A few months back, I told you I was giving our guest room an update.
I scoured Pinterest for some inspiration on an accent wall that would be unique, warm and fun. My attention was caught by the wide array of wood clad walls, and especially by the ones using reclaimed wood or recycled pallets. After sifting through many images that were too dark and rustic for our personal taste and the style of our home, I came across this image that felt much more modern and industrial. The photo showed a wall in a studio office where pallets were used and there were occasional swatches of color remaining from the edges of the pallets.
As I began to search for wood pallets, I soon learned that they are neither easy to come by or inexpensive/free anymore! After pricing pallets and deciding how many it would take, along with the excessive time it would take to disassemble them all, Jer talked me into a ‘browsing’ trip at Home Depot.
I ended up being so glad I hadn’t pulled the trigger on the wood pallets. We found a product called Tri-PLY, which is advertised as a Multipurpose Project Panel. Tri-PLY is a 3/16in thick panel that comes in 4 x 4 ft sheets, with a very thin wood grain veneer. It is moisture resistant, which is an added bonus since we used it on a basement wall. We loaded up our car with five panels and an idea.
Using our table saw, Jer and I ripped the panels into 4 inch widths. After that, I took the more manageable pieces and cut them into ⅔ and ⅓ sections (32 inches and 16 inches).
Following that somewhat tedious process, I hauled the newly fashioned ‘boards’ inside and began to nail them to the wall. Since there is a window on the wall with a bed centered under it, I started attaching the boards under the window sill. I used brown paneling nails to make them just slightly visible on the boards. I attempted to alternate sizes and wood grain patterns and colors for interest. I pounded nails for several hours while Jer took our kids to a movie.
As you get to the edge of the wall, you most likely will not end up having a piece that fits exactly. So, the saw skills get to come in handy again! I held up each piece and marked it top and bottom with a pencil. Then I numbered the piece and the wall so I remembered where it went. I usually only took five or six at a time to cut, so things wouldn’t get too crazy. I had to cut one or two of them twice, but I was overall very happy with the fit.
Since the swatches of color on the wall was one of the major attractions of my inspiration photo, I decided to add some color to our wall also. I used a combination of acrylic craft paint and some leftover wall paint. I wanted a somewhat ‘worn’ look, so I watered down the paint before loosely brushing it on. I sanded some areas where I thought it was too dark, and dry brushed others. I tried to stop before it got too crazy looking, since my goal was modern cozy, not circus.
Overall, I am very pleased with the results. The thin panels were very easy to work with, and the thin nails won’t leave huge marks when the wood is eventually removed.
I would recommend this product for a light-use room, such as a guest room or office. It might not hold up well in a kid’s room. One thing I didn’t like about the panels was a sticker right on the front that was impossible to remove. I ended up having plenty leftover, but I also used those sticker pieces for the edges and just cut off the sticker.
There you have it! An accent wall inspired by wood pallets, but created for about a third of the price. We reused some narrow IKEA shelves from the kitchen for floating nightstands and I purchased these fantastic eyeball sconces from Urban Outfitters. The throw is from Lulu & Georgia, but it is temporarily out of stock, and quite a bit more expensive than when I bought it.
We are loving the look, and it feels so much more comfortable and welcoming. Updates on the rest of the room coming soon!