I recently made an unexpected trip to my moms house and noticed they had 6 wood palettes stacked on the side of their house that they intended to cut up for firewood this weekend. I couldn’t steal all their firewood, but I couldn’t help myself to throw 2 of these puppies in my car before I left.
Our weekend plans got cancelled due to the weather which meant we had a completely open weekend to get some projects done, first on the list- our guest room. I’ve had every intention of creating an upholstered headboard for it but recently my hubby mentioned he liked the idea of creating a palette board headboard (I have no clue where he got that as its not like he’s on Pinterest seeing the swarms of palette board creations) I must admit, this wasn’t my first choice, but I have to let
my project funder husband win sometimes, so I gave in and thought these new palettes would be perfect… I am so happy glad he came up with the idea as the results are just wonderful.
Let me first start out by saying these palette boards were ROUGH, not in rough condition, but very course to the touch. I wasn’t confident the wood would even be usable when I first brought them home.
The first thing we did was give the palettes a coat of a paint/water mixture I made. I mixed 1 part paint (some left over light gray I had from Colin’s bathroom) and 2 parts water. The result is a very runny solution.
I used a large brush and covered all of the the boards. I’ve read about all the headaches of removing the planks so we just decided to keep the boards on tact. I realize this is not the preference of everyone, but I kind of like the rustic look.
Once the boards were dry, we then use an electric sander on them. We used a 60 grit on all the board, sides, tops etc. I was SHOCKED at how smooth the sanding really made the boards. We wanted to still leave some knots and grooves to keep the character, but we really could have made the boards smooth as could be had we wanted to. We tried to find the balance between practical and rustic.
Once we were done, we had certainly removed a lot of the paint, but there were still spots that were still that grayish whitewash.
Next we applied a coat of Minwax Classic Gray stain. I haven’t seen this stuff at Lowes, so if you’re looking for it, check Home Depot first. Let me just say, this stuff is amazing if you are looking for that Restoration Hardware aged gray wood look. Its my new favorite product and I can’t wait to see it again.
We put it on with a brush and wiped off excess with a brush until we received our desired color. This stain is oil based so I just threw away all items I used to put on the stain. The odor of this stain is VERY strong so we let the boards sit out over-night.
Then we drug them upstairs and lined them up behind the bed. The stain was still a little wet due to the damp weather out back so I did not press any of the sheets against the bed and put the fan on high overnight to continue to dry/air them out.
We pre-drilled some holes (on an angle) and screwed the boards into the wall. Since they were not hanging and really could support themselves we were not concerned about using wall anchors or anything more than simple drywall screws to secure them.
The result is just amazing. And the total project cost less than $10 (cost of stain and one pack of sandpaper)
Going into this project, I decided the nightstands (that I previously painted dark gray and distressed) would look prettier in a soft cream with no distressing. They no longer needed to be such a focal point of the room and I felt like between the headboard and the striped walls, I need them to be more subtle, they are in the process of getting repainted now.
In the meantime..I can just enjoy my fabulous rustic wood palette headboard.
Have you dabbled in to the world of palette boards? Do you think its a silly fad or fantastic DIY idea.
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