After painting the ceiling, walls, and concrete floors in our basement laundry room, I still wasn’t satisfied with the visibility of the exposed pipes on the back wall. In addition, the space was definitely lacking a visual focal point and I felt like our washer/dryer were deserving of a better backdrop. So I came up with a quick solution that involved 2x4s, pallets, nails, and some paint. We had driven by a local pallet yard numerous times, and when Eric stopped in to inquire about miscellaneous pieces, the owner pointed to a pile of ‘rejects’ and told him to take as much as he could.
We used six 2x4s to frame out the accent wall (five vertical and one horizontal along the floor to secure their spacing). To conceal the numerous pipes, we built out the wall with blocks of wood, and even had to notch out a couple of the 2x4s. When planning where the 2x4s were going, we paid attention to the location of the existing outlets and water supply lines, both of which needed to be accessible.
Once the accent wall was framed out, I moved on to installing the pallet planks. Initially my plan was to stain them. But after installing several, it was obvious to me that we needed to go a different direction. I wanted the overall feel of the room to feel ‘clean’ and the stained boards felt too dark and rustic.
We headed to our local Ace Hardware to grab some paint samples, and while we were there we found that we could get a pint of paint for $0.99! We had 3 different pints mixed up and wound up using 2 of them as the main colors on our pallet wall. Once they were dry, I installed them one by one – cutting them if needed, and then nailing them to the 2x4s. Once all the boards were up and fully dry, I rolled on a couple coats of satin polyurethane.
Considering that this was never meant to be one of those ‘looks like a contractor did it’ projects, I am very happy with the way it turned out. The room was definitely due for a touch of color and this accent wall provides a nice backdrop to our laundry station. We spent about $35 on the 2x4s and $3 on paint, so with the use of our existing nails and tools, and the free pallets, this project easily came in at under $40!