A Whale of a Tale

Laura’s rescue may seem to just be about using a piece of reclaimed wood to make something beautiful, but it’s so much more than that! I got sucked into the story of her grandparents’ hand-built home (where the wood came from) and her parent’s beach house (where the completed piece is going). At Finding Home, Laura is telling the stories and introducing us to a very sentimental and happy whale.


Laura made “Glenda the Happy Whale” to be a new piece of décor for her parents’ New Jersey beach home, which has been rebuilt since Hurricane Sandy destroyed it. She drew her whale shape on a thin piece of plywood and cut it out with a jigsaw to create a template. After gluing and nailing the template to the back of her scrap wood, she started cutting around the template, then sanded down all the rough edges. Laura stained and waxed the whale, then put her on the mantel until she’s ready to make the voyage to her new home at the beach!


To see the complete tutorial and read about Laura’s grandparents, visit Finding Home.

Making Seashells Into Art

If you’ve ever come home from the beach with buckets full of seashells, then you can understand the dilemma of the beach comber:  you don’t want to throw away the shells you were so delighted to find, but what on earth can you do with all of them?  Well, lucky for you Kathy of Petticoat Junktion has an idea!


Kathy decided to turn her shell collection into art.  She used a weathered, reclaimed wood board as her canvas.  Next, Kathy used hot glue to attach some of her shells onto the board in a pretty floral shape.  A bit of rope glued beneath forms a stem and adds to the nautical feel of this piece.  It’s the perfect addition to her seashore themed vignette.


Visit Petticoat Junktion to read more about this seashell artwork.

Headboard from Reclaimed Fence

The talented Emily is showing off a fabulous new headboard made from reclaimed wood over at Elizabeth Joan Designs! She “spotted an old 6′ stockade fence tossed to the curb” one night and knew she’d found the perfect piece to complement her son’s bed.

stockade fenceAfter taking the fence apart and removing lots (and lots and lots) of nails, Emily sanded and stained the boards, then added a protective finish. She screwed several boards to the back of the planks for stability and for attaching the hanging hardware. And then she accidentally ran the headboard over with her car, which as we all know is the preferred way to add character. As you can see, the final result is amazing, tire marks and all!

reclaimed wood headboard

To see the step-by-step instructions, go to Elizabeth Joan Designs.

Ikea Cabinet Makeover with Pallet Wood

Over at Place of My Taste, Aniko has had this Ikea shelving system in her dining room for several years.  She loved the way it functioned, but when she spotted a similarly shaped cabinet at West Elm in a completely different style, it was love at first site.


Aniko decided to use her existing buffet cabinet as a starting point to get the look of the West Elm buffet that she so admired.  “I went to a local business place where they make pallets and asked them if they perhaps have some wood pieces that they don’t need anymore. I gave them my best smile and got a bunch of wood panels,” Aniko explains.  She stained the wood and cut it to fit the doors on her cabinet, then simply screwed the wood panels onto the doors.  The results are completely gorgeous–even better than the West Elm version, if you ask me!.


Visit Place of My Taste to get all the details on this project.

It’s About Time, and Reclaimed Wood

“A few months ago I was riding bikes with my girls, and saw a neighbor down the street taking out a huge fence in order to replace it with a new one,” Lindsay begins the story of her latest rescue at Diary of a Crafty Lady.  “After riding back and forth a few times I got up the courage to talk to the neighbor, and found out that he was taking down a fence made of cedar, and was willing to give me several pieces of fence board!”


With all the possibilities of reclaimed wood projects before her, Lindsay decided this one should be….a clock.  She cut some of the wood down to form a square.  Lindsay burned numbers into the face of the clock.  She used scrap cedar to make a simple frame, then added hands to finish off the clock.  What a neat, rustic timepiece!  I love that it’s made of so many reclaimed items!

woodburned clock from reclaimed wood

Visit Diary of a Crafty Lady to see Lindsay’s tutorial for this project.


Reclaimed Wood Spa Bath Tray

Sarah blogs at Edea Smith, where she points out, “As a busy Mommy of two a relaxing bath in an evening is often a rare but cherished experience.”  She came up with this project–designed to keep bath essentials close at hand–using reclaimed wood.  Her wood was free, coming from old scaffolding boards.


To make this bath board, Sarah measured and cut her board to fit the width of the bathtub.  She attached small blocks of wood on the underside of the board to hold it in place.  She varnished the board and sanded the edges for a rustic look.  The finishing touch was coating the tray with a waterproof sealer to protect it from warping.  Talk about spa luxury!


Find the tutorial for this project at Edea Smith.

Beautiful Tray from Reclaimed Wood

“Early in the summer my mom and I tore down the playhouse my dad had built for me as a child,” says Jamie at Anderson + Grant.  “Even though the wood foundation was no longer in a condition to hold up the walls, the wood pickets that boarded the outside were still in great condition.  We saved many of the boards to use for various projects.”  Here is one of those projects.


Inspired by the photos she’s seen of serving trays made from reclaimed wood, Jamie decided to make on of her own.  She used the weathered wood pickets and a chunky picture frame her aunt gave her.  After cutting the fence wood to size, Jamie simply nailed it onto the back of the frame–that’s it!  The result is this gorgeous tray.


Click on over to Anderson + Grant to view the tutorial for this project.

Reclaimed Wood Pumpkins

Over at The Summery Umbrella, Liz is working on some pretty big home improvement projects.  And, like many of those projects do, there is wood involved.  Which means that Liz has quite a few wood scraps lying around.  You should see what she’s been making from her scraps.


Liz collected some of that unused wood and put together some pretty darn cute pumpkins for her fall decor.  By notching rectangular pieces and fitting them together perpendicularly, she created pumpkin-like shapes from the wood.  To really give them the full pumpkin effect, Liz painted the wood in different shades of orange.  Then, she added “stems” cut from fallen branches and wrapped green wire around those for the vine.  I love these pumpkins!


To see the full tutorial for these reclaimed wood pumpkins, click over to The Summery Umbrella.