Rustic Woodwork Decor – How To Make Your Own

Bring a little texture and nature to you decorating style and learn how to make your own Rustic Woodwork Decor. A welcoming and cozy way to decorate and DIY.

 

How To Make Your Rustic Woodwork Decor

Bring natural textures to your decor style

 

Home decor is already a huge feature of our homes. Both regarding expense and the amount of time spent thinking about how o decorate the space. You design and redesign the layout in your head a dozen times over. Couple that with the countless hours spent wandering through stores to find the perfect item pictured in your mind and it truly is a process to create your perfect home.

However, what if there was a means to add further customization to your home and lower your budget? And get the further benefit of learning a new skill? Well, such a path does exist. Luckily, woodwork is an easy way to transfer your style, needs, and wants into a creation that perfectly fits your home.

A little bit of rustic decor

For those who have missed out on the design trends, rustic decor can be described as a decorating style with an emphasis on nature and other natural elements. These elements are all inspired by textures that can be found outdoors in nature. Think beach wood benches and luxurious faux-fur throws. The style further relies on natural colors that are typically earthy in tone.

If you are worried about how to achieve such a look in the middle of suburbia, one of the easiest ways is to incorporate ‘raw’ elements. These can be unfinished pieces of wood, a river-washed pebble mat, coral you collected on your last trip to the beach. The more unfinished and closer to its natural state the better the finished product will look.

DIY ideas

An emphasis on natural elements is required to achieve the rustic decor look. Wood especially is a great place to start. As always, when embarking on any project involving dangerous tools or supplies, it is important to be completely aware of the directions. Get the job done and practice good safety habits, such as wearing protective gear.

A good place to start with your interior is to fashion a rustic headboard out of pallets and other wood. The great thing is you can choose to use recycled pieces such as old wood from barns or leftover pieces from previous projects to add to the rustic charm of the piece.

A further idea is pallet shelves, or possibly a pallet bench and to ensure your best friend (your dog) doesn’t feel left out. Maybe even check out how to make a dog bed with old pallets. Everything is possible when it comes to DIY. For the pallet shelves, once you have finished pulling all the nails out and then cutting off the end pieces – these are shelf one and two, along with the center pieces for shelf three.

 

You then have the option to go even further. You can proceed to stain the shelves, to achieve a more rustic look. A darker color is advised for a more authentic image, while for a look more suited to a coastal interior theme, you could use a lighter, sandy color to stain the wood. Finally, screw them into the wall, and then they are ready to go.

More Rustic Woodwork Decor

Should you be seeking more inspiration for where exactly to start with your rustic decor mission, perhaps a wooden pallet wine rack is the avenue to which you should check out. You will similarly make the wooden pallet shelf as to the way you make shelf 1 and 2 (or the end pallet shelves) in the example above. Then, you only drill holes into the shelf so that the wine glasses have a space to hang.

If you only want to beautify an already wooden piece of your home, such as a backyard fence, then feel free to go to town with fresh flowers stacked in a tin-can garden, or if you are really into entertaining, why not consider putting a back-yard barbeque station attached to your garden fence?

 

With so many ways to achieve a rustic decor look and DIY woodworking activities being one of the easier, more affordable ways to do it, the only question left to ask is which project are you going to undertake first? I know, the wooden pallet wine rack is extremely tempting.

Have you done any Rustic Woodwork Decor projects? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

I want to thank Sarah for sharing these rustic woodwork decor DIY projects with us today. I cannot wait to give some of these ideas a try!

Be sure to check out Sarah’s blog, The DIY Hammer.

 

 

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Coordinates Sign DIY

Don’t you just love those signs that mark your little spot in the world? Our regular contributor, Michelle James, has a fantastic and fun Coordinates Sign DIY project for you today.

A Coordinates Sign

Mark Your Spot In The World

Hello again! Today I am showing you a sign I created for a friend of mine. It marks the coordinates of their house in Whittemore, IA and will be hung up in their home. It just love this idea.

A Coordinates Sign

About a month ago my friend Jill asked me to make one of these signs for her neighbor who was moving out of state. She wanted to give her something to remember her time and her home in Iowa. When I got it done and took it to her she loved it and then wanted on for herself. I was, of course, happy to do it. They were neighbors so the numbers were almost exactly the same.

I started with a plain sign painted brown with a very watered down paint. It pretty much acts like a stain on the wood. Jeff makes these for me from lathe and 1×2 but you could use a pre-made sign or a pallet too. You could even use a canvas if you like. I just like the rustic-ness of the wood.

Then with my Silhouette Machine I chose a font and cut out the numbers that I needed. I did not cut out the bottom letters because they end up being so small.


I used a chalk pencil to trace around the large numbers and letters then just free-handed the smaller words.

Then I just painted with white acrylic paint.

When I get done and the paint is completely dry I use a sanding block and sand the entire surface for a small amount distressing.

They always come out looking so nice and they are really easy to make.


I hope you like this project. It is such a great way to mark your spot on this Earth. You can see all of my projects by visiting my blog at https://www.michellejdesigns.com
Have a great day!

~Michelle

Isn’t this adorable? Have you thought of making a coordinates sign? What fun ideas for coordinates do you have?

 

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DIY Wooden Garden Sign

Hi! I am so glad to be back at Life With Lorelai today. I don’t know about you, but we have had a couple of nice weather days in a row. I was busy today cleaning up my back yard. I have wanted a wooden garden sign for my “new” old garden gate, so I found a piece of scrap wood and got to work.

Wooden Garden Sign

A Humorous DIY Project for Your Garden

I created this fun section in my yard by the back door with an old garden gate. I had been wanting a gate for so long. I thought I was going to have to purchase something new and make it look old; but then, I ran into a great garage sale. It still wasn’t as cheap as wanted, but I bought it anyway because I loved it. And, it was exactly what I was looking for.

I planted flowers and greenery in the boys’ old wagon and place a smaller container on the other side, but have known from the beginning that I wanted a fun sign too. I just could not figure out what I wanted it to say.

So many of the signs out there have been used so much, maybe this one has too, but I hadn’t seen it. When I saw it on the internet it made me laugh. I am not sure of the original creator though, and I could not find an original post.

I found a scrap piece of masonite in the garage and decided to spray it with my teal spray paint.

After a couple of coats, I took it inside to the Silhouette machine. I used Arial and Glamorous Brush fonts for the wording.

This is what it looked like on my Silhouette studio screen.

I cut it out with black vinyl. This makes it easier to trace. If you look closely, you can see that I have traced around the first three letters. I used a black sharpie. I usually use a pencil, but the teal paint was not allowing the pencil to show, so I had to resort to the sharpie and be pretty careful with my tracing. (I am not the neatest tracer).

Here they are all traced and ready for paint.

I used regular black acrylic paint for the letters. And here it is all done. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It is hand painted!

After it was completely dry, I took it out to the garage and used a sanding block to distress it a bit. The weather and time will do the rest!

Right now, it is just tucked in and resting on the gate latch, but I think I will need to drill a couple of holes and use some wire to make it more permanent. I am afraid our Iowa winds may take it away.

What do you think? I love the final look!

It was a fun little project, and it makes me smile every time I come home!

Have a great day, and I will be back in a couple of weeks!

~Michelle

 

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DIY Wooden Beach Marquee Sign

Are you ready to hit the beach? Our regular contributor, Michelle James, has a fantastic DIY project to set a beachy tone in your home.

 

Wooden Beach Marquee Sign

A Beachy DIY Project for Your Home

 

Wow!  I can’t believe that March is over and spring has sprung.  Well…it’s going to spring here in Iowa soon, I hope.  This weather is why my friend Maureen loves the beach so much.  Well, who doesn’t?  She decorates in a beach theme all year except for Christmas and St. Pat’s.  I love her house.  We created this Beach Inspired Sofa Table for her home, and it turned out so cute.

This was a little surprise I created for her to add to her beach décor.

Wooden Beach Marquee Sign

I don’t have a complete tutorial, but I think it is enough for you to create one if you like.  I have been offering these types of signs in my classes, and people really seem to enjoy them.  I love the glow of lights in the house in the evening, and these types of signs don’t disappoint.

I started with a plain wood sign made from lath and 1×2.  My husband puts these together for me.

Then, we water down some latex paint to create a paint we can roll on, but almost has the consistency of stain.  We were staining them, but rolling the paint looks better and is a much faster process when you have to make large quantities at a time.

One of the pictures below is the stained version we used to make.

I cut out the BEACH letters on my Silhouette.  I am getting pretty good at finding a font, then making the letters exactly the size I want for the board.  I cut them out of cardstock, then trace around them with chalk.  This was the sign we made for Valentine’s Day, but it shows the chalk traced letters.  I use chalk because it is easy to see on the brown background, and it comes off easily when we sand later.

Then, using acrylic paint, paint in the letters and any other design you want.

After it is painted and dried, I use a sanding block and give it a good sanding.  This gets the extra chalk off the wood, and it gives it a nice rustic, distressed look.  I love that!

Then, I mark the spots where I want holes drilled.

This is the painted BEACH sign with the pencil marks for the holes.  We are using strings with 35 lights, so I double and triple count to make sure I have exactly 35 marks for holes.

Then working from the back, you push the lights through the wood and work your way up and down the sign, until all of the lights and all of the holes have been filled.

There you have it!  Super easy and it looks great.  I like to lean mine on the table against the wall, and I have the perfect spot for them.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this post.  Please share, and stop by my blog and say hello!

See you next time!

Michelle

 

 

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