Anyone who’s built a home (or renovated one top to bottom) knows it’s super overwhelming to decide all the details all at once. Luckily I’ve been dreaming of doing this for pretty much my whole life, and taking screen shots and ripping apart magazines of things I knew I’d want to one day incorporate into my home for literally years before Pinterest days. This pallet wall was a no brainer for me the second I first saw one on Bower Power.
Now I’m not actually sure how the talented Katie over there even did hers to be honest. I see the end result of things and just immediately go about figuring it out myself. Dumb, I know, but for some reason I can’t for the life of me slow down and make myself take the time to read tutorials. Probably why I don’t bother posting in-depth tuts too. Ha. Don’t get me wrong, if we’re stuck, I read. And if someone’s posted pictures with their tutorial, I for sure check out the pictures. Case in point, I doubt many people are even reading this right now!
So here’s my awesome instructions. I didn’t know how people were finding these free pallets that were all ready all perfectly weathered/distressed the right color. (Maybe I should have read more.) But we picked up nice, clean and fresh untreated free pallets and Derick tore them apart. We didn’t want to be left with a bunch of empty nail holes to fill in if we took out all the nails, (who likes more work?), so instead he just sawed all the portion of the nail of that was poking through to the back side of the planks with a sawz. (I had to text him to ask that.) Then he used a table saw to cut the width of all the planks to two different matching widths, since most of them were either bigger, or smaller. That way when he lined them up on the wall later, they would stack nicely up the wall in neat equal rows height wise. (I never would have thought of that, I would have just thrown them on the wall and they wouldn’t have looked good…Derick is definitely the mvp of our team.)
Then as you can see in the above poor-quality iPhone pics, (hopefully they’re appreciated bc it’s painful to put up such terrible-quality pics), he stained them with three different colors of stain we all ready had to see if they would look natural mixed together. They didn’t. So he flipped the boards over that didn’t match and stained the other sides of them along with the rest of the planks the top color you see above, and they turned out great. Then he urethaned them all so they were sealed and wipeable. Then they sat in the garage for a few good months until all the trim and walls were sprayed and painted upstairs, and then we finally got to do the fun part and install them! He said it took about eight good pallets to do this wall. And Van even loves it, so that’s awesome. I totally consult my kids before I do stuff like this. Lie. But as they are getting older I am starting to include them in on the plans. Ha. Luckily they’re still easily pleased.
And along with the pallet wall, I thought I’d throw in these pictures too since I don’t have any more updated than this on my camera. I just can’t bring myself to take more pictures because we still don’t even have shelving or racks in our closets and there’s just piles of clothing everywhere and it ain’t pretty. So insta pictures of clean corners will have to do until then. And I’ve only brought up like no boxes from the basement. Truth. So nothing is decorated at all. And what’s funny is the above color in the master bedroom has all ready been painted over. Don’t act surprised because I know you’re not. ;) I wanted a pale-white barely-there cream, and this was just too yellow, so now it’s a pale gray and it’s perfection.
And yes I feel terrible about it because our dear friends volunteered to help us paint the color on the walls and then I just ended up painting over it, but it really is the thought that counts. (And it meant a ridiculous amount to us that people were willing to do that). And as of now Baker’s room and the two bathrooms are actually still cream, because for some reason it doesn’t look yellow in those rooms so for now it will stay that way. Hey guys, do I have your permission to post your pics painting that sweet medium gray on my blog? Great, thanks. My sister was borrowing my camera and on her way out I told her to snap some pictures first. (All the girls were upstairs.)
Above is the maroon in Boston’s room. So glad this color turned out because it’s so dark and wouldn’t be fun to paint over. It looks like the beginnings of a more preppy room, but that’s actually not the vision. :) His color palette will be a modern maroon, mint green and gray. And I think I’m going to have to also use navy as a neutral because I can’t let gray take over my life. So think stripes and triangular patterns and pops of color. I love using navy as a neutral…when I dress too. My navy cardigan matches whatever other color I manage to work together…especially with my colored pants. Tangent. But seriously it’s my most worn item of clothing.I love dressing in maroon too right now which is actually why I chose maroon for Boss’s room. The house needed some color and his room is so bright and white I knew it would be the best place to put some. (But it was still hard and I had to force myself to do it.)
So top right is just another shot of what the cream did look like. It was still nice, lots of people loved it, but it wasn’t me. And top left is the beginnings of the wall treatment that my hallway got. I just now realized I still don’t think I’ve posted a picture of that either. Ok I’ll instagram that too then. :) And I promise I’ll have some paint colors ready too when I do post more. I know the cream was called Mistaya and the pale gray (not pictured) is called Deer Feather. I think the medium gray that is on the main floor is Lace Falls. Ok maybe I won’t look them up because I just remembered them all. Ha. And of course, all the lovely paint was picked up at my father-in-law’s local hardware store in Raymond. Make sure and have him hook you up.