Tuesday, January 1, 2013

DIY Pallet Wall for the Free Toilet Room Makeover

For this DIY you can use fence slats, barn wood, or old pallets.

Some rooms because of their size or general purpose can be a challenge to add that personal touch to. From the day we purchased our house we have been brainstorming ideas to of how to remove the mass-produced almost hospital feel in the water closet of our master bathroom. Some time back, when out on a 4x4 adventure, we came across some old pallets just thrown out. We decided to pick them up for two reasons. First it is simply not right for people to leave waste just tossed about but secondly, look at the character of this wood!  Who would toss this out? 

The hardest part of this project by far was taking the pallets apart without breaking them. Be sure to use your safety equipment, and try to save a few of the old nails to reuse to help the wall look authentic. Gloves and eye protection are a must for this project! 

You will need to find out the square footage of the wall you are going to cover. To do that you take the height and width of the wall in feet rounding up to the next foot and multiply them together. Then we laid out the boards and took measurements to ensure we had enough to cover the needed square footage for this project. Laying them out also gives you a chance to get an idea of how it will fit together.  

We painted the water closet before starting the wood project. You may need to do touch ups after your wood is on the wall because you will have some scratches here and there.  Also it is important to paint the wall behind the wood because in this application there will be cracks and gaps that add to the rustic look. We could have used different colors depending on what look we wanted to pull from the wood. A blue gray or silver would have enhanced the blues and grays common in sun bleached weather exposed wood. Browns can make the wood look more used but not as old. We used black to get the look of a space or emptiness behind the wall. No matter the color you go with it is important to use a flat to limit any shine, it should look like an old wood wall not a new shiny wall covered by old wood.     

Using a good adhesive (liquid nails) and a few of the old nails we started at the top and worked our way down. We liked the look of having the boards staggered in no real order. So with a jigsaw we cut some at different lengths. Being sure to pair up matching widths. Very few walls are perfectly square so length measurements were taken for each row as we went this is important because wall measurements can very from ceiling and floor level. You will find it is very possible that each row could be a different enough length to affect the final cut. It is also important to be thinking a few steps ahead and have your next few boards planned because some of the boards may not always be the same size (width and thickness). Thickness is not very critical in this application because changes in thickness will add more texture to the wall, however width is a little more important. If the next board you place is a lot wider or thinner than the one you are pairing it to the next row will have a very uneven gap. Some gaps look good but to large of a gap and it can look poorly thought out. If you are going to go with a staggered look keep in mind that a few full length or longer boards will add to the total stability of the project.

Once we reached about half way we changed direction and worked from the bottom up. The reason this was done was because we knew it would be a possibility that we would be cutting a board down the middle to fit the last gap, and by placing this thinner board behind a fixed object like the toilet it helps to blend it in with the surrounding boards. In the picture above both boards on top of the visible black wall and below it are cut 2 inches thinner than the others but because they are separated and distracted by the toilet it is not as noticeable as one board would be cut 4 inches thinner. The last boards were secured in place completing the wall. This took about six hours including painting and the dismantling of the pallets. 

If you have any questions regarding creating your own pallet wall please feel free to send us an email at mandyjeanchic@gmail.com or leave a comment below or on our facebook page. 

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Audra @ Renewed Projects said...

Wow! I LOVE the pallet wall and the color of green you picked for the walls. Very complementary. The light fixture is adorable! Absolutely stunning!

Brittney D said...

This looks great!! Found your blog through the blog hop! New follower!

Marie said...

This came out great!

Showed this to my man and he's ready to do it to our master bathroom (our toilet is stuck in it's own little corner).

I have access to an endless supply of pallets and wood with where I work so this could be a great possiblity in the future. I'll be sure to make some posts.

Thanks so much.

Mandy Jean said...

Thanks for the great comments! We love the wall but Hubby is very proud of his light fixture. LOL! We replaced the bulb with a Edison type bulb from Lowes. :)

Marie, If you do this please leave me the link! I would LOVE to see it!!

Take Care,
Mandy Jean

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Great idea (the black paint) before the wood. Glad you wrote a tutorial on 'how' you made your new wall. Thanks for visiting my blog and I am following right back.

Ploy Varnichgorn said...

Stunning! Such a great idea. Happy New Years!

Ploy ❤ x


Kelly Burtelson said...

Awesome! I am totally going to do this in our Powder room! Love it and pinned it, thanks! ~Kelly @Eyes on the Source

Mandy Jean said...

Thanks for the great comments!

Take Care,
Mandy Jean

Sammy said...

wow wow wow !!! what a huge difference !! i looks absolutely perfect and very gorgeous. heartandthrift.co

Ashley Elizabeth said...

Whoaaa girl!! That looks amazing!! What a great before and after!! Looks very cozy in there now. :)

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Mandy Jean said...

Thanks!! We love it! We are going to start working on our master bedroom and bathroom next. We still have builder white walls and tan carpet. We did pull the carpet out from the bathroom.

Take Care,
Mandy Jean

Crystelle Boutique said...

You did so well. It is such a great transformation... gorgeous!

Thanks for sharing!

hugs x

Katrine said...

This is lovely! If it wasn't so cold outside I would totally go search the construction sites in my neighborhood for pallets!

Holly @ abakershouse.com said...

Found you through Tip Junkie- what a fabulous project. I have a similar bathroom and would love this wall accent!! Now I have another reason to buy a saw and power tools. Well done!!

Mandy Jean said...

Thanks!! Its cold here in New Mexico too! We are dreading taking our Christmas lights down this weekend. :(

Take Care,
Mandy Jean

Cyndee@RestyledJunk said...

I love this idea! Thanks for the advice on painting the wall behind the boards. I might have thought of it, but I am positive I would have had half the wall boards up first. ;)

Tammy said...

This is awesome! It looks so rustic! Love it. Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend.

Susan Gay said...

Love, love, love it!

Mandy Jean said...


Take Care,
Mandy Jean

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

That looks really cool. I stopped by from Sunny Simple.

Amanda - Cupcakes and Corndogs said...

I adore this wall! Thanks for sharing!

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Simo said...

wow, it looks so awesome. great work!! :)

~ Liz ~ said...

This is such a great post. I love all your tips as well. The change to that clinical feel of the space is amazing. I'll pin this for future reference!

Mandy Jean said...

Thanks for all the great comments! It really means a ton to us!

Take Care,
Mandy Jean

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

This is a real NIFTY THRIFTY idea..thanks for sharing it at my party:)


Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

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Kirsten Thompson said...

This is gorgeous! What a great idea!! I just pinned it - going to have to get the hubby to break out the hammer soon! Thanks for sharing your DIY!

Sherry said...

This is one of my favorite pallet projects ever. Great idea and great job on it! I will feature you tomorrow at the Home Sweet Home party! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

simona said...

This is such a great idea, I'll have to show my hubby later. Already pinned it... :)

Meredith @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home said...

Oh wow! WHAT A TRANSFORMATION. WE L.O.V.E. what you've done with the place :o)

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Chris said...

How beautifully creative!!! The instructions and pics are awesome! I'm inspired!!!! Big thanks from a Texan who luv's the rustic look😊

Lisa said...

Gorgeous! Did you stain, clean or treat the wood in any way? It looks much cleaner and richer in your finished photos than it did laid out on the ground.

Lisa said...

Gorgeous! Did you stain, clean or treat the wood in any way? It looks much cleaner and richer in your finished photos than it did laid out on the ground.

Katie said...

oh my... i'm in love with this wall!!!

Karyn M said...

Love this! We have the same exact watering closet in our master bath. I am so doing this. How many pallets did you end up using? Did you stain the wood or just clean it really well?

Designed Decor said...

Wow, what a difference! It addes so much more charter to a plain wall. Great job! I just started a new blog hop and would love for you to come over and link up your post or any social media. http://designeddecor.com/talkin-about-thursday-2/

Seaweed and Raine said...

THe difference is incredible! I really like it - so much so that I sent the link to my hubby. One question though, what happens 10 - 15 years from now if you tire of the look?

Christina Paul said...

Beautifully done! What a clever transformation! Am looking around trying to find a place to do that in my home lol!

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Mandy Jean said...

Thanks for the comments! We love reading them!

We did not stain or treat the wood. The reason is we loved the look and this room does not have moisture (shower, sink, etc). If I was doing this in a wet area I would recommend sealing the wood or treating it.

I think Brett said he used 1.5 pallets. We have a few pieces left over but I would recommend finding 2 or 3 pallets if your room is the same size so you can pick the wood. We really had to makes ours work because we only had 2 pallets. :)

The wood is attached to the wall with liquid nails and we reused a few of the rusty old nails. If we tire of this look we could paint the wood or remove it. It would require some work but that is why we used liquid nails rather than 100 nail holes :) Or we could move, LOL!! :)

LISA said...

Gorgeous! Did you stain the wood? I'd love to try it in our guest bathroom.


Traci Creel said...

Not only do I love this wall but your tutorial was fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing it.

Denise Sabia said...

I love this! Awesome!

Lindsey Domer said...

Lovely. :)

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Rachel O. said...

It looks amazing!! Seriously - so gorgeous. And I am in love with that wreath.

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Tonna @ Navy Wifey Peters said...

I love your bathroom!!! I'm pinning it!

T'onna @ Submarine Sunday

Jess @ Operation Skinny Jeans said...

That is so chic! I love it! I love pallet walls and it really creates a unique room in such a small space! Love it.

Found you on Pinterest, new follower here :)

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Mandy Jean said...

Thanks!! The wreath is from JoAnn Fabrics. I think I purchased it in the spring :) They had them 2 for $20!!!

Thanks for all the lovely comments! No, we did not stain the wood. Our 1/2 bath only has a toilet and no humidity or risk of water getting onto the walls so we chose just to let the natural wood show. Love it!!!

Take Care,
Mandy Jean

CamilleMoore said...

That is so darling, what a perfect way to treat your guest bath wall! I pinned your photo .. thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

I saw this post and I had to do a double-take! The "before" picture looks just like our master bath toilet area. The Hubs and I are doing this project this weekend! I've already painted the wall behind the toilet flat black and anxiously awaiting the rest of the process! Can't wait to see the finished product!!

k8te said...

this pallet wall is so cool! i def want this in my powder room! thanks for the DIY!

Deme @ Fresh Coat Of Paint said...

Ahh!! I had totally pinned this and didn't realize it was from you until I was browsing your projects link just now! Looks AMAZING!

Chloe Horton said...

Wow! One of the easiest and nicest ways to redesign a bathroom would be this idea. Well, just make sure that everything else in the bathroom is okay and working properly to avoid any leaks or malfunction to make it more pleasing and appealing but then, I think there's nothing wrong so let me just praise your ingenuity and resourcefulness in creating a totally fabulous design from something plain looking. Kudos to you!
Best regards,
Chloe H.

Megan said...

I would love to recreate this look in my bathroom. I showed my husband and he was concerned about moisture getting beneath the wood and molding. Have you found this to be a problem?

Thanks in advance!

JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose said...

Hi Mandy! sweet idea! I have pinned this and am doing my own version. Thanks for the inspiration! Plus I like the green on your wall ;-)

sven21 said...

Can you share the paint color for the green that you used?

Deonna Wade said...

I love this pallet wall! You're right its so hard to get those pallets apart. I saw that you are from NM...I live in TX now but am originally from there...I miss it! I am also a police wife and I would love for you to check out my police wife post at http://deonnawadechildatheart.blogspot.com/2013/08/30-tips-for-being-happy-police-wife.html

Denise Gunn said...

Your bathroom, the before, is identical to the mine. I mean, you can take a picture of my bathroom and could only tell the difference between the two from the floor tiles being lined up differently. I wish I had your tutorial when I was prepping our house to sell it. This would have just made me smile and feel better about our sad little bathroom. Great job, thanks for sharing!

Samantha Horseman said...

I LOVE this makeover! I have seen this on Pinterest a bunch and never knew it was from your blog :D AWESOME job!

XO Samantha

Ashy kristi said...

I love this!! Amazing job! We have an old house .... This would look really great! Awesome character ;) I love the color of the side walls --- can you please tell me what color y'all painted the side walls!! Thanks , kristi
From : Louisiana

sue said...

Your powder room is gorgeous. I'm not sure if i missed it or if it isnt mentioned ... what did you do to treat the wood? any sanding or finishing?

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Lesa Caputo said...

This looks pretty amazing! I know I could never make it look so professionally done!

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Kelly OMalley said...

I love this! What a great job! Recycling wood product is awesome. I have been wanting to get some pallets and do some fun crafts, and now I am totally inspired.

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pam bochucinski said...

I would love to try this! Did you purchase your pallets?

Lisa Queen said...

This looks great! Very unique and creative!

Jennifer Fancher said...

I have pinned this and stared at it at least 2 dozen times. I LOVE this pallet wall and am hoping to try this in our home. I'm featuring this post on my blog and hoping to share some bloggy love and show everyone how awesome this tutorial is!

Thanks for rockin' the inspiration!
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Joni_Mackey said...

If I want to put this in my actual bathroom, what would your suggestion be for attaching it to the wall? Would the liquid nails work the same? I plan to treat my pallets before applying them.

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