Looking for the perfect DIY project to transform your home this summer? One of the biggest trends in home décor right now is upcycling reclaimed wood. You can search for wood and reclaim it yourself from abandoned local structures (barns, railroads, etc.), or you can purchase it wholesale. Pallets are a great source if you are just starting out—just keep an eye on the roadside on your next long drive and you are bound to find some just lying around.
Wherever you decide to get it from, using reclaimed wood has so many benefits! It’s eco-friendly for one—if you do not use this wood, it will probably end up rotting in a junkyard someday. For another, reclaimed wood is more mature than fresh-cut lumber, which tends to make it more durable, so your reclaimed wood projects will stand the test of time.
But the main reason to use reclaimed wood? It looks amazing! Rustic interiors are all the rage right now, and this is the perfect way to capture that homespun look and feel of old America. Reclaimed wood pieces have incredible textures and patterns. Every piece carries a bit of history with it, and you can make that a part of your home. The look that results is always very cozy and down to earth.
In search of inspiration? We thought so. Here are 40 beautiful reclaimed wood projects you can do to spruce up your home! Most of them come with ready to build tutorials some are only inspiration from etsy items.
In the Bedroom
Here is another gorgeous project from Shanty-2-Chic. If your bed could use a new headboard, this is a wonderful way to introduce a touch of country living into your home. I love how they chose to use different types of wood! The different colors and patterns really grab the eye and draw attention to the headboard. It’s absolutely beautiful, and guess what—there are free plans; just check the link!
Reclaimed Wood Bookcases
Here is a brilliant idea for building reclaimed wood bookcases. Not only does the wood make a wonderful contrast with the wall, but notice how these bookcases are recessed into the wall to save space. This is a great design since it keeps the room nice and open.
Crates for Storage Bed
If you enjoyed the project for the reclaimed wood headboard, you will also love this project for creating crates for a storage bed. Not only is this a great way to utilize space, but it also gives you a creative way to upcycle old wood. And it has a wonderful rustic appeal!
Salvaged Wood Mirror
There is nothing lovelier than a full-length mirror. This tutorial will teach you how you can convert your run-of-the-mill full-length mirror into something even more phenomenal using a frame made out of salvaged wood. There is a full list of supplies and instructions if you click on the source link.
Twin Bed (with Complete Plans!)
This amazing bed was made out of wood reclaimed from an old barn! It looks absolutely amazing, and the best part is, if you follow the source link, you will find the complete plans to build this twin bed in your own home!
Reclaimed Wood Platform for Bed
Here is a unique and unusual design for a reclaimed wood bed. The frame is a raised platform on top of industrial steel legs. I have never seen a design anything like this before, but I actually think the “shelf” it provides under the mattress would be very useful.
Available on: CroftHouse Etsy.
In the Mudroom
Simple Rustic Coat Rack
Need something eye-catching to hang your coats on when you step in out of the cold? This simple rustic coat rack is made out of reclaimed barn wood. While this is an Etsy creation and there is no tutorial, you can take a pretty good guess looking at it as to how you could make a similar item yourself.
Available on: Reclaimed Barn Wood – Entryway Furnishings
Chevron Pattern Mudroom Bench
Now here is a design for your mudroom that will really grab attention! This bench by Hammer Design Inc. includes a set of drawers with chevron patterns underneath a comfortable bench with a chevron-pattern backboard. There are hooks for bags, coats, and scarves. Everything about this design looks amazing, especially the high contrast between the dark wood and the white used for the rest of the bench and the room.
In the Kitchen
Reclaimed Wood Bar Table
This beautiful bar table is available on Etsy. It is a finished product, so there are no instructions for building it, but it appears to feature a fairly simple and straightforward design. I love the clean, polished look—but also how the artisan decided to keep the wavy shape of the original wood. This makes it the perfect meld of rustic and modern designs.
Available on: Etsy Reclaimed Wood Bar Table
There are no instructions for creating this beautiful shelf unfortunately, but it is absolutely amazing! The highlight is of course the really cool vintage stamp on the top. That’s the focus of the blog entry; follow the source link to learn more—and check out the creator’s stencil shop!
Simple Rustic/Industry Dining Chair
These dining chairs for sale on Etsy immediately grabbed my eye with their simple modern design. The materials are all reclaimed wood and steel. Both rustic and contemporary in their appeal, they would go great with the Reclaimed Wood Bar Table I shared earlier.
Available on: Etsy – Reclaimed Wood Dinning Chair
Reclaimed Wood Serving Tray
Everything about this serving tray is awesome. The texture of the reclaimed wood is gorgeous all on its own, and the finish is quite lovely too. I also like the convenient leather straps for carrying, which really adds to the functionality. It looks very sturdy.
Another Rustic Serving Tray
I love the tray above, but if you want something which is even more rustic, here is something with a completely different look to it. The wood here is unfinished and has a rough texture. It looks like it was just cut from the tree. Very cool!
In the Living Room
Barn Wood Rail Road Track Coffee Table
Here is a beautiful rustic table available on Etsy. All the materials used have been upcycled, including reclaimed wood and steel from rail road tracks. It has a convenient bottom shelf which you can use to store coffee table books and other items. This looks like a wonderful table to purchase or recreate on your own!
Available on: Etsy Rail Road Track Coffee Table
Okay, so this isn’t strictly a project for repurposed wood—the cubby itself is vintage, and has been repurposed by its purchaser told hold various decorative objects. But this would definitely be a perfect idea for a reclaimed wood project!
Wood Couch Arm Shelf
I hate having to lean all the way across to the coffee table to grab my drink while I am watching TV. Well, you can really kick back with this wood couch arm shelf! It fits right over the arm of your couch and you can have your drink right there. Even though the product is out of stock, it looks like something that would be easy to make yourself.
Wood and Leather Lounge Chair
This Etsy item might be tough to reproduce if you have no experience with leatherworking, but I love how different it is from the other reclaimed wood projects that I have discovered. It looks very comfortable, and it would fit nicely with any décor.
Available on: Handmade Lounge Chair.
There are a number of projects in this list featured from Beyond the Picket Fence. One of my very favorites is this pallet bench. I absolutely love what she has done with painting the wood. It really makes the design stand out!
Here is one of my absolute favorites from this entire list. These tables are designed by Pacific Northwest artist Greg Klassen. He makes all of them out of reclaimed wood. Through the center of each runs a “river” made out of glass. As you can see, the natural wavy contours of the wood mimics the weathered banks of the river. If you check out his website (which I highly recommend), you can see many gorgeous examples.