11.16.2012

Repurposed Wood Pallet: Alphabet Wall Hanging


Like many  most American women, I can get lost for hours and hours pinning my little heart away! Convincing myself that "one day I will paint that" or "I can turn this into that" and so on and so forth! 
You know you do too!!
I have to admit, I have only successfully committed to a small handful of Pinterest projects... And added many more to my to-do list! I finally tackled a project for the kids room! I have been wanting to do a big feature wall in their room. I kept throwing ideas back and forth in my head, but couldn't quite settle on one that I loved. I really wanted to do a fun Alphabet wall, it's perfect for little ones and my daughter loves singing her ABC's. I searched for fun letters in different colors and sizes, but came up short... Then it hit me!! 
There are always pins of people turning those old wood pallets in to neat wall hangings. Either painting amazing pictures on them or adding their favorite quote.
LIGHT BULB!
Why not combine the two!!

Source: thestoriesofa2z.com via Heidi on Pinterest
Source: atimeforeverything.net via Heidi on Pinterest
Genius...Right!!?

So here is how I approached it in a few easy steps!
Materials:
Wood Pallet; older and aged the better
Nails/Hammer
Chalk
White Paint (Water base; especially if you plan on doing some sanding to add a worn look)
Paintbrush
Screws (for hanging on the wall)

With the help of my Hubby, he took apart an old wood pallet we found at my mom's house (you can find these for pretty cheap, sometimes free). We took it apart and layed the boards about a 1/2 in apart and then nailed some boards to the back to brace them together. (I would have done this step on my own, but the Hubs doesn't completely trust me with his tools)

Now on this step you can totally use stencils, but I liked the look of the free form drawing of the letters. So I just drew out the letters with a piece of chalk... Took some erasing and rearranging of some letters, but I got them all to fit.

*Totally for got to take a picture before I hung on the wall*
I then took a white water base paint and filled in the letters. I did about 3 coats to each, you could do more or less depending on the look you are going for. I let it dry for a few hours before hanging. My husband then found studs on the wall around the area I wanted it hung and then just screwed it straight into the studs.

TADA!!
I love how it turned out!! 
Their room colors are black and white with a few natural pieces to break it up.
I am still looking to add a few more fun vintage finds here and there, with the possibility of some pops of color! 

20 comments:

  1. HEIDI! This is adorable!!!!! Way to go!

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    1. Thank you Kelly!! I am so in love with it!! ;)

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  2. NICE!! Love it! and I'm totally guilty of pinning and never really doing..

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    1. I am so bad at following through! I am trying to be better at it now! My walls are so bare, they need a little Pinterest Love!

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  3. I love this! it's a great way to repurpose! :D

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    1. Thanks Maribel!! I love a good repurpose projects!

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  4. I'm in love with this! You are so creative.

    -Logan

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  5. That is adorable! I'm going to have to try it!

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  6. Yep, this is amazing! Super rad, very crafty, totally brilliant. I need to do something like this for both of the kids' rooms! Awesome job! And thank you for linking up with me this week :)

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  7. oh my gosh. this is amazing! I may have to steal your idea!

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  8. I absolutely love this Heidi!! It is adorable! I am in the process of collecting ABCs for an ABC wall for our gameroom!

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    1. Thanks girl!! ABC's walls are FAB! I can't wait to see yours!!

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  9. This is so fun! I have a pallet in my garage I need to use!

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  10. Waaay cool! I've been thinking of doing an ABC wall in the kids playroom but that seems like too much work...this seems much faster! And are the clocks on the wall stopped at the times your kids were born? I'm nosey ;)

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    1. I know, finding all those letters was becoming such a task in itself. This literally took a day and since pallet are pretty easy to come by, you are spending as much money either. I think the paint was the most expensive thing. Greys, the clocks are stopped at their birth times, it was an awesome Mother's Day gift!!!

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  11. This is so cool. I love the white on the wood of the pallet.. Very nice ;)

    Following from the GFC hop too :) Hope you can follow as well.. Have a wonderful day!!

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