Introduction: Backsplash From Reclaimed Pallets

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For this instructable im gong to make a backsplash from old pallets.

The key reason is to hide the unsightly washer hose and electric cords.

The back splash is made to be removable so I can easily get behind for service.

To find out how I made this check out the next step.

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Step 1: Picking Out the Pallets

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You can pretty much find pallets anywhere there is a business.

For this project I use various size of pallets, mainly three different side.

Since I planed the pallets in my thickness plane I separated the pallets by size.

You can totally use a hand sander for this process. Its just time consuming.

If your not sure what a thickness planer do. The thickness planer remove a layer from one side of your lumber.

Step 2: Ripping the Pallets to Strips

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Since there is not straight side on the pallets. I passed the wood through the table saw to create a straight side .

Now that I have at least one straight side I can began to rip the strips.

I set the table saw fence 1.5 inches from the blade and began the ripping process. I did this till all was ripped to size.

Step 3: Final Cut

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I cut off a small piece of wood from the end to make sure the end was straight.

I put stop block on the miter saw, so every cut will identical at 9 inches.

I gave an additional sanding on the ends to remote the wood blow outs.

Step 4: Cutting the Back Support

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Since my backslash is removable. I used 1/2 inch plywood.

If you wanted to install this permanently 1/4 ply will be fine.

In my case I added an additional piece to onside to push the backsupport off the wall to clear the washer hoes.

Step 5: Attaching the Pallets to the Back Support

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To keep this sweet an simple I used hot glue to attach the pallets. Of course you can use any method of attaching you feel is necessary.

I wanted a stack stone look, I have three different size as a starting point.

First is 9 inch, second 6 is inch, third is inch. Then repeat the same method every third row.

When I got to the end, I mitered the corner to give a clean wrapped look.

Step 6: Adding the Finish

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I gave a quick sand to remove the sharp corners.

I use danish oil for the backsplash. Just follow the instrucation on the container. I applied with a rag.

Danish oil -

Danish oil unlike stain sits in the wood. I only applied one coat but apply as many as you like to darken.

Step 7: Installing

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As stated before before this backsplash is removable. So I make a simple wood bracket for one side to lock the back splash in place.

On the other side I used the french cleat method to attach. This part was added at a later date.


eyeguy6 (author)2016-10-15

Great idea. I plan to use this in my kitchen redo I am starting this next week.

smallcarterwang (author)2016-09-26

Very beautiful. The next time I will learn from you and write a post on how to decorate kitchen or bathroom with less time and money, using self-adhesive wall tile or smart tiles produced by

jstork1 (author)2016-07-13

That looks fantastic. I love building stuff from pallets. There is some nice oak to be found in pallets. The stained nail holes often add some nice character to the projects. Right now I am working a rolling (onion, potato) oak counter with an oak end grain finish that is about 16x16x36 inches. It tucks away in the corner but can be moved anywhere in the kitchen where my wife needs that little bit of counter space.

Thanks for the lovely video.

diycreators (author)jstork12016-07-18

Thank you

Mjtrinihobby (author)2016-07-18

I think your work is the some of the best in this community.

diycreators (author)Mjtrinihobby2016-07-18

Thank you

JeffreyB94 (author)2016-07-17

You cannot/shoudn't usw a hand sander for this process. Pallet wood is treated with chemicals you don't want in your home/kitchen. Use an electric planer to atrip the wood to its untreated natural layer and you can be confident about the safety of living with it in your kitchen. It is probably about 3 mm of removal, a ridiculous amount to sand down. It is easier and cheaper to buy a used electric planar from craigslist/ebay.

mgilbert754 (author)2016-07-11

Yup I'm hot for this idea too! Going to start with the backsplash in our kitchen. This is so nice and unique I don't think it's going to look "dated" as fast as the tile backsplash look that is "in" right now.

Also I've been wanting to replace some vinyl siding on the front of our house with stacked stone but have not because of cost. But you sir, have saved that day! I'll have to stain and waterproof them, but I'm going to get a planer and do the front of our house! And my son thinks this might be the start of a new business idea too! THANK YOU!!

diycreators (author)mgilbert7542016-07-12

Thank you and that sounds awesome good luck.

PJT3 (author)2016-07-12

Excellent project, excellent presentation! Kudos!!

diycreators (author)PJT32016-07-12

Thank you.

WarmCat (author)2016-07-12

This is brilliant! Your video is very well presented too :-)
I have a load of old pallets which I collect mainly to use as firewood, but it seems a shame. Definitely going to have to borrow your idea, maybe in my bathroom which is due for re-decorating!

diycreators (author)WarmCat2016-07-12

Thank you

EddieShaw99 (author)2016-07-12

Nicely done and well presented!

diycreators (author)EddieShaw992016-07-12

Thank you.

boesh (author)2016-07-12

Awesome.. very nice video. Thnx !

diycreators (author)boesh2016-07-12

Thank you

DonaldJ3 (author)2016-07-12

Looked good, but why not fix the same kind of cleat at the other end? Just come back to the next stud & set it up. That way both ends will be secure.

diycreators (author)DonaldJ32016-07-12

I went with a french cleat on there other end. It more secure and you have to pull out further to remove.

TeresaM7 (author)2016-07-12

Oh, this would look so good in my kitchen! Both as a back splash and a counter top! Though I'm sure that would take a bit more work and effort :). I just purchased my home a few years ago and am remodeling as I can. OMG! Built in 1970, yellow was popular at the time, and my counter top is dog barf yellow. So is most of the bathroom. YIKES!!! :-( You have given me some ideas, and I have plenty of pallets. WOOHOO! Thank you diycreators!

diycreators (author)TeresaM72016-07-12

Your welcome :)

hsteinbe (author)2016-07-12

I am definitely subscribing! You are excellent!

diycreators (author)hsteinbe2016-07-12

Awesome Thank you :)

John Morrissey (author)2016-07-12

Excellent job. Great use for discarded materials.

Thank you.

kimblebear (author)2016-07-12

Wow - one of the classiest uses of pallets I've seen, I know just where I'm going to use it

diycreators (author)kimblebear2016-07-12

Thank you :)

napi21 (author)2016-07-12

This is the best & most creative DIY project I've seen here. What a beautiful outcome!

diycreators (author)napi212016-07-12

Thank you :)

yellowcatt (author)2016-07-12

Very nice work. I was wondering about using pallet wood to make parquet flooring.

It would also be a good excuse for me to get a thickness plane.

diycreators (author)yellowcatt2016-07-12

Thank you. I think you should go for it.

Nannysan (author)2016-07-12

Oh Wow. This is my favourite project here. Brilliant. So many of us now want one too.

diycreators (author)Nannysan2016-07-12

Nice Thank you

christine828 (author)2016-07-12

Really nice work. Great design and attention to detail gave a beautiful finished product.

diycreators (author)christine8282016-07-12

Thank you

dpiccine (author)2016-07-12

good job bro!

diycreators (author)dpiccine2016-07-12

Thanks man

JohnB225 (author)2016-07-12

The link below will help you identify safe pallets

JohnB225 (author)2016-07-12

Caution!! Working in the pharmaceutical industry I learned that many pallets are treated with extremely toxic chemicals both for preservation and insect control. This in not something you want to expose yourself too. Be sure you know the source of your pallets and be sure they are chemical free. Certified heat treated pallets can be found.

RWSmith13 (author)2016-07-12

Nice job! Great use for something that is just discarded. I own the Woodcraft Store in Columbus, OH. We have a product that can age the wood so it looks like reclaimed lumber. Plus, you might want to put a more durable finish on it and we have it in an oil based or water based topcoat from a number of manufacturers. We also have the Danish oil. Any one of the Woodcraft Stores around the country will have it! Otherwise, it really looks nice!

TimB2 (author)2016-07-12

Wouldn't it be advisable to scan the used pallet boards with a metal detection device before passing them through a thickness planer? Metal chips or staples can become embedded and well hidden in the wood. Such metal would damage planer or saw blades. It's happened to me before. I now have a wand made just for checking for metal in boards. New planer blades can be expensive.

diycreators (author)TimB22016-07-12

Yes your right i have a metal detector just for that. I did use it during the process.

GeneO1 (author)2016-07-11

Very interesting for a laundry room

YourMagesty (author)2016-07-11

I think I'm in love! Your idea is BRILLIANT, and the execution of this project is utterly jaw-droppingly FANTASTIC! May I inquire as to your profession? Please say Carpenter! Your talent, and your skill with wood is just ....WOW! Pallet projects usually make me weak in the knees, but this one...PHEW!!! Seventeen Thumbs-UP!

diycreators (author)YourMagesty2016-07-11

Thank you. I am a engineer/ system designer. Woodworking is a hobby of mine I like building.

bonmom (author)2016-07-11

Very clever - nice idea!

diycreators (author)bonmom2016-07-11

Thank you

Greenman2 (author)2016-07-11

This is beautiful.

diycreators (author)Greenman22016-07-11

Thank you

sceecee (author)2016-07-11

Looks awesome! One question though.. Being Danish myself, I should be familiar with "Danish oil", but I must admit that I don't.. What is it? :-)

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