DIY Pallet Wall

As you all know I have been working hard at Sunshine Juice Co. for a few months now. One of the things I have been most excited about working on is the new shop. I have been designing and ordering for months now in preparation for the new store. I’m getting so excited that it is finally starting to come together. Jacob and I worked on the floors last weekend. They turned out amazing and I will be writing a blog post on how to do that soon.

For the shop we had them build out a half wall for our counter. We are putting cabinets in behind the wall and a counter over the top. This will be our check out counter and we are also going to have some chairs for people to sit at like a bar. I had them paint it white to start off with because I wasn’t 100% sure what kind of counter tops we were going to do. After deciding to go with gray counter tops I thought we would need a little texture and warmth to the space. Perfect way to do that…. add a pallet wall for our front counter.

I like to hoard anything I may think might come in handy for a future projects so I had some barn wood and some old pallets lying around which came in handy for this project. Jacob and I took them apart which is somewhat of a challenge if you have never taken pallets apart. I’m going to give you a little run down on how we did it.

 

Use a Sawzall to cut the nails holding the boards. This is the easiest and fastest way to take apart pallets.
Use a Sawzall to cut the nails holding the boards. This is the easiest and fastest way to take apart pallets.
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Cut one board off at a time.
When you get about halfway down flip the pallet over and keep going.
When you get about halfway down flip the pallet over and keep going.
When you get done you have a nice stack of wood to use for whatever projects you may have.
When you get done you have a nice stack of wood to use for whatever projects you may have.

After I have all the wood I need for the wall I’m ready to get started. Since I had them paint the wall white and then I decide to do the pallet wall I went ahead and put a quick coat of a dark brownish gray color I had at the house. Seriously just one quick coat is all you need. I only did this because with the uneven pallet boards you will see some of the wall and I didn’t want it to stand out.

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Hahaha Erin peeping out from behind the wall!

After I painted the wall I laid out all my boards in the pattern I wanted on the wall. Keep in mind you have different size pallet boards so you will want to separate them by size first and then position them how you would like. I brick laid them and then tried to do a variety of sizes and colors to each row.

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I really like the differences in sizes and colors.
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As you can see mine is brick laid.
All the different kinds of pallet wood.
All the different kinds of pallet wood.

Once I had them all laid out the way I liked it I started putting them on the wall. My paint was mostly dry at this point. Like I said before just one light easy coat works fine you won’t see much of it always. I brick laid and made sure to alternate thickness and colors with each row. I used screws and my  Hitachi drill to put the boards on the wall. I put my screws in every 16 inches  so that I would hit studs to make sure my boards would stay on without any problems.

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As you can see that is me drilling in the screws! For all those people out there that think Jacob does all the handy work.

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Some help from my assistant Erin
To create the brick-lay look you have to cut the boards to different lengths and stagger them.
To create the brick-lay look you have to cut the boards to different lengths and stagger them. I used my Ryobi cordless saw.

Keep on screwing your boards to the wall and before you know it you will be done. This is a pretty simple project that can add a ton of character to an accent wall.

It doesn't take long for the wall to begin to take shape.
It doesn’t take long for the wall to begin to take shape.

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We are getting closer but still have a lot to do. Can't wait to get this shop open so you all can come visit. Thanks for stopping by!

All finished! I am really pleased with how it turned out. We are getting closer but still have a lot to do. Can’t wait to get this shop open so you all can come visit. Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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