Goodwill Pallet Sign Upcycled As A Garden Tools Sign for the Shed

July 14, 2021

Photo of a rustic wooden @ sign
This rustic pallet @ sign was one of my April Goodwill Finds.

The raised wooden @ sign was both nailed and glued onto the pallet wood. After it was pried off, I sanded off a bit of the glue residue left on the wood.  Then I was good to go with a new sign.

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Photo of a garden tools stencil
I pulled out my Garden Tools 2021 stencil from Old Sign Stencils.  This stencil has become one of my "go to" garden decor stencils for this season!

All prices on the *Old Sign Stencils's website are listed in Canadian currency, but there is a handy conversion link for your convenience.

*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples. All opinions about these fabulous stencils are my own.

Photo of a garden tools stencil taped to a pallet sign
I centered the stencil with a ruler, and then taped it onto the pallet sign.

Photo of paint on a paper plate with stencil brushes
I actually prefer a charcoal colored paint instead of a black paint for signs.  It has a more washed out, aged look.

Here, I put a spoonful of Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash onto a paper plate to begin stenciling.

Photo of a paper plate with paint and stencil brushes
When I stencil I both pounce and swirl the brush onto the paper plate to remove most of the paint.

Photo of stenciling a wood sign
With a heavy duty stencil, (like the ones from Old Sign Stencils) I like to swirl the paint on the stencil.  The lettering has a bit of opaqueness with swirling as opposed to pouncing.

Photo of stenciling a wood sign
This technique seems to work well for me, and I hardly ever get paint bleed under the stencil.

Photo of a pallet sign stenciled with a garden tools stencil
Here is the sign with the swirled on stencil.

Photo of a pallet sign stenciled with a garden tools stencil
I added two long finishing nails to the bottom of the sign to hang a couple of vintage garden tools from my collection.

Photo of a pallet sign stenciled with a garden tools stencil
I hung the sign on the door of the lean-to shed attached to my garage.  (Not to be confuse with my free standing shed shared in other posts)

Photo of a pallet sign stenciled with a garden tools stencil

Photo of a pallet sign stenciled with a garden tools stencil
I love how it turned out, and it was so easy!  I cheated and used a thrifted pallet wood sign instead of building one!

Photo of a stenciled garden window screen sign
I also used the Tools stencil on this window screen sign HERE.

Photo of a garden tools stenciled rustic toolbox
This rustic toolbox was also stenciled with the same stencil HERE.  

I hope you were inspired! Thanks for visiting!

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. I'm always amazed at your thrift finds and your brilliant makeovers Carlene!


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