With a little bit of creativity, you can turn just about anything into an art project. Repurposed wood is one of the most popular DIY materials because it is highly versatile but also easy to come by. If you’ve got some wood lying around and you’re wondering what to do with it, here are some ideas!
1. Headboard – Repurposed wood panels can be painted or stained and installed directly on the wall behind your bed to create a headboard with rustic charm. If you’re looking for a distressed look, paint or stain the wood a darker color then use sandpaper to remove some of the color.
2. Wine Rack – You don’t need a lot of wood to create a DIY wine rack. Simply take a long board to use as the backing for the rack, then install smaller pieces perpendicularly along the vertical length. Use metal nails or other materials to hold the wine bottles in place then paint or stain as you like!
3. Kitchen Island – If you’re looking to add a little more usable space to your kitchen, a DIY kitchen island could be the way to go. With repurposed wood you can create a simple square or rectangle frame and add 2×2 or 4×4 wooden legs. Top the frame with butcher block or more repurposed wood and paint or stain the whole piece as desired.
4. Outdoor Table – If you love to entertain during the summer and fall, an outdoor table could help you maximize your outdoor space. Simple take pieces of repurposed wood and create a simple frame with legs on each end for support – you may also want to add some in the middle, depending on the length of the table. Then, simply top the frame with wood and seal it to protect against water and weather.
5. Mug Holder – Old pallets are the perfect place to find wood to use your DIY projects like a homemade mug holder. Cut down a pallet to a size that hangs well in your kitchen then sand and stain (or paint) the piece. Hang an assortment of metal hooks on the piece and use them to hang up your favorite coffee mugs so they’re easy to access and on display.
6. Chalkboard – All you need is a can of chalkboard paint to turn just about anything into a message board. If you’ve got some reclaimed wood lying around, use it to make a frame around your chalkboard then hang it in the kitchen to help you keep track of the family’s activities.
7. Rustic Wall Art – If you’ve got some wood lying around and a fair bit of wall space, use your creativity to turn it into rustic wall art! Cut the wood into different shapes or assemble pieces in patterns (like a chevron). Add some paint or stain then hang as desired!
Each of these projects has room for improvement. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your projects, adding your own flair when you see fit. You never know what you might come up with!