I’m adding myself to the pallet wood fanatics club. I LOVE anything made with pallets! Over the years, my style has evolved and recently I find myself adoring the Country/Rustic look when it comes to home decor. So, pallets are right up my ally…or should I say farm…
This project began when I realized we didn’t have anywhere to hang our Christmas stockings. I came across this idea on Pinterest where the DIYer had taken a pallet board with hooks and made it to say something Christmas related. I thought it was a great idea, so I went with it.
The first thing I did was gather my supplies. I had some leftover pallet wood from a previous project my husband did. I decided to go with a dark walnut stain, flat white paint for the lettering, and a polyurethane sealant. I had all these items at home, so I just needed to go to the hardware store and get the plates to attach the two pieces of wood together, 2 sawtooth hangers to hang the project on the wall, the hooks, and screws since the screws the hooks came with were too long for the wood planks.There are 6 people in my family, so I used 6 hooks.
I sanded down the wood to get some of the weathered look off and to prepare it for the stain. I used a cloth to stain all sides of the wood, and then let dry.
I secured the metal plates from the hardware store to both pieces of wood. Half the plate was screwed to one plank, and the other side was screwed to the other plank. Be sure to line up your planks the way you want them before you start putting holes in the wood. I marked where I wanted to put my plates with a marker, then I used a drill to drill small holes first before I inserted the screw. This helps to prevent damage of the wood by cracking. I then measured where I was going to place the sawtooth hangers, and secured them to the back of the top board.
Once my boards were secured together, It was time to add the lettering. By this time I had decided that although I was going to use this project for Christmas stockings, I was going to have it say something non-Christmas related. This way, I could use the hooks throughout the year. I decided on the word FAMILY. I don’t have any fancy contraptions to cut lettering, so I had read about a technique where they printed the letters out on plain paper, then traced the lettering on top of the board. This made an indention on the wood, and they were able to use the indention as a guide while painting. The wood I picked was a softer wood, so this technique worked fairly well. Before I started painting the lettering, I made sure to outline the indention with a pencil so I could see what the heck I was doing. Then I carefully painted in my lettering.
Now it was time for the poly. I carefully painted the poly on with an even coat making sure I did not have any bumpy areas or streaks. Most streaks will flatten out once dry, but if they don’t, then you might have to sand with a light grit sand paper and add another layer of the poly.
The final step is to add the hooks. I measured the length of my boards and divided it by the number of hooks I had plus 1…so 7. This told me how far apart to place my hooks. I marked each spot with my marker, then placed my first hook at the spot, and marked where the hole would be drilled. Once again, I used the drill to make the hole first, then I screwed in the screws. I repeated this step until all my hooks were fastened.
Here is the completed project! It has a rustic feel, and it will work with my Country Christmas decor as well as my year round Rustic Country decor.