It’s been a busy summer.  Lots of renovating.  Remember that big house reno I shared about way back when?  Ya.  That.

I have SO.MUCH.TO.SHARE!  Once I can find the time to sit down and get some pictures ready.  So far it has been a stream of projects mixed in with some holidays and summer days with the boys.  I’ve been trying to keep it all in balance and haven’t had a chance to share many of my projects with y’all lately.

But I finally am here with an actual full-blown project today; and I’m super excited about how this DIY Pallet Sign Menu Board turned out.

Get organized for an entire week's worth of dinners with this DIY Pallet Sign Menu Board project by thehappyhousie.com

I’ve got to admit… meal planning isn’t my strength.  I dream of having my family meals for the week all planned out on the weekend; groceries bought; eggs boiled; veggies chopped; lettuce washed… everything ready for a week of healthy family eating.

Unfortunately, the reality apple often falls far from the tree.  But with the school year quickly approaching I figured it was the perfect time to tackle a little project that would help me be more organized this coming school year: and that’s where this DIY Pallet Sign Menu Board comes in.

It also fits in perfectly with a couple of challenges that I was recently invited to participate in.  And I’m always up for a good DIY-challenge.  Recently, Varathane Canada invited me to participate in the  #LoveYourWood Contest.  They sent me a little gift pack in the mail with some Varathane projects, 5 random items, and a Visa gift card to buy additional materials and supplies.  The idea was that the bloggers involved have to use 3 out of the 5 random items along with the Varathane products to create something… anything, really.  And my new DIY Pallet Sign Menu Board was it, for me!

Here is how this went whole project went down…

Pallet (this happens to be the pallet that our laminate flooring was on when we picked it up recently at The Home Depot).

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Random items sent along with my Varathane products….

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A jigsaw to cut my boards off the pallet….

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Some additional strips from the pallet that we ripped down with the table saw; then predrilled and screwed them into the back of the pallet strips to hold the sign together…

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And the front….

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Then a little palm-sander action to smooth and prep the wood for staining…

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My Weathered Grey Varathane Stain {how lucky was I to get this colour?!?}

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I let it sit a little longer then I meant to {or it could have been the August heat} so I used my palm sander again to distress the finish a little…

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Followed by a Varathane Triple Thick 1 Coat Clear Finish.  How awesome is ONE. COAT?

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I whipped up a little chalkboard out of a spare piece of MDF painted with some chalkboard paint…

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And attached it using some construction adhesive…

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The final, finishing touch was my random objects: I used the rope to spell out the word “eat” {hot glued onto the top of the sign}.

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I then attached the hook and glass knob to the bottom of the sign along with a little cup pull that I picked up at the hardware store that I figured would be the perfect chalk holder.   I thought you could hang any manner of things off the hook and glass knob – oven mitts; recipe cards, your purse. Whatever you want, really.

All done!

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I would love to hang it on the end of our Pantry Cabinet in our Kitchen – but the hubs isn’t so sure.  I am thinking that a bunch of command strips might be in order to hold it up, as I don’t really want to drill into my brand new cabinet.

Would you find this helpful?  Want to give it a try?

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Get yourself organized for a week's worth of meals with this DIY Pallet Sign Menu Board

I would absolutely LOVE your support in this contest.

You can vote for me by heading over to the #LoveYourWood Contest on the Varathane Facebook page to vote for my project – I would be super thankful for your support {there is a cash prize up for grabs!}.

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And, remember I said that there was not ONE but TWO challenges that I got to participate in with this project?

A little more inspiration

Well, you might remember last spring during the One Room Challenge when I shared my DIY Giant Pegboard wall as part of my Craft Room makeover?  Well, today I have teamed up with those lovely POWER TOOL CHALLENGE ladies again; this time to tackle a project using a Jigsaw!


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And, don’t forget – you can cast your vote (and check out the amazing projects that everyone else created at the #LoveYourWood Contest on the Varathane Facebook page . I would be completely appreciative of  your support!!

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