Statement walls

This is my first wall done in my own home.  To get this look, I pried apart several pallets and gently sanded the wood with an orbital sander.  I stained all of the wood using Minwax’s dark walnut stain first.  After the wood dried, I did a white wash on some of the wood and a green wash (color of my vanity).   Then I lightly sanded the pieces again.  All of the wood for my bathroom was also coated with a wipe on polyurethane once dried.  (also from Minwax)

Pallet wood wall with green and white wash, natural and dark walnut stain. By de-uglied designs
my bathroom wall


This is my next wall, also done in my own home.  To get this look, I pried apart several pallets and gently sanded all of the wood.  This time I used multiple stains and also left some of the weathered boards as they were.  I used Minwax’s dark walnut, weathered oak, and driftwood.  I also used Ace Hardware’s brand of dark walnut, which gives a warmer finish then Minwax’s dark walnut.  Some of the wood I chose to white wash, (it gives it a weathered grey finish when combined with the dark walnut stain) and I gently sanded those pieces after they dried.  I did not apply polyurethane to these boards because the wood will not be exposed to moisture as it will be in my bathroom.

My living room wall
DIY pallet herringbone wall. Stain colors dark walnut, weathered oak and driftwood. By de-uglied designs
My living room wall

The third wall was a big one!  I enlisted the help of my wonderful husband who pried apart a ridiculous amount of pallets for me, and helped with the install.  The wood was prepared exactly the same as the wood on my living room wall.

Before photo
Before photo
Pallet wall. Stain colors dark walnut, driftwood, and weathered oak. By de-uglied designs
After! That is one BIG wall!

The next wall we did (my husband and I) was prepared the same as the last two.

Wall before
Wall before
DIY herringbone pallet wall. Stain colors, dark walnut, weathered oak, and driftwood. By de-uglied designs
After! Love it!

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  6 comments for “Statement walls

  1. January 31, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    how did you attach these to the wall?

    • Jessie
      February 1, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      Kati, I used a nail gun. I didn’t add too many nails because I wanted to preserve the wall behind it, so each piece has only 4-5 brad nails. If I end up removing the wood someday, it won’t be too hard.

      • Donna
        October 8, 2017 at 8:22 am

        It’s beautiful.
        Did you use spacers? How did you ensure that they all stayed square.

        • Jessie
          October 10, 2017 at 6:14 pm

          Hi Donna,
          no, I didn’t use spacers. For the most part, I butted them up tightly together, but I used my level often, and with rough wood that varies slightly in size, there are some adjustments, and you allow spaces, as long as it’s level, it’s ok. That’s why it’s super important to paint the wall a dark color first, the process is really forgiving.

  2. Brianne
    July 7, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    How did you figure out where and how to start?

    • Jessie
      October 10, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      With a horizontal wall or vertical wall, I just start in the corner, and keep using my level to make rows straight. For the herringbone wall, either start at the top or the bottom with your first mitered cut and work from there.

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