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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    eyeguy6

    2 years ago

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

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    smallcarterwang

    2 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

    2 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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    Mjtrinihobby

    2 years ago

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

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    JeffreyB94

    2 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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    mgilbert754

    2 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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    PJT3

    2 years ago

    Excellent project, excellent presentation! Kudos!!

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    WarmCat

    2 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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    boesh

    2 years ago

    Awesome.. very nice video. Thnx !

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    DonaldJ3

    2 years ago

    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.

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    diycreatorsDonaldJ3

    Reply 2 years ago

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

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    TeresaM7

    2 years ago

    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!