Friday, May 24, 2013

DIY Reclaimed Wood Wall Art

How's it going?  Everything is hunky dory here, except I have a cold. It went from a tickle in my throat to a deep cough in a few short days. I guess it's a good day to play on the computer. I needed some inspiration for today's post, so I looked up at the wall and saw this painting I did on an old wood coffee table top.

 To coin a phrase, I 'upcycled' that thing! I'm not sure.. did I recycle or upcyle? I have to look that up. ( More on that debate later.)
There have also been some amazing wall art projects on Pinterest and other blogs, so I thought I'd pull together some great do it yourself art to share. These photos show what you can do with some scrap wood. Recycling old wood, lath strips, fence boards, pallet wood and whatever you have, can easily become some great wall art with some DIY elbow grease.
   My artwork was made from the wooden top of a coffee table that I had found at a thrift store. I just removed the table base and added a hanging wire. I used painter's masking tape and lots of measuring to figure out the design. Then I loaded my palette with an assortment  acrylic paint colors. Here's a close up of what I ended up with in the diamond designs. I used a loose painting style, adding colors to wet paints and just blending as I went. I find it hard to describe how to paint. I think you just need to play around a lot!  Keep in mind, you can always sand and paint over it. Let yourself mix colors in different ways!

Here are several more beautiful projects I found on Pinterest and the internet. I hope you find some inspiration and a way to use some reclaimed wood. Enjoy!
Coffee stir sticks were painted in pleasing colors and glued into wood frames. Pretty, huh? She has the full tutorial on her blog, link above.

This artist used reclaimed wood as well as dark painted silhouettes of palm trees and birds to make this gorgeous work of art! Looks perfect for the 'Sunset Coast', too.

Redwood lath strips take on a new life in this piece. Each piece was painted or stained and simply glued onto an old canvas. Love it!

All kinds of scrap wood were reclaimed in this interesting wall art! Some people save things and actually make something awesome out of them... This piece was one of my favorite picks.

This artist recycled pieces of old fence boards. Her painting is wonderful and she tells you how to do it, too. The feather, nest and egg paintings are delightful and she makes it look easy to paint them.                                                                                                       

Here's another inspiring composition of reclaimed wood. The chalk paint colors in red, white and blues look great in this nautical themed room.

How cute is this?! Popsicle sticks are cut and glued onto a small canvas. The whole thing gets a stencil with the words and waves and jute trim to finish it off in style.

Reused lath wood is cut and glued to make this  intricate design for a wall art piece.. I think it looks great!

This use of reclaimed wood is a fabulous work of art! Triangles of various wood are arranged to make this wonder. All the wood was already those colors, the artist did no painting. It would take a lot of precise work to get all those wood triangles to fit perfectly like they do.

I like the pleasing shades of green and dashes of red, in this DIY art. It's also interesting to have the various widths of wood stacked and combined together. Looks so simple, yet it's very effective wall art!

Various pieces of recycled wood make up this art piece. Subtle paint color was added as well as the bird outline. It's a pretty work that reminds me of a shoreline or the seaside.

 For the final reclaimed wood art piece, I've shared another awesome piece made with painted lath wood. Just running the wood vertically versus horizontally, gives the art a different appealing look.

I hope you liked all the inspirational wall art today! I could have shared hundreds of pictures.. aren't these internets incredible?
Do you have a pile of wood you need to upcycle or create into something amazing for your walls? Try some reclaimed wood art!
(Ok, I've got the info on upcycle vs recycle. According to somebody--"Upcycling is described by some as reusing a material without degrading the quality and composition of the material for its next use."  When you recycle you change the composition of the material, such as when a plastic bottle becomes carpet or a plastic bag. I hope that makes sense!)
  I 'upcycled' the wood table top. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
 Maybe you have something you'd like to share? Send me a picture or a link, I love your ideas and projects!
Have a Happy Scrappy Day!

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  1. I found your blog from a blog hop and I really enjoy it. I am nominating your for a Liebster Award! Check it out at

    1. Thanks for hopping over! Now I have to check out the Liebster Award. Hope you'll visit again! Cindy

  2. These are so fun and neat!!

    You're awesome!!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!!

    1. LOL.. thanks! You're awesome yourself!

  3. Love your mix of colors - it's so happy! I think I like yours the best of all the ones you shared. :)

    1. Thanks Cecilia! I enjoy it too, but I'd like to try some of the creations made with scrap wood. I just need to find some!

  4. You are an inspiration! Thanks so much for joining Diann and I at TTF and sharing you talent with us.


  5. BEAUTIFUL ideas! Great inspirations!

  6. Great inspiration! You are so creative, I just love your piece!
    So happy to have you share at Amaze Me Monday!!!

  7. I love this look! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  8. What a gorgeous upcyled recycled art project. I can't believe it's a coffee table top! Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

  9. I think there's merit to both words - looks terrific - love what you did and the other examples - very, very creative. I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  10. you are so smart, Wood wall art is very cool, I like it very much...

  11. DIY Reclaimed Wood Wall Art is very beautiful, it makes the room look more colorful, I love this article :) thank you :)

  12. These are some great contemporary design from which anyone get ideas from if someone is interested!


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