Welcome!! We are sharing a quick, cheap and easy pallet wall project with you guys! This was a last minute "hey- whatrwegonnado this weekend" kind of project. We ran over to Mike's work warehouse and picked up 6 or 7 pallets on a Saturday morning and brought them back to the house to start ripping down and jumping right in.
I took to Pinterest for some inspiration for this pallet wall. Our house is more of a boho farmhouse feel, so I didn't want the pallet wall to be too "masculine" or too "country". ANYWAYS- without any further ado, let's hop into the project.
WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO NEED:
- RIP DOWN YOUR PALLETS INTO INDIVIDUAL BOARDS & PREP
First thing's first you need to take your pallets and saw off the individual boards. The number of pallets you're going to need will vary on your square footage. We had a 12 foot x 8 foot wall to cover and used a total of 6 or 7 pallets. You will want to saw the boards off of the center pallet support using a sawzall or reciprocating saw. We ended up sanding them down a little and washing them with a bleach wash to get rid of any allergens or mold.
- STAIN YOUR BOARDS
This is going to be the most tedious process in the project. We used our go-to stains and individually stained every single board before putting them on the wall. Why stain them before you white wash them? Because the variations in the wood color will still slightly show through your white washing and gives your wall more dimension when all is said and done.
These are the stains that we used for the boards:
Sometimes we will mix the stains to get the look we are going for as well!
You will want to let the boards dry out in the garage for about a day before you bring them into the house and put them on the wall. Pallet boards tend to take a bit longer to dry than regular lumber, so keep that in mind when you are letting them dry.
- NAIL YOUR BOARDS TO THE WALL
The fun and exciting part!! We had varying sizes of boards for the wall. Some of the boards from the pallets were about 3" and some were about 5". We started in the upper left hand corner with a few rows. You want the rows to be staggered, so you may need to cut a few boards down. We just secured the boards to the wall on the ends and then in the middle (total of 6-8 nails per board). Take a peek at the DIY video here to watch our technique.
The staggering of the boards will ensure that your seams don't line up with each other.
After we got started in the corner we kept going with that line of boards until we got to where we needed to make cuts. Mike would measure the ends where they needed to be shortened up and came back to secure them to the wall. Repeat the process until the wall is covered. Our tip to you is that this is very similar to tiling in regards to the line staggering. You want the seams to line up approximately in the middle-ish of the board above and below it. See the above picture for a visual of the staggering.
When you are done getting the boards up on the wall, it will look like this! (Kind of) I took this picture to get a feel for this pallet wall and what I wanted to do next. You will see in the bottom left corner that we had to finish out the rest of the wall still, but I was getting IMPATIENT haha. Like I mentioned before, I didn't want this room to feel too "masculine". The wall was beautiful the way it was, but it wasn't ideal for a kids room. I wanted it to be light and airy, but with texture. I went back and forth for about a day until I ultimately decided to white wash the wall. I noticed at night especially that it was just too dark in the room. The dark wall was cozy, but TOO DARK.
- WHITE WASH THE BOARDS
To white wash the wall, we used a solo cup with white acrylic enamel paint mixed with water. You will need to play around with the consistency until you reach your desired white wash look. We went a little thicker. We wanted the grain and color of the boards to still show through the paint, so we went back and forth a few times with the consistency. We used a combination of a paint brush and foam brush to get the look we were going for. Some of the boards soaked up the white wash more than others, so we did go back and forth and give a few of the boards more than one coat.
After we got a rhythm going it went pretty quick! Below is a close up of the white washing on the boards.
The texture and wood grain came through beautifully!
And after we got the furniture back in place it came together beautifully! We pulled our cow picture from our bedroom because it just went so well in the kids' new room. We found this guy at Target, but you can find a similar one here.
The crib and twin bed frame we snagged from Wayfair during a sale and they are some of our favorite pieces in the house! The dresser was an antique I found on the Facebook Marketplace and used milk paint to give it a chippy finish- the dresser was originally black underneath so it chipped beautifully to match!
And that concludes this quick and easy pallet wall project! I hope this inspired you to jump into a project yourself this Summer! Get your pallets, turn up the jams, grab some snacks and have a project weekend! If you guys try your hand at your own pallet wall project, be sure to tag us in your creations! Until next time- stay safe, stay sane and stay healthy!
All the love,