25 best DIY pallet wall tutorials & designer tips on how to create beautiful accent wood wall paneling easily, plus alternative ideas such as peel and stick boards & wallpaper to get the look with less work!
A pallet wall or shiplap wall can instantly transform a room. We will look at more shiplap walls in another article. This one is all about pallet and natural wood wall ideas, DIY tutorials and best tips!
A plank wood wall is very easy and low cost to DIY. Pallet wood is a great free material for these projects. However, there are some important basics which will make your DIY process easier and create better results.
How to choose pallets for DIY pallet wall.
The most important thing is to find HT stamped pallets, which are heat treated vs chemical treated. If you are wondering “where can I get pallets for free?” or “how to I dismantle pallets?” here’s a detailed guide all about finding and working with pallets-
How to clean and prepare pallet wood for DIY projects.
Pallet wood should be sanded to prevent splinters, cleaned thoroughly. You can use a pressure washer, or a good brush with some soapy water. After cleaning and rinsing the pallet wood, let them dry before use.
Basic tools you will need to create pallet or wood walls
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- pallet buster or deck wrecker to take apart pallets, a saw to cut wood, sanding pad & 100 to 150 grit sand paper, work gloves & safety glasses
- stud finder (must have!) , a drill, screws, brad nails and a nail gun
1. How to install a pallet wall
A popular way to install a pallet wall is to first screw 1×4 wood onto wall studs. The advantage is that you can use brad nails and a nail gun to attach pallet wood to the 1x4s instead of screwing lots of pallet boards to the wall studs.
2. Wood accent wall with staggered joints
This gorgeous bedroom accent wall looks really natural because of the staggering pallet wood joints.
3. How to create natural wood color variations
If you want to have a variety of different color wood planks, there are a few different ways to do it. The easiest way is to stain some of the wood. You can buy wood stains, or make your own wood stains easily for 1/10 the cost, tutorial here!
You can also leave some wood in the sun, they will age to a darker color in just a few days.
Use vertical boards to create a clean edge at the end of the horizontal wall paneling.
4. How to build a wood accent TV wall
This tutorial offers great tips on how to hide wall mount TV wires when you build a pallet or shiplap wall.
5. DIY pallet kitchen wall.
This pallet wood wall is a great example of beautiful styling and decorating!
6. Installing a pallet wall on plywood
Katie and Jeremy decided to build their pallet accent wall on plywood screwed to studs. They shared lots of tips here such as sorting pallet wood by width and condition, and how to work around window, outlets, etc.
7 . Whitewashed pallet wall.
Whitewashing pallet wood creates a soft and natural weathered wood look, which is perfect for this modern farmhouse style room by Owen’s Olivia!
8. Multi-color pallet wood wall
Monica has great tips in her tutorial: place each board on the wall temporarily with one nail to see the layout first. Then label the boards and take them to the garage to stain or whitewash.
9. How to add colors to a plank wood wall.
This DIY plank wood wall combines the clean look of shiplap with the rustic charm of pallet wall, plus a touch of weathered grey and coastal blue. How creative!
10 – 11. Herringbone pattern wood wall
In addition to the popular horizontal paneling, a wood wall can have interesting patterns such as diagonal and herringbone.
12 – 16. Peel and stick wood planks.
Made of 100% reclaimed weathered wood or barn wood with back adhesive strips, these DIY peel and stick planks are almost as easy to install as wallpaper, and you will get a real wood wall!
You can find this set here,
Peel and stick paneling also comes in different colors. These whitewashed weathered wood planks are gorgeous!
Below is a video tutorial by Lia on how to install these planks.
This mixed color peel and stick wood wall is gorgeous too!
17 – 20. Pallet wall in the kitchen and living room.
21 – 24. Pallet wall and shiplap wall in the farmhouse kitchen.
25. Plank wood wallpaper.
No painting, cutting, sanding, or nailing. Shiplap peel and stick wall paper makes it so easy to have a wood wall! You can find them on Amazon.
Happy building! See you next week!