This pallet wood closet wall project in the form of a rustic feature wall has saved my bedroom! 🙂
I’m not crazy about hanging up clothes. Truly, I’ve had this “issue” since … forever.
So when a blank wall kept staring at me while my clothes were slung all over my bed, I came up with a plan.
I dreamt the wall was loaded with hooks so I could merrily throw my clothes against it like some carnival game, hoping they’d catch! Fun! 🙂
Truth be told, I just prefer to hang clothes from hooks instead of hangers. So I decided to turn the blank wall into a functional, productive pallet wood closet wall that became a beautiful rustic feature wall as well!
Here’s what I did!
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How to build a pallet wood closet wall
Choosing the pallet wood
1. Gather up random pieces of reclaimed wood. Clean and lightly sand to prepare.
First up I needed some wood! This pallet wood mix would do the trick nicely!
It’s a mix of pallet wood, fence planks, and other random wood scraps collected over time.
But the best part about it is that each board looks a little different!
Once the boards of choice were chosen, they were given a light sand with a palm sander, but not too much as I desired to leave the old wood patina intact as much as possible.
Learn how to prep reclaimed wood HERE
Painting the wall
1. Paint the wall in the desired colour.
First up, I painted the wall with an eggshell pure white.
I was going after a strapping look, that’s why I wanted the wall white. You know strapping right? Old fashioned houses had drywall over plaster and slats of wood.
For an added twist, I chose the strapping design to run vertical to give the wall the illusion of more height. This design reduced the amount of wood cutting to size as well as you’ll soon see why!
How to install each wood plank for a feature wall:
- paint wall first
- position long planks first
- insert one screw in the middle
- use a level to straighten
- add more screws to secure
- cut smaller planks to fit around longer planks
2. Position each plank where desired, starting with the longest planks first, leaving most or all at their full length to start.
3. Then trim smaller boards to fit around the longer boards, much like building a puzzle.
How to level the planks
4. Level each plank as you install.
Leveling the planks is easy! I like to start by inserting a screw into one plank first so it’s easy to rotate.
Then using a level as your guide, gently tap the board until straight, and secure with more screws.
Adding planks above a doorway
Above the doorway, the wood was simply cut to size just missing the door moulding. It worked great!
Isn’t that different wood patina fabulous?!
So, let’s add some fun clothing hooks next… with a twist!
Adding salvaged hooks
5. Install random hooks all over the pallet wall where desired.
Hooks of all types were desired, so I did a thrift store shop as well as a snoop through my own hook stash and came up with some interesting old relics to try!
You’ll soon note that not all these pieces were actual hooks! My goal was to use anything that had the potential to hang clothing.
The above combo is a large hook of some sort teamed up with a rusty gear.
With a bed frame hook on the upper right!
A door knob plate became a unique base for a simple screw! Yup, screws are hooks too!
An old spool that held cable wire became a handy wider hook, that would be also perfect for hanging belts or jewelry.
Each salvaged closet hook was randomly spaced to accommodate enough space under each one to at the very least hang a shirt, with some hooks with nothing underneath to hang long things like pants or coats.
Salvage hook ideas:
- old rake heads
- rusty gears
- handled tools
- large spools
- upside down vintage hangers
And here’s how the pallet wood closet wall turned out!
The finished pallet wood closet wall
Annnnd, let’s load it up! How fun is this? The pallet wood closet wall is productive and has such a cozy look thanks to all that reclaimed wood patina!
And the white wood showing through between the wood helps to highlight the beautiful shape of each plank.
For a different look, you could also paint the wall black. But for this room, I love the white spaces in between the boards!
And here’s a peek at the other side of the room…
This little empty wall corner was about to get a whole lot more productive…
Ladder changing area
Thanks to a ladder and a bench!
The vintage hangers fit perfectly on the ladder rungs!
And of course, add to the woodsy rustic charm as well.
So am I more encouraged to hang up the clothes now?
I officially no longer envy those with walk-in closets because my entire room is now one! Everywhere you look.
What do you think of the pallet wood closet wall idea? Think you’d enjoy having all that extra clothing hanging as a benefit to a room in your home too?
(all bedroom redo 2012 projects are HERE)
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