How to Build a Pallet Wood Letter

How to Build a Pallet Wood Letter


distressed pallet wood letter

Remember the original Real Housewives of Orange County?

The one that started it all.

Remember Laurie and Jo and Jeana and Kimberly and of course….Vicki.

The show was fascinating and glamorous and they wore evening gowns to go shopping and diamond tiaras for lunch and ate at restaurants that looked like art galleries…..

…..and had shoe closets bigger than my living room.

Television at it’s finest.

And even though I wore sweatpants to go shopping and a black rubber band for lunch and adore Cracker Barrel and put my shoes in a big jumbled pile in the middle of my closet….

….I never missed an episode.Continue reading

The Top Ten Greatest Hits of a Marquee Letter

The Top Ten Greatest Hits of a Marquee Letter


the story of the almost Mayflower table

Last year our high school got a new marquee sign for the entrance.

It’s beautiful.

It’s electronic and fancy and blinks all the time and has graphics and dancing birds and the time and the temperature….

…..and announces everything you wanted to know and more.

But that is not even the best part.

The best part of the story is that when the new electronic marquee sign showed up in town….the old marquee and all its letters immediately became persona non-grata.

And Greta the vinyl maker who also happens to be Greta the marquee letter and number seller….

….called me and asked me if I wanted to buy a few of them.

Why….yes Greta.

As a matter of fact….

….yes I would.  :)Continue reading

Trash to Treasure:  DIY Wood Block Letters

Trash to Treasure: DIY Wood Block Letters




Hey…guess what?

Be “leaf” in yourself…so you won’t “fall” behind.

(did I just hear you groan)

I hope not…because who doesn’t love “acorny” joke.

Even though sometimes they can be kind of “squirrly.”

Okay…okay….I’m done….

….except for this one (hee hee)

Happy almost fall and have a “gourd”eous day. :)Continue reading

How To Make a Pallet Wood Letter

How To Make a Pallet Wood Letter



You probably already know this….but I live in the country.

Like the middle-of-no-where-thirty-minutes-from-Wal-mart-no-stop-lights-in-the-county kind of country.

It’s beautiful.

And wonderful.

And makes you catch your breath sometimes.Continue reading

When Phones Had Cords

When Phones Had Cords


Art House

Remember when phones had cords?


When phones had cords and no one had heard of call waiting and televisions had three channels and text was something you read in a book and people talked face-to-face and cell phones were for billionaires who carried them around in giant cell phone suitcases.

And sometimes your television even had rabbit ears that your dad would put a piece of foil on to get better reception.


I’m raising four little people at the house who have only read about those pre-technology days in books or heard about it occasionally whenever I decide to climb up on my soapbox to remind them how lucky they are.

And I thought technology had triumphed.

Until the other day.Continue reading

Barn Wood Projects

Barn Wood Projects

I live in the country.

I might have mentioned that before.

A few 100 times.

And where I live….we really don’t have drive-through diet cokes or Target or movie theaters or fast-food restaurants or four-lane roads…..

…..or stop lights.

Except the kind that blink yellow.

But does all of that even matter?


Because we have something so much better.


Old-broken-down-about-to-fall-over-truly-vintage-make-you-think-of-little-house-on-the-prairie barns.Continue reading

Built-in Plate Rack

Built-in Plate Rack



Can I ask you a question?

When do you start feeling like a grown-up?


I’m still waiting.

I have a house and a family and four children and 2 dogs and 3 cats and a family of rabbits and a tortoise and a salamander.

And I still want to watch the Brady Bunch and eat peanut butter on celery sticks and take a nap.Continue reading

Barnwood Letter

Barnwood Letter

In case you haven’t noticed.

Just in case you have been out of the country on an exotic island or under a rock or twiddling your banjo-playing toes.

It’s true.

Barn wood is the current “IT girl.”  It’s everywhere and anywhere and all the wheres that where could ever be.

You could even say that……it’s the new silly bands for 2012.


Good thing I live in the country.

Good thing I live where there are plenty of cows and sheep and goats and horses and hay.

Good thing people build places for all of those animals to live in.

And good thing I know people who know people who know people who own….you guessed it….




I’ve seen barn wood wainscoting.

And barn wood tables.

And a super pricey, but awesomely cute barn wood platform beds.

And barn wood signs.

And absolutely-adorable-wish-I-would-have-thought-of-it-first barn wood headboards.

But today is not furniture-building-wainscot-sign-making-Monday.  Today, a group of my favorite bloggers and I are all posting our favorite “It’s a Cinch” for the month.

Easy.  Simple.  Uncomplicated.

I think today should be called….it’s a cinch….the second chapter.


Barn Wood Letter

1.  Start with your barn wood.  

If you get it right off the barn you will need to clean it….thouroughly.

If you know people who know people who will go and get the barn wood and clean it and leave it for you to pick up….count your blessings.

I am lucky.

I have two barn czars.

Daryl and Dale.

I’m adding them to my payroll….along with my arrow-creator and my vinyl-maker.

With all my peeps you can just call me the P Diddy of rural Kentucky.

 (2)  Draw out your letter on the barn wood.  

Typically barn wood is about 11″ wide.

This Z is 11″ wide and 14 3/4″ long.  The top and the bottom and diagonal lines are all 3″ wide.

Is this even making sense?  I think I really need Becca to write all my tutorials for me.

She speaks tutorial fluently.


(3)  Using a scroll saw, cut out the letter you traced in the barn wood and sand the edges to give it a worn look.

That’s it.





Then hang your barn letter in the playroom.

And take your barn czar out to dinner and…..

   ….tell him….now the barn doors are calling your name :)

PS  If you want to see more cinchy projects with much better tutorials, please visit each one of these incredible bloggers:

Or check out our joint “It’s A Cinch” pinterest board.

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