“Life’s an Adventure” Pallet Art

I needed to finally get my butt in gear and decorate my mantle so I thought I would make something. 
 And this is what I created.
 I’m thrilled with it! 
I really liked how the Stats board looked over the mantle for Miss P’s birthday party so I decided to reuse the board to make the pallet art.

Here’s how I did it:
I first had to peel off ALL the vinyl that was on it.
I then sanded the board down with a sanding block because when I pulled off the vinyl, some of the wood peeled up as well. 
Next, I took to my computer and Picmonkey to figure out exactly what I wanted.
I did a few different versions with different colors to decide which I liked best.
Once I had what I liked, it was time to get to work on the large scale.
I used my Silhouette Machine to cut vinyl to make stencils.
 Once everything was cut, I placed all the vinyl on my board where I wanted it.
I took a foam stencil brush to fill in the white on the letters. 
I tried not to add too much paint because I wanted minimal bleeding which I knew would occur because of the texture and grain of some of the wood pieces.
 When I filled in all the letters, I let it dry for a few minutes then peeled off the vinyl so it would get stuck with the paint.
Then it was time to paint the bike.
I used an actually paint brush to paint the bike and carefully painted two different colors on it.
I peeled off the vinyl once the paint on the bike was dry but decided it looked a little flat and I wanted more color.
So I pulled out more paint and got to work! 
I started by painting a basket onto the bike and filled it full of colorful flowers.
I then added some highlights and low lights to the bike for added depth and I love how it all came out!
After the whole sign was complete and the paint was dry, I took a sander to the sign to give it more of a distressed, weathered look.
Here is an upclose shot of the sanded words.
And here is a close up shot of the sanded bike.
I placed it back on the mantle and it looks great! 
I just randomly placed a few items on the mantle with it but I am still working on the final arrangment.
I am loving the new sign though! 🙂 


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  • Rose FineCraftGuild
    July 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Beautiful. Will you come share this darling project with us in our linky party? It's too good not to be shared! http://www.FineCraftGuild.com

  • Our Pinteresting Family
    July 10, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    It's beautiful, Allison!

  • Beverly {Flamingo Toes}
    July 10, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    It is soooo fabulous Allison! I love it!

  • Denise Stain
    July 11, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I really love the fonts you chose and the bike is too cute for words! Fantastic sign 🙂

  • Sandy
    July 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Found your post via Tatertots and Jello – I love, love, love this! May I please Pin it? Thanks so much 🙂

  • Amy K
    July 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    That is so cute!!! Looks adorable!

  • Chelsea @ Making Home Base
    July 13, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Love it Allison. The bicycle is super cute! Thanks for sharing at The Creative Connection!

  • My name is Rita
    July 14, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Gorgeous! Love how you made the bike colored. If you get a chance, please link this up to my linky party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/07/sunday-linky-16.html

  • Krista thehappyhousie
    July 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    This is seriously adorable!! I love it! Found you through Tatertots and Jello -so glad to find your adorable blog!!

  • Jennifer Dawn Oliver Shelton
    July 18, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    What a fantastic project! I want one! I would be honored if you would link this up and join my weekly link party. Hope to see you there! http://thelifeofjenniferdawn.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-51.html

  • Katie from Sew Woodsy
    July 23, 2013 at 11:09 am

    LOVE this pallet art, Allison! Super cute. I'm featuring it tomorrow on Sew Woodsy!