I do believe that there are some irrefutable beauties in the world, and wood is one of them. The greatest part of decorating with wood is that cheap, old, tattered and even dirty wood can look amazing; it has incredible texture, character and color. How many materials can you say that about? This reclaimed-wood backsplash by Dana Marston is a perfect example. Using free wood, a lot of elbow grease and a fresh coat of white paint, Dana was able to transform this nondescript kitchen into an elegant, beachy, rustic space. I love the wide variety of color and texture the wood panels provide, and it seems like a great material for such an oft-used space — the more wear and tear, the better they look! Great job, Dana! — Kate
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Time: Two days to complete from prep to installation. Priming and painting the cabinets took another 1.5 days.
Cost: $60 (wood was free)
Basic Steps: We started by cutting the shipping pallets to approximately 18 inch lengths and scrubbing them clean. The pieces were roughly laid out to determine the configuration we wanted on the wall. The reclaimed wood was installed using Liquid Nails on a plastic, waterproof backsplash. Also, the cabinets were primed and painted Woodmont Cream (Benjamin Moore).
Two pieces of advice: Use a skill saw to remove the wood from the pallet and a jigsaw to customize the trim pieces. And be selective when choosing the pallet wood you would like to use. We chose oak. Pine was easier to come by, but it was lighter in color and softer. It didn’t suit the rustic aesthetic we wanted. Embrace the imperfections of the aged pallet wood! — Dana