Kitchen Pallet Art: I Kiss Better Than I Cook

October 9, 2012 | by Jocie (email) |

Its been awhile since I did any work on my kitchen redesign…I’ve been distracted by fall decorations, link parties, and yard sale-ing.

Well, I did paint some owls last week that I thought I was going to put over the kitchen sink. They are super cute but don’t look so great on the chevrons,  and they are too small for the space.

After I put aside the owls, I was at a loss for what to put over the sink. I had looked for about a month for a large plate or several small plates but couldn’t find any I liked or were the right colors. I also looked for other random decor to put over the sink, but just couldn’t find anything I really loved.

Then, last week, Ethan had a VERY LARGE tile saw delivered to the house…on a pallet! Finally, my very own pallet! On a side note, if anyone knows how to get free pallets, I would some insider information!

Now that I had a pallet to work with, I decided to make some pallet art!

Ethan cut five 13″ pieces of pallet. Yes, I could have done it myself, but I wasn’t feeling great and Ethan looks so good using power tools…

Then grabbed a random strip of plywood out of our scrap pile and some wood glue.

I glued the crap out of the ply wood and placed the pallet wood on top. It would have been more ideal to use two strips of plywood on the back but one worked okay. The wood glue required some patience on my part (more so than hot glue) but I think it will fold better over time.

Once the glue was dry, I painted it with the cream color I used in the kitchen. I used a dry brush and applied really thin, streaky (that’s a word, right?) layers. I wanted the paint to look imperfect and uneven since pallet signs are more rustic and imperfect in nature.

While the paint was drying, I looked around on Pinterest for some cute sayings that might go well in my kitchen. In the running was:

I really liked the first one best, but Ethan voted for the third. Ethan doesn’t usually have much of an opinion about decor so when he does, I try to respect it. Plus, its pretty cute.

Then I decided to try another idea I’ve seen about a million times on Pinterest…print out your words and then trace them using a ballpoint pen. The pen will leave a light indentation on the wood to be used as a guide when you paint. As all the pins say, the easy way to get perfect letters.

Well, that was a Pinterest FAIL! No mater how hard I pushed, there was enough of an indent to use as a guide and I had a hard time tracing perfectly anyway since the rough word kept changing the direction of my pen lines.

So, I ended up free-handing it. Argh, for being slow but oh well.

Surprisingly, it actually turned out pretty great. At first I painted the words too thin, so once the first coat was dry, I repainted using a thicker brush. I probably could have gone a little thicker still but wasn’t sure I could without the letters running together.

After the paint on the words were dry, I lightly sanded the whole thing with coarse sandpaper until some of the pallet showed through in a few spots and the words looks slightly worn.

Then I hung it over my sink using a few command strips (I know, I use them for everything).

I was a little worried it was too casual for the space, what with the dark cabinets and fancy chevrons…but after a quick texting consult with my super fab friend, Ruth, I like the sign all the more.

What do you think? Is super awesome or epic fail?

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38 Responses
  1. Gina says:

    I love it! Curious as to how many command strips you used to hang it… it not too heavy? I have a lightweight quatrefoil mirror that keeps falling off my wall with command strips.

    • Jocie says:

      Hey Gina, I used THREE command strips and its holding strong. I have had really good luck using the ones that are Velcro and using the bigger ones. 🙂

  2. frazzled5 says:

    Adorable… and oh-so true in my house. Thank God for my hubby who can cook:) (And kiss)

    • Jocie says:

      Thanks Jen. Ethan doesn’t cook and i’m actually a pretty decent cook, but that should say something about my kissing. LOL! wink wink.

  3. paintergal says:

    I think it’s cute!
    My only attempt with a Command hook was a fail. So, I’m leery to trust them.

  4. That is so cute! I absolutely love it! 🙂

  5. Heidi says:

    I loved your kids canvases at Get Outta My Head! Fantastic job! If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll visit “One Creative Weekend” on (open every Fri-Wed) and link up this idea and anything else you’d like to share. There are two categories—one for Halloween and one for everything else.

  6. JustME says:

    Ha! This is so true for me. I love it Jocie.

  7. Chris says:

    That looks great Jocie. I want one for my kitchen now. As for the tracing, I’ve done that with softer wood like pine. Most likely the pallet was just too hard and dry to indent.

  8. Blondeerin79 says:

    Soo… how much do you love me????? Cause I want one! But I’m not sure that saying works for me…. I’m a pretty good cook 🙂

  9. Beverly says:

    Umm, SUPER AWESOME! That is really cool. And I bet if you asked on freecycle, you could find some pallets.

  10. blynn says:

    Can we get a wider photo to see how it fits in your kitchen? :0)

  11. Megan says:

    What a great project! I love the colors and how it came together. Megan

  12. Trisha says:

    I love it Jocie! It’s perfect for your kitchen, but I think you’re a pretty great cook too.

  13. LOVE IT!!!! And sadly it’s true for this girl 🙁 I wish I could cook. Thanks for sharing! ~Linda

  14. trebor says:

    Looks great! An improvement over the owls in my opinion.

    Craigslist almost always has pallets in my area, so you could check there. Also, the hardware store in my hometown usually had some, but that could be a rarity because it was a small town (1500 people! lol)

    • Jocie says:

      Thanks Trebor. I think its an improvement too, although I do love the owls, so they will probably end up somewhere in the house.
      Hardware store is a great idea! 🙂

  15. Jeannie-JB says:

    Really good job. I like it! Especially since you free-handed the lettering. I’m impressed!

  16. katieQ says:

    I really like that you painted the letters in yellow. It goes well with the grey/white chevrons. I haven’t tried the Command hooks yet, but if they can hold your pallet art, I’ll have to try them.

    • Jocie says:

      Hey Katie, Not sure if you follow on FB, but I painted the pantry door yellow, which is why I accented the sign with yellow. really love it though. 🙂

      I really like the command hooks that velcro together….one side sticks to the wall and the other the frame and then they velcro together, that way you can remove and put it back if need be.

  17. Paula says:

    This came out super cute. You clearly have a steady hand for painting letters. This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us. 🙂


    • Jocie says:

      Hey Paula, I’m not sure how I missed your comment but just saw it. I will hopefully remember to link up tomorrow! We also have a link party that runs on Friday and we give away free ad space for the week! Hope to see you there also!

  18. The sign is super cute! Love the owls as well. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn

  19. Love the pallet art! Thanks for linking to my party. Stop by tomorrow to see it featured and feel free to grab a “House Featured” button.

  20. Carol says:

    Love this!!

  21. Alesha Haley says:

    OMG Love this! and your tutorial is great!!
    Ive always wondered how people got the boards to stay together. Thanks for sharing!

  22. MiniDee16 says:

    Haha this is great! I love it

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