I love what you did!

Full Circle Creations said...

Love the way it turned out.


Megan said...

That is adorable!! I love the 3 languages on it, great twist!

Jessa said...

Whitney! It looks amazing! I've been wanting to try the vinegar aging method, I'm glad you did it first..LOL!!

Karen said...

Love your pallet art! So pretty:) I have wanted to make one of these for a while. I am a new follower! Would love you to stop by and link up at Friday Frolic!

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

This is so sweet I am a pallet junkie and this is awesome!I would love for you to link up at my party going on till Monday night.

The Pinwheeler said...

Love this! what a great way to spread some love!

Aimee - said...

So cute!! Love the pallet art!! Thanks for linking up!

XO, Aimee

Serendipity and Spice said...

This is wonderful! Would love it if you came by and linked up to my Manic Monday Linky Party!

Ginger said...

Featuring you this morning over on my blog! Thank you so much for sharing at {wow me} wednesday!

Ginger @

Jill @ said...

Love this! We just posted our 2nd Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and would love for you to share this!

Rachel Sue said...

So sweet! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

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