DIY Pallet Wall

What you will need for this project:
1x4x12 boards (I found mine at Home Depot for $5.94/board)
2 inch contractor nails
hammer (you could use a nail gun)
stain (I used three different colors shown below)
Chop Saw

You guys! I have been dying to share with you the finished wall in our living room. As most of you know we just bought a new house this past fall and we have been slowly but surely renovating it to our liking. I have been DREAMING of a pallet wall for quite some time. I knew it would be the perfect addition to our new house.

So it was off to Home Depot we went! Now I know a lot of people are probably thinking to themselves that we could have made this easier on ourselves and bought the boxes of pallet wood that is already stained and popped it up on the wall. Although that is a great option I knew I wanted different stain colors to incorporate a sliding barn door that was already up from the previous owner……and lets face it…I like to save some money 🙂 My wall was 8ft by 10ft so I needed about 24 boards. I did have some extra left over but to me that was better than running out. I had the sweet gentleman at Home Depot cut the boards in half so they would fit in my car…this was of course AFTER getting out to my car with the full boards and realizing there was no way they were going to fit in my car. OYE! The kiddos and I had a good chuckle with that one.

While I was at Home Depot I also picked up some gel stain. The barn door in my house already is a weathered gray so I wanted to make sure to incorporate that. I did already have the Minwax gel stain at home. This is my staple stain I use for everything and always get it off Amazon. Here is my affiliated link. You will love it!

Next up was staining the boards. This was quite the process and I’m not going to lie took me some time. I divided the boards into three and stained them accordingly. This gel stain dries within a couple hours so it was ready to go the next day when we went to put the wall up. I used a chip brush to apply it and then a rag to wipe it off. I do suggest wearing gloves for this project. Stain can be a pain in the butt to take off your hands.

The next morning was the day to get this done! Mr.Owl B Crafty and I woke up ready to tackle this. We started at the top of the ceiling for this one. I have to tell you..there was not a method to the madness. We took one row at a time cutting boards to make it look the way I had envisioned. We tried to separate colors and where the seams lined up. It literally was a big puzzle just waiting to be put together. We used a chop saw for all the cuts. Here you can see the Mr hammering his little heart out. You most DEF could use a nail gun- it would have made this project so much easier- however ours is in the back of the shed… behind the patio furniture that is put away for the winter. So instead we just got a good arm workout!

I forgot to add that this is the wall that our TV is hung on. Before we got started we fished the cords through the wall and out the bottom to hide them. This made me SO happy! Wires drive me crazy! You can also see in this picture the lines that we made on the wall ahead of time. Those are lines letting us know where the studs were in the wall. This ended up being very helpful. We continued down the wall until we reached the very bottom.

Guys this was SO do-able and once we were done it was awesome seeing that WE did this! We made this beautiful wall for a fraction of the cost of the boxes of pre-stained boards. AND you can too!! Please ask me any questions you might have. I would love to help you add a beautiful touch to your home. Let me know what you think in the comments below <3 So much love to each and every one of you. -Vanessa


  1. Christie Dickerson

    February 19, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    OMG! I love it – i’m planning something like this – you made it sound so easy! Instead of stain – i will be painting the boards to incorporate my interior colors (beachy theme).

    1. owlbcrafty7

      February 19, 2020 at 6:16 pm

      Oh I would love to see a picture once you’re done!

  2. Patricia Swift

    February 19, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    I have never seen Gel Stain before.. what is the difference with that compared to regular stain?

    1. owlbcrafty7

      February 20, 2020 at 1:11 am

      To me it’s not as messy! I think it’s easier to work with

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