One thing that I’ve realized as we get closer and closer to officially putting the farm on the market is just how much stuff
I we have. I have a serious problem with collecting projects, roadside finds, and barn wood – just in case. Some of these items have managed to be flipped and sold in my space at the Vintage Market but a good amount has taken up permanent residence in my barn. My purging and anti-hoarding alter ego has taken over and I’m in sell, sell, sell mode. Including my stash of barn wood and fence planks. I’m selling the fence boards/barn wood for — get ready for it — $14 a board. Not a board foot, A BOARD. Legit good deal. So after selling out at the last sale, I know that people love the idea of using these boards but they also need an idea or six. And many people don’t have a workshop of tools. Behold a list of beginner reclaimed wood DIY projects! It’s only six BUT my Pinterest is full of boards devoted to various types of projects that can be made from reclaimed wood if you are searching for more.
First, a word of caution, be sure to do a lead test on your vintage wood stash. Seal or throw out any wood that is contaminated. And for the love of all that is DIY, do NOT use lead contaminated wood in a project that your toddler or baby will come into contact with! Here is a great post on reclaimed wood from Unskinny Boppy.
This unique idea is an easy way to use a unique piece of board and a very nice beginner project. A few materials later and your house has a nice entryway or mudroom piece.
Another easy to follow tutorial that can be used as either a headboard (see warning above) or wall art. And your boards don’t have to perfect to make this work.
Although this using pallet boards, if you have some nice reclaimed wood that is on the thinner side, it would make a nice project!
One of my favorite (sold, of course) projects was a wine glass holder made from a piece of scrap barn wood and an old rake head. If you have some rusty tools hanging around (totally intended) and a piece of unique wood that is too small for larger projects, consider this one!
And, because I’m humble and all that jazz, here are two of my favorite ways that barn wood/fence boards have been reused:
Any interesting projects that you’ve completed with reclaimed wood? I would love to hear from you (pictures are great too!) in the comments below!