Backsplash From Reclaimed Pallets

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Introduction: Backsplash From Reclaimed Pallets

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For this instructable, I am going to make a backsplash from old pallets. The key reason is to hide the unsightly washer hose and electric cords. The backsplash is made to be removable, so that I can easily get behind for service.

To see how I made this backsplash, check out the next step.

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Step 1: Picking Out the Pallets

You can find pallets almost anywhere.

For this project, I used various sizes of pallets, but mainly three different sizes.

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

You can use a hand-sander for this process, however it will be time-consuming.

(If you are not familiar with a thickness planer, it removes a layer from one side of your lumber.)

Step 2: Ripping the Pallets to Strips

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

Once I had at least one straight side, I 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 until it was all ripped-to-size.

Step 3: Final Cut

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

Then, I put stop block on the miter saw, so that every cut was identical at 9-inches long.

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

Step 4: Cutting the Back Support

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

If you wanted to install this permanently 1/4 plywood will be sufficient.

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

Step 5: Attaching the Pallets to the Back Support

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

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

First is 9-inch, second is 6-inch, third is 3-inch. Then I repeated the same method every third row.

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

Step 6: Adding the Finish

I gave a quick sand to remove the sharp corners.

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

Danish oil - http://amzn.to/1r2rypG

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

Step 7: Installing

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

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

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    61 Comments

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    JeffreyB94
    JeffreyB94

    4 years ago

    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.

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    ArtisanEclectic
    ArtisanEclectic

    Reply 1 year ago

    Pallets are not treated with chemicals. They are treated with heat.

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    carbonunit6
    carbonunit6

    Reply 7 months ago

    Correct! But also be aware that chemical treatment was used on pallets up until the mid-2000's here in Canada and the USA, although the phasing out of chemical treatments on skids has been irradiated because the chemical used was "Methyl Bromide" which was used to control pests in agriculture and shipping and the main reason MB was eliminated was because it depletes the ozone layer.

    That said, to be absolutely certain, the best thing to do when finding skids/pallets, always be sure to see what the "square inked stamp" says on the skid which is a box-shaped stamp as shown in the images that I've included.

    (A) - Looking at the images below, the 1st image shows the stamping that is required on all pallets around the world.

    (B) - In the 2nd image, this is a Canadian made skid...."CA"....followed by the "Registration Number" of the facility where it was made...."00440"....and the last stamping is the most important one! It will either be "HT" = "Heat Treated"....or it will be "MB" = "Methyl Bromide".... which is highly unlikely in North America as shown in the last image!

    (C) - Some skids may also include a stamping with a "DB" which simply means "Debarked" and not commonly used in Canada and the US any longer as shown in the 3rd image.

    (D) - Notice the last image with the "US - 160000 - MB" stamp, this is the old chemically treated "Methyl Bromide" that is must be avoided at all costs!

    CAUTION:
    NEVER USE A SKID THAT HAS THE "MB" STAMP.

    CAUTION:
    AVOID PAINTED PALLETS OR HEAVILY STAINED PALLETS WITH DEEPLY ETCHED "SPILLS" WHICH MAY BE CONTAMINATED.

    So, the most important things you want on any pallet is the vertical "IPPC" stamping along with the "HT" stamping and these are certified "very safe" and can be used as building materials.

    Hope that clears things up!

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    MarkP47
    MarkP47

    9 months ago

    Do you have any wall muted plug sockets? If so I was wondering how you got around the problem of leaving them flush with the wood, and the exact measurements of placing any holes for them.
    Please forgive my ignorance. I’m fairly new to the DIY scene (I was in the army for 22 years so I never had the opportunity of modifying anywhere I lived as altering military accommodation is a big no no, and the lack of space meant the only tools I had was a small set of screwdrivers!)

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    eyeguy6
    eyeguy6

    4 years ago

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

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    smallcarterwang
    smallcarterwang

    4 years ago

    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 aladdingpromo.com

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    jstork1
    jstork1

    4 years ago

    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.

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    diycreators
    diycreators

    Reply 4 years ago

    Thank you

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    Mjtrinihobby
    Mjtrinihobby

    4 years ago

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

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    diycreators
    diycreators

    Reply 4 years ago

    Thank you

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    mgilbert754
    mgilbert754

    4 years ago

    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!!

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    diycreators
    diycreators

    Reply 4 years ago

    Thank you and that sounds awesome good luck.

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    PJT3
    PJT3

    4 years ago

    Excellent project, excellent presentation! Kudos!!

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    diycreators
    diycreators

    Reply 4 years ago

    Thank you.

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    WarmCat
    WarmCat

    4 years ago

    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!

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    diycreators
    diycreators

    Reply 4 years ago

    Thank you

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    EddieShaw99
    EddieShaw99

    4 years ago

    Nicely done and well presented!

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    diycreators
    diycreators

    Reply 4 years ago

    Thank you.

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    boesh
    boesh

    4 years ago

    Awesome.. very nice video. Thnx !

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    diycreators
    diycreators

    Reply 4 years ago

    Thank you