3 Different ways to build a pallet wall
If you’re looking for a way to make an accent wall really pop, and if you want to give a room a rustic edge at the same time, a DIY pallet wall might be your jam.
First, you’re going to need pallets. I’ve posted links below to great posts that explain where to find pallets, and how to disassemble them into boards. You’ll definitely need some power tools and hand tools for this project, including a Sawzall with a 12 inch construction blade (not the five inch blade it comes with) and a power sander.
Depending on how you choose to fasten the boards to the wall, you might also need a power drill or a power screwdriver. A laser level helps for mounting the pallets to the wall. Be sure that you have an excellent hammer, as well.
A few words about shipping pallet wood: Pallets can be made from either treated or untreated wood. For interior projects, it is important to use pallets that are untreated, as treated wood can off-gas potentially unhealthy chemicals. Also, beware of nails.
Some people like the look of the nail heads that inevitably will be stuck in the pallets, but for children’s rooms it is best to remove the nail heads. Pallets are typically splintery, so sanding them down with a power sander is not optional; it’s a must. If building a pallet wall is starting to look like too big of an endeavor, it might be a good project to hire a handyman to help with.
Pallet basics: I have two tutorials for you to click over to. Learn how to find pallets to build with, and learn how to easily and quickly disassemble pallets. These tips will help your pallet wall project go more smoothly. Both come from a DIY carpenter near Columbus, Ohio.
Sanded and whitewashed pallet wall: One way to build a pallet wall is to first sand and whitewash the pallets to give them a cool, greyish color. Whitewashing some of the boards with grey paint, and some with white paint, gives the wall a stylishly-uneven look. A whitewashed pallet wall looks awesome with industrial-chic light fixtures and grey-blue walls.
Cleaned and sanded pallet wall: While whitewashing gives a pallet wall a modern edge, leaving the pallets their natural color lends itself to a warm, rustic look. Want to make your living room look a bit more like a mountain lodge? Clean and sand the pallets, but don’t paint them. Do seal them for a shiny look and for moisture resistance.
Mixed salvage board and pallet wall: The most complicated of the three ways of building a pallet wall that I am sharing, the mixed board wall requires some good geometry and measuring skills. The payoff is worth the work, though. A mixed salvage board and pallet wall allows for unbelievable artistic flexibility. Want to make it pop with colors? You can do that. Want to go rustic and neutral? You can do that, too. Mixing the sizes, widths, and colors of the boards is the name of the game.
How To Make Farmhouse Style Pallet Wood Frames
October 18, 2017
It’s time for the One Room Challenge Week 3 Update for my Master Bedroom Makeover. (In case you missed them, here is Week 1 and Week 2.)
I’ll quickly catch you up on what got done this week, but first I want to show you How to Make Farmhouse Style Pallet Wood Frames.
Since time is always limited around here and I wanted some wall art on the wall above the bed as a focal point, I decided to make three framed watercolor floral prints for that big wall.
These pretty frames were made with pallet wood that I cut on my miter saw at 45 degree angles. The water color flowers were printed on white textured card stock. The textured card stock give the impression that these prints were really painted instead of printed.
I used my Canon Pixma wide format printer to print out the flowers. I honestly don’t recall where I got the files for water color flowers but similar ones can be found here.
The frames were put together with wood glue and staples. The printed water color flower was attached to the back of the frame with double-sided tape.
I finished the frames using Vintage Effect Wash™ that I received from DecoArt. It’s a brand new product and I couldn’t wait to try it. I have to say I love it and can’t wait to use it again.
For now the framed prints are resting on the top of the headboard. I’m not sure whether I’ll keep them there or hang them on the wall above the headboard. I’ll determine that once everything else in the room is done and in place.
I believe a saved a big chunk of change making these beautiful framed prints myself.
I am updating my orange master bedroom as a guest participant in the One Room Challenge. The ORC® is a six-week long event hosted by Linda from Calling It Home. Every week on Wednesday, 20 professional design bloggers give an update on their room makeovers. And then on Thursdays, the guest participants (that’s me and a couple hundred of my blogging friends) link up our room updates.
I originally started this makeover in April, but had to bow out after an unexpected medical issue. But now I’m back to finish!
Like I said, I started with an orange bedroom! It’s no longer orange – we took care of that in Week One!
The plan was to work on building the window seat last week but that just didn’t work out. I just may have spread myself a little thin last week. But the good news is that I do have an update!
What did I get done? Well for starters, the trim and doors are painted. Which is no small feat. There are three six panel doors in this relatively small bedroom! And I honestly am not sure if they have ever been painted since this house was built about 17 years ago!
They now look soooo much better! I’m going to have a complete tutorial with tips and tricks for painting interior doors coming up next week so watch for that.