Libbie B
Libbie B
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  • Wyoming, MI

Pallet Wall/Reclaimed Wood

$50.00
1.5 Days
Easy

I have wanted to add character to our Kitchen forever! It a basic layout with an abundance of orange oak cabinets. So the first step was to add a pallet wall. I LOVE the way it turned out....now on to those cabinets. )
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This is where we started.
This is where we started.
We painted the wall brown in case the boards didn't line up and the red would come blaring through.  We did have a few that were off....  Not many though.  I used 4 or 5 different stain colors and untreated pallet wood.
We painted the wall brown in case the boards didn't line up and the red would come blaring through. We did have a few that were off.... Not many though. I used 4 or 5 different stain colors and untreated pallet wood.
We laid them out in a random pattern that made sense as I had read on the internet.  But to be honest that went pretty quickly by the wayside due to room constraints.
We laid them out in a random pattern that made sense as I had read on the internet. But to be honest that went pretty quickly by the wayside due to room constraints.
Finished!!!  YAY!  I LOVE it.
Finished!!! YAY! I LOVE it.
pallet wall, diy, home decor, pallet, repurposing upcycling, storage ideas, wall decor
pallet wall, diy, home decor, pallet, repurposing upcycling, storage ideas, wall decor
pallet wall, diy, home decor, pallet, repurposing upcycling, storage ideas, wall decor
Close up of texture
Close up of texture

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22 questions
  • Michael
    on Nov 29, 2015

    Where did you find the wood pieces?

    • Libbie B
      on Nov 29, 2015

      @Michael We used brand new pallets and took them apart (I got them from the place I work). I know that here in Grand Rapids, MI they have places that sell pallet wood for .50 a board. Which would still make this very economical. Pallet wood fit perfectly for the look I wanted as I was going for both color and rustic texture.

  • S. Kennington
    on Dec 29, 2015

    Did you nail the boards so the wall or staple?

    • Daneice Curcuruto
      on Jan 30, 2016

      I also would like to know how you applied boards to your wall.

    • Libbie B
      on Jan 31, 2016

      @S. Kennington We used a pneumatic nail gun. We were not concerned with the drywall as it had some water damage and was going to need to be replaced. An important tip is to paint the wall a dark color (we chose brown) so that any gaps in the pallets do not show through. :)

    • Daneice Curcuruto
      on Apr 8, 2016

      Thank you

    • Fou6698062
      on May 31, 2016

      Brilliant!!!

  • Pga3946455
    on Jan 14, 2016

    What did you use to secure them on the wall? Screws nails or glue?

    • Libbie B
      on Jan 15, 2016

      @Pgarza We used a pneumatic nail gun. It made quick work of the project and secured them solidly.

  • User
    on Jan 16, 2016

    I would just like to know about the paint colors. I love the wall and was wanting to do this in our living room, however till I saw yours I was just wanting to do ship lap. I love the painted boards adds another element! What colors did you use?

    • Libbie B
      on Jan 16, 2016

      @User I know we used stains we had here (the redwood color and the expresso from past projects) We bought, Minwax brand in classic gray, weathered oak, special walnut, and Jacobean. The light blue you see was the classic gray left unstirred using pigment from the bottom. I also mixed some of the darker stains with some of the grays directly on the boards. I knew which primary colors I was looking for and sort of went from there. I was not careful about it and love how the boards have color streaks in them. I have done a couple of other wood walls (one at work and one at a friends house) since this one and loved them all. This one is still my favorite because of the rustic feel. I love how the pallets are uneven in both color and texture. Best of luck!

      , Side view
  • Kelley Wade Gonzales
    on Jun 4, 2016

    How many pallets did it take to do the wall and how big is the wall? (BTW, this is just GORGEOUS).

    • Libbie B
      on Jun 5, 2016

      Thanks, Kelley! The wall is 8 ft x 20 ft and we used just over 50 -40 inch pallet boards. We made 3 sizes. We cut some in 1/2 and some in 1/3 and left some as they were. Our ceiling turned out not to be flush so at the top we had to shave a little off the boards to make them fit.

    • Margaret Wells
      on Jul 26, 2016

      did you paint the boards before and what did you use.

    • Libbie B
      on Jul 26, 2016

      Hello Margaret, We stained the pallets prior to attaching them to the wall. After we made cuts we also stained the ends so that the raw wood would not stick out and be obvious against the stained pieces.

  • Shelley
    on Jun 14, 2016

    I love the look, but worry about what chemicals are in the wood. What kind of pallets did you use?

  • Olalune
    on Jul 17, 2016

    How beautiful, i love this ! I have a question too. Did you just nail the pallets on the wall, or use screws and kingpins ? Was it very difficult to deconstruct the pallets ? I still haven't faced the task, but this is my first blockage…

    • Libbie B
      on Jul 18, 2016

      Olalune- We used a pneumatic nailer and attached the pallets directly to the wall. The wall had a bit of water damage so we weren't concerned with the nail holes as the drywall would need to be repaired regardless. Deconstructing pallets is not for the faint of heart but google it and there are several YouTube videos to make it easier. I cannot say this enough this DIY is EASY! We just added a fireplace pallet wall to a rental unit we have since we have had so much positive response.

      , Fireplace at our rental property
  • Randi Shorie
    on Sep 1, 2016

    What kind of stain did you use?

    • Libbie B
      on Sep 1, 2016

      Hello Randi, ( love your name by the way). I used several colors from minwax. I played with them a bit. The blue is actually a grey but unstirred. I used a weathered oak, a medium walnut and some leftover deck stain. I was able to get many colors from 3 or 4 stains. I hope this was helpful??

  • Kimberly Lovitt
    on Oct 22, 2016

    Awesome job on the wall and about the round wall accent, did you make this cause I'd love to have this on my den wall?

    • Libbie B
      on Oct 22, 2016

      Thanks! I love it too. I bought it from a local store here in town, but check World Market. They carried a very similar piece a few months ago.

  • Debora Fox
    on Jan 5, 2017

    Did you put any type of sealer on after putting up the boards?

    • Libbie B
      on Jan 5, 2017

      We did not! I cleaned them thoroughly before we installed but did not seal. I can say that after 2.5 years they still look great! On occasion I do run a vacuum across the wall. Mostly because we share our home with two very furry dogs!

  • Dina Alviar
    on Apr 6, 2017

    Did the planks get glued onto the wall or were they nailed/screwed in?
  • Jane Poole
    on Jun 23, 2017

    Would this work in a bathroom? Or would the wood be too susceptible to mildew?
  • Debbie
    on Jun 24, 2017

    is there trim molding at ceiling or do boards go to ceiling
    • Libbie B
      on Feb 1, 2018

      Our boards go to the ceiling. It was pretty flush but one board had to be shaved a tiny bit.
  • Reese Tallgrass
    on Jun 27, 2017

    Where did you get the wood?
    • Lori Sue Flaker
      on Jul 3, 2017

      Live in Ohio. Where could I get this wood?
    • Doc
      on Sep 13, 2017

      The description said it's pallet wood. You just need to find and dismantle pallets and paint or paint wash them.

  • Racheal clark
    on Sep 3, 2017

    What did you use to attach to the wall? Nails, screws or adhesive??
    • Libbie B
      on Sep 4, 2017

      Hey Racheal, I know your hometown well. Grew up in A2. Hello from Grand Rapids. We used a pneumatic nailer to attach the boards to the wall. It was quick and easy and we knew that we were going to have to repair it at some point because we had a bit of water damage to begin with. I believe you can rent them pretty inexpensively. Good luck!
    • Cesar Juarez
      on Jan 15, 2018

      liquid nail And finish nails
  • Angie Wimsatt-Stanley
    on Dec 5, 2017

    it looks like you have had your wall up for a few years now, is it hard to dust and how is it holding up?
  • Karen
    on Dec 18, 2017

    Did you have to engage an electrician to adjust any outlets or switches on your wall?
    • Libbie B
      on Dec 18, 2017

      We didn't need to. We bought a plug that brought the outlet flush and the light switch we left inset.

  • Mitsy Chester
    on Sep 22, 2018

    What type of stain did you use?

    • Libbie B
      on Sep 23, 2018

      I used a combo of stains I had left over from other projects. They were all oil based stains by Min Wax. The blues you see are actually grey stains without mixing up the pigment.

  • Keeshia Hamby Dresko
    on Oct 6, 2018

    Curious on a couple of aspects. You spent $50, what exactly on? Are the planks sanded at all? Are these just plain good old pallets that you can acquire for free? Also, were they nailed or screwed in? We live in an apartment that I am almost at my threshold of living with off white walls! Thank you!

    • Libbie B
      on Oct 6, 2018

      The money was spent on stain and nails. The pallets were free( unsanded) and we used a pneumatic nailer to attach them to the wall. For an apartment have you thought of removable wallpaper?

  • Dea34350310
    on Nov 7, 2018

    How did you get the red color? Im doing a wood wall in my sons bedroom and im wanting to add a red.....

    Thank you so much

    • Libbie B
      on Nov 7, 2018

      It was a stain we had leftover from another project. It was a cherry stain that I did not stir well giving it a bit more pigment.

  • Margaret Howard
    on Feb 9, 2019

    Did you have to work around any electrical outlets? I’ve wanted to do this, but have an outlet at bottom of wall. If I attach a 1” thick plank on the wall around it, I would think that would prevent me from using the outlet because the plank sticks out too far. Plus when you put back the outlet cover over plank it would look weird. Haven’t seen any tutorials about how to do this with outlet so far. Any ideas?

  • Penny
    on Feb 17, 2019

    What lengths did you cut the boards? How many different lengths did you use?

    • Libbie B
      on Feb 17, 2019

      I used 3 lengths (it was easier for my husband that way. We used some the length they came in. Some we cut in half and a few we cut in thirds. That way they all fit the wall in different configurations. Make sense? Not sure I'm explaining it well! Good Luck!

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  • Libbie B
    on Feb 28, 2019

    Love that! It adds such character to a space.

  • Joanie
    on Mar 8, 2019

    I love your wall........it sure looks nice. Great job. I like the cabinet on the right, with the plants on each side. I am inspired, but that round shelf distracts. A nice t.v. would be the thing.....You watch t.v. and also admire your beautiful wall. I can see it now......

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