April 20, 2011

Sign Making and Another Pallet Chair, I'm addicted

It seems these days all I do is try making a sign that looks decent, or make chairs out of pallets.  Especially since I have THIS pile now stacked in my basement:

I wanted to make my dad a sign for his workshop.  I didn't want to spend money buying vinyl lettering (I'm so cheap).  And, my hand painted sign didn't turn out too well.  SO I used letters found at the dollar store.  For $1, it seemed like a good idea at the time. 

Next, I spray painted the board with a silver metallic spray paint.  I'm not sure if it is just WAY old or, this brand of spray paint just has retro styled cans, but I thought it was cool.  It has sat in our basement forever so, I'm glad to finally use it on something.

ColorPlace Spray Paint-Silver Metallic

Next, after the spray paint dried, I laid the letters out on the board and arranged them the way I wanted.  No, my dad's name is not Choppy. But, some people might think so.  It's been his nickname my ENTIRE life and I've never really understood why.  My great-grandfather had the same nickname (but that was on my mom's side of the family; confusing).  Anyway..everybody knows dad as Choppy.  Hence..Choppy's Workshop.

The wind started blowing the letters all over the place.  I definitely recommend using a glue stick or some sort of adhesive for this step.

I took a can of black spray paint and went over the board entirely.  The letters were blowing around like mad and I didn't have on any gloves.  You should have seen my hands (too covered with paint to pick up my camera).  It took half a can of mineral spirits to get it off.  I had to paint my nails red for work today to cover the rest of it up.  I can't stand to have my nails painted.  I've waited all day to go home and take it off.  (Boy, do I get off on tangents or what!  Focus...)

SO...after I painted the board and became ADHD and removed the letters before it was dry, this was my result:

The letters are a little crooked and the black bled into the silver more than I would like.  I think I'll rough it up around the edges some more to let some silver shine through on the sides.  Then fill in a little of the silver right around the lettering.  Overall, it looks OK.  Its a cheap, easy way to make a sign.  But definitely use a glue stick or adhesive on the lettering and wait for the paint to dry. ; P

Next, I almost finished a pallet chair I am making for a friend.  I will finish it up tonight. I think I'm even going to put arms on this one.  These pallets have rounded edges so it gives a nice contrast on the square look.  I will have more on that later.

I can't wait for Good Friday!  Another Friday off work, that's two back to back.  I love it.  I should have lots of time to work on some stuff and the dreaded housework.  What are your plans for Easter?


ash said...

I like the sign; very cute! And I think I actually prefer the rounded edge on the pallet chair- it gives it something extra.

My Easter three-day-weekend will be mostly studying and job-hunting and crisis line volunteering. but I'll be around on Sunday, mainly to eat Mamaw's food. ;)

P.S. we should go running sometime. although, don't expect me to run very fast. or very far. or not complain the whole way. :)

Anonymous said...

Love the sign!...but I'm really lovin' those pallet chairs,I want to try it so very much,I just need to bust out and do it!
Lazy on Loblolly

Rachael West said...

Oooh I love the rounded edges on that chair! I'm just getting caught up on my google reader so bare with me if I'm late commenting :+)