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DIY Pallet Wall in the Man Cave

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10 Hours
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When the youngest child moved out, we decided to turn this room into a man cave/media room. Not gonna lie, we both hang out in there.....a lot! :) As usual with most of our projects, we are on a tight spending budget, so we wanted something that would not only look good, but also be affordable!


The pallet wall I'm about to tell you about was totally FREE! That's right within our budget, heck, that's right within anyone's budget!


NOTE: You can find pallets on Craigslist, Marketplace, OfferUp, lots of places, you just have to look.

diy pallet wall in the man cave

Reminder: We believe this room used to be a garage, but we're not certain.


This is what we started with. The white speckles on everything are from the ceiling redo. We knew all this was coming down, so we didn't protect against the splatter. This is the same dark paneling that used to be in our living room. See that right here.

diy pallet wall in the man cave

My honey got to work pulling all of the paneling off the walls. It took him about 20 minutes to remove it all from the entire room.

diy pallet wall in the man cave

Now we've got bare ugly walls to do something with. This wall is at the very front of the house looking out into the front yard. This is the wall we'll be covering with pallet wood.

diy pallet wall in the man cave

Here are the pallets that we've collected. I think there were about 10 of them. They sat in the yard getting weathered for about two months.

diy pallet wall in the man cave

My honey took them apart board by board using a roofing hammer and a pry bar. There were 1 million nails to remove. Not going to lie, he used a circular saw at times to make the process go faster. By that, I mean he would cut down both outer sides and then pry the nails out of the center to make the process go faster. He only did this a few times because it causes you to loose your nail holes, which is a great look for a pallet wall.

diy pallet wall in the man cave

This pry bar was the most helpful for getting the spiraled nails out of the wood. This is not a job for the weak people, its hard work!

diy pallet wall in the man cave

As we cleaned the boards of their staples and nails, we piled them "neatly" on the front porch so we could grab them quickly for the install.

diy pallet wall in the man cave

We used gloves, a hammer,a chalk line, a pneumatic nail gun with 2" 18 gauge brads.


NOTE: We tried using 1-1/2" brads to start off with, but it did not hold the boards as secure as we liked so we moved up to the 2" brads. Just make sure the brad length your using is long enough to hold your boards to the wall securely.

diy pallet wall in the man cave

We also used our portable air compressor for the nail gun and our chop saw to cut the pieces of wood to length. Not pictured is the jig saw that we needed to cut grooves for around the windows and outlets.

diy pallet wall in the man cave

We used a chalk line to mark each stud in the wall for easy nail placement when nailing the boards to the wall.

diy pallet wall in the man cave

When we came to the window and the outlets, my honey used the jigsaw to cut out the area needed to make it fit perfectly. In this picture he hasn't started yet because right after I snapped the photo, he said, "where did I lay my safety glasses"? SAFETY FIRST!

diy pallet wall in the man cave

Its kind of hard to see, but he cut out the section to go around the window and now it fits perfectly.

diy pallet wall in the man cave

If we happened to have a large gap in the boards, I would run a bit of dark paint in that section so that the ugly wall wouldn't glow through in the future. The boards will shrink and relax slightly over time of being indoors.

diy pallet wall in the man cave

We would go from one side to the other and back again, staggering the lengths of wood for an interesting look. Every now and again we came across a piece of warped wood that would require a 2" wood screw to hold it into place properly. We DID NOT use any adhesive to hold these boards to the wall, just brads and an occasional screw.

diy pallet wall in the man cave

It took us from 11am to 5pm (only breaking once to eat a bite) to create this entire wall. Don't forget the occasional dance parties that would break out when that one song would come on the radio! :) Since you're working with wood pieces that are not perfect, it does take some time to fit each one in the correct space. Kind of like a giant puzzle.


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  • Dsouther
    on Apr 7, 2019

    What did you do to insure that there were no bugs in the pallet wood and that it had not been treated with toxins like formaldehyde?

    • Shirleyg
      5 days ago

      I used a reciprocal saw to take my pallets apart then go back and punch out the nails. It was still hard work. I love your finished project!

  • Daneen
    6 days ago

    Once the wall was complete, were the outlets "recessed" due to the thickness of the wood?

    • DeeDee
      4 days ago

      Hi Daneen! Yes, they were. My husband had to get another box to bring them back out to flush. :)

  • Patsy
    5 days ago

    How many pallets did it take to do the one room and how big was the room? I'm wanting to do this to my house cause it's so rustic and alot cheaper then paneling and sheettock

    • DeeDee
      4 days ago

      Hi Patsy! We only did one wall that was 14' wide x 8' tall, not one room. We broke down 10 pallets and had quite a few boards left over. Good luck with your project! :)

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  • Dsouther
    5 days ago

    i want to warn anyone thinking about using pallet wood in their homes to google and read an article on the internet named "The Hidden Dangers of Pallet Wood". If you read this article you may change you mind about using pallet wood. There is a reason pallets are usually free.

  • Penny
    5 days ago

    We put 2 partial pallet walls in our bathroom. My husband put up 2 dark finished plywood to which he covered the drywall with and stapled the pallet boards to the plywood, so the drywall wasn't damaged. The dark plywood saved having to paint where the pallet boards would havent fit snug. He had put steelwool in a gallon of vinegar. He sprayed this onto the pallet boards, causing a chemical reaction. The pallet wood was all different types of wood, causing beautiful finishes on each board. Our entire updated bathroom cost around $600, installing shower surround and a single door on the tub for bathing or showering and a fresh coat of paint. Lots of comments on how beautiful it turned out.

    • DeeDee
      4 days ago

      Hi Penny! Sounds like it turned out great! Thank you! :)

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