Skid Row

Last week, I noticed that our front hall wall had a crazy amount of holes in it. Seriously. It looked like someone used the wall for target practice. But I had no one to blame but myself. My idea of ‘stud-finding’ at home is to drill holes through the drywall until you hear the squeak of the screw catching a stud. (I do realize it would be so much easier to just buy the new battery for our stud-finder.)


So. Back to this wall. I never liked this wall, even before it got beat up. About the same time I noticed the holes, I also realized I had an hour or two of free time. Normal people may catch up on Bravo TV or go locate the jar of joint compound, prepping to hand it to their husbands as they walk in the door that day.

I decided to create an accent wall. Of course that was reasonable, especially since we were hosting 14 people for dinner in four hours. I had PLENTY of time.

(And…yes, that is a pull-up bar going into our kitchen. I’ve been told this is abnormal, but I like to think it’s just a trend that hasn’t caught on yet. Yeah. It’s actually very practical when you are waiting for food to cook.)

Deconstructing pallets takes some time and effort. I used a crowbar, hammer, and then my nifty new Christmas toy, a Dremel circular saw, to get the boards off. My trusty miter saw was then used for the smaller pieces.

Putting up the wall was like putting together a giant, upright puzzle. Liquid nails, plus a few screws through the longer boards into wall studs, secured the planks in place.

In a little more than an hour, I had a new front hall:



And I finally like how our front hall looks. And I had enough time to vacuum and hide the evidence before everyone showed up.

“Nice!” The hubby said as he walked in the house at the end of the work day. Pause. “Mel, you do know that if you keep doing this to all the walls in our home, it still doesn’t mean you live in a log cabin.”

He knows me so well.


If you are interested in having a pallet accent wall in your home, please contact me! I’d love to help you transform your place. Accent walls, faux headboards, or a unique ceiling – there are SO many ways to transform your home using reclaimed wood!




About Mel

My name is Mel, and I spend my time living, working and playing on the east coast. I'm a reclaimed wood artist who loves to continually find ways to repurpose wood and give it new life. "Nature Calls: Reclaimed Wood Designs" is my business dedicated to doing that! Thanks for stopping by!
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