If your house does not have a wall inset, you can still do this project! Options to make this project work for you would include doing a whole wall of pallet wood and placing shelving opportunities throughout or doing a portion of the wall with the pallet wood and expose the raw edges. This second options will let you have an art piece and shelf all in one!
Start creating your shelf inserts by measuring how thick of a shelf you would like. I used a 1″ shelf because I had a 1″ thick piece of wood. . With a table saw, cut out the thickness of the self in the piece of wood where you would like your shelf to be at. Your piece of wood should be in three pieces after this step like the picture shows. Make you keep the center piece and screw on the outer two pieces that you cut to your pallet wall.
For someone who enjoys making quite a few DIY projects, I love to also show off my creations to my friends and family! Doing a pallet accent wall with changeable shelves provides me a cheap and classy style all in one that you can have too! Here’s how…..
This was actually the most difficult part of this project since I needed quite a few pallets to complete it. I found out that a local place that I buy a lot of tools from had a pile of them in their yard so I grabbed my trailer and brought them home. Obviously the amount you need will depend upon how big your wall is. Mine is about 8’x12′ and I needed about 40 pallets.
Once you find your free pallets, carefully deconstruct them. Watch out for nails or splinters
To accomplish this I just used my table saw and rip fence. It takes 2 passes for each board. The boards are rarely straight, so I just placed the inside of the bow in the board against the fence and set the fence so it would cut off just enough of the board to make it straight, this is typically about the width of your saw blade, but really depends upon how badly the board you’re working with is warped. You could use a jointer and planer for this, but this way will give you a good enough result with a lot less effort. For a project like this, good enough is probably better than you really need.
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Start at the top and work your way to the bottom. If your walls aren’t the same height on both ends (mine had a difference of 1.5″ from the left side to the right side), you’ll be able to hide it better if you leave the the tapered cut on the bottom, especially if put some stuff in front of the wall… carpeting helps as well.
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When you are ready to show off different projects in a different way, simply take off your shelf and place in the thin piece of wood that you saved where the shelf just was. You will have created an endless opportunity of mix and matching shelves!
Hi, you painted different shades of wood or simply went by the old state of wood?
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Once you have the channel in your piece of wood, you should be able to friction fit the piece of plexi into the piece of wood.
Start to layout the pattern in your wood and test if it will fit in your given area. You can either do this by laying out the pattern on the ground or by laying it out on the wall. The ground is much easier but to make sure that it will fit you will need to have very accurate measurements of your space.
Once you know where you would like your shelf to go, you will need to make a shelf insert. This will allow you to have an ever changing shelf pattern for later on and will let you have shelves that are friction fit. In this project you will never have to make your shelf. You can use a piece of pallet wood that you trimmed down as your shelf that will be friction fit into your pallet wall.
I used some construction adhesive on the backs of the boards and then a nail or two on each end to hold it in place so it wouldn’t move as the glue dried.
After all of the wood from your pallet is deconstructed, it is recommended that you sand the wood down and rearrange it by the width (smallest side) of the wood. This extra little bit will help out in later steps because you will have to arrange the wood on the wall and if you have varying widths, gaps will form.
I decided to put up some 1/8″ MDF in front of my drywall in case I ever wanted to remove this in the future. It’s fairly straight forward, find your studs and put some screws in. I don’t have any photos of this, but you can see it in the next step.
You may have to hit it lightly with a hammer. Be careful when doing his because too hard of a hit will crack the plexi.
The easiest way to get boards like this is to find a lumber mill that is making the boards for pallets. They use the cheapest trees available locally, often too small or the wrong species for commercial lumber. It is not kiln dried or planed, so the cost is comparatively low. I found a place that was cutting cherry and sycamore which made a nice alternating wainscotting.
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All pallets have a stamp, check to see if it’s been treated with pesticides before using in a living space.
I built this wall to add some warmth and character to a wall in my bedroom. It was fashioned out of pallets that I picked up at a local business that I buy my tools from. It was fairly simple to do, but be prepared as it is rather time consuming to take pallets apart without destroying the boards in the process.
Once you have your pallets dismantled, it’s time to begin straightening them. You’re going to want the boards in each row to be the same height. Keep in mind you don’t need the each row on the wall to be the same height, row 1 could be 3 inches and row 2 could be 4 inches, but you don’t want 3 and 4 inch boards in the same row or you’ll wind up with some gaps.
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For the shelves, you can either place in the wooden shelves that you have, or you can go for an upgrade! I choose to add the upgrade by adding in colored plexi for a unique splash of color. To do this. I used a piece of plexi that was the same thickness as the blade on the table saw (about 1/8″) and ran a channel down the piece of wood. Then I cut off the top to create an L shape to showcase the plexi better.
I’ll have to look into this, I’ve built quite a few things from pallets and taking them apart is such a PITA.
sometimes, the pallet wood can be pretty rough and snag your sheets.
Nice job. I also find and dismantle pallets from behind our industrial park warehouse. If you look on craigslist, someone is always giving them away. Try to get the ones marked HT for heat treated instead of some other chemical treated. Also, to dismantle, HomeDepot sells an ‘indexing head wrecking bar’ that works great on pallets. If you do a lot, the $78 for it is not bad. Saves your back.
alternatively, you can often get the pallets for free from construction supply yards: especially brick yards. Just give some local places a call and ask if they have some available – sometimes they re-use them, but may be willing to give away ones that are getting too worn out to safely re-use again
After you have your shelves made, you place the shelves that you have made into your wooden pallet wall. Everything is friction fit and is very sturdy. Make sure that you keep the pieces of wood that you cut out so that your shelves can fit in so when you are ready to change where your shelves go, you wont have any strange gaps or small lines of wood.
It is true! What was the fashion of the times (in this case 1970’s to 1982) come back to fashion again! We did this to one wall in our bathroom ,bedroom and back entry in 1980, using reclaimed wood. Your wall looks good though , I Like the horizontal rather than the vertical .
Now that is good info. I have been using pallets for the past 5 years around my property and it is almost impossible to dismantle them without breaking a few pieces. I just count the breakage in and really, in the end have resorted to using pallets in their entirety for this very reason. They make great flooring for the chicken coops and other structures that require a hardy base. I must say, pallets are quite well made for the most part and are the handiest shortcut for construction around the garden and backyard.
Once you have your boards straight it’s just a matter of squaring the ends with your miter gauge. I cut different lengths off at this point so that the ends wouldn’t line up when I put them up on the wall. It’s pretty arbitrary, but you could make it into a science if you wanted to make a pattern or a shape of something.
There was no painting or finishing of any kind in this project. I just put the wood up as I found it. I just alternated the weathering and wood types.
I did something similar years ago using redwood “bender board”, which is common here in California and intended for edging around gardens. It is about 1/8-1/4″ thick by 4″ by about 8 feet long and fairly inexpensive. It gives a nice warm look to a wall and looks quite good when finished.
Dismantling them is quite a labor intensive project. You can look all over the internet and find suggestions on how to do this. I found that a prybar and and hammer… with an occasional need for my reciprocating saw worked the best. It may not have been the fastest, but it was the most effective at removing the timber without breaking it.
The wall in my house has an inset where I have chosen to exhibit my DIY projects.
This step will depend on the area that you live in. My recommendation for where you can find free pallets would be grocery stores, hardware stores, or furniture stores. We have a local grocery store that recycles their pallets by letting people from the community take their pallets for free!
Figure out where you want your shelves and screw in the pieces of pallet wood to the wall besides the pieces of wood where the shelves will go. I screwed in the pallet wood to the wall through the preexisting holes in the pallet from where the nails once where holding the pallet together.
I was able to get colored plexi at my local art supply store. I have found that no big name brand art supply stores carry colored plexi. If you do not have colored plexi in your area, another route that you may use is to find dyed wood or metal as your unique splash of color.
I had some outlets located at the bottom of the wall that wanted to keep. I purchased some outlet extenders which essentially brings the outlet out to the new wall thickness. They can be purchased and any hardware store/orange or blue big box store.