For a simple weekend project to update your home, woodworking is a great way to add personality to your home improvements. Here are a few easy repurposed wood projects to improve your living spaces.
Easy Repurposed Wood Projects
Repurposed Wood Projects: Picture Frames
Use scrap wood by constructing frames to display photos or artwork. You’ll need a saw, sandpaper, glue, and paint or stain for the wood that matches your decor. Cut the pieces of wood into lengths to form the sides of the frame. Attach each piece using glue and let it dry overnight before painting or staining the wood and adding decorative details.
Wooden Planter Box
Another practical project for repurposed wood is a planter box. To make a planter, determine the container size you want to build and cut your boards accordingly. Then assemble the pieces into the desired shape (square, rectangle, hexagon). Complete the planter by attaching plywood or landscaping fabric to the bottom of the box to contain the soil. Once finished, place it in its desired location and fill it with soil and plants of your choice. Use your repurposed wood planters to grow flowers for the front porch or create an herb garden. Not only will this make a beautiful addition to any outdoor space, but it’s also an excellent way to use reclaimed materials for something useful.
Upcycled Coat Hooks
An upcycled coat rack is one of the easiest DIY projects with repurposed wood. You only need some reclaimed lumber, a few screws, and hooks. Start by cutting the pieces of lumber to size, then attach the coathooks to provide a place for jackets, scarves, and hats. Use your new hooks in the bathroom to hold towels and robes, or hang raincoats and umbrellas in the mudroom. This project is great for upcycling materials while providing a functional item for your home.
Floating shelves are another great way to upcycle repurposed wood in your home. To make shelves, you need scrap lumber (or even wooden pallets), a drill, and screws. Measure the length of each shelf and cut the wood accordingly. Once cut to size, drill holes into each board to hang them on the wall using screws. Use a stud finder to mount the fasteners into studs, so the shelves can carry the weight of whatever you want to put on them. You’ll add storage without taking up much space in the room.
Repurposing materials to improve our homes isn’t difficult. Using reclaimed wood allows us to create beautiful pieces that enhance our living spaces without spending a fortune. Give one of these DIY repurposed wood projects a try next time you’re looking for a fun task that won’t break the bank.