DIY: Pallet Sign

It’s no secret – I don’t live at the beach. 
In fact, I don’t even live close to a body of water. (Unless you count the Chattahoochee, and I’m not exactly ready to sip Mai Tai’s on her banks.) Nevertheless, each summer I like to give my house a fresh dose of “ocean air” and display some of my favorite rustic beach collections. I have jars of shells we’ve collected from different vacations, even some shells collected by my Grandma during her years spent living at the beach.
This year, I’ve added a new piece to the display – a distressed, pallet-style sign.
The wood was actually given to me by Aunt Barbara. You see, she’s not actually my “aunt”, just a precious lady and I couldn’t dare call her anything else. The wood pieces were simply beadboard scraps left over from a paneling project at her house. At first I had no idea what I would do with them, but it didn’t take me long to cook up a little project.
We took the beadboard strips and created a simple frame to support them from the back, similar in style to a pallet. We then rubbed on a light coat of Minwax wood stain in “Dark Walnut”. Just enough to give it some color.

Once that was dry, I experimented with several acrylic paint colors, brushing on light coats of paint for a worn look. After I was satisfied with the finish, I stenciled one of my favorite quotes onto the sign with foam letter stencils. Easy peasy, right?
Aunt Barbara doesn’t know it yet, but I have pallet sign built just for her. {Surprise! Just name your color and send me a favorite quote and it’s all yours.} I think a sign like this would be darling outside on a patio. The more weathered it gets the better!

Photos by Blue Eyed Yonder

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Posted 7/26/11, Topic: DIY

  • Gina
    July 26, 2011 at 12:33 am |

    How beautiful! I'm inspired! I love this idea! We are currently attempting to spruce up a headboard and cute little table for Daughter's new apartment. Wish us luck!
    By the way…Here's one of my favorite quotes about the sea…
    Though inland far we be,
    Our souls have sight of that immortal sea
    Which brought us hither.
    -William Wordsworth

  • Gina
    July 26, 2011 at 12:58 am |

    Another favorite quote…"I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky…" – John Masefield

  • Amy
    July 26, 2011 at 7:28 am |

    I love this! And what a simple transformation!

  • Jessica@SewHomegrown
    July 26, 2011 at 8:28 am |

    love that quote, and it's an adorable sign!

  • Anne Marie Peterson
    July 26, 2011 at 8:55 am |

    It's a beautiful sign and a great DIY project! I'm working on taking old farm equipment from one of our barns and transforming them into pieces of art for my garden.

  • Mom
    July 26, 2011 at 9:18 am |

    Gimme one a dem….!!!! Love it and love you!!!!

  • {BlueEyedYonder}
    July 26, 2011 at 9:55 am |

    Anne – That sounds like so much fun! You'll have to share pictures once you're finished.

  • Fallon
    July 26, 2011 at 10:38 am |

    What a great idea! It turned out wonderfully!

  • Chelsea Hansen
    July 26, 2011 at 1:53 pm |

    This is just beautiful! 🙂

  • Elaine
    July 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm |

    That is gorgeous! What a beautiful sign and awesome vision! Thanks for the tutorial 🙂

  • Cat
    July 27, 2011 at 10:33 pm |

    love this ! beautiful!

  • Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants
    July 31, 2011 at 8:34 am |

    I love your sign! I love what it says and how it turned out. I made one last summer, you can check it out here.

  • Kerry
    July 31, 2011 at 9:55 am |

    Beautiful! Just jumped over from Centsational Girl!

    I have to ask – what colour do you have on your walls? I love it!

  • Jenny
    July 31, 2011 at 10:11 am |

    Love this! Hopping over from Centsational Girl. 🙂

  • D and G Stories
    July 31, 2011 at 11:43 am |

    I just found your site…it's lovely! I live a good 4 hours from a beach (or lake or even large pond!) but decorate my home in a beachy feel as well. Love the sign – the design and the quote – it's darling!

    July 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm |

    So beautiful! Your finishing job is amazing! Pinned!
    Jenn 🙂

  • lesley graham
    August 1, 2011 at 8:28 am |

    love this you creative girl and i'm with you 100% on not sipping mai tais on the chattahoochee's banks. haha! happy monday to you…

  • Simplicity
    August 1, 2011 at 11:24 am |

    This is absolutely stunning, creative and very inspirational!!

  • Aleah @
    August 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm |

    I love it! what a great idea!!

  • BridalHood
    August 1, 2011 at 5:59 pm |

    Oh yes, I'm so doing this idea. We just got a bunch of free pallets for other projects but this is going on the list!

  • Kate
    August 1, 2011 at 6:12 pm |

    I'm with Kerry… wondering what color you walls are!?

    love the sign too!

  • {BlueEyedYonder}
    August 1, 2011 at 11:08 pm |

    Thanks so everyone for all of the sweet comments. You guys totally made my day!

    Kerry + Kate – The paint color is "Plantation" by Ralph Lauren. We just love it. It goes great with everything!

  • Mr. LC
    August 1, 2011 at 11:58 pm |

    SCRUMPTIOUS!!! I love it! 😀

  • Valerie
    August 5, 2011 at 1:54 am |

    Gorgeous!! Just what I was looking for! Filed at


  • Lettered Cottage
    August 8, 2011 at 8:18 am |

    Just realized my comment came through under Kev's username. Whoops!

  • {BlueEyedYonder}
    August 8, 2011 at 9:15 am |

    Mrs. LC – Too funny 🙂

  • [Four Inch Fold] Vintage Rentals
    August 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm |

    RWE is my absolute favorite! It looks fabulous!

  • Catherine
    August 14, 2011 at 10:44 am |

    I love your pallet sign. Love the verse, too.

    August 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm |

    That's so pretty. I love this!

  • Kristin
    August 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm |

    I found this on Pinterest and absolutely love it! It's ingenious! I'm planning to make one for my sunroom, which is also beach themed. Thanks!

  • Holly
    September 1, 2011 at 9:04 am |

    Beautiful and inspiring … I love easy, affordable decorating!

    Sand between the Toes by AA Milne is probably my favorite "sea" quote :)_ or Psalm 96:11

  • Unknown
    September 1, 2011 at 6:18 pm |

    Hi, just love it, want to do it. Question, foam letter stencils? Never heard of them. How did you do it? Thanks.

  • {BlueEyedYonder}
    September 1, 2011 at 9:54 pm |

    Erin, so happy you like the sign. You can find foam alphabet letters at craft stores such as michaels or hobby lobby.

  • Graceline
    October 15, 2011 at 9:04 am |

    Completely exquisite yet woodsy. I truly adore this idea you clever gal you!

  • Lisa
    November 20, 2011 at 9:20 am |

    Great idea! I have some old wood scraps that have been hanging around in our garage and this is the perfect use for them. Can't wait to start this project!

  • Kim C
    December 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm |

    love this! what colors were the acrylic paints you used to give it the weathered look??

  • {BlueEyedYonder}
    December 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm |

    I used a blend of several colors: ivory, grey, pale turquoise and a teensy bit of soft yellow. Just lightly brush some of the colors on until it looks the way you want it to. There really is no "right" way to do it. Have fun!

  • Pam Johnson
    February 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm |

    Love it! I would like one.

  • Ileana Keltz
    May 22, 2012 at 7:31 pm |

    I absolutely love this! I will be making one for sure. Thanks so much for posting. Something like this would cost alot if you were to purchase.

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  • Royal Sofa
    February 2, 2013 at 9:06 am |

    Fantastic job. Thumbs up!

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