Friday, April 5, 2013

{I know this project is ancient history (like over 2 years old!) But I'm posting it again. Someone turned it in to Google for copyright Infringement and for some unknown reason they won't reinstate it??? So here's my statement of ownership right here: I OWN THIS CONTENT. This wall was built by me, and these pictures are mine, and this writing is mine. Nothing in this post belongs to anyone but me. Thanks.}




These are trash/scrap pallets from the factory, detailed here.
I finally got all the boards nailed and glued up. I'm working on a piece of furniture to hold all the baskets of movies and junk next.

Just for kicks, here's what that side of the living room looked like when I started this little renovation:


So I got rid of the giant TV armoire, got a flatscreen, wired up some spot lights in the ceiling, wired up the new outlets for the TV, and covered the wall in planks. I'm probably not even halfway finished with my plans for this room. :/

This project required my new nail gun and compressor, my miter saw, & construction adhesive, mainly. I am so in love with my nail gun that I may possibly marry it. It is that awesome.

EDITED:  This post has made its way around the internet and I just want to add: my pallets are not treated with chemicals. My employer uses a local source. I went to two different pallet companies in this town and neither one was using chemicals. In fact, nobody wants them that way for shipping because it's more expensive to get them treated. One of my bosses told me that we don't do that unless it's required by a government (when we ship to Canada we have them sealed but not with chemicals like pesticides, etc.) I asked about chemical treatment and he laughed. He said "no way"....I don't know where these rumors are coming from, I'm guessing that pallets coming from overseas (read: China) might have this issue, but I can't say for sure.

2nd edit:  here's an update on the living room.
Posted by Katy On 6:43 PM 21 comments

21 comments :

  1. Post it and post it and post it. Don't let troll bots infringe on your right to post your materials. I hate google and twitter's policies that if it's reported it must be bad....

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  2. I wondered what happened to your pallet wall post....this is how I found your blog in the first place. Tried to show it to my husband a couple weeks ago and it was gone! Glad you posted it again - it's fabulous!

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  3. I loved that pallet wall from the first day I saw it on your blog. How rude of the turner-inner. Keep the post alive!

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  4. This is what made me a mom and her drill follower/stalker - so freaking bad ass

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  5. I'm a little upset - I think this was malicious. My original post was pinned on Pinterest maybe 30k times, so all of that traffic just goes to a "this post cannot be found" error now.

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    1. You should be able to set up a link redirect, such that any traffic that goes to the old link is redirected to this one rather than seeing the 'post cannot be found' error.

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    2. Oh, while I'm here (sorry I've got to make another post, since my comment is hidden while waiting approval I can't exactly edit it- and that's assuming I'd be able to edit it to begin with...) can I get your opinion on an idea I had?

      How do you think this kind of wall system would look with planks (narrow wedges formed by repeatedly splitting a log like cutting a really tall pizza/pie into a lot of pieces) rather than boards?

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  6. You did a Great Job!! Sorry about the confusion with Google.

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  7. I was just thinking about your orig. post the other day when I caught part of Kitchen Cousins on DIY/HGTV. They did their own pallet wall on a restaraunt renov. & it looked almost as good as yours.

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  8. Hey Katy, Glad it's back up now! Thanks for the info about treated pallets! Good to know!

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  9. What a fabulous idea!

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  10. That is awesome! My husband has tons of pallets they throw out at work. I have my wall all picked out.I might even do the ceiling!

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  11. I'm glad you re-posted it - your pallet wall is amazing.

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  12. Very nice work. I d like to ask about the cables. Was there any other way to hide the cables behind the pallets?
    Have you thought of hanging anything such as shelves for books for example? I guess you need to screw through both the pallets and the wall behind, right?

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  13. I ran the cables beneath the drywall, between the studs. The only place where I couldn't do that was at the header plate where the wall meets the ceiling...
    I have been thinking about revamping this whole wall because I think I am tired of it. I don't know yet what direction that will take, though...

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  14. "I have been thinking about revamping this whole wall because I think I am tired of it. I don't know yet what direction that will take, though..."

    That's the problem with being a remodel/redo addict....no project is ever really done because you tire of it, itch for another, find a new gunky treasure, wake up at 3 am with a fabulous new idea...

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  15. Do you know if there's anyway to tell if a pallet has been treated? I'd like to do this also, but concerned about putting treated pallets up.

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  16. Do you know if there's a way to find out if a pallet has been treated? I'd love to do this, but concerned about using treated timber

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  17. Andy - ask. I too worked at a place where we used pallets & can tell you most are not treated. The only ones we ever used that were treated had specific marking to indicate it & some were treated to various degrees dependent on governmental requirements to eliminate any chance of tag along pests. Domestic pallets require NONE & therefore it would be highly improbable they'd have been treated as treating costs money & no one spends money to treat wood when it isn't required. International pallets are marked to show the types of treatments received. So if there is no marking, there is no treatment. If there is a marking that has the IPPC logo, you don't want it. That is the International Plant Protection convention stamp & means that wood is intended for international use. You also don't want anything that is noticeable dirty with potential hazards (spills - food residues, etc). You can also buy them new from Uline if you don't mind buying them & just want the look of palette wood.

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  18. Loved it the first time, love it the second time. GRAND work young'un!

    An old admirer, now living in Ecuador...

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  19. I LOVE IT!!!! I dont care who did it first or best. This is your project and I love the improvement. I am dabling in pallets right now and I'm using tons of ideas I see on line, like yours! I've got back deck furninture, a spool chair and table, tons of wall pretties and next is the accent wall. You keep going girl, make pretties till yer fingers fall off. You're doing amazing!!!!

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