Pallet Wall

Okay, y’all. It’s SUMMER! I feel like every summer we go through some big remodel at our house. This summer is no different.

Let me start off by telling you this crazy story. So, back in February, do you remember a little thing called SNOW-VID? During this snowstorm, a pipe burst in my kitchen which required the plumber to pull out the cabinetry around the sink to stop the leak. Here is a picture of the culprit.

The good thing was that Greg and I were wanting to remodel our kitchen at some point. Little did we know that God would have us remodel in 2021. Fortunately, thanks to the teachings of Dave Ramsey, we have the money needed for a complete CASH remodel. We also got a small amount from insurance to pay towards this huge project.

I have one wall in my kitchen that is barren. There is going to be nothing on this wall. So, I asked for opinions on Facebook as to what I should put there. Of course my friends and family all had amazing ideas, but my favorite look were wooden planks. So, I began researching pallet walls to see if this was an option for this bare wall.

This is a 7×8 wall.

I found a pallet wall that I really liked. When I placed the wall in my cart and began checking out, the shipping was going to be astronomical. This wall would have cost over $500 just for the materials. That was not an option!

After talking with my dad, we figured we could do this ourselves. As I began searching for pallets, I read several blogs that talked about the intense labor of pulling nails out of pallets. I did not want that hassle. I also did not want decayed boards. With everything being new in our kitchen, I decided to go purchase new boards.

We headed out to the hardware store and purchased (28) 1x4x8 boards. I knew that I wanted 4 different colors. So I also purchased a dark stain, gray stain, and a turquoise. My new dishes and hot pads will be turquoise. I wanted to bring in the colors of my tile, dishes, walls, etc. through the creation of this one pallet wall. I also bought several foam brushes and cheap paint brushes. I wanted to be careful not to mix colors. I found white paint sitting in my garage.

I have never really stained wood before. Let me tell you…it is SO EASY! At first my dad and I were trying to cut the boards to fit the wall, and I began staining each one individually. The next day, we got smart and decided to stain an 8 foot board as opposed to (3) boards that equaled that same length. I painted the stain on with one hand and wiped off the stain with my left hand. There are many options on stain and I was told at the hardware store that they could even give me a colored stain if I did not like the way the paint and stain worked together.

So, the stains pictured above are exactly what I used. I was able to stain 8 boards gray and 8 boards brown in the span of about an hour. It was very simple! Then I had another idea.

I had tried multiple times to create an antique white using a video I watched. It looked simple to brush on the stain, wipe it off, and then apply the white paint. But every time I tried this technique, the board came out gray. My goal was not to have any boards look painted. I wanted to see the original grain in the board and not have it covered up by paint.

So I took the brown boards, in the picture above, and laid them out in the garage for a couple of hours. I decided to dry brush the white onto these stained boards. If you have never dry brushed, I promise it is so easy. You literally wipe paint on your brush and wipe it off before brushing it onto the board. You want as little paint on the brush as possible. You can choose to use as little or as much paint as you like. And if you mess up, it’s okay. Just stain the board again and then dry brush. I was so happy that I could see some of the stain, a little of the board, and white. Everything finally came together!

I decided to try the same with the turquoise paint. This time I took the gray boards and I dry brushed the turquoise paint. I used very little because this paint color was very bright. Again, I laid the gray boards out and let them fully dry before dry brushing on the paint color. It gave me the antique look that I wanted while adding some awesome color.

If you look closely, the third board is not as dark as the other two. It is going to be okay, though. Remember that I stained or dry brushed 28 boards. These boards will then be cut into thirds or fourths. It is alright if you do not stain every board the same color. I promise that it will all come together and allow you more flexibility if everything does not look identical when you go to put up your pallet wall.

Oh, and how much have I spent so far? I paid around $200 for everything (remember that wood is at an all-time high) and spent around 6 hours getting everything prepped.

I can’t wait to show you the final product! Email me with questions at whitney@whitneysparks.net

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