The Making Of A Pallet Wood Wall In The Full Octane Garage

This is a little bit of information on Garage decorating and the creation of cool accent walls using old pallet wood. This is a project we started in our basement garage to spruce up the walls with a reclaimed wood wall feel on the cheap.

We started the process by installing 2×4 nailer studs to the concrete walls. We then installed 3/8 inch particle board by nailing the 4×8 sheets to the recently installed studs. Next you have 2 options, you can paint the backer board black or take the easier path which we did. We stapled the thinnest roofing felt we could find to the particle board. This is so no gaps in the boards show through.

For the final surface we started with FREE wood pallets, pressure washed them then sprayed a mix of 1 part special walnut stain to 3 parts lacquer thinner. We then laid the wood out by board width and found enough board in the same width to make a complete run across the wall staggering the start points for a random look.

We also used some accent surfaces such as realistic looking brick wall paper glues to 1.2 inch foam insulation boards and corrugated colored metal as a wainscot trimmed out in 1×4 stained pine.

Here are some items we used:

  • MinWax Special Dark Walnut stain
  • Lacquer Thinner
  • Brad Nailer
  • Used Pallets
  • 2X4’s
  • 4×8 sheets of 3/8’s particle board
  • Roofing Felt
  • Surface Illusions Brown Brick Wallpaper (
  • 1/2 Foam Board to install wall paper over
  • Corrugated colored metal (





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