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10 Incredible Home Decor Projects Using Old, Forgotten Wood

04/03/2015 03:07 pm ET | Updated Jun 02, 2015

If there was ever a month to take the time to appreciate building and decorating with reclaimed wood, April is it. With Arbor Day just a couple of weeks away, we're taking a look at some incredible reclaimed wood and pallet projects that literally turn trash into treasure. These 10 DIY's can help you to not only make use of old, unwanted wood, but use it to create a magazine-worthy home on a shoestring.

1. Build a rustic dining room table

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Project via Becky @This Is Happiness

Nothing says farmhouse charm like a chunky dining room table. This straight forward DIY breaks down the steps so you can make your own using reclaimed wood.

2. Turn barn wood into designer wall art

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Project via Lindsay @My Creative Days

So industrial-chic and so simple, this repurposed wall decor is perfect for making a statement on smaller walls, like in an entryway or bathroom.

3. Plant your vertical garden in a pallet

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Project via Anne @The Micro Gardener

These vertical gardens are all the rage this spring, plus they're not at all difficult to start on your own. Using a pallet gives you more space to plant, excellent drainage, and a basically free DIY.

4. Create an accent ceiling covered in interesting barn wood

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Project via Heather @The Heathered Nest

If you've got a lot of retired wood on your hands, or you know where to get some, you're among the lucky few who can actually turn their ceiling into the most eye-catching surface in the room. Wood panelled accent ceilings are just about the coolest use of reclaimed wood out there.

5. Make a cozy wooden bed

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Project via Suzie @The Accent Piece

Make a bed that's custom fit for you, by using this reclaimed wood DIY tutorial. Can you imagine anything cozier than cuddling into this cottage style bed after a long day of DIYing?

6. Transform a full pallet into an entryway table

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Project via Gina @Kleinworth & Co.

This pallet upcycle is a great one for novice woodworkers. Simply give your pallet a fresh coat of paint, add a reclaimed wood top shelf, and attach it to the wall by your entryway, for a sweet and useful little detail.

7. Use salvaged wood strips to decorate your stairs

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Project via Rita @This Sorta Old Life

If you're looking for a budget way to beautify your staircase, add strips of salvaged wood to the risers of each step. Make sure they're thin, so that they'll fit safely under the nosing, and a little color is a major bonus.

8. Build an elegant kitchen island from scraps

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Project via Becky @Beyond the Picket Fence

This shutter island is nothing to be afraid of, because with its salvaged parts and simple construction, it's an eye-catching kitchen stunner that will impress visitors and give some charm to your cooking space.

9. Make a full-sized deck using pallets

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Project via Liz @Hoosier Homemade

Turn a pile of pallets into a sturdy backyard deck to enjoy the warmer weather. If you're not sold on reclaimed wood yet, think of the hundreds of dollars an upcycle like this would save!

10. And then add a stylish sectional

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Project via Hometalker Lian Wright

If you've already got the perfect outdoor lounging area, skip ahead to the furnishing stage. This crafty DIYer upgraded a pallet sectional by adding glossy wood embellishments. Voila -- a classy backyard bistro is born!

Find more ideas. inspirations, and how-to's, on our reclaimed wood page on Hometalk!