Back to School Countdown Pallet Project

Aloha! I’m so happy to have had a few blog friends offer to keep watch over this place while I’m being forced to enjoy a little vacation in Hawaii.
Today I would like to introduce you to Rhonda from the blog home.made

Hidey-ho Simply Klassic Home readers!  I’m Rhonda from home.made. and I’m so excited to be filling in while Kristen’s away on vacay.  Today I’m sharing an easy DIY project – my pallet board Back to School countdown!

I’m not normally a “Back to School” decorator/crafter, but since both of my precious girls will  be in school this year, I thought it was only proper to celebrate the occasion!
back to school pallet sign
Here’s what you will need to make your own:
scrap pallet board (or other scrap wood)
leftover paint
chalk/chalkboard paint
antiquing medium (or stain)
decorative wood apple (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
paint pen
hot glue


1.  Sand any rough areas on your board (to prevent yourself from getting splinters…) and paint with a thin coat of paint.  I used a watered-down mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White to create a “wash”.  Set aside to dry.


2.  Paint your apple wood piece with chalk/chalkboard paint.  I used ASCP in Aubusson Blue since I had it on hand.



3.  While this paint is drying, you can work on your pallet sign (if dried – that’s another great thing about chalk paint, btw.  The dry time is super quick.)  I chose to freehand my letters, but you can stencil or trace from a printed font if you like.


4.  Then, trace over with your paint marker.  Easy peasy.


5.  I then brushed on an antiquing glaze made from craft paints from Hobby Lobby, wiping it off with a rag afterward.


6.  Once all of the paint is dry, hot glue your chalkboard apple in place… and let the countdown begin!

pallet back to school sign

pallet school sign

Hope you enjoy the rest of summer while it lasts!
What a fun way to get kids excited about going back to school!
Be sure to stop by home.made. and check Rhonda’s other projects, including one of my favorites, made over camp stools. They are awesome!
Thanks again Rhonda!


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