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With the craziness of Christmas over, I have been excited to start decorating for my favorite holiday-Valentine’s Day! I love it. February is a fun month in our family-we have several birthdays, including mine, and Valentine’s always seems to brighten up the monotony of the winter blues. It gets so cold and smoggy in January and the colors of love brighten everything up!
This year, I started a little early. I absolutely loved this project so much! I’m obsessed with wood and its beauty. I love the smell, I love the grain, I love how smooth it is after it’s been sanded down… I am also a big fan of the beauty of a good wood stain. This project combines the two along with some beautiful Valentine’s Day colors. It didn’t take much time and it was simple.
Here’s what you need.
One wood pallet sign from Michaels
One wood heart pallet from Michaels
You could piece this together on your own but I figured if it was already put together for me, I’d use it! They were each only around $5. Here’s the rest of the supplies.
4 shades of acrylic paint-I used a cranberry red, fuschia, pink, and white
Process and Tips
- Sand your wood down as much as you’d like and make sure it’s clean from dust and dirt
- Find a well ventilated area (a garage would be best) and wear a face mask when staining-the smell is strong!
- I used a foam brush to apply my stain. Don’t load the brush too much or it will go on really dark. You can always add more!
- Go with the grain of the wood and apply the stain. I stained both the heart and horizontal pallets.
- Let the stain sit for at least 10-15 minutes to set. You can leave it longer to make it darker.
- Use a clean rag to wipe stain off of wood.
- I did leave my wood for a few hours after wiping off the stain. Just to give it extra time to set.
- Paint your wood with your chosen colors. I did one horizontal section at a time on the background pallet. I left the heart alone.
- Once the paint is dry, you can sand it down if you’d like. I like to sand it down to give it a rustic look.
- Leave the heart pallet alone. The stain on it is perfect! I wrapped a rose vintage ribbon around it.
- Finally, use wood glue and glue the heart pallet to the background.
This sign is the perfect size because it can be hung up on a wall or set out on a shelf. I have it out on a shelf in our living room. I absolutely love the beauty of the stain and the colors!