15 Ways to Use Salvaged Wood in Your Home

These days, everyone tries hard to subscribe to the 3R’s— Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Home design is all over that trend, and has its own 3R’s— Recycle, Repurpose, Reclaim. More and more, people are finding ways to use reclaimed elements— especially wood, when decorating their homes. Salvaged wood is not only hot in structural elements, like flooring, beams, doors and wall treatments. It’s just as fashionable when it’s used in furniture applications— like for a desk, dining table, headboard, mirror, coffee table, or even a set of shelves. Reclaimed wood lends a warmth to any room, but also infuses a space with a sense of history and charm that new materials lack. You may be surprised at all the places you can incorporate reclaimed wood into your home. Here are some of our favorites from around the web.

Barn Wood Cabinets

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Barn Wood Cabinets

These cabinets were made when a barn was disassembled. The barn siding used on the cabinet doors has a natural, weathered look that can’t be replicated with modern finishing methods. Barn door hardware compliments the wood for a unique and authentic look.

vintagetimber.com

Salvaged Wood Wall

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Salvaged Wood Wall

This stunning and colorful feature wall was created with wood from a salvage yard. It includes barn wood, wainscot, and flooring from a high school gym. Total cost: $130, plus 3 days work. Totally worth it!

designsponge.com

Reclaimed Beech Flooring

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Reclaimed Beech Flooring

Shipping crates were repurposed to create this beautiful floor. The black veining pierces through the gold, tan, and peach tones to give the wood an almost marbled appearance. Beech never had such allure!

viridianwood.com

Driftwood Headboard

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Driftwood Headboard

You can almost hear the waves when you look at this unique driftwood headboard. Natural weathering doesn’t get any better than this—the epitome of a 'conversation piece'.

englishorganizer.com

Old Patina Pergola

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Old Patina Pergola

The natural brown-and-grey shades of this reclaimed timber add charm and character to an outdoor patio area. The old patina finish remains from when the wood was pulled off the original structure. Who’d want to change it, anyway?

crossroadslumber.com

Slab Dining Table

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Slab Dining Table

This dining table was constructed simply by attaching an entire wood slab to a metal base. Talk about bringing the outdoors in! 

michellekaufmann.com

Lief Puzzle Stool

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Lief Puzzle Stool

When a fishing boat washed up on the shore in Indonesia, the leftover wood was being sold off piece by piece for firewood—until a designer made the boat’s owner an offer. He used the haul of wood to make these stools and many other beautiful pieces of handcrafted furniture for Aellon in Brooklyn, NY.

core77.com

Re-Sawn Wood Beams

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Re-Sawn Wood Beams

These antique heart pine beams were re-sawn and planed smoothed before being given a second life. They impart a robust and warm feel to this space.

elmwoodreclaimedtimber.com

Wooden Pallet Coffee Table

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Wooden Pallet Coffee Table

Two wooden pallets, a little stain, and some casters are all you need to build a trendy coffee table. DIY doesn’t get much cheaper or easier than this.

wilsonsandpugs.blog spot.com

Reclaimed Lumber Shelves

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Reclaimed Lumber Shelves

The most obvious use for salvaged wood? Shelves. Display your photos and books atop a warm, natural-edged plank of wood that fits with whatever bracket you like.

westelm.com

Stairs

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Salvaged Wood Stairs

Salvaged wood turns a staircase into a centerpiece. This unit is constructed to appear free-floating. But you could just as easily use salvaged wood for your stair treads, or to laminate your treads and risers.

poppytalk.com

Fireplace Mantle

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Salvaged Wood Mantle

An antique timber makes a dramatic and one-of-a-kind fireplace mantle. It can compliment historic brick as well as more modern finishes. No matter where it is, it will be a conversation piece and an impressive design statement.

reclaimeddesignworks.com

Butcher Block Island

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Salvaged Wood Kitchen Island

Reclaimed wood can be laminated together to make beautiful butcher block. This example, sitting atop a steel pipe frame, makes a rustic kitchen island with a decidedly industrial feel.

etsy.com

Room Divider

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Salvaged Wood Room Divider

A room divider made of salvaged wood brings instant character and charm to a space. No additional wall decor is necessary when you have the weathered beauty of aged wood grain as your view.

sweetpeachblog.com

Coat Rack

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Salvaged Wood Coat Rack

Cast iron hooks affixed to the top of a worn picket fence make a simple, homespun coat rack that really pops on a modern white wall.

etsy.com

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