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Pallet Privacy Living Wall

I decided to make this when looking for an alternative way to achieve a little privacy near our hot tub. I had a taller than usual pallet at the house that we received while having something shipped to the house so it was just begging to be used for something!
I started with sitting the pallet on a sawhorse and staining it with an Olympic solid color exterior stain (color:Timberline). I stained one side, let it dry overnight and then stained the other side. I tried to get stain in all the nooks and crannies but wasn't perfect about it.
After it was dry, I had to figure out how to mount it to our deck. I ended up using some galvanized "L" brackets and galvanized bolts. We put the pallet down as close to the ground as we could for added support since it wasn't going to lean against a fence or wall like most ideas I saw online.
I purchased coco liner by the foot at my local nursery and cut to fit in between the boards on the pallet. I did have to adjust one of the back boards and move it down to create a level dip for the coco liner to sit in which you can see in the pic above. I attached the coco liner using the air stapler with pretty long staples to go through the thick coco liner. Then I filled each one with the water sense soil since this pallet is on the west side of my house and areas to fill in the pallet were quite narrow and I was trying to help them from drying out.
I planted petunias and verbena and watched them grow. Then I went on the hunt for the perfect hooks for each end and a cool saying for the middle.
This pic was after about a month-month & a half. Overall, I'm very satisfied with this project!

Ask the creator about this project

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jun 24, 2014

    Oh my goodness, love your creativity!

    • Janet Teets
      Janet Teets Connellsville, PA
      on Jun 25, 2014

      @Miriam I It looks like she already has a privacy fence that isn't that tall so, I think this adds to the view of the persistent gawker not seeing as much as they want to.

  • Meena M
    Meena M Columbus, OH
    on Jun 25, 2014

    Great idea but, still doesn't look like much privacy lol.

  • Linda J
    Linda J
    on Jun 25, 2014


  • Leslie J
    Leslie J Blue Springs, MO
    on Jun 25, 2014

    When you're down in the hot tub, it isn't bad since it's above eye level then. :-) I've debated doing another one to go beside it too. It's much more pleasing to the eye than my neighbor's home, dog, or kids. :-)

  • Jill Magnus
    Jill Magnus Mandan, ND
    on Jun 25, 2014

    Love it!

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