PHEW! Alright this post is a little late because I was STALKING the cineplex website for Star Wars tickets! Gottem! Opening night, you will be able to find me with the worlds largest tub of popcorn and a giant diet coke sitting in front of a huge screen watching STAR WARS! …alright… calming down from my ticket buying high…. moving on to something (almost) as exciting…. my new pallet wall in the back entrance of my house!
We are preparing to (re)finish our basement, but in the mean time I thought that the back entrance needed some sprucing up, especially since its how we get into the basement! I have been considering a chalkboard wall for sometime, and thought that the back entrance would be a good place for one, but then what should I do with the remainder of the walls in the back entrance? I was looking for a feature wall of sorts. Our house has lots on interior brick, so I didn’t want to overdo anything since you can see this wall from our kitchen, so… I browed pinterest and came up with the perfect solution, a pallet wall! Since I find pallets are (extremely) hard to come by, we set about making our faux-pallet wall on a budget. I wont go into a full tutorial here, I loosely followed this one from ‘This Nest Is Best’.
Here is what my back entrance looked like before ->
Here’s what you need to get started for your very own DIY Pallet Wall!
- Cheap pine boards from Home Depot, the knotty-er the better. ($60)
- 3 colours of stain (I used a ‘Golden Pecan’, ‘Red Mahogany’, and a ‘dark ash’ stain, both gel and liquid) ($15)
- Nail-gun/Nails (which we already had, thanks handy hubby!) you could use a hammer/nails but it will take you a bit longer
- Misc: rags, brushes, level, pencil, stud finder
- Mitre saw (again, thanks handy hubby for letting me borrow your tools!)
Total cost = $85 woohoo!
Now remember when your Mom told you to measure twice cut once? That also applies to buying boards. We under-estimated how tall the ceiling was and ran out of boards (approximately 1 board short!) easy to fix but it did take a bit of extra time. Here is the wall when it was almost done:
I love it already!
The only downside with this project, is that it looked so good when it went up that the paint in the rest of the back entrance looked… not as good, beat up and old would be more accurate. So my mom and I set out to find a new colour and start painting! We went with a chocolate mud brown from Sherwin Williams (at Lowes.ca) this paint was pretty good, it went on like pudding and hardly sprayed at all.
To complete the look of the back entrance we also painted a large chalkboard wall, diy-d an awesome new light fixture (to replace the old fan you can see in the above pictures), and a couple other small things that made a huge difference! I’ll post final pics of the completed room (for lack of a better word) shortly! Here is a sneak peak at the finished back entrance:
Sorry the light looks more yellow in photos, its hard to get a good photo in the evening in Canada, it gets dark earlier this time of year!
It took a weekend, but I absolutely LOVE how the wall turned out. I would recommend this project to anyone who is thinking about an easy feature wall. It was a short (weekend length) project that has a high impact for a low cost. Let me know in the comments if you have done one or want to do one soon! (And don’t forget to send pics, and where you sourced your supplies in Canada if you can!)
Thanks all and happy Monday!