Quick weekend – Leash hanger project

We have a new addition to our family. Meet Boone.
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He’s 12 weeks old. Is he not the cutest thing ever? We’ve had him two weeks and I’m in love with him already. He joins Dozer, his reluctant older brother.
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I’ve had a hook in my laundry room for the leash and harness for my dog Dozer. When Boone came I knew I was going to have to come up with something new. I have a bunch of pallet wood in my garage from all the construction going on in my neighborhood. (Hello, do not leave pallets unattended on my street!) I picked up some awesome hooks from Hobby Lobby and went about making a new place to store leashes and harnesses. Like I said, this was a quick weekend project, so it’s not a tutorial. It’s just something I threw together. My laundry room is a sea blue green color. When we first painted this room, I loved the paint color when it was in the can, not so much once it was on the walls. I’ve grown used to it by now and I’ve put up a beautiful glass backsplash that has all the colors in the room in it. So that was the inspiration for the color for my leash holder.
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I used some craft paint added some white, added some floetrol and painted the board. It was still TOO bright. I hated it. So I took some white craft paint and added water and just kinda white washed it with a rag until I liked it. I sanded a little, just to give it character. I finally got to use the freezer paper transfer method that is all over blog land. I had wanted to use it on my Country Door Knockoff sign, but just couldn’t make it work, so I thought I’d give it a try here. I wasn’t 100% successful and I did go over the letters with a sharpie, but I really like how it turned out.  See that little white hook on my ironing board?  That’s what I was using for Dozer’s leash before.
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I printed out the font in reverse and used a spoon to burnish the names onto the board. I found the dog in my word clipart and did it the same way. It was still kinda light, so I went over everything with a sharpie. I still plan on sanding it a little and using a dark wax on it. At the time, I didn’t have the wax. So, that’s my quick little weekend project. Add some sawtooth picture hangers and you are good to go.
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Country Door Knockoff Sign – Part 1

I found this sign in my recent Country Door catalog.
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I LOVED the message and I thought the sign was really cute. It wasn’t expensive at all (on sale for $19.79), but I thought it would be fun to re-create. Believe it or not I had never done a pallet project. I’m always late for the party. Why is that? My hubby works at Home Depot and I couldn’t get him to bring me a pallet. So, when I saw this sign, I priced out the wood and told him he could pay that price, or bring me a pallet for free. Guess what I got? It was a pretty good pallet – beat up, but not too beat up. It had two kinds of wood on it. A really dark oak and pine. I used both. First I made a frame out of a 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ piece of pine. I wanted the finished sign to be close to the original, but I tweaked it a bit. Their sign was 31 1/4″ x 11 3/4″. Weird. I made mine 31″ x 12″. I cut my 31″ pieces, then to make the 12″ I cut the side pieces 9″. 9″ + 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ = 12″ I cut my frame using my handy dandy miter saw.
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I love power tools, and this is one of my favorites. It’s an important tool to have if you plan on doing any woodworking projects. My 2nd favorite tool has to be the kreg jig. It’s an amazing piece of equipment. This is how I assembled my frame.
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Add a little glue and use your face clamp.
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To find out more about the Kreg Jig click here. Viola` you end up with a frame. This is what you attach your pallet boards to.
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Next I used my circular saw to cut the boards off the frame of the pallet. I didn’t need the entire length of the board, so it was easier to cut than it was to pry. Hubs helped here a little. I have short arms so I couldn’t reach the entire thing. Then what happens is I stand back and end up watching him finish cutting. I hate when I do that.
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Once I got the boards cut off, I cleaned up one edge on the miter saw and then cut off the end with the nails to the length I needed.
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I think I needed 9 boards. Once I got them all cut, it was time to attach them to the frame. The fun part.
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Holy gobs of glue! I know, I know, a bit much on the glue? The bottle was almost empty, so everytime I shook it, gobs came out. Anyway, I lined them all up and then one at a time I glued and nailed.
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Here it is all assembled. Next, I sanded it down – I did not get a picture of this, but I used my random orbital sander that I got for Christmas. I can’t believe it, I don’t even have pics of the sign after I sanded it. Man, I must have been hungry or something to have forgotten that. Anyway, my next step was to paint it. I used the same Behr paint that I used on my craft room cabinets. It’s got primer in the paint. The name is Popped Corn.
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Have you ever used these triangle thingys? They are very handy for keeping your project up off your work table. I used to put paper down and then paint and of course my project would stick to the paper. These things used to be yellow and I can’t remember the brand name, but they are very inexpensive and very hand to have. I put two coats of paint on the sign because the yellow of the pine was showing through. Once it was dry, I sanded it down in spots and I went over the entire thing to take the shine off.
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I think I’ll end Part 1 here. The next step is to figure out the fonts to use, get them to the correct size and use the freezer paper to transfer the text to my sign. I’ve never used freezer paper before, so I better go practice.

Kathleen

Well, I started that post on April 14th. Today it’s June 23rd and I’ve finally finished this project. This has been the longest project in the history of diy and blogging. Seriously. Things did not always go according to plan. I’ll touch on that in part 2 of this project. I’m just glad it’s done and I really like it. I think my next sign will be smaller and simpler and I need to find a way to do the lettering. I was not successful in 2 different processes before I finally figured out the final process. Jeesh.