Upcycled Rustic Furniture For Your Modern Home
When it comes to Upcycled Rustic Furniture you can’t help but think about the old saying “One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure”. Although when most people are looking for new furniture they typically look for brand new. Which is fine every home is going to have a good mix of old and new pieces. A better alternative to buying brand new is buying something that will be brand new to you. Like furniture and household accessories that have been crafted from older or unwanted goods.
Go to any landfill today and your are bound to see mountains of plastic and particle board that someone no longer had any use for. A fair sized portion of this plastic and particle was used in manufacturing cheap furniture that was not designed to last throughout the years. These stores that manufacture these goods not only want you to buy their furniture but they also want you to replace it fairly regularly.
Take a step back 30, 40, 50 years and more and craftsmen and craftswomen made items that were built to last with natural materials. Even though the design may not have held up the tests of time the products and materials these people made did. It is no wonder that we spend countless hours scouring local sales and auctions looking for these pieces or that true artists are looking to rebuild them and reuse them to fit into modern homes.
upcycled Coffee table, antique dolly
Types Of Materials Used Is Upcycled Rustic Furniture
Barn Wood and Old Weathered Barn Boards – No one ever said that life on a farm was easy. Especially when it comes to being a barn. Rarely treated in comparison to today’s standards barn boards faced countless days in the sun, snow, rain, and really anything in between. This is where the character and charm of the boards is earned. Keep your eyes open for great barn board flooring, tables, bookshelves, and T.V. stands to incorporate into your own home.
Zoria Barn Wood Crate Coffee Table with Rope Handles
Old Ropes and Used Fishing Nets – Country is a great look but not always the look we are all going after. Beach, Nautical, and cottages on the water typically have a piece or two that are accessorized with a set of old ropes are used fishing nets. A work desk draped with an old fishing net not only looks great but is also creates a conversation piece for the next time you have company over.
Rope Hammock Table – Rustic Garden Table
License Plates – One of the best places to build memories is on the open road. License plates signify freedom and fond memories of vacations and days gone by. Its no wonder that we look to these pieces to accessorize our furniture. You can find vintage license plates on everything from coffee tables to household bars.
Reclaimed Wood and Vintage License Plates Table
Junk Metal – From old signs to wire fencing almost any piece of old junk metal can be recycled into some truly beautiful accent furniture or statues.
Old Suitcases – Yes! Old Suitcases are becoming a popular tool in the world of upcycled rustic furniture. Not only do they provide a stable piece perfect for a coffee table but they also have their own built in storage. If you are one for the open road why not let your guests see it as soon as they walk into your home.
suitcase sidetable/Vintage Luggage coffee table
Wall Shelf made from Vintage 1960’s Suitcase Luggage
Old Pipes and Plumbing Materials – From custom made shelving to lighting we are are seeing more and more designers using old pipes and plumbing accessories in modern homes.
Industrial Beer Table Lamp -Steampunk Fixture Faucet Switch
Vintage Jars and Bottles – Go to any furniture or home accessory store and you are bound to see a re-purposed mason jar or two. Mason Jars not only look great in most modern homes but they also act as a tremendous way to store your house hold goods. For the ultra-crafty DIYers out there why not pick up a case of canning jars and little bit of paint and try your hands at designing your own storage. Antique bottles and glasses make great accessories as well. Another trend you will find today is how vintage bottles and jars are being used as lighting covers. These covers provide a character that and warmth that most of use are in search of for our homes.
Mason Jar Pendants Light Fixture With Reclaimed Wood
Reclaimed Wood – Although barn wood and barn boards are great it doesn’t mean that all of our re-purposed wood needs to come from the farm. Vintage milk crates, damaged antique furniture, and trim and moldings can all be used to make some stunning modern pieces perfect for almost any home.
These are just a few of the items that modern furniture designers are using to do their part in a more eco-conscious where we should all be trying to reduce, reuse, and recycle more.
Reclaimed Wood Barn Door
Types Of Upcycled Rustic Furniture That Looks Good In Almost Any Home
Below are just a few of the very many items you can have built or purchase that are made with recycled materials. Again if you are in the market and struggling to find a place to purchase upcycled rustic furniture it is best to start at local farmers markets, carpenters, and then take your search online.
Kitchen and Dinning Tables – The center piece to any kitchen or dinning room is the table. A lot quality family time is spent around a kitchen table for everyday dinners and also during the holidays. A re-purposed dining room table will make a strong statement in any home and bring the character and charm that only old weathered wood could deliver
Farmhouse Reclaimed Wood Dining Room Tables
Wardrobes – The one thing that most of us need is more storage. Wardrobes are perfect for storing not only clothing but they are perfect to keep your towels, sheets, and blankets.
Impressive Antique Heavily Carved French Style Wardrobe
Dressers and Nightstands – One of the best ways to accessorize any bedroom is to add some matching upcycled dressers or nightstands. It may be a challenge to find that perfect matching set but a mix and match of furniture can also bring your bedroom to life.
Desks and Workstations – It is said that memories are trapped in everything past and present. Why not tap into those past memories as inspiration for your next project or work and buy yourself an upcycled desk or workstation.
Accent Tables – Even in modern homes and condominium units re-purposed accent tables will add a rustic charm and style to your home. They can be easily made from almost anything. Old milk crates, wood pallets, barn wood, and even vintage license plates.
rustic farmhouse entryway table
Storage Units – Everything from filing cabinets to books shelves can be made from re-purposed materials. Mason jars are a great way to keep all your smaller goods tidy and in order. They are perfect not only for the kitchen but also will look great and keep your bathroom organized.
Samantha White Washed Reclaimed Scaffolding Board and Galvanised Steel Pipe Industrial Open Wardrobe
Shoe Racks – Keeping to our theme of having upcycled rustic furniture in the home for storage next we will look at re-using items to make shoe racks. Old barn boards or wood pallets can easily be turned into a shoe rack to keep your foyer’s closet neat and tidy.
Industrial Style Clothing Storage Unit
Outdoor Furniture – Re-purposed furniture is not only a great way to make a statement inside of your home but it will also look amazing in your yard. Picnic tables, lawn chairs, and planters are all great ways to to re-use old materials that would more than likely just end up in our landfill. They will function the same if not better than the plastic items that you can buy in you local department stores and they have already stood up to the test of time and elements from their original use.
Wood Beer Cooler/End Table With Reclaimed Barn Wood
How To Accessorize Upcycled Rustic Furniture To Maintain A Rustic Theme
Finding the perfect re-purposed piece of rustic furniture is only half of the battle. The other half is finding a way to accessorize it. When your base is built upon old wood, metal, or glass their are two approaches to accessorizing it. #1 Look to compliment it and #2 look to contrast it.
Complimenting Upcycled Rustic Furniture
To compliment an upcycled piece of rustic furniture you will want to look for similar tones. These items should be handcrafted, made out of natural materials, and be lighter or duller colors. This may not be the desired look you are going after. Some of us just want to live in a bright and vibrant home. Well their is no rule that you can not accessorize your accessories.
Below are a few ideas on how to compliment your upcycled rustic furniture
Pottery – Handcrafted pottery is beautiful as it gives a warm homey feeling to your home. Looks for pieces that have natural earth tones to complement your “new to you” furniture. These would include but are not limited to vases, bowls, and figurines.
Pottery Bowl – Seafoam Green Dot Bowl with Handle
Mason Jars – Again a great way to decorate a living room, bathroom, kitchen and bedroom. Mason Jars add a old time feel to your room but they also you help it keep less cluttered and jumbled. They are great for storing small items in as you can use or not use the lid at your discretion. They are very popular for bathrooms for this reason as they have uniform look and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Chalkboard tones of paint look really good on these pieces and for your crafty DIYers you can easily put together your own set choosing the color that best suits your room.
Vintage Style Melted Mason Jar spoon rest soap dish
Custom T-Shirt Quilt
Contrasting Upcycled Rustic Furniture
Although the furniture itself may look old, weathered, and lacking life does not mean that you can not bring it back to life with some color, feminine charm, and life.
Below are a few ideas on how to contrast your upcycled rustic furniture.
Fresh Flowers – Flowers are a great way to bring life into any room no matter if it is fresh living flowers or plastic ones that you could not tell the difference if they are living or not. A pottery vase with neutral colors and an assortment of fresh flowers can bring your re-purposed furniture to life and make it a focal point in your room.
Mason Jar Flower String Art
Lace – One of the best ways to contrast old barn board is to add a little bit of lace to it. Lace table cloths and doilies on old barn wood are contrasting pieces. The old lines and weathered marks of the wood stand work very well with a lace pattern.
Glass – The one thing you can count on when you are accessorizing with an item of glass it that what ever it is applied to will almost always create a contrast especially when we are talking about. Glass always looks clean, for the most part have straight lines, and are crystal clear. Which is a stark contrast to weathered wood or rusted metal.
Cardinal stained glass suncatcher
Where To Buy Upcycled Rustic Furniture
Again it can be a challenge to find the perfect upcycled rustic furniture. But as we all know that anything worth having is worth working for. One of the keys to decorating your home is to take your time and add pieces as you go. Their is no point in stressing about not seeing what you are looking for as you can easily find someone help you build that perfect furniture item you are looking for.
Below are just a few of the places you can look to find your upcycled rustic furniture
Local Cabinet Makers and Furniture Craftsmen – Time to open up your local phone book or hit up your search engine to find someone in your area that builds re-purposed goods. I did a search for re-purposed furniture makers and it returned a result of almost 600 000 results. You should be able to find someone locally or someone that can build you the perfect piece and get it shipped to you.
Farmers Markets and Flea Markets – Plan a weekend with your friends to hit up the local farmers markets or flea markets. These are great places to start your search for re-purposed furniture and accessories. Start your day off by grabbing a coffee and the farmers market or flee market stands running. Its a great way to bond with friends and you will also be supporting local businesses.
Yard Sales Or Garage Sale – Yard Sales and Garages sales may help you find the furniture you are after but they are also a great way to find the materials you may need to DIY your own upcycled goods.
Antique Hand Painted Coat Rack Hall Stand
Online – Online specialty shops and market places are a great place to look for upcycled rustic furniture. Etsy and Ebay are some of the larger companies that you can find quality repurposed items. Don’t forget the little guys though. Some of the smaller guys and gals out there are making beautiful works of art but may just not have the tech savy that a large tech companies have for marketing.
Custom Built Reclaimed Wood Barn Door