A Husband And A Hammer

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

One fine night, I took Grahm to a shady corner behind a Home Depot and convinced him to steal something for me. We committed the ultimate DIYer's crime and snatched some pallets before you could say "Pinterest." (Okay, technically we asked the snaggled-toothed lady in the store if we could take them, but she didn't really give us a definite answer. So "steal" we did!)

For DIY pallet art, you'll need:
An old pallet or two
A sawzall 
Hammer and nails
Paint
A meaningful lyric or quotation
And a strong man to do 99% of the work for you (Thanks, baby!)

We lined up our old pallet against the wall. Poor guy. He had no idea what was coming!
Grahm took the sawzall (thanks to my fun father-in-law, who I'm convinced, owns every tool imaginable) and cut the nails directly behind each board. This makes for a speedy demolition process. After all, who wants to agonize over those rough-n-tough nails? (Ain't nobody got time for that!)
After a few minutes, we had several boards just begging to be made into something beautiful. I purposefully selected the imperfect ones. They had cracks (don't we all), rough spots, and uneven surfaces. I loved that though. I felt like they had some history to them, a story to tell (even if it was only "and then the Home Depot guy used me to lift a really heavy thing off of another really heavy thing").
I arranged the boards how I wanted them, and then the hubs nailed two support boards to the back.
Grahm then designed the layout of the words we had chosen from one of my favorite hymns. (Such an uplifting message that I am ever-wandering, but Christ is ever-fixed, steadfast, and true!) He sized the paper to perfectly fit our pallet art (roughly 33 by 40). Those engineering programs actually DO come in handy!
We took it to Kinkos, printed off a mirror image (very important), and came home. I was all set to do my printer ink transfer, when... much to my chagrin, I realized that I we needed an INK printer for this to actually work. Kinkos only uses laser jet printers. (That's 8 bucks we'll never get back. Learn from our mistake, friends!) We tried ironing on the letters from our giant sheet, but that didn't work either. Our boards were too uneven, coarse, and and dare I say rustic to take any of the ink as easy breezy as some tutorials had promised.
Plan B was tracing the letters which required hands of steel (should've worked at Braum's) and a buttload of patience.

A few hours later, I finally had the faint markings of an outline. I went over my slight pen marks with a paint pen and then filled in the letters with some trusty Annie Sloane paint.
I decided to hang it above the buffet table that I refinished in our dining room. I'm way in love with this piece and the way it looks against our gray walls. I've got big plans for the rest of this room.
There's nothing much I love more than project Saturday with my sweet husband who very willingly caters to my DIY insanity. He did such a wonderful job on this pallet, and I couldn't be more thrilled with how it turned out. Oh, and the best part? It was free!

Now to finish the rest of this room...

27 comments:

Karla said...

LOVE! Good for you doing all the tracing. It's a great quote and looks great there. A perfect fit!

Alexa said...

You are just SoOoOoO Pinspirational right now! ;)

But seriously, I love anything and everything pallets and your art turned out beautifully! Can't wait to see the rest of the room!

Kaylin said...

Great DIY. You have quite a steady hand :)

RitaMarie said...

After a couple of glasses of wine, I convinced my husband to take some from the HEB parking lot. We took 3 and wound up not liking them in our house as much as we thought we would so we took them back after another couple glasses of prosecco. Funny part? We had already sanded them and painted the edges. Haha.

KatyK said...

Ok....your craftiness/rehab abilities are making me feel inadequate lol. This is so cute!

Sarah Smith said...

That looks awesome!! Good work Roaches! You really make me wish I had a garage (or more than 1000 sq. feet) to do all these crafty things!!

julia rose. said...

This is just too much beautiful for me to handle right now! I am LOVING it so so much :) Especially the quote!

Emily said...

This is b-e-a-utiful! I've been going back and forth about adding some DIY pallet art to my wedding decor...you might have just convinced me to a big fat, YES.

Kayla Peveler said...

Pallets make for AMAZING DIY time! Woo!!! Looks freaking amazing. So amazing in fact, I pinned the crap out of it! ;)

Katie said...

Love love love!!! We have plans to do a pallet art project for the nursery over the crib....excited to get it started! I'll have to figure out how to do the letters..seems a little tricky!

Lauren said...

SO awesome!! You inspire me with your DIY-godess-ness.

Cara Howard said...

Oh my goodness this is SO PERFECT. I love this!!!

Lins - Domesticated Working Woman said...

CUTE! Love that you matched the heart with the piece below.

Kalyn V said...

Jena this is gorgeous (and such a great message!) Your DIY projects make me want to build/paint/cut/refinish all the things! (Seriously I've been scouring craigslist for some old desks/chests). You and Grahm are so talented!

Jamie K. said...

LOVE this! I wish my walls were darker... and I wish I had internet at home so I could blog about all of my DIY's! Love reading yours mam :)

Allison said...

Girl you are rocking the DIY projects lately. I love this so much! Perfect words!

Whitney said...

I always want to steal pallets... I need to get on that. What a beautiful piece!

Sarah said...

Very cute!!

Becky said...

it looks good on your wall! I saw in the news recently of DIY with pallets where they made wine racks!

Elle Vee said...

Looks amazing!

Becca Moss said...

I love this! It turned out awesome! And, even better I have access to an unlimited amount of pallets! Ecks :)

Nicole Shea said...

That looks awesome!! Something like that would be perfect for our house-we definitely are in love with the rustic look. Maybe I'll give it a try!!

somewherebetween.net said...

That is one of my all-time favorite hymns. And it looks good to boot! ~Lauren

Mariah Rickard said...

So adorable!! Good job!

Jay T said...

MY GOSH. When I move into my own place and start decorating you will be my inspiration. I love this!!

Amanda said...

You're so crafty and devious! I love it! And such a great hymn. Good choice :)

Holly said...

I am super impressed!! You're so crafty and creative :)