Pallet Wood Sign

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So, have you ever completely dropped the ball on a good friends birthday? Probably not, right? Well I did…..and I felt horrible.  Who does that to their dear, sweet friend? Apparently, me…….ugh!

My wonderful neighbor, who also happens to be my eye doctor, is one of my good buddies. She lovingly treated me to a fabulous pedicure on my birthday months ago. All along, I had in my mind this one certain date as her birthday…..except that wasn’t the right date, or even month. OMG!!!! I have issues.

I had been thinking of something special I could create for her. We have similar taste and she loves antiquing, thrifting….etc. So while I was busy ‘creating’ in my mind, I sent her a text to make sure I had the date correct. When she responded with the date, I about fell over. I had missed it by 6 weeks. Seriously? I’m a total loser. I had purchased her an orchid but wanted something handmade to give her.

This is where the pallet sign evolved. I have one of these in my kitchen that I made years ago with our last name and year of marriage, so I decided to do the same for her. I dug through all of our remnant wood and found the best piece I could.

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Cleaned and de-bugged it well, sanded it down and coated it with Jacobean stain. Before the stain dried I white washed it with a tiny amount of paint and water. Wiped it well and sanded a bit more until I achieved the look I wanted.

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Time to stencil. I literally eyeballed it…..only because I didn’t intend for it to look perfect. But mostly because I’m just not very patient that way.

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I used a black paint pen for the bold print of the letters. (I love the Craftsmart brand from Michaels). Then I used a gold paint pen to sort of outline the black letters.

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It dries quickly and I was actually able to deliver my friends orchid and DIY pallet sign that afternoon. A VERY belated birthday gift. Never again.

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French Grey Buffet and Matching Table

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Recently, I recreated a couple of vintage pieces for a lovely client and her family. She inherited these from a family member, which is always a bonus. However, the finish on the furniture left a lot to be desired.

Apparently, they sat in a basement somewhere, unused, for some time. There was a bit of water damage to the table top and all of the legs on both pieces. She and her husband delivered them to me and I got busy…..very busy.

This is where the pieces started….not at all the look she was going for in her new beautiful home.

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A very old yellow paint/heavy glaze finish. Not super attractive. Dont you
love the flower motif on the buffet doors? She really wanted the tops restained and bases painted. They decided on a Parisian French Grey (Sparrow by Behr). Its one of my all time favorite greys. Elegant and timeless.

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Table top half sanded…..

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I used 2 coats of Jacobean Minwax stain for the table top and and painted 2 coats of my own chalk paint using some Calcium Carbonate dissolved in a little bit of water. A light distressing of the paint goes a long way.

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This is how the legs used to look…..ummmm, no thank you.

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And the beautiful buffet after the same process.

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After both cured well over 24 hours, I gave the stained tops a nice coat of wipe on polyurethane. Allowing them to dry 6-8 hrs in between coats and applying 3 total coats. The painted bases received a heavy coat of dark wax and then I buffed it to a nice finish.

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The hardware received a heavy coat of Brasso and a long scrubbing/polishing.

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What a before and after difference? My happy clients picked up the pieces this past weekend. They were delighted, which in turn makes me delighted. Overall, an awesome transformation.