Zip Code Sign with Reclaimed Wood

This past weekend, we traveled to Provincetown, Massachusetts, to celebrate a dear friend’s birthday. The seaside town on the tip of Cape Cod is about 1.5 hours from our house and is full of energy, charm and beauty. To commemorate the happy occasion, we decided to bring a homemade sign complete with the Provincetown zip code, hoping it would be a nice complement to their bright and cheerful summer abode. 02657: the zip code has a ring to it, doesn’t it?

We found an old pallet in the unfinished portion of our basement, cast aside by a previous owner. Clearly this pallet had been kicking around for a while so of course I claimed it as my own from the start. Look at how weathered it is:

Old Pallet Used to Make a SignMy husband used a hammer and a crowbar to pry off the plank I selected for our gift (there were only a few to work with, most are too damaged to use). Next I used a sanding sponge to soften the edges a bit before wiping the whole board down with a damp cloth to get rid of any dirt and dust.

My original plan of attack with the numbers didn’t pan out (I tried tracing numbers onto the board so it would leave an edge that would mark where I should paint inside. This technique has worked for me before but not on such weathered and rough wood.) So, Plan B. I cut out the numbers I printed (with finger nail scissors for more precision) and then traced them directly onto the board with a red sharpie.

Zip Code SignTo paint the numbers, I mixed red marine paint (I wanted it to be durable in case they ended up hanging it outside) with white oil-based primer. I used the primer to make sure the paint would adhere to the board but also to make a lighter color. I used an artist brush to apply 3 coats of the paint. Here’s the final piece before we left for the party:

Zip Code SignAnd this is where our friend has it hanging today:

Zip Code DIY Pallet Sign

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