Wednesday, July 10, 2013

"Life's an Adventure" Pallet Art

I needed to finally get my butt in gear and decorate my mantle so I thought I would make something. 
 And this is what I created.
 I'm thrilled with it! 

I really liked how the Stats board looked over the mantle for Miss P's birthday party so I decided to reuse the board to make the pallet art.

Here's how I did it:
I first had to peel off ALL the vinyl that was on it.
I then sanded the board down with a sanding block because when I pulled off the vinyl, some of the wood peeled up as well. 

Next, I took to my computer and Picmonkey to figure out exactly what I wanted.
I did a few different versions with different colors to decide which I liked best.
Once I had what I liked, it was time to get to work on the large scale.

I used my Silhouette Machine to cut vinyl to make stencils.

 Once everything was cut, I placed all the vinyl on my board where I wanted it.

I took a foam stencil brush to fill in the white on the letters. 
I tried not to add too much paint because I wanted minimal bleeding which I knew would occur because of the texture and grain of some of the wood pieces.

 When I filled in all the letters, I let it dry for a few minutes then peeled off the vinyl so it would get stuck with the paint.

Then it was time to paint the bike.
I used an actually paint brush to paint the bike and carefully painted two different colors on it.

I peeled off the vinyl once the paint on the bike was dry but decided it looked a little flat and I wanted more color.
So I pulled out more paint and got to work! 

I started by painting a basket onto the bike and filled it full of colorful flowers.

I then added some highlights and low lights to the bike for added depth and I love how it all came out!

After the whole sign was complete and the paint was dry, I took a sander to the sign to give it more of a distressed, weathered look.

Here is an upclose shot of the sanded words.

And here is a close up shot of the sanded bike.

I placed it back on the mantle and it looks great! 

I just randomly placed a few items on the mantle with it but I am still working on the final arrangment.
I am loving the new sign though! :) 



  1. Beautiful. Will you come share this darling project with us in our linky party? It's too good not to be shared!

  2. It is soooo fabulous Allison! I love it!

  3. I really love the fonts you chose and the bike is too cute for words! Fantastic sign :)

  4. Found your post via Tatertots and Jello - I love, love, love this! May I please Pin it? Thanks so much :)

  5. That is so cute!!! Looks adorable!

  6. Love it Allison. The bicycle is super cute! Thanks for sharing at The Creative Connection!

  7. Gorgeous! Love how you made the bike colored. If you get a chance, please link this up to my linky party:

  8. This is seriously adorable!! I love it! Found you through Tatertots and Jello -so glad to find your adorable blog!!

  9. What a fantastic project! I want one! I would be honored if you would link this up and join my weekly link party. Hope to see you there!

  10. LOVE this pallet art, Allison! Super cute. I'm featuring it tomorrow on Sew Woodsy!


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