Hey everyone! I’m so excited to share this post with you today. It’s a project that has been on my list for quite some time and I’m happy to say that I finally get to check it off! I have been wanting to give the hallway between my boys’ bedrooms an update for a while. It was pretty boring and I wanted it to have some interest. It’s not a large hallway, but with our open floorplan, you see it from almost every vantage point. I thought that a pallet wall would be the perfect solution to liven it up a bit. The best part? I didn’t have to break down a SINGLE pallet! Yep, you read that right. No prying, pounding or cutting was needed for me to get these gorgeous pallet boards. I recently discovered that Crates and Pallet sold already broken down pallets online from Home Depot. At around $26 for a full pallet, it’s a great deal compared to buying an assembled pallet and breaking it down yourself.
Before I get into how I installed this pallet wall, I should inform you that I was sent these pallets and compensated for this post by Crates and Pallet. That being said, this was a project I was planning to do anyway, and I was already going to purchase this pallet wood from Home Depot.
The hallway wall I wanted to install the pallet boards on was about 40 square feet. Not too big, so I received four whole broken down pallets to work with.
Before I got started, I sanded all of the boards down with 220 grit sandpaper. I wanted to get off any of the rough spots so my boys didn’t end up with splinters if they rubbed (or pushed each other) against the wall.
Before you install the pallet boards, you want to paint the wall they’re going on a dark color. Pallets are not perfect and no matter how hard you try, there will be a gap or two here and there. The dark wall color hides those gaps for you. I happened to have some black paint in my garage cabinet so I grabbed it and quickly painted the wall. I didn’t even do that good of a job, just a quick single coat.
You don’t need many materials to install the boards. I used liquid nails and my brad nailer. On the other side of this wall is my boys’ bathroom and I didn’t want to recreate the great flood of 2010 when we hit our water main while installing chair railing in my youngest’s bedroom, so I went with shorter brad nails (1 1/4″) to avoid hitting the plumbing in the wall. Really, I just wanted them to hold the boards in place until the liquid nails dried. Keep in mind that this method means that you’ll be replacing your drywall if you ever decide to take it down.
I started from the ceiling and worked my way down. I knew that I wouldn’t have a whole piece when I finished this and I preferred that it be at the bottom rather than the top of the wall.
I worked my way down the wall, trying to make sure that I changed things up with the pattern to make it as random as I could. The pallet boards aren’t all the same width, so you want to be careful not to get too carried away with installing the whole boards and cutting later. I ended up having to rip some of the boards down to make them the correct width. Some of the boards were in great shape and some were pretty rough, so I used those uneven or broken pieces when I needed to rip something down.
I tried to mix up the colors as much as possible and keep the boards level. I didn’t grab my level too often, but sometimes I’d check if things looked off. When it was finished, I ended up with a 2 1/2″ strip on the bottom of the wall that I needed to rip the boards down to fit. I chose to keep the baseboard on the wall, but it’s just personal preference.
I got pretty lucky with the thermostat on the wall. Working my way from the ceiling, it ended right at the top of the thermostat. I had to make just a couple of little cuts to fit the boards around it, but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was.
The finished wall looks better than I even imagined! I find myself staring at it every time I walk by. It adds so much dimension to this hallway and actually makes the ceiling look taller! I love the random colors and weathered look of the boards. My favorite is the weathered grey oak piece in the middle. I’m definitely happy about the fact that I didn’t have to break down any of the pallets for this project. It made the job so much easier. I spaced it out over two days (paint one day, pallets the next), but that was more because I was working on 10 projects at once. Realistically, this entire project could be finished in just one day. I’m even thinking I’ll order some more for a few other walls in my house.
I have even more plans for this hallway that I can’t wait to share with you, so stay tuned!
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