I am always on the look out for surfaces I can paint on or re-do, I always check yard sales, thrift stores and even the clearance section at stores. You never know what you’ll find. It can be expensive to buy a blank surface or you may not have the ability to make your own from scratch. This sign is a yard sale find, it was only $1! While I wasn’t a fan of how it looked, I knew I could use it for something. Just a little elbow grease and the become a PERFECT Fall Pallet Sign! I know you’ll love it!
The first thing I did was grab my sander and sanded off all of that purple and gold! Already an improvement! =)
was to stain this sign, I used Minwax Dark Walnut stain ( it is my favorite color stain) and just an old t-shirt I cut up for a rag to apply the stain. I sat it outside and let it dry.
was to make a stencil, but not any stencil I needed one to cover up the stain so I didn’t get paint on the stain. I wanted a two tone look. I am always looking at craft stores and Dollar Tree for not only things I can paint, but what can I use for a pattern also. Which is why I grabbed that wooden leave I got at Dollar Tree one to paint and to use it as template. I placed it on some clear contact paper, traced it and cut it out. Once I had my leaf cut out I peeled the backing off the contact paper and placed it on the pallet in the center. This is so I can paint around it and not get anything on the stain under the leaf, which would is the focal point of my sign.
I used just some white acrylic paint and dry brushed all around my leaf stencil, I didn’t fully cover my wood in white, I wanted some of the stain to still show through.
once your white paint is dry you can peel off your contact paper and you get this beautiful stained leave in the center! I LOVE the contrast of this! Focal point success!
was to stencil on my Hello Fall, that I wanted over the leaf! I got this stencil at Joann’s and I have used t on so many things, it is just adorable! It was just what my sign needed! I just used orange acrylic paint and my foam pouncer and added a light coat to my stencil. I am loving the dark stain, the white and orange, this sign just screams Fall!
Step 7 of our Fall Pallet Sign
and the last step was to add a little raffia bow and cute little brown button! I think it made the perfect finishing touch!
I am LOVING the way this looks!!
OH MY!! I LOVE IT! I mean can you even believe this is the same sign?! It looks so different! What an improvement! I have been crafting for 30 years, and I am still amazed by what paint and stain can do to transform an item! Fall pallet sign perfection!
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