25+ Barn Wood Ideas You Can Make Yourself
Do you have extra barn wood lying around? There are so many different kinds of projects you can make with barn wood! Check out these 25 reclaimed wood projects to get inspired!
It all started when we found a bunch of gorgeous barn wood at a local warehouse. I instantly knew that I could make so many fun reclaimed wood projects if we brought the barn wood home.
The local warehouse had so many different types and sizes of barn wood, like this, but we ended up snagging two pieces that were about 15 feet local. So far, we’ve made 3-4 projects out of the barn wood and we still have some left!
If you’re lucky enough to stumble across barn wood like this or any type of reclaimed wood, you’ll probably be wondering what to do with it all. I’ve got you covered because I’m sharing tons of barn wood ideas today (at the bottom of this article)!
But first, let’s talk about this pretty little rustic wall shelf!
Hello, friends! So happy to be back today and taking a break from One Room Challenge craziness to share how I made this rustic wall shelf.
If you remember, I made an Irish Blessing Framed Sign and a Framed Canvas (without using any power tools).
They looked great together! But … the space was still missing something.
When I remembered I had another piece of reclaimed wood in my basement from when we made our DIY farmhouse shelves, I knew just what I was going to do.
And … the wall shelf was made.
I LOVE it.
I added on a sweet little glass bottle and some faux florals to really complete the look.
Here’s my current gallery wall:
Much better, right??
You HAVE to pop over to Making it in the Mountains to see how I made the wall shelf. It was SO easy (cut, assembled, painted, and hung in ONE day!) and I love the rustic texture and farmhouse style it brings to the space.
Click here for the FULL tutorial —> Reclaimed Wood Wall Shelf
As promised, here are even more barn wood ideas for you to get inspired to use up that scrap barn wood you have lying around! I’m sure you’ll find something you love!
Barn Wood Ideas
How to Clean and Refinish Barnwood in 3 Easy Steps
If you are lucky enough to find or buy a bunch of old barn wood, chances are that it needs to be cleaned and refinished. Learn how to clean and refinish barn wood in just 3 easy steps with our detailed tutorial!
Reclaimed Wood Wall Shelf
Looking for a great way to use up reclaimed wood? Make a small shelf like this with rustic charm to decorate your walls. It is such an easy project that doesn’t require advanced woodworking skills.
DIY Rustic Shelves
Once you have cleaned up your barn wood, make your own farmhouse-style shelves. I love the rustic look of these in our little one’s nursery.
Read the guide to learn how to make DIY rustic shelves in a distressed farmhouse style even if you don’t have old reclaimed barn wood!
Rustic String Art
Have some extra wood salvaged from old barns? Use a small piece of it to make string art, like this! It is the perfect addition to your floating shelves.
DIY Irish Blessing Sign
Making your own picture frames is a great way to use barn wood! The rustic vibe of this framed sign is perfect.
DIY Rustic Picture Frame
This easy DIY project is the perfect solution if you have some spare barn wood to use and you want to display photos. Who knew making your own photo frames was so easy? Learn how to make this fun and easy DIY rustic picture frame.
DIY Reclaimed Wood Bed
Does your bedroom need a focal point? Make your own reclaimed wood headboard. They used deconstructed pallet boards, but you could also use barn wood (or any type of old wood). I love how you can see the old nail holes left behind.
Make New Wood Look Like Barn Wood
Beautiful reclaimed barn wood can cost a fortune so if you want to fake it, follow along with this DIY technique for new wood to be transformed into faux barn board that is just as beautiful but a fraction of the price. This technique makes such an authentic look!
DIY Barn Wood Jewelry Hanger
This is a great project for the bedroom, bathroom, or closet! This is made with such a piece of beautiful reclaimed wood.
This is such a simple way to use barn wood! All you need to do is attach several pieces together on the back to make a sign and then paint a word on the front. This one looks great styled with fall decor.
DIY Weathered "Relax" Rope Sign
If you have a scrap piece of barn wood that you don’t know what to do with, grab some rope and hot glue it in the shape of letters! Such a simple and easy idea, right? The finished product turned out amazing.
Barn Wood Wall
If you have a lot of wood pieces, you can make your own barn wood wall! This tutorial walks you through the entire process.
DIY Rustic Barn Wood Corner Gallery Wall
A good use of these rustic barn wood pieces was to make a simple corner gallery wall. Such an easy way to decorate an otherwise boring corner.
DIY Barn Wood Serving Tray
Make a DIY barn wood serving tray from old barn boards (or wood that looks like old barn wood) and some knobs and handles!
Barn Wood Coat Rack
Follow these simple steps to make a budget-friendly barn wood coat rack for your home. This fits right in with the farmhouse-style home decor. This is such a good idea!
Miter Saw Station
I love this creative miter saw station built with reclaimed wood! Who says the garage needs to be ugly?! This DIY creation is a great idea if you’re into woodworking. I love the rustic style!
Barn Wood Frame for Mirror
This is the perfect way to use up barn wood or fence boards! This boring builder-grade mirror is completely transformed with a little bit of barn wood.
DIY Mirror Frame
Here's another mirror frame, but this time for a big bathroom mirror! Make a farmhouse-style DIY mirror frame using old wood for your plain clip bathroom mirror. Learn how to frame a mirror the easy way. You only need basic woodworking skills to accomplish this easy project.
Barn Wood Hairpin Leg Console Table
Hairpin leg tables are all the rage. This DIY console table made with reclaimed barn wood turned out great!
Rustic DIY Shelf
Grab a reclaimed piece of wood and simply add brackets, found at hardware stores, to it to make it into an easy DIY shelf!
Sunflower Bottle Cap Craft
When you twist off a cap to enjoy your next cold drink, be sure to save it. This sunflower bottle cap craft not only turns out super cute, but it is also easy to make using either barn wood or pallet wood. I love this wall art idea!
Gorgeous DIY Rustic Wood Ceiling
Learn how to add a rustic wood ceiling to any space with this tutorial. It is a simple DIY that has a low cost and high impact. Your guests will be impressed the second they walk in through your front door.
Farm Table with Relcaimed Barn Wood
If you love the rustic farmhouse style, you’ll love this reclaimed barn wood dining room table. With a little effort, you can make your own dining table using this detailed tutorial.
DIY Barn Wood Cabinets
Do you want to get the barn wood look in your bathroom? You don’t need to replace all of your cabinets! There is a better way! Learn how to make your existing bathroom cabinets look like aged wood with this tutorial.
DIY Barn Wood Coffee Table
This project is genius! She takes a coffee table with an orange wood finish and transforms it into something that looks like it is from Restoration Hardware with a white-painted base and a faux barn wood top. Learn how to make a coffee table top that looks like barn wood with this tutorial.
Wishing you a joyful day!
* This article was originally published in October 2016 and most recently updated in January 2023. *
so simple, and so easy! Might have to add this to our One Room Challenge!
Aww thanks Ariel! It was so easy to make!
I made one similar to this but I love the texture of your wood!It looks great!
Aw I’ll have to check it out Amanda! The wood is so perfectly rustic, I did feel sorta bad painting it. But, I love the end result!
This is so pretty and so simple – LOVE it!
Thanks, Amanda! I’m so so glad you like it.
Loving this! It is so simple but really adds to a space!
Thanks so much Emily! I do love it looks in the space!
Aw, what a great idea. This looks so cute and I love how it turned out. You are so talented friend!
Thanks so much, Sabrina, you’re so sweet!! I’m so glad you like the shelf.
It looks so pretty, Sarah! And such a simple project!
Thanks, Lora! I’m so glad you like it!
I’m obsessed with reclaimed wood – love it!!
And it’s easy to do, so that’s always a bonus! 😉
I have a rather large obsession with reclaimed wood, too!! Thanks so much for stopping by!
That one looked so easy to do. I love how it turned out. Left a comment over there!!
Thanks so much Zan!! The whole thing took less than a day – my kinda project 😉
I love this simple little shelf. I might need a few in my house 🙂
Thanks, Kati!! I’m so glad you like it.
I love it! Perfect little touch to farmhouse style decor.
Aww thanks so much Amy! I’m so glad you like it!
So cute! Pinning!
That simple little shelf totally completes your wall! I love it.
The wall shelf does look so cute with the other pieces on the wall. So glad you like it!
This is adorable and charmingly simple! I love how pretty this is. I am SO trying this out for myself.