Step 1

Choosing the Right Pallet

For a rustic-chic effect, it’s best to choose a pallet that has grayed over time rather than a pallet that is newer with a yellow finish. This will allow the grayed wood to become part of the overall look, rather than having to first paint the pallet a solid color.

Step 2

Paint Design and Message

Depending on your level of painting skills, use a pencil to either trace a stencil to the surface of the pallet or free-hand your design using paint and a paintbrush.

Once the overall design has been painted and has dried, either stencil or free-hand letters or numbers on to the planks.

Step 3

Measure, Paint and Cut Trim

Although most shipping pallets measure 4' x 4’, the wear and tear of transportation changes these dimensions slightly. Use measuring tape to get exact measurements of all four sides of the pallet.

Before the 1x5 pressure-treated trim is cut to size, paint all four sides of it with the semi-gloss latex using the paint roller.

Based on measurements, cut the trim into four pieces. Keep in mind that for the proper finished look, you’ll need two of the sides to be slightly longer than the other two, creating perfectly even edges.

Step 4

Attach Trim

Use a drill and 2” exterior wood screws to fasten the two shorter trim pieces to the sides of the pallet.

Once the two smaller trim pieces are secure, use drill to secure the longer trim pieces to the pallet, slightly overlapping the others to create perfect edges.

Step 5

Attach Pipe and Secure

In order for the sign to stand up level along the ground, you’ll need to create holes through the joists for threaded pipe. Attach 2” paddle bit to the drill, then create two holes, one on each side of each of the two joists. With the help of a friend, slide the pipe through the holes.

With each of the two pipes through the 2” holes in the joists, secure the pipe into the ground by pounding it in place with a hammer or a rubber mallet.

Photo by: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Rustic White Photography, LLC