Today I’m delighted to share with you my latest pallet project. I wanted a way to add some character to my living room without spending too much money on this project. So I decided to do it with pallet wood. Usually used for accent walls, this wood pallet wall added some warmth to my living room with nice “woody” details and a kind of rustic look.
So, after searching the internet for tips on where to get free wood pallets, I could find pallet wood from builders at a construction site near my home. Then, the process was fairly straightforward. I’ve disassembled pallets and then done a little bit of sanding and staining with a specific finishing wood oil. Added few black screws, and my pallet wall is ready! :)
Step-by-Step instructions to build your wooden pallet wall:
- Collect enough wood pallets to cover your wooden pallet wall entirely. The number of pallets needed will depend on the size of the wall you want to cover, this may seem like a hard task, but they can be easy to get.
- Using a Sawzall, saw through the nail between the planks and the frame. Take care to avoid splitting the planks. We wrote an article on the eight best ways to dismantle a pallet without spitting or breaking the boards.
- Once you took apart the pallet planks, spray them with a 1 to 1 mixture of bleach and water with a sprayer. Then allow them to dry in the sun to kill any germs, bacteria, or critters. If you want to have different color planks (if your pallets are looking the same) for a more rustic aspect, leave some pallets outside in the sun. Wet them down again with water and allow them to dry. Then pull some in a while, continuing to age others. It will give you an excellent variety of colors!
- Cut the pallet boards into various lengths with a Miter Saw or any wood saw. Try to have 3 to 5 different lengths but not too much and not too short for a beautiful look.
- Sand the pallet planks with a wood sander (check out our best tips for sanding pallet wood). Depending on how are your pallet planks and the style you want to achieve, you’ll have to sand them more or less; how much sanding is really personal but tries to remove any splinters that could hurt you, your family, or your kids.
- Stain, paint, or varnish your pallet planks or leave them raw; it depends on what you want to achieve (check how to paint pallets).
- Assemble your pallet boards on the wall, starting at the bottom of the wall, and work your way up. I wanted to be sure that my first board was straight, so I butted the board right up against my baseboard and then adjusted it to straight with the help of a level. It is important because if you start crooked, it will just be more and more twisted as you go up.
- Nail boards to the wall, making sure to stagger the joints. This will gives the wall a more realistic reclaimed and rustic look. Depending on the kind of wall, you may not be able to nails directly the pallet boards on it. In that case, try to add a wood base on the wall (like in the picture below) and then nails the pallet boards on this structure.
- Check the planks’ alignment with a level every 3-4 rows to make sure it’s still well straight. If not, adjust accordingly.
- Voila! Step back and applaud your beautiful new wooden pallet wall! :)