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