Let’s just start this post out by saying this project cost us Zero Dollars. Nothing. Free. Absolutely free. I was asked to help decorate our church sanctuary a while back (like more than a year ago), and used pallets as a background on the stage. They’ve since been taken down and replaced with empty window frames and have been sitting [unused] in a back room ever since.
So with that, we’ve got this living room thing we’ve been living with for about six months. We had originally planned to demo out the paneling in the living room, insulate the wall, and then re-drywall. And then paint. And then add a built-in unit along the entirety of the wall. And then we realized this will not happen for a long, long time. So in the meantime, we needed something to cover the ugly ugly wall that had 3-4 different paint swatches and a patched up section of wall we removed to repair some termite damage. The budget for this project was… as close to zero as possible. (Yes, that wall was peach the entire time. Ughhhhh.)
Enter: pallets. I saw this amazing idea and figured… why the heck not. Even if we hated it, it’d be less ugly than the paneling. And instead of staining, we could whitewash. And, best of all, we had all the materials we needed on hand.I woke up Saturday morning and got to work. J had some house showings that morning, and had to put a couple lockboxes on properties he’s listing, so I was left to my own devices. Two hours in to disassembling pallets, I had little to show for my effort. My hero finally returned home and busted out a sawzall. MUCH EASIER. Just cut the dang things apart. Took him about an hour to manhandle the remaining 4.5 pallets. By noon, we had disassembled our pile and slapped some watered-down leftover sample pots of paint on the pallets. Seriously, this whitewashing is soooo easy. We had probably a 60/40 mixture of paint and water and quickly brushed the pallets with our concoction.We let that first round dry while we went to a friend’s pool party and got some sunshine on our faces. We returned back home and got crazy. I was in charge of supplying J with pallets of about the same width, and cutting the end pieces down to size. He was in charge of the nail gun. Seriously, ladies. If you want to do a project and have your husband lend a hand, get him a nail gun and he’ll go to town.And, dangit, we ran out of pallet wood about 3/4 of the way through. We ran by Home Depot to pick up a few more (check with the store first– some charge for pallets, and some give those things away with gladness in their hearts), ran through the whole disassembly and painting process again, and then finished our wall by about 7:30 that night.
But holy sheez. It’s amazing. It cozies up the room. It’s beachy and fun. It’s textured. It’s just perfect. So basically, we threw out that whole “built-in” idea, and are completely pleased with the pallet wall. Long live free projects!!
And a couple extra photos from Christmas!