I posted a photo of my latest Pinterest project on my Instagram. I had a few people asking for how-to’s and suggestions. I wish I had taken more photos of the process.
I love a good instant gratification project! This project took 2-3 days total (4 if you include disassembling and reassembling the pallet). If I wasn’t doing it in between nap times, it could’ve been done in just a few hours.
We’ve been in the process of an almost full remodel of our downstairs. We tossed out our dated red, gold, and feathers and all thing’s that scream Texas and opted for things with a cleaner and more modern appeal. I needed a fun, quirky, piece of art to go on a large blank wall over my couch.
I’m super picky about artwork. I like everything I hang on my walls to have some meaning to it. So I saw THIS cute pallet art on Pinterest a while back and decided to recreate with my own spin.
Here is what you will need:
Pallet – mine is huge 48″ w x 40″ h
Frog Tape brand Shape Tape- wave pattern (Lowe’s)
Valspar sample size paints in the following colors:
Mark Twain House (gray)
Bus Top Tour (orange)
Texas Map (or your state) Enchanted Learning
1. Most pallets have a good bit of space in between the slats. You will probably want to deconstruct the pallet slats and put it back together to achieve a more even surface with not as much open space for your art work. DO NOT try to just pry apart the boards with a crow bar or hammer. They will all just split. You need a reciprocating saw type tool that will actually cut the metal nails to seperate the planks from the frame. This is a great tutorial for that process. I don’t have the Sawzall they suggest, but I do have a Rockwell multipurpose tool. It did the trick perfect!
2. Once your pallet is put back together with the slats how you like it paint your base color. My walls are light gray so I knew I wanted gray to not be the dominant color in the piece. So I did that as a base color knowing I would go over with the white.
3. When the base coat is dry, decide how far apart you want your spaces of tape to be. I knew I wanted more white than gray, not even amounts, so I did a 3:1 ratio. I measured 3″ from the top of one row to the bottom of the next. I suggest marking 3-4 marks across then using a large level to make sure have it all straight. FOllow the Shape Tape directions and use a squeegee ( I used a plastic spatula) to rub the tape down well.
4. Add your top coat of color. I used the white for this.
5. Once top coat is dry, remove tape. I would wait 4-6 hours at least.
6. Now it’s time to draw your state. Not being a native, I missed the How to Draw Texas part of my education. You can find a map of your state on Enchanted Learning, right click it to save into your photo program. Email it to your local Staples copy center and ask them to do an engineer print as large as they can. Call first and make sure your staples does this service, not all do. Mine printed it 24″ x 36″ and it was $3.
7. Once I cut out my giant Texas I realized that it still was not quite as big as I wanted to go on my large pallet. So I freehand traced about 3″ outside of the perimeter so it would be the size I wanted.
8. Fill in your state with paint. I used aqua. Allow to dry, then add heart to your home town. I used a burnt orange color (Bus Top Tour) and placed it near Dallas.