Today I am excited to share with you a new little DIY Pallet Wood Ombre Sign I made this weekend that features reverse (or wood reveal) lettering.
I was out for a walk with my family the other day when I happened upon an old piece of pallet wood that had somehow ended up on the side of the road. I had wanted to make a sign out of pallet wood for a while so I quickly grabbed it and ported it back home with me.
There was still a piece of the pallet attached at one end of it but my husband helped me detach it and removed the remaining nails. It was nice and rough… just like I had hoped.
With the recent changes in our living room some of my favourite art had been displaced and has found a new home in our bedroom… where the gallery wall above the dresser has been transformed. I wanted to create a small pallet sign that would fit in an empty spot on the bedroom wall.
To fit the space I wanted the sign for, we cut the piece of pallet wood in half and attached the two boards together at the back with using some extra pieces of paneling we had leftover from our laundry room paneling project.
I wanted to bring out the color in the wood with some stain because I wanted some of the wood to show through on the finished sign.
I toyed around for a long time with what I wanted the sign to say but decided on one simple word… I printed it out and chose a placement for my letters.
Next I shaded the back of the printed letters with a pencil.
Then I placed the word down on the wood and traced around the letters with my pencil.
The penciled back of the paper acts like transfer paper and leaves an imprint of the letters on the wood.
The next step was to paint… I wanted to leave the word LOVE showing through in the wood so I painted white carefully around each of the letters.
Next I filled in the rest of the sign with my white craft paint.
I wanted to create an ombre effect to the sign, where the color started out white at the bottom and gradually darkened to a bright yellow by the top of the sign. To do this I started with white, added a few drops of yellow, painted… added more yellow…. painted… and kept moving up the board in this manner.
You can`t really screw it up… it is only craft paint and you can play around with the fading and color strength until you get the effect you like.
I’m really happy with the way it turned out… I especially like the way the natural wood shows through in the word LOVE.
I also like how the rustic nature of the pallet shows through with all the cracks and gouges and nail holes.
I can’t wait to get it up on our newly refreshed master bedroom gallery wall…
Have you ever made something out of pallet wood? How about a wooden sign? I would love to hear about it!
Thanks for reading! And remember, my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey!
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