Full disclosure, up front, total honesty… I am not a cat person. I’m allergic. Also… cats are crazy. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I realize the title of this post could seem a little deceiving given my intro. I am certainly not a cat lover. Kittens, maybe. But even then, I break out in hives if they touch me. So yeah, let’s just say I prefer to distance myself from the cat population.
That being said, my brother in law recently got a cat. I never pictured him as a cat person. I can’t really explain why. He’s a gym rat who likes to hunt and he definitely marches to the beat of his own drum. So when he told us he was getting a kitten, we kind of thought he was all talk. Then the Snapchats of the adorable creature started. He actually did it! He named her Rouge, which is apparently some sort of X-Men reference, I think.
Anyway, the point of that lead up was this… my single, 29 year old brother in law got a kitten and it changed his life. We swap pictures of our “babies” on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis, and he talks about Rouge like she’s an actual human child. It’s delightful. So for his recent birthday, I decided to make him a somewhat manly cat sign. Pallet wood and black paint. Can’t go wrong.
I used my easy method for dismantling pallets to cut a few pieces of project wood.
Then I used the miter saw to cut the edges and make them all the same length.
I lined up my freshly cut planks to make sure they fit together the way I wanted.
Then I flipped them all over and cut two lengths of thin wood to go on the back. Then I drilled screws through the thin piece of wood and each of the planks.
Once my base structure was complete, I printed out the words and picture that I wanted to use and lined them up on my sign. I used painter’s tape to keep them in place.
Then I used a pencil to heavily trace over the letters and picture, creating a light dent in the wood under the paper. You can kind of see it in the photo.
With my outline drawn, I used a paint pen to trace over the edges of the words and picture.
Then I filled in the blank spaces.
Then I let it dry and took some pictures.
The perfect manly gift for a new cat daddy. It definitely made him smile.