There are few things that can add charm and character to a room like a beautiful backsplash. And, if there’s one room in homes that could use such a touch it, it’s undoubtedly the laundry room.
Given that it’s the laundry room, a place where only you will be, you likely don’t want to break your budget when it comes to installing a backsplash. That’s what makes this DIY project, which uses wood pallets and some fairly common tools, so great!
Below, we’ll be reviewing each of the steps in the process required to make a DIY wood pallet backsplash. If you’d like to see things more in depth, along with specific measurements, you can watch the VIDEO below.
1. The Before
This shows you what the wall of the laundry room looked like before the DIY wood pallet backsplash was installed.
2. Sanding ‘Em Down
In order to get the pieces of the wood pallet to look uniform, you’ll need to use 60-bit sandpaper to smooth them out.
3. Sanding More
Once the pieces have gotten good and smoothed out by the 60-bit sandpaper, you’ll want to come back with something finer, like 220-bit.
4. Measuring ‘Em Up
Once you have all the separate pieces of the wood pallet, you’ll want to measure those pieces to determine which ones are the same size.
5. Uniform Thickness
Having the different pieces at a uniform thickness will be essential, which is why you’ll likely need a thickness planer to complete this DIY project.
6. A Straight Edge
Since you’ll be aligning the pieces of the wood pallet along a wall, you’ll need to ensure that at least one side of each piece provides a straight edge.
7. 9-Inch Cut
From there, you’ll also want the pieces to be a uniform length. Though you can vary, this instructor recommends a 9-inch length.
8. Getting Started
Once you’ve done the above and smooth out the pieces with a belt sander, you should end up with a pile of wood like this.
9. An Optional Step
If you want to use the backsplash to obscure hoses and cords, you can build a small wall with plywood, as this DIY instructor does.
10. Gluing It Up
Either way, you’ll want to use a piece of plywood to assemble the backsplash. You can use whatever adhesive you’d like, but this DIYer opted for the hot glue gun.
11. Keeping it Varied
As you adhered in place the individual pieces of the wood pallet, make sure you’re varying by color and thickness to get that unique look.
12. Adding Color
In order to add color to the backsplash, you can use something like Danish Oil, which is pretty easy to use!
13. Sliding Into Place
You can attach the backsplash to wall using a variety of different methods. This DIYer chose to use a bracket, but has also considered Velcro or even magnets.
14.The Finished Product
As you can see, this simple wood pallet backsplash adds a lot of charm and character to this laundry room. What an awesome project!