Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I mentioned that I was using scrap pallets for the planks on my living room wall. The problem is that I didn't want to pay for lumber.
Enter: the trash pallet.
 I work in a factory that throws these away. But I checked out local pallet companies, and they have mountains like these....free for the taking...
Now the problem with using scrap pallets is that the wood is very rough, and they are held together with ring shank nails:

Now. Ring shank nails are not meant to EVER be removed. You can't pull the pallet apart or the wood will crack and turn into useless splinters.
This is the only way to do it. If you can slice through the nails with a Sawzall, you are in business. Thankfully my dad has been helping me with this part, because I need about 25 pallets taken apart for my version of the "Wonder Wall". (And at the rate that I work, it would take me 10 years to get this finished.)
So here's my progress so far:


The boards are very rough, but I'm okay with that look. Once I've cut and glued these all over the wall, I'll paint it white..
Clearly I still have a long way to go. I painted the wall gray because I didn't want the gaps between the boards to show the previous yellow paint!
(And yes, I'm totally watching the Phantom of the Opera. Somewhat of an addiction this week, I'm about 7 years behind the rest of the world when it comes to movies.)

Note on adhesive: I used construction adhesive, comes in tubes for your caulking gun and costs peanuts. The nails were just to hold the boards in place until the glue dried. Finish nails will not hold these boards up on their own because they're too heavy. You could use screws (and that's how I started) but I don't like seeing the screwheads all over the place, plus you'll never hit a stud anyway. I switched to adhesive pretty quick.

Anyway hopefully this weekend I will knock this out! I previously installed the spotlights in the ceiling, and I still haven't pushed them up into the holes completely. This is probably why nobody in my life has ever called me "The Finisher". :)
Posted by Katy On 9:02 PM 14 comments

14 comments :

  1. I have been wondering where to find some pallets for a few other projects. I need to look around!

    And I LOVE Kevin & Layla's wall...I cannot wait to see yours. Your progress looks great! ( And way to re-use some wood!)

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  2. I want one of those walls too!!!
    (Bottom of my to-do list though ;)
    Good luck - yours is going to look amazing!

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  3. Wowza...props to you for taking on this project! Can't wait to see the finished product. I nominated you for a stylish blogger award today!

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  4. Wow, I'm looking forward to the completed project! You are an amazing woman to watch as you make your home yours!

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  5. Can't wait to see your finished wall... Layla's is beautiful and Miss Mustard Seed did one in a bedroom of hers... I love the look!! I'm just not brave enough to do it... or at least right now...LOL!!

    Kendra

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  6. Hi Katy,
    I love the idea, I think I will try that too. It looks great,
    all the best to you from Germany,
    Silke

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  7. This looks amazing! I've been searching for a tutorial because I want to do this on our living room wall where we hang our tv. Do you have a step by step tutorial on how you did this? Thanks!
    Erika

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  8. I wonder what type of glue you used to attach the pallet boards??? I am doing this in my foyer and was going to use some finishing nails to attach the boards but if glue is easier, I'm game. Thanks much!

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  9. I used construction adhesive. Finish nails won't hold it because the boards are too heavy. So it's either screws (which aren't good because you'll see all the screw heads and plus you won't hit a stud most of the time) - or glue. The nails just hold the boards in place while the glue dries.

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  10. Very cool! What type of nails/nail gun did you use?

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  11. Phantom of the Opera? You're a few centuries behind on that one!

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  12. Looks great! But how would one ever get these off if you wanted a change?

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  13. Congrats Kathy, amazing working!!! I would love to see how the lazy guys with the beer in the hand could feel theirselves after see this... work mother, parenting alone three kids and making her own dream's house come true!!
    I wish you all the best!!!

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