7 Stunning DIY Reclaimed Wood Projects for Your Home

by Alex ThatcherNovember 16, 2018

How to Add Rustic Appeal to Your Home With Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood is one of the most popular materials used in decorative DIY projects these days. It’s not hard to see why, because previously used wood has a unique look to it that can be difficult to recreate with any other materials. Reclaimed wood adds a touch of rustic charm and warmth to any room, and of course, it’s a great way to help the planet.

If you want to enjoy the beauty of reclaimed wood in your home but you’re not sure how to do it, here are seven stunning projects to get your creative juices flowing.

DIY reclaimed wood projects

A Chic Bench

Making a chic bench using reclaimed wood is easy and affordable. All you need to make it is a slab of wood, a used metal bench base or metal ottoman base, and fasteners. Here’s a great example of this type of project.

Best of all, you can paint or embellish the metal base however you like to give it a personal touch. Seal the wood with clear sealant and this will enable the beauty of the wood’s grain to shine through.

DIY reclaimed wood projects

A Wine Rack

If you like wine but you aren’t fortunate enough to have a wine cellar, then building a DIY wine rack using reclaimed wood is a good way to show off your favorite vintages. You can make your wine rack as short or as long as you like. The wood used in this project is new, but you can just as easily make it using reclaimed wood. And, the directions are so easy you don’t need to be a master carpenter to manage this project.

Wood and Pipe Shelves

Using a few pieces of reclaimed wood and some cast iron plumbing pipes, fittings, and floor flanges, you can create a stunning series of industrial shelves for any bare wall in the home. The combination of rustic wood and dark-toned metal pipe results in a warm looking shelf that is strong and sturdy. Here’s the easy-to-follow tutorial for making industrial shelves.

Hanging Wall Organizer

Another project you can create using reclaimed wood and metal pipe is a hanging wall organizer. This project isn’t hard or expensive to make, but the finished product looks like you spent a good deal of money for it at a high-end antique store. This is a flexible project that will look great anywhere in the home, from the bathroom to the home office.

A Rustic Headboard

If you’re tired of your same old bedroom, then why not add a touch of warmth and rustic appeal by replacing your current headboard with one made from reclaimed wood? For even more warmth, you can cover the entire wall behind your bed with reclaimed wood. Stain it a rich brown or keep it natural; either way, your bedroom will be transformed into a calm, romantic escape.

DIY reclaimed wood projects

Reclaimed Wood Mirror Frames

For a fresh look in your bathroom, take a few pieces of reclaimed wood and make a new, rugged-looking frame for your mirror. Repaint the bath to complement the rustic look of the wood, and your bathroom will look and feel more comfortable and homier. And, you don’t have to stop there. You can create frames for all your favorite pieces of art and photography through the home using cheap or even free reclaimed wood.

Mason Jar Chandelier

If you love the country chic look, then you can create a beautiful chandelier using reclaimed wood, some mason jars, some twine, and a few lamp sockets or an old bathroom light fixture. Use Edison light bulbs and this project will transform your dining room into a more romantic and soothing place to dine with your loved ones.

The things you can do with reclaimed wood are endless. The Internet provides a wealth of DIY projects involving this material, so you will have no problem finding other projects based on your experience and comfort level. The above is the tip of the iceberg. So, go grab yourself some reclaimed wood and start creating!

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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.