Pallet-to-Purpose Nursery Accent Wall – a DIY Feature

When expectant couples plan to have a baby, one of the most exciting parts of the process is decorating the nursery.   Decisions of picking out furniture, bedding, paint colors, clothes, etc. is fun and enjoyable.  When challenges arise and the pressure is ON to be done before the baby comes, a new found determination often comes to get the project done.  This is exactly what happened in the Leininger’s story.

Inspired by Just a Girl, the Leininger’s had a drive and passion to see this project through.  Daddy deployed at the beginning of the pregnancy and back before the baby’s due date; the Leiningers were challenged with 1 week to see this project through.  Project starts and mom goes into labor mid-project!  Nothing stopped this determined couple from accomplishing their goal, needless to say, the wall went up!

The homeowner is allowing us to share the process; a scope of how this accent wall vision became a reality.


These Pallets were found at home decorating stores, other businesses and on the side of the road.

TIP: Look for pallets which have been ‘Heat treated’ to avoid pesticides; a HT will be located on the pallet’s side.

Removing Boards

The pallets were broken apart to form individual boards using a Reciprocating Saw to cut through nails.

 Organizing Boards

The boards were organized according to size then sanded to remove the dirt and rough edges.


The accent wall was painted a dark color to hide gaps in the adjacent boards placed on the wall.

In an effort  to preserve the value of their home, 2 x 4’s were nailed to the wall studs; protecting it’s integrity.

nails used

A Brad nail-er was used, with a compressor, to mount the boards.

Pallets going up

To receive the ‘rich wood tone’ , a Polyurethane stain blend was used; 1 quart for a 10 x 12 wall.

Tip:  Stain boards outside and let them sit for a few days to avoid strong fumes in the house.

Installing Pallets

Outlet Extenders were added due to the additional space created by the 2 x 4 protective layer on the wall.

Pallet Wall Completed

The finished room…gorgeous!

As baby David grows up, we could only expect him to cherish this room – holding a very special place in his  heart.  We too love this nursery; the homeowners did a wonderful job!

It took the Leininger’s 1 day to take apart the pallets, 1 day to organize and 1 day to stain.  One regret from this couple is that they did not allow the boards to air for several days, therefore, the strong fumes was a result.   Letters were found at hobby lobby and spray painted white.  The total cost of this project — $80

Another option for the wood wall is to use left-over wood from your floors, barn wood, raw pallets or even brick.

Pallet-to-Finish:: Our Top TEN Creative Recycle, Upcycle, Re-use Pallet Projects

How does a wooden Pallet become a functional/ useable Treasure?  Constructional engineering, creativity and time.

We’ve collected our top 10 favorites Pallet-to-Finish projects for reclaimed pallet wood inspiration.  Three of our top 10 are Haley’s Flooring and Interiors creations; used in this year’s Building and Home Remodeling Show, as well as, custom furniture pieces from the show room floor.

Hope these inspirations spark a creative reclaimed project near you!

Pallet-to-Finish Collection:


1 – Kitchen Island – This reclaimed and distressed finished wood kitchen island is custom-made by Haley’s and includes the aqua quartz counter-top! Featured in the 2014 Building Home and Remodeling Home show.


2 – Kitchen Furniture – A custom piece, by Haley’s, featured on the Interior’s side of our showroom.


3 – Bench & Coffee Table – Our very own custom-made cedar bench in a blue with antique white finish… it can be used outdoors or inside! Also, place this reclaimed wood hand-made coffee table in front for a great look! -via Bill Denyer

BreakfastInBedTray4 – Breakfast In Bed Tray – The complete project can be found at:

DeskTop5 – Desk Top – Have an old vintage desk you’d like to place curb-side?  Consider this project to give it new life!  Click the link for the complete project, via Thistle Wood Farms.


6 – Rustic Headboard – The complete project can be found at: Stylizimo Blog (Design Voice).

FlatScreenBackDrop7 – Flat Screen Back Drop – The complete project can be found at:


8 – Office Furniture – The complete project can be found at: Design Boom


9 – Pallet Bench – The complete project can be found at: The Iron Stone Nest


10- Wall Art – The complete project can be found at: Just Laine