Looking for a perfect DIY project that gives your home a rustic feeling?
One of the best trends in rustic home decorating right now is using reclaimed wood. The great thing about reclaimed wood is that even though it is usually worn down and old, it gives a cozy and down to earth feeling. Also, it is eco-friendly and is much mature than fresh-cut lumbers, making it more tough and durable.
DIY reclaimed wood projects come in various sizes and shapes. You do not have to be a super-duper handyman to tackle projects like this. Here are 5 Easy DIY Projects that you can make with reclaimed woods:
1. Industrial Pipe Shelving
Perfect for bathrooms, an industrial pipe shelving with reclaimed woods will look classy and rustic. Because, hey, if you are going to use plumbing pipe for DIY projects anywhere in the house, then it might as well be in the bathroom.
- Philips head screwdriver
- Measuring tape
- Black spray paint
- 1 board reclaimed wood
- 1 ¼ inch x 8 – 3.18 cm Coarse Thread Drywall Screws
- 6 ¾ x 8 inches Nipples
- 6 3/4 inches Caps
- 6 ¾ inches floor flanges
- If your bathroom already has shelves in place, remove them and patch any holes as needed.
- Wipe the grime and grease off your plumbing parts.
- Screw a floor flange and a cap onto every nipple. These should be your bracket.
- Spray paint the brackets and then allow to dry.
- Try to align the flanges with wall studs. You may also want to use drywall anchors if you’re unable to hit a stud with the placement of your bracket.
- It should look best to have 2 ½ – 3 inches between the outside of the bracket and at the end of the board.
- Position the first bracket on the stud, then screw it on the place.
- Hold the second bracket in place and put the board on top of the bracket as well as the level on top of that. If the board is in level position screw the second bracket.
- Screw remaining shelves to place in the same in order to make sure that they are equally spaced.
2. Vertical Plant Hanger
For the plant lovers, get ready to get your hands dirty, grab your gloves and get some pretty plants. This DIY Vertical Plant Hanger makes a stunning and beautiful display of your potted fresh plants without taking up too much space. Perfect for those with limited spaces.
- Reclaimed wood
- Terra cotta pots
- Metal ring
- Drill and 3/8 inches bit
- Place a pot upside down on the reclaimed wood. Measure then mark a square around the pot while leaving at least an inch border on the sides.
- Create a hole for the pots to sit in. Trace the top of the pot at the center. Draw another circle which is ¼ inches smaller inside the first circle.
- Cut the smaller circle out. Use a 3/8 inches drill bit to create hole then use the jigsaw to cut the circle.
- Drill a hole on each corner of the wood.
- Paint or stain the wood as you like.
- Cut 4 – 6-foot pieces of rope and thread through the holes of wood squares. Tie the knot in each rope underneath the reclaimed wood in order to hold it in place.
- Tie another knot on each rope at least 10 – 12 inches above the previous knot then add your next square wood.
- Repeat the process until all your wood pieces are in place.
- Add the potted plants on the wood.
3. Deep Picture Ledge
This DIY picture ledge will add a rustic and welcoming touch to your home while displaying your kid’s arts, family photos or anything that makes your home extra special.
- 4 long screws (1/4×6 inches)
- 4 smaller screws
- 6 inches long reclaimed wood
- 8 inches long 2×4
- Using a circular saw, cut the wood pieces in 24 inches and 36 inches in length.
- Drill 2 holes in each thicker (2 x 4) wood piece closer to the edge.
- Screw 2 big screws to the holes that you made and drill the screw to the wall. Make sure that the shelves are leveled.
- Attach the front piece for the shelf with 2 screws on each side.
4. Reclaimed Wood Mirror Frame
Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Who is the fairest of them all? But a rustic mirror? Isn’t that beautiful? Plus, you can do it yourself too!
- Salvaged Mirror
- 5 7ft reclaimed wood
- 8, 2 inches screws
- 2, ½ inches screws
- 20, 1-inch screw
- 2 ft. thin wire
- Wood glue
- 8 – 12 1 ¼ inches finished nails
- Box cutter
- Table saw
- Chop saw
- Cordless Drill
- Remove frames of the salvaged mirror. If there’s a cardboard backing that needs trimming, use a box cutter.
- Choose the straightest piece of reclaimed wood for the inside of the beveled frame.
- Using a table saw, rip a board in the desired beveled angle and width.
- Cut ¼ inches deep and ¼ inches wide groove in the uncut edge at 22 ½ degrees for the bevel.
- Repeat this for the bottom and top pieces.
- Assemble the inner beveled frame by using 2 nails and a screw per corner. Apply wood glue on each corner.
- Slide mirror after 3 sides are assembled.
- Use 2 ½ inches screws in the center of sides on the back of the frame.
- Tie wire snuggly across the screws holding frame sides and the mirror in place.
- Assemble the remaining end.
- Build an outer frame using 45-degree cuts on the corners.
- Assemble the outer frame around the beveled frame. Use the screws to hold the frame together.
- Rip 2 strips of remaining wood at least 1 ½ inches wide and ½ thick.
- Cut the strips 2 inches short of the outer frame.
- Lay the mirror face down. Set the lengths of the strips bridging inner and outer frame.
- Use the 20 1 inch screws to fasten the pieces of the outer frame to the inner frame.
5. Hexagon Wall Planter
Add a rustic touch on your wall with these beautiful hexagon wall planter that is not only pretty but also geometrically decorative.
- Backing to hang planter box
- Table saw
- Nail gun
- Wood glue
- Wood stain
- Glass Jar
- ¼ inches thick plywood
- A 2 x 4 (at least 2 feet per box)
- Plan the hexagon to your glass jar. For this tutorial, the hexagon is 3.5 inches on each side.
- Using a table saw, saw the 2 x 4 in half. Cut 6 3.5 inches pieces for every box.
- Cut an angle into the sides of each piece. Set the saw to 30 degrees and cut the side of the woods so that the angles are inwards. The outside of each piece needs to remain 3.5 inches.
- Cut a hole to one of those sides which is big enough for the jar to slide through.
- Find the center of the blocks and create a square around the center point. Drill to the block, so you can get into the hole easily with a jigsaw.
- Cut the plywood piece to fit the top perfectly.
- Put the wood glue on each joint. Use nails to hold the wood pieces in place until the wood glue dries.
- Cut a box out from the 2 x 4 to fit underneath the jar. Then cut a piece of wood to the back of the planter box so you can attach it to the wall hanger.
- Putty everything so there are no spaces or holes. Stain r paint the boxes as you want.