How to build an easy DIY pallet wall without power tools
DIY Pallet Wall without power tools
I set out to build a DIY pallet wood wall without power tools. No air compressor or brad nailer, and no power saws what so ever. With the help of my wife, we got started installing our wood on walls in our basement. We decided to use 100% real reclaimed pallet wood over our faux brick wall.
First of all shooting nails into brick (fake brick) is not safe or recommended. However, I found a product called Loctite PowerGrab with instant grab capabilities. The PowerGrab caulk is thicker than Liquid nails and prevents slippage while your boards are on the wall. If you’re not going to PowerGrab or any other kind of instant grab glue, then you’ll need to use a brad nailer or pin your wall with screws every couple of rows. If you don’t pin your wall, the pressure on the lower boards will make your wall kick out and fall down. We don’t want that.
Measure your wall, length times height (in feet).
Then multiple those numbers together to get your square footage of your project. This will be the amount you’ll need to order. You’ll want to add 10-15%, just like ordering flooring. So for example, if your wall is 8 foot x 10 foot, that is 80 square feet total. Plus add your overage of 10%, which in this case is 8 sqft. So you’ll be ordering 88 sqft total. Windows and doors can also count as your overage as well.
Layout your wall on the floor.
This helps to balance your colors and prevent any mistakes before hanging your pallet wall. Find an area of your home that you can lay your floor down on the ground (garage or basement). Take some masking tape or painters tape and mark off the floor the same measurements as your wall. Start by laying out your accent color(s), then slowly start adding each color on the floor, then finish laying the fill color (majority color). Once you have all your boards laid out, you can start rearranging them to balance the colors, fix any joints that are lining up, etc. The point of laying it out ahead of time is to prevent any patterns in the wall before you hang it. You don’t want your eyes catching any repeating patterns. At this point, it is not necessary to do your finish cuts on your edges, wait until your hang the board to get an exact measurement.