pallet wall

When it comes to home decor, I have little to no patience to see the final product. Well, having a full time job makes one very impatient person have no choice but to become very patient when it comes to DIY projects.  I’ve had this project on my husband’s my to-do list for quite some time, but alas! C’est fini!

I’m going to dive right in as there are many pictures.

Here’s the before pic. (I apologize for the grainy/bright pics ala my iPhone. And the dresser is still under construction. I’m going to paint it a London Jack flag with grey paint before 2015 soon.)

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Decorating my boy’s room has been THE hardest project to date. I’ve never really settled on a design because most boy stuff is either red or blue. Not gonna happen. If you’ve been in my house, you’d see that there is little to no color. I can’t commit. I’ve tried the teals and the greens but they don’t last longer than a couple months. I. just. can’t. do. it. Too much commitment. And my boy’s room has been no exception.

So, when we moved in to our house 2 years ago, we painted the boy’s walls a dark grey. I decided that I wanted to go a little more rustic in here as they are boys after all. Duh. I bought white duvets, a couple pillows and that’s as far as I got. I really like the London theme that’s pretty popular but because I’m a non-committer to color, I’ll have to do it Audra-Style- aka only using white, black, grey, metals, etc…… Here is a picture of what their dresser will soon look like:

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We’ve been collecting pallets for over a year now. I’m a sucker for anything free- especially items that can be turned into something functional and beauty-full.  There are many projects that will come from these fine wooden pieces but the first to cross off the list was the boy’s pallet wall.  And here she is:

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The boys LOVE it and it adds so much to the room. The grey walls accent it perfectly and it didn’t matter if the wood slats weren’t perfect because the grey peeking through matches the coloring like it was meant to be.

We still have a couple holes to fill, and will need to seal it with poly next. Here’s a little run-down of how we did this project.

First, my amazing hubs pulled off the slats from the pallets. Then he measured the wall, created a chalkline in the garage and laid out all the slats to make sure we liked the color variation.

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Next, we just took piece by piece and started nailing away. We used 2 inch finish nails,  a nail gun, an awesome husband and a cute 8 year old.

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Here we are about 1/2 way done.

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The wall took about 1 day to complete. Sealing will probably take about an hour or so on top of that. The best part about this whole project is that it was FREE. There’s something to write home about!

And here she is again:

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The last and final thing I want to add is a cardboard stag above each of their beds. I think I’ll paint it white (shocker) and should look really good against the wood slats. Here’s a pic of what that might look like:

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Up next on the to-do list is our master bathroom cabinets. Any guesses on what color I’m painting them? (wink, wink)

Love, Audra

 

 

 

 

 

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