Pallet Wood Painting




About: I like to design and build random things.

Below are directions for a simple project using pallet wood.

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Step 1: ​Tools/Materials


  • Saw
  • Computer/Printer
  • X acto knife or box cutter


  • Pallet Wood - 36” x 5.5” (x3)
  • Nails or Screws
  • Paint
  • Tape
  • Adhesive (optional)

Step 2:

Acquire pallet wood

Step 3:

Cut three pieces of wood to 22” Long. Save the remaining portions.

Step 4:

Lightly sand wood to remove dirt and major blemishes.

Step 5:

Use remaining portions to attach three sections together – glue and nail/screw

Step 6:

Remove dust with a damp washcloth. The surface is now ready for paint.

Step 7:

Start with a base coat. Since pallets are porous, the paint will produce an uneven finish - my desired look. If you want a cleaner (less rustic) look, sand to a smoother finish and add primer.

Step 8:

Draw or download an Image. I chose a modified version of the South Carolina Flag and printed it on card stock.

Step 9:

Use an X acto knife or box cutter to cut out the stencil. Place stencil over surface. If you have fine features, you might want to add an adhesive to the stencil to get a cleaner look. Mask off all areas where you do not want paint. Paint with your desired color.

Step 10:

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    11 Discussions


    1 year ago

    You can use woodprix plans. The best handbooks and very detailed instructions. You can learn much from them and make it yourself.


    2 years ago

    For future ones, it might be easier to just do a base coat of the desired logo color and just put the stencil over that and then paint the background over that instead of taping off everything else

    1 reply

    Reply 2 years ago

    Yeah, I'm sure there are much better ways of doing it. I let my kids doing the taping/painting. I much easier way would be to use a stencil brush - step 6 of this project:


    Reply 4 years ago

    Thanks. I feel like I should know that symbol - what is it?