One of my really good friends love to sail and is soon to be sailing a boat in the Caribbean with her hubby — what a neat vacation idea!
I wanted to make her something for Christmas so I grabbed a leftover piece of pallet wood and brought it inside to make a sign with an anchor on it.
Pallet wood is really…. splintery. So I sanded and sanded and sanded. And when I thought I was finished, I wasn’t, so I sanded some more.
When the wood was smooth enough to work with, I sketched an anchor onto it. It wasn’t pretty, but it was good enough.
Nice anchor, huh? I didn’t care about the terrible sketch because I filled the entire thing with gray and black paint. Then, I wrote her last name on the sign.
With the sign painted, I needed to drill holes big enough to pass a small rope through, so I busted out the drill and created two holes at the top.
Then, I used a water-based stain to color the wood. I’ve never used water-based stain before, but I like it a lot. The wood soaks it up right away and there is a huge variety of colors to choose from. The color I picked for the sign was Minwax’s Driftwood stain.
I only used one coat for the small sign, then I let it dry overnight.
Then next day I touched up some of the paint, mainly the black lines, and added rope and an anchor button so my friend could hang her sign.