Sunburst Orange Ombre Pallet Sign {It Is Well}

August 2, 2012

Well, Hello there!
It’s been a week since my last post.  And I know I owe you an update on the progress of the nails. I’ll have that up for you later.
I’m just so excited to show you what I’ve been up to lately!
I have actually been working on our office.  Finally!
No, I mean really working on it.

Now, if you've been reading blogs or pinning on Pinterest, I'm sure you've seen the surge of DIY projects with pallets.
I love it!  There are so many varieties.  
Pallet furniture, pallet flags, pallet subway signs, pallet art.
I think it's awesome to take what is trash and 
make something beautiful out of it! 

I was looking at our office the other day and trying to figure out how I wanted to do a “gallery wall”.  I was actually thinking about what to do with that wall, way back in a post I called "We are Moving". 
So, I've been on Pinterest a lot (You can check out my boards here.) looking at my office board. I've done searches on gallery walls and shelves… and I came across some pallet art. Hmmm… I was thinking I needed something large to balance out the wall. Bingo!  I have a pallet in the garage.  I am sooo doing this!

I just have to show you!!!

Are you loving this?
I LOVE the way it turned out!
I did this! I still can't believe it!
(Well, most of it.)
First, I attacked this pallet and worked 4 boards off of it.  (That wasn’t easy.)

Then I found in hubby’s woodpile, and found a small piece of wood that would work to attach them altogether.  
I cut that in half, with a hand saw, mind you….  :D I was a little nervous about getting the power saw out.  But I overcame my fear… you’ll see!

Ok. Then I pre-drilled the holes for the screws. (I know hubby is so proud of me, because I usually don’t pre-drill ANYTHING! I’m just impatient)


This is where I had to overcome my fear or wait for hubby…. Well, he was out of town overnight, and I wanted to finish this. (See, I told you I’m impatient)
So, I drew the line I had to follow, got out the power saw, put my trusty safety glasses on and just went for it.  
He showed my how to use it when we made our planter boxes. I just like to have him there in case I screw up.
Come on, Lori, it’s just a straight line, do it already!
And I did!!
Not bad, if I say so myself…. confidence is growing!

Now, a quick sanding.

Prime that baby.

Let the fun part begin!
Painting!  I looked in my basement first, because I thought that I had some orange paint in there, but it was totally wrong.  Dropped in at the local hardware and picked up a quart of this gorgeous color!!  Oh yeah! Lovin this!!
Then I thought, maybe try some of that ombre technique that is going around. 

So, after about 10 inches, I added white to some of the paint.  I added too much of course, so I painted the rest of it that color… sorry I forgot pics of that part.
Then added more orange to darken it for the middle.  I played with it here and there.
It worked out pretty good.  I didn’t want a huge contrasted ombre, just something subtle. I really like it!

More fun is coming!
I printed up the words on my computer,
 I used Edwardian Script size 350 and Modern No 20 size 450.
Then laid them out and figured out where I wanted them.
I just had to show the picture with the flowers in it.  The more I have fresh flowers on the table the more I need them.  
It just brightens up the room and me!
Then I had to cut all of the excess paper and tape them back on.

I tried to use the technique I used on my damask stencil post, but that didn’t work very well.  The wood wasn’t as soft and with the semi gloss paint it didn’t want to indent too well.  Ok, plan B, I tried a fine tipped sharpie to trace the letters and let it bleed through the paper as I traced. Perfect!
You can see the two ways I tried. 
I was seriously having to dig to get anything to show the first try, but with the sharpie, I just had to go slow enough for it to bleed.

Now, for some tedious work, but well worth it! Plus, I actually really enjoy this part.  It makes the whole project come to life! I did 2 coats of white on the lettering.  My artist/graphic design student, daughter, drew the tree branch and bird.  Adorable, right? She painted some and I painted some.

Ooooo! I can’t wait to put it up in the office and show you all!
Soon!
I feel like this pallet art sign is going to be a great addition to the office.
I chose this phrase, because it gives me such comfort and assurance!
Have you ever heard the true story behind the song, “It Is Well”?
If not, it’s very moving and shows incredible faith and strength. 
I’ll share it with you.

This hymn was written by Horatio Spafford, after several traumatic events in his life.  In 1871, their only son perished from scarlet fever, then shortly after he lost all of his real estate ventures in the great Chicago fire.  Which basically ruined him financially, even though he was a very successful lawyer.

In 1873, he planned for the family to go on holiday to Europe, but due to some business he was delayed and sent the family on ahead and would catch up with them later.

Tragically, while his family was crossing the Atlantic, the ship collided with another and sank in less than 12 minutes.  All four of his daughters died, his wife was the only to survive.  When she arrived in Europe she sent Horatio a telegram, “Saved alone…”
Soon after, on his way to meet his grieving wife, the captain called him to the bridge and informed him that he believed they were passing where the ship went down.

Horatio went to his cabin and penned the words to this wonderful hymn.

It Is Well With My Soul

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,

It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Refrain:

It is well, (it is well),

With my soul, (with my soul)

It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,

Let this blest assurance control,

That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,

And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!

My sin, not in part but the whole,

Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:

If Jordan above me shall roll,

No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life,

Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But Lord, 'tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,

The sky, not the grave, is our goal;

Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!

Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;

The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,

Even so, it is well with my soul.
Horatio Spafford
I pray this song gives you strength when you feel weak!
Be blessed!
If you like it PIN it!

73 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful song and a beautiful sign. And even more precious working on it with your daughter. I have always loved that song but did not know the story. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jen! It was fun doing that with my baby girl :)

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  2. Lori, you did an amazing job. I know you will enjoy looking at this everyday. So glad you shared your project and the history of this familiar hymn.

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    1. Hey Sallie!! Thank you, darlin! I appreciate you so much!!

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  3. Lori - this is beautiful and fun and happy. I've never heard that song, but reading it after you explained when he wrote it, made me feel awe over the peace he felt in the most dire of circumstances. It makes you realize that even when all seems lost, it is not; there is more to come.

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    1. Eliesa, you are sooo right! There is always more to come! Thank you so much!
      Blessings,
      Lori

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  4. Wowza! Your pallet wall art turned out wonderful! I love that orange and the branch/bird are perfect. It will be so bright and cheery in your office.

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    1. Thanks, Susan!! I really am thankful it came out as good as it did!! I love looking at it!!

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  5. What a beautiful project, Lori! I really love the color! Megan

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    1. Thanks so much, Megan! I'm really enjoying looking at it in the office!

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  6. Lori this is absolutely beautiful. Once again you're prompting me to do that desk. You remember the free one. Overcoming confidence is what I need - not Jeff. Thanks for the encouragement. A project when we return from vacation. Also thanks for the info about the beginnings of that song. Didn't know that.

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    1. Oh! Nana! I know it's you again :) I think I'll just come over and help you with that desk! We'll show Jeff!

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  7. This is SUCH a great project, Lori! You did a great job! Were you given some confidence to use the power saw by being at Haven? Thanks for sharing so many wonderful aspects with us in the "how to"s AND in the great story about the hymn.

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    1. Thanks! Gayle! Well, hubby helped me before and I figured I could do a straight line! You always give so much encouragement!! Thanks again!

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  8. This is very cute! Your pictures are very detailed. My favorite part is the design!

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  9. Wow, that turned out amazing! I adore that hymn - truly so comforting during difficult times. Visiting from the Homemaker on a Dime party. Great job!!

    sara @ applestonedrive.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Sara! I love that hymn too. It actually means a lot to me.... Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. One of my favorite songs but it's sometimes hard to sing.
    Love the colors you chose!
    Mari

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    1. I agree with you, Mari.... But it truly give me hope and strength! Thanks for your sweet comment!

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  11. SOOOO cool. I need to break down and get me some power tools. I love the subtle Ombre as well.

    If you get a chance come link up your tutorial at my Pin Party.

    http://sarahdawndesigns.blogspot.com/2012/08/pintastic-monday-link-party-6.html

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    1. Thanks Sarah!! I really am proud of this piece... I'm definitely checking out your party!

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  12. This is such a beautiful project. A lot of pallet art is designed to be weathered and shabby...I love how yours is crisp, clean, and vibrant!

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    1. Hi Marilyn! Thank you so much! I really love the shabby chic look, it's just not completly my style. I kinda like it bold and colorful! :) Thanks for reading!!

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  13. Great project! I love the colors & the quote.

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    1. Thank you so much!! I enjoy it so much in my office. Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. This is beautiful. If I wasn't so afraid of power tools, I would make one myself. The colors you picked are perfect and I can't think of a more fitting saying. :)

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    1. Thank you, Devan! I hopped over to your blog... loved it!! Thanks for reading!

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  15. So pretty and cool! I love it and the color, did I miss it or did you mention the paint color name. Love art pallet but have never done any myself. Funny I have a pallet sitting in the backyard since last summer. Well I guess that's good cause it will be weathered. I knew I had a reason I left it out there. I really love it and thanks for sharing that great poem, very pretty. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

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    1. Thank you so much, Cathy!! I didn't mention the paint color.... I kinda hacked it.... Then I kinda lightened it. Have fun with that pallet! Can't wait to see what you do with it!
      Blessings!

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  16. I really like this song but never gave it any thought. Thank you for sharing. I love your pallet art! very very awesome!

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    1. Thanks so much!! I was hoping people would have a new appreciation for that song. It's an oldie but goodie.

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  17. Lovely work of art. You should be very proud of it. Visiting from Family Home and Life Link Party.

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    1. Hi Donna! Thank you for your sweet comment. I do have to say I am proud of this piece, especially using the power tools :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. This is just beautiful - love the colors you chose - Unique one of a kind piece!
    I'm your newest follower - would love to have you come by for a visit and a follow back when you have the time
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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    1. Hi Suzan! Adorable Blog! I'm def following you back! Thank you for your encouraging comment :)

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  19. Wow, I just heard this same story yesterday in Church before we sang this hymn. Made me cry as I'm dealing with some elderly parent issues. Am posting this to my pinterest under quotes that I need to be reminded of and meditate on. Not sure if I'll ever make this but it hits home. Thanks

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    1. Blessings to you! I pray the Lord gives you strength and joy through this journey. Thank you for reading!

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  20. You did a super job. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  21. Lori, this looks amazing! I love this hymn and what a great reminder to see those words so beautifully displayed! It is truly well with my soul! Saw you featured on House Of Hepworths! Congratulations.
    Blessings,
    Lisa

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    1. Really? I didn't even know I was featured... :D Cool! Thanks, Lisa! I agree with you, this hymn holds such a special place in my heart!

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  22. Lori,
    Thank you so much for linking up your wonderful Sunburst Sign tutorial to Creative Thursday last week. It turned out beautiful! I can't wait to try this for my home and holiday gifts too :) I can’t wait to see what you link up this week. I wouldn’t be able to do these wonderful parties without your participation. Have a wonderful week.

    Michelle

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I am so please with how it turned out! Thanks for reading!

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  23. I LOVE this wow! So great... would love to make something like this someday. Now to just find a pallet in Hong Kong :o)

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    1. Hi Emily! You are all the way in Hong Kong?! Wow! I love how the internet connects us so easily! Blessings to you! Thanks for reading!

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  24. Love your pallet! I've got one sitting in my shed waiting for some attention. Just curious -- are you going to hang it on the wall? I'm wondering how I'm going to get something so heavy to stay up and not come crashing down!

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

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    1. Hi Lisa! I did hang it! Check out my office reveal! It really wasn't that difficult. I used the eye screws and wire. Then in the wall, I put in two screws to support it with wall anchors. It isn't going anywhere. It's hanging right above my husbands aquarium. :) Thanks for reading!!

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  26. you have
    some mad carpentry skills
    there

    this sign is lovely
    and i have a funny story
    about this hymn

    when i was in college
    i sang in a small group
    for a year

    at our first performance
    we were getting ready to
    sing It Is Well

    when our director told the back story
    for the hymn
    (which we hadn't heard before)

    so there i was
    a first soprano

    nervous already
    and then
    about to burst into tears
    whilst trying to hit my notes
    without blubbing

    it was
    nearly a complete disaster
    but i really don't think
    anyone else noticed

    i can giggle now
    but back then
    i was appalled

    sorry for the long story
    but i just couldn't help myself

    thanks for sharing
    at Fridays Unfolded

    now following you via GFC and FB!

    alison

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    1. Hi Alison! That song is so powerful! You aren't the only one to struggle through that song. I've sung it in church before, and usually I have a crack or a sob in the middle of it... It just reminds me, I have so much to be thankful for!! Thanks for your comment and for the follow!
      Blessings,
      Lori

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  27. I love the sign. What a beautiful message. I am a sucker for things with a cute bird sitting in a tree!

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    1. Hi Stephanie! Thanks! It really means a lot to me. It encourages me and reminds me to count my blessings. Btw... I'm a sucker for anything orange... :D

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  28. You did an awesome job! Power tools and all! Love the color too. I love the fact that you used all the boards instead of doing on one flat piece of wood. So much personality! =)
    Patti

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    1. Thanks Patti! This piece has to be one of my favs. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  29. I love the pallet sign. I have a pallet in my yard just waiting for me to make a sign out of it. After reading this I can't wait to tear into it. LOL. You did a great job.

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    1. I love it too!! I want to make MORE! Tear into it, you'll be so glad that you did!! :) Thanks!

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  30. I love the color that you used. And I am a sucker for pallets! Thanks for sharing at Fabulous Friday.

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    1. Hi Kelly! I can't seem to get enough orange! Thanks for giving the opportunity to share our projects!

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  31. Hi Lori, thanks so much for sharing your pallet project at Project Queen's Link Party! I LOVE IT!!!! I'll be sharing it tomorrow night (Monday) at the Highight Party.

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    1. Hi Mandy! Awww... Thank you! This is one of my favorite pieces I've done.

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  32. Such a GREAT song and what a snazzy piece of DIY wall art! I adore the color you chose and I can't wait to see where you hang it! :)

    www.leroylime.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Dawn! Thank you so much! I've already hung it! You can see it in "The Office Is Finally Finished"Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  33. This is awesome! love the color you picked too!
    XO
    Kristin

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    1. Thanks, Kristin!! I'm a sucker for orange.... :)

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  34. I can't get over this... it is just perfect! Will be featuring it tomorrow!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  35. This is my favorite hymn ever...though I rarely get through singing it without choking up. Just sang it a few weeks ago at the funeral of a dear friend's dad. Love the sign! Might make something similar for a spot in my kitchen that could use some inspiration. Thanks for sharing your creative genius!

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    1. I agree with you, it's definitely one of my favorites as well. Thank you for your sweet compliment. Blessings!

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