DIY Pallet Wall {Part 2}

by Chris on November 17, 2011

Okey Dokey. So we left off with a pile of wood. So now what? Paint the wall. I knew there would be a lot of imperfections in the wood, and there might be some gaps here and there. I just mixed up some paint I had on hand to be a dark enough tone so people wouldn’t notice the khaki color in the seams.

painted wall

Alrighty! It’s time for installation. We chose to start from the top because we didn’t want it to look “forced” if the last strip didn’t fit right. I would recommend that.  Just sayin’.

hanging pallets

I hope I can explain this part right. In order to stagger the seams from piece to piece, we made sure that we started each layer on the opposite end. I drew the arrows to show what direction we went in for each level. In other words, we hung the first strip on the right side of the wall, then we hung the second strip starting on the left side of the wall. It worked like a charm. 

pallet wood instructions

Oddly enough, we used a level for the first few layers, but we didn’t use it for the rest of the wall. We would check it every once in a while (as if we were gonna rip the wall off and start over), but it leveled itself quite well. My point is—don’t panic about keeping it level. It should be ok.

diy pallets

The only obstacle really? The outlet. Truth be told, I chose not to let it be an obstacle. Because this part is barely visible, I spared my husband the stress and concern and just let him cut around it. This way, we didn’t have to get an outlet extender, new outlet plate, etc. He cut pieces around it and cut a small piece at the bottom to fit. If this were on a more exposed wall, I would have done things differently.

pallet outlet

But…it’s in my son’s room, upstairs, on the opposite side of his bed. Who really cares? Perhaps you do. I would advise that you look away from this picture then. This might also be a good time to notice that we took the baseboard out for this wall. I didn’t like the idea of having this rustic wall paired up with a bright white baseboard. Weird. We just ripped it out and slid the last piece in. It took a little pushing and trimming, but it fit quite perfectly. Let it be known—that never happens for us.

pallet decor

I took a couple of close-ups so you could see the imperfections in it. Some planks stuck out from the others; some planks even had paint on them. I just let them be, ‘cause I liked it.

pallet decor

wood pallet decor

And a couple of final thoughts…

I’ve had some questions about precautions I took with this wood. I vacuumed it, brushed it, sanded it, and left it in my garage for several days. Other than that, nothing. I have not sealed it, but I’m not opposed to that. I’m still reading on it to see if it’s needed.

Basically, I’m not a pallet expert, and I can’t tell you what to do. However, Donna did write a pretty interesting post on some things to look for and precautions to take. Perhaps she’ll offer the advice you’re looking for. Good luck!

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Lilia November 17, 2011 at 7:10 am

I must say it looks great! I would love to do something like this in my own room once I’m no longer renting.

Also – your husband is an allstar! I doubt my husband would ever agree to help me on such a project.

Maury @ A Fabuless Home November 17, 2011 at 8:29 am

That is so stinkin’ cool. I can’t get over it. Your son is so lucky! I completely agree about the imperfections. The imperfections make it perfect.

Nancy November 17, 2011 at 8:30 am

Seriously? This is the most awesome project I’ve seen in a long time. I think it looks great and it’s especially neat in a boys room. But, I think this same look or a variation would work in another room as well. Good for you and your husband…you both did an awesome job!!!

Nancy

S. Christian November 17, 2011 at 9:09 am

Beautiful! Love it ;-). FYI. If you want the outlet cover to blend in with the wood color they have brown ones at the ‘Po or Lowes….but you knew that already….hahaha

Kerrye November 17, 2011 at 10:01 am

I love the “roughness” and “imperfectness” of it. Rustic, but in a high-end kind of way…

Ashley @ Lewis in Love November 17, 2011 at 10:15 am

Ahh, I just love this. I adore the imperfections, it makes it look more legitimate. You guys did such a good job.

Funky Junk Interiors November 17, 2011 at 11:26 am

Wow.. this is spectacular!

And thanks for the mention.

What I would say on the pallet issue… with any pallet project, just bear in mind to use pallet wood at your own risk. Some wood is soaked in chemicals or carries bacteria and that’s the stuff you don’t want indoors nor near small children that still chew on everything under the sun.

Donna

Chris November 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Well said, Donna! It was a great article, and you are a pioneer in pallet wood! Thought they should read it.

cathe November 17, 2011 at 12:48 pm

just stumbled onto your blog and all i can say is THAT WALL ROCKS!!! great job!

Chris November 17, 2011 at 4:18 pm

So cool, Cathe! Thanks so much!!

laxsupermom November 17, 2011 at 3:53 pm

That looks amazing! I love the texture and drama it brings to that wall. Great job! Thanks for sharing.

Ari Z November 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm

The finished product looks great! The imperfections add some character and make it “real.” It shows that you guys did this yourself and didn’t just slap something up there.

Kayla November 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm

OMG what a gorgeous wall! I mean I know it’s in your sons room and all, but i love, LOVE it!!! Very rustic, but yet can be “manly” too! Great job!

Ellie November 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Love love LOVE it!

Kim @ Sand & Sisal November 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Chris! It turned out AWESOME!!! I love it! Is your son liking it too? I’m sure he is! What kid wouldn’t with a cool room like that!?

Elizabeth November 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm

LOVE IT! I’m loving all of the pallet diy things coming about! I made a bed out of pallets a few weeks back and love it! I think your wall looks fabulous as is!

Pamela November 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I LOVE THIS! I love pallets – I use them all the time so this is right up my alley.

Absolutely gorgeous!

Pamela @ pbjstories.com

nicole November 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I just LOVE this look, do you by chance have a pic of the full wall with bed? Id love to see it! Thanks for sharing your amazing creations!

nicole November 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm

oops never mind… found it on part one! :o)

Beth@A2Z November 17, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I love it! It looks rustic and just plain gorgeous!

Michell @ Girl In Air November 17, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Love LOVE love love love love it!!! I’ve been dying to add this in my bright cheery craft room…a little bit of rustic…but the hubby is convinced it’s all TOXIC!! I’m in search to prove him wrong….gonna go check out your link:)

Your wall looks fabulous!! Thank you!

Natalie November 17, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Woah, it looks AWESOME!!

And thanks for sharing the step-by-step process with us! :)

Dana @ CraftedNiche November 17, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Beyond amazing. This is absolutely inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing!

Tracey November 17, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Love this!

Just a question – the answer to which may seem blindingly obvious, but what kind of nails did you use to attach it? I saw the electric nail gun; did you need to use a stud finder on the wall first or anything?

Thanks!

Lauren November 18, 2011 at 8:35 am

All I want to know is….did your husband think you were crazy when you told him your ideas? I would love to do this in my sons room, but I know my husband would look at me like I had 2 heads! I always have to convince him of these things!

Chris November 18, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Yes, Lauren. He thinks every idea I come up with is crazy. However, by now I think he knows that he’ll end up liking it. It’s not necessarily convincing that he needs as it is lots of time to process it! Thank you for stopping by!

Jill @ Junky Vagabond November 18, 2011 at 9:05 am

Isn’t it funny how something that starts out life as something so industrial and functional turns into something that everyone, and I mean everyone, is drooling over? You and your hubby did such a wonderful job on this! What’s your next project with pallets?

Erin @ Two Story Cottage November 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Love it! Pinterest – worthy for sure. :)

Dream Mom November 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I think it turned out great. Love the texture and the metal side table looks great with it.

Tanya H. November 19, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Thanks for the link and the how-to…really love how it turned out.

modern jane November 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm

This turned out incredible! I absolutely love it!

modern jane November 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm

This turned out incredible! I absolutely love it!

Kristi B. November 20, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Love the wall! I’ve been wanting to do something like this but my husband thinks I’m crazy. You’ve inspired me! Love the bed also, can you tell me where you found it??

Chris November 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm

We found it at a local furniture store about 8 years ago. I believe it’s Stanley? Thank you!

cindy November 21, 2011 at 8:51 am

Love it, I always wanted to do something like this…..You made it seem so easy, thank you!

teresa kline November 26, 2011 at 11:15 am

totally luv this idea…I want to do it in my kitchen….fabulous!

Megan {Honey We're Home} November 28, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Chris- this is just beyond awesome! It’s so gorgeous and rustic and I like your attitude about the project too- not taking it too seriously. The outlet is barely noticeable. The wall makes such an impact- great job you two!

Johnny December 16, 2011 at 12:22 am

Just a note of caution… you might want to treat it for mold spores and then seal it. Especially being that you’re sleeping under it. I would have to.

Some Lucky Dog December 16, 2011 at 2:36 am

We did something very similar to this in our last home to make a “cabin room”. We used 6″ wood siding with a slightly rough finish (flat, not the beveled kind) and went around all four walls. On the corners we alternated butting the end up to the wall with butting the end up to a board. The result made it look liked it was square stacked logs. Loved it!

Chris December 16, 2011 at 7:57 pm

That sounds so cool! Thanks for sharing!

Katy December 16, 2011 at 9:09 am

I love this! It’s so rustic I would love to do my whole house it in.

Chris December 16, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Thanks so much, Katy!

Kathy Moss January 16, 2012 at 10:15 am

This is just awesome!! Have a wall with imperfections itself and would like to try this.

Laurie Raymond January 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm

This wall is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!

Gonna try it. Wish us luck!

Jordan January 18, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Hiw did u attach the wood screws nails ??? Amazing that’s going in my bathroom next incredible great job

Chris January 18, 2012 at 10:27 pm

We just used a nail gun, Jordan. Good luck!

Sue March 12, 2012 at 6:39 pm

So, you just nailed right into drywall?

Chris March 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Sure did, Sue! Holds perfectly.

joshbowman March 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm

where did you get the bed frame? love it against the wall, looking for something like that in a sleigh bed style?

Chris March 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I believe it’s a Stanley bed we bought at a local furniture store about 8 years ago. Good luck!

Jonathan July 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm

You know what might make the outlet look a little bit better and not cost much (if anything…)?
Get a fancy router bit to trace around the corner. Rounded, Roman, Chamfer, etc… I guess it also depends on what color the cut away wood displays. Really bright white wood might require some paint or distressing/age.

Nate August 19, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Really big inspiration. I’ll be moving into a new house soon and plan on doing this. Do you remember what color paint you used for your son’s room?

Thanks,
Nate

Shantel September 1, 2012 at 12:47 pm

What size or type of nail did you use in the gun? Did you find the nails split the wood? We are getting ready to do this in our frontroom.
Yours is gorgeous!!
Thanks, Shantel

Chris October 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Hi Shantel, I just asked my husband (for a second vote), and I’m pretty sure we used 2″ nails. We wanted it to be enough to go through the wood and to stick in the drywall. We didn’t have a single one split the wood. :) Good luck!

Kris @ Driven by Décor September 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Absolutely love, love the pallet wall – it looks amazing! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

Chris September 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm

You bet, Kris! Thank you so much!

Megan L September 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Very cool! I moay try this in our guest room. I was also wondering where you bought/brand name the white curtains?

Chris October 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Awesome, Megan! They’re from Ikea. Sorry–don’t remember the name. Good luck!

Amanda @ Bullfrogs and Bulldogs October 20, 2012 at 10:35 am

Looks awesome! I have been dying to do a wall in our home like this. Did you just use a nail gun? Or did you use anything else for it to adhere to the wall?

Thanks!

Chris October 21, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Just a nail gun, Amanda! Easy peasy! Thank you!

Shavonda October 31, 2012 at 1:55 am

Holy Smokes this is awesome!!! I wanted to do something like this on my fireplace wall, but now Im thinking using pallets are the way to go. Thankfully for me I work at a manufacturing facility and pallets are aplenty! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

LISA OSBORN November 3, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Hello,
Thank you for taking the time out to read this. I have a couple questions. I was wondering how you got the pallets to match in color? I understand that the colors are not 100% identical, but they are really similar and most of the pallets I have found are really light in color. I was wondering if you just picked up the pallets that were weatherd or is there something I can do to the light colored pallets that will match to the more weathered ones. Thank You! You guys did a wonderful job! Very impressed.

tammey November 23, 2012 at 10:52 am

I love this idea :-)

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