Between you and me, when the founder of Crimson Pallets approached me about doing a collaboration, my gut instinct was to say no. It looked like a great product, but I am NOT a crafty girl. Like, at all.
I’ve tried paint nights and it was a disaster. I can’t even do the stick on nail polish without looking like a mess. So the thought of painting signs and working with vinyl seemed way out of my league.
However, this is my year of doing things that scare me, so I agreed to give it a try. I realize that many of my readers are much more crafty and creative than I am and I knew I could give a completely fair and honest review.
Plus, as a mom of teenagers, I’m always looking for new activities that we can do together. This seemed like a great way to try something different with my kids.
This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.
What is Crimson Pallets?
Crimson Pallets was founded in 2015 by Pamela Dimichele, who is a wife and mom of three children. What began as a vinyl hobby quickly grew into a small business. Initially, Pam’s creations were only available online, but she swiftly expanded the business and began offering in-home, pallet-painting parties.
With over 150 cute and witty designs and the ability to create custom vinyl, Crimson Pallets has something for everyone. They offer high-quality pallets and paint, as well as knowledgeable instructors. And prices start at a mere $25!
The business continues to grow year after year and Pam now has an assistant and more than 20 independent contractors who also conduct pallet parties. For more information on joining the Crimson Pallets team, click here.
The company also offers unique birthday parties, team-building events and fundraisers. For more information on this, click here.
Some of their latest offerings are virtual parties and Quarantine Kits. The virtual parties are the perfect alternative to in-home ones. They let you social distance, but still have fun with your friends and family.
With the Quarantine Kits, you can choose from a variety of themes and have an assortment of pallets and vinyl sent to you. There is plenty in the box to make a fun family night or to keep your kids entertained for an afternoon.
Right away, I was impressed with the professionalism of Crimson Pallets. Within twenty-four hours of our discussion, Pam had packaged and shipped the products to me.
When the box arrived, everything was packaged safely and neatly. I wasn’t sure exactly how she would ship paint samples, but I ended up being impressed with her methods.
The paint was in little plastic cups, which were securely taped shut and then put inside a plastic bag to protect against leaks. The pallets were layered in with packing paper and bubble wrap.
I loved that all the supplies we would need were included in the box. In addition to the pallets, paint and vinyl, there were plenty of brushes and sponges too. Most importantly, there were very detailed instructions right on top.
We had an assortment of vinyl to work with, including some holiday ones and the Summer Lovin’ Quarantine Kit, which was absolutely adorable.
A work in progress
My thirteen-year-old daughter and I were eager to get started so we spread everything out and enlisted my husband to take pictures. I was still apprehensive and unsure if I would be able to pull this off, but since my daughter was so excited, we dove right in.
Again, let me say how amazing the instructions were. As I read through them, I was so thankful that they were laid out step-by-step with lots of details. You could tell that the company has a ton of experience because they answered all my questions before I could even ask them.
The little tips sprinkled in with the instructions were essential. For example, it said to “use a thin coat of paint”. That might seem like common knowledge to some of you, but for me, it was incredibly helpful.
The process itself was surprisingly easy. First, you paint the board. Then, you let it dry and add a second coat of paint.
The second step is to apply the vinyl and paint the openings where the letters and pictures are. Same process; apply one coat, let it dry and then apply a second coat of paint.
You can choose from a variety of paint colors and even mix it up by painting each letter a different color or fading from one color to another. Once the second coat of paint is completely dry, peel off the vinyl and you are done. Almost too simple to believe, right?
Final impressions of Crimson Pallets
I was left with three thoughts about Crimson Pallets:
- If I can do it, anyone can do it.
- It was much easier than I thought it would be.
- This is a great way to bond with your kids.
If I can do it, anyone can do it
Like I’ve said a million times, I’m not a crafty person. I don’t normally enjoy painting or creating things. So I promise, if you are interested in this, but afraid you won’t be able to do it, you should go ahead and give it a try.
Yes, I ended up with paint on my hands and my pallets weren’t perfect, but I did it and they look pretty darn good. Now I have pretty signs to display around my house and they make me smile every time I look at them.
It was much easier than I thought it would be
When you break it down, there are basically three steps; paint the board, paint the vinyl and remove the vinyl. Simple and easy.
As long as you follow the instructions, the process is clear cut. And it was definitely easy enough to do with your children.
This is a great way to bond with your kids
My daughter and I had a lot of fun doing this. It kept us busy for a couple of hours and felt like a collaborative effort because we gave each other advice on colors and vinyl placement.
Plus, painting the pallets gave her a sense of accomplishment, She is proudly displaying one of her creations in her room and I heard her telling her friends about it later that day. If you have teenagers, you know that is the ultimate measure of success – when your kids tell their friends about something and say it was fun.
Overall, this was a great way to spend an afternoon and I had so much fun doing it, that I’m planning which one I want to try next.
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