Hi and welcome to The Old Summers Home! Today I’m showing you how to I made my feature wall for our laundry area. If you want to add some texture and create a wall focal point then a DIY rustic pallet wall is a great way to establish this. The natural wood adds rustic charm and instant warmth to any room.
This is a pretty quick and frugal project. The longest part of this project is taking apart the pallets. I have found a way that I’m really good at this… I get my husband Josh to do it! Yep thats right. I’ve tried every suggestion and watched every video I can find on how to deconstruct pallets. I suck at taking them apart. They clearly have not made a video perfect for me yet haha. On the other hand, Josh is very quick. He usually uses the reciprocating saw and does a bunch up for me at once. Keeps me out of his hair a bit a longer haha.
The cost for this wall was $0. Most times you can pick up pallets for free and the strapping we made out of our scrap lumber pile.
A look back on what this corner looked like…
A few years ago I found an old mail sorting centre that was being tossed out and snatched it up. The centre used to be double sided, and oh so very heavy. Splitting it in half I utilized this in the mudroom chaos. It has had its fair share of different lives in this room. The other half of this went into the making of my office desks which I will have to share with you all one day. I truly love to take old items and bring them new life. There is nothing more satisfying than up-cycling something and looking back on how drab it used to be compared to now. This definitely keeps me motivated to keep plugging along at The Old Summers Home. Therefore I’m showing you the worst before I show you the new best!
The Fabric Wall
At one point in time this was my fabric storage wall from my seamstress stint a few years ago. I may be a hoarder when it comes to creativity haha.
Cue angelic music. This worked really well for most of my fabric and I even had it colour coded so I could find all my options quickly and easily. I swear there was Angel music playing every time I looked at this wall ‘awwww’ faintly in the distance. These days I do not sew very often so there is no need for me to keep all of this space and fabric.
Prepping my new area
I tore the wall cubby unit apart right in the house because I was too impatient to wait for help to get it into the garage first. I’m kinda a bit crazy when I get an idea in my head, I want it done now! Haha. I stored the lumber in the garage for future projects. One or two pieces of this shelving became the strapping for the drywall you will see a little further down. I had so many new ideas popping into my head of future uses for this repurposed wood. So far I’ve already made several projects utilizing some of these pieces.
This is our entry way into the mudroom/laundry room. It’s quite a large space that we didn’t know what to do with for years. Then one day I decided a DIY rustic pallet wall was exactly what this space needed to house my new laundry area. A DIY pallet wall was exactly the farmhouse feel I wanted for this renovation. Before this our washer and dryer were straight ahead when you walked in the room. Not exactly as great of a focal point as a DIY pallet wall now is it?
Years ago there was a sort of cupboard thing here where the doors never closed (hit my head on the doors more than I would like to admit). The cupboards were not deep enough to store shoes in a practical manner either. I tore that out long ago but never painted this section and just covered it with the large cubby shelf and some extra shelving above it. This is where I decided to put the washer and dryer rather than our entry way. Check out the post Mudroom/Laundry Room Before & After to see more of this renovation.
DIY Pallet Wall Steps
Mark your studs
First off you need to figure out how wide you want your area to be. For my DIY pallet wall it would be 70 inches wide. My nailer that I used for this project does not shoot 2 inch nails therefore I needed to strap the wall along the studs. Even with 2 inch nails I recommend strapping your wall if you plan to hang shelves, cabinets or hooks in the future. So you need to find your first stud and measure 18 inches to find the next stud. Most houses are built with 18 inch stud placement. The Old Summers Home…. not so much. After I had some frustrating moments Josh found the studs and marked them for me. Then I screwed strapping to the marked stud lines.
This strapping is made out of the cubby I just tore apart in the pictures above. We ripped it down into strips on the table saw and then I just cut to lengths on the mitre saw. Its a great way to save a few bucks and reuse what I already had on hand. If you don’t have any wood on hand you can purchase lathing and use this to strap your walls. Make sure you use a level to ensure your strapping is straight as you put it up. Use long enough screws to go through your strapping, drywall and into your stud for a good secure hold.
Start adding your pallet boards
With strapping in place grab your pallet boards, brad nailer, air compressor, and gloves (I had a million slivers after this project don’t be like Jenn, wear gloves) its go time! I knew I wanted staggered seams and different widths and thickness of boards.This helped me add even more texture to my wall and creating some depth as well. I made sure I measured all my boards so that they landed on a strapping piece and there was room to nail my next board to it as well.
Here you can see where my last board leaves room for the next board to be nailed on the same piece of strapping. This secures both ends of each board. I also added another piece of strapping to the outside edge of my accent wall where it would end so it wasn’t just a floating piece of pallet wall there. Of course there was no stud there but as I said it stopped the edge from just hanging free. Then you just repeat and repeat and repeat as you go down your wall.
Finish your DIY pallet wall
It’s surprising how quickly it goes. I consider myself an amateur still with the power tools but I’m trying to learn. By putting my mitre saw on the door step I saved time preventing running to the garage for every board that needed to be cut. Because The Old Summers Home isn’t perfectly square my pieces did change in length so make sure you measure yours for each cut or every few rows.
And just like that my DIY pallet wall was complete. My total amount spent for this feature wall- $0!!! Pallets are usually free and I repurposing the old cubby shelf into strapping costs nothing but time. This was easily done with a few hours including tearing the cubby apart.I love to be frugal and why not when it can be this beautiful.
Thanks for reading The Old Summers Home DIY Pallet Wall tutorial. Be sure to follow along to see the many other DIY projects that went into the making of the Mudroom/Laundry Room. You can also follow along on Pinterest where we are creating our own boards and including inspirational decor ideas for future projects.
Until next time;
The Old Summers Home