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Old Pallet Gets Repurposed To Cool Porch Sign

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First of all, it's not really a pallet, but a pole cover that the utility companies use when replacing power poles, but a pallet could very easily be used for this project. The pole covers are just thrown out after a couple of uses, so my utility company was happy to let me take this one - the best part - IT'S FREE!!!!
Below is a picture of the pole cover in all it's original beauty - kind of distressed looking already before I did anything to it.
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First I wiped it down to get any debris off it. I didn't sand it, just left it with all the flaws and rough edges. Then I dry brushed on a coat of cream colored chalk paint to give it a white washed look.
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Then I went to my computer and printed out the words I wanted to use, enlarging them as necessary. I used two different fonts to mix things up a bit. In this picture I have placed the hinges on the board just to get an idea of where to place the letters, they haven't been screwed on yet.
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After figuring out where the letters would go, I took a charcoal pencil and filled in the back side of each stencil.
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Then place the stencil, charcoal side down, on the board, secure it with some painters tape and go over the outline with a sharp object. You're just trying to transfer the outline of the letters to the board.
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  • repurposed old pallet to cool porch sign, crafts, how to, pallet, repurposing upcycling
Once all the letters were transferred, I took some black acrylic craft paint and filled in each of the letters.
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I found these awesome hinges online and had the husband screw them onto the board for me.
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I hung it on my porch and the neighbors are already placing their orders!!!
  • repurposed old pallet to cool porch sign, crafts, how to, pallet, repurposing upcycling
  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Jul 2, 2015

    This is so great! Definitely a sign for my house growing up- we had three dogs!

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jul 5, 2015

    Adorable!

  • Susan burnstad
    Susan burnstad Waynesboro, PA
    on Jul 15, 2015

    Love this!

  • Joan
    Joan Canada
    on Aug 6, 2015

    love it !

  • Nancy Flemming
    Nancy Flemming Canada
    on Mar 23, 2016

    Love it, I have apiece that looks just like what you started with and have made my daughters initials out of styrofoam and crinkled brown paper painted brown and dabbed a coppery colour. Hoping to achieve something similar for the background.

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