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Upcycled and Salvaged Rustic Home Decor Ideas

There is nothing more exciting than walking into a thrift or salvage store and spotting an unclaimed treasure that is someone else’s trash! The overall decor style of my log home is rustic. This doesn’t fall short of several “upcycled” and salvaged repurposed pieces. With a little imagination and elbow grease, you too can easily recreate some of the decor ideas that I am sharing with you in this post. Below are some ideas for inspiration. So, start searching for those trash to treasure pieces and have fun!

Salvaged Interior and Exterior Doors Upcycled to Leaning Wall Art

Rustic Salvaged Door Home Decor
Rustic Salvaged Door Home Decor

I often come across old and “worn” doors when visiting salvage yards and even posted in online market places. I have seen pieces left as-is with all the chipped paint and rough and rusted hardware, and that is ok! In my home, I have an upcycled salvaged door leaning wall art piece that has been repainted and sanded to add an aged flair. The pop of teal blue green adds some needed color against my log home wood walls. The color matches perfectly with the rest of the decor in my home. I also added a nail hanger to the door, so that I can easily display wreathes that I may use on my front door but that are perhaps currently out of season, etc. Use your imagination! Anything goes when it comes to upcycling and repurposing salvaged decor. The more rustic the better, in my opinion.

Upcycled Antique Toolboxes Make the Perfect Table Centerpiece

While on vacation in Myrtle Beach a few years back, I came across an antique store that was packed full of treasures from years gone by. As I rummaged through the floors of antiques, I spotted this old antique toolbox in all of its aged and worn glory! Though I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, I knew that I just had to have it. And, at a price of $40, I couldn’t pass it up! Once I got the toolbox home, my creative wheels started to turn. I realized how perfect this toolbox would be as an upcycled centerpiece for my dining room table.

Rustic Salvaged Toolbox Centerpiece
Rustic Salvaged Toolbox Centerpiece

First, I started looking through my current home decor pieces and put together this rustic centerpiece. I left the toolbox as-is, and only had to wipe the dust and dirt off but the paint color was perfect for my home decor. I added a few canning jars that I had stored in my basement, along with some berry garland and a few metal star picks. The finishing touch was an enamelware plaque with the perfect “Welcome” message. I decided to tack it to the side of the toolbox centerpiece. Though this rustic creation has been moved to several locations around my house over the past few years, it always remains a staple piece in my salvaged rustic home decor collection.

Salvaged and Upcycled Cabinet Doors to Hanging Wall Art

Two of my favorite pieces in my salvaged rustic home decor collection are these two repurposed cabinet doors! Again, these doors have been painted with a similar color teal blue to match my home decor. The added color is just enough “pop” against the dark log wood walls of my home. The original cabinet hardware is still in tact, which is a bonus. I added to the cabinet doors a few decor items I had around the house for some additional spunk. In the end, I decided to hang the two doors side by side, since they appear to come from the same original cabinet unit. The floating doors give the appearance of cabinets so admirers can get a sense of where these treasures come from originally.

Upcycled Salvaged Cabinet Door Home Decor
Upcycled Salvaged Cabinet Door Home Decor
Upcycled Salvaged Cabinet Doors Home Decor 2
Upcycled Salvaged Cabinet Doors Home Decor 2

Turning Old Rags and Material Scraps into Hanging Wreaths

Do you ever have that favorite shirt that just isn’t wearable any longer? Perhaps even old rags that you just don’t know what to do with? Why not upcycle those rags and apparel into a hanging wreath? You can even take some of those material scraps and soak them in tea water.  This will add a “tea-stained” effect for more of a rustic flair. Simply cut or tear the material in to skinny scraps. Take a metal wire hanger and stretch into a circular form (keeping the hanger hook in tact for easy wreath hanging). Next, start tying and knotting the material around the wire hanger until you reach your desired fullness for your wreath. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors and textures. Below is a photo of a tea-stained wreath that was tied to resemble an american flag simply by color placement.

Material Scraps Hanger Wreaths
Material Scraps Hanger Wreaths

Side Tables Made from Suitcases and Briefcases

I often come across old and battered suitcases and briefcases in local thrift shops. My thoughts are “what could possibly be done to add new life to these old treasures?” Why not take a suitcase or two and upcycle them into an interesting side table!?!? You can even use a side table that you have around the house currently. Simply attach a briefcase (or two) to the top of your side table. You have almost instantly created a new salvaged addition to your rustic salvaged home decor. Not to mention, you now have a side table that is both useful and a conversation piece! Get creative. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to sand and paint your current side table to add a pop of color to the room of your choice.

Upcycled Salvaged Briefcase Side Table
Upcycled Salvaged Briefcase Side Table

For more DIY inspiration, read my blog post “DIY Live Edge Hickory Wood Kitchen Island Top.” Here, you will find photos and instructions on how to craft your own wooden bar top!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Decorating Ideas for a Rustic Christmas Tree

Our Log Home Rustic Christmas Tree
Our Log Home Rustic Christmas Tree

A tradition in our house every year is to start decorating for the Christmas season on the evening of Thanksgiving Day (yep, though we can barely move because we feel like stuffed turkeys ourselves, we manage to drag out the numerous storage bins of Christmas collections from years gone by!) A major part of this decorating tradition is the family decorating the Christmas tree. Though I know of people having several trees that they decorate for the holidays, in our home, we only decorate one. For this reason, I put a lot of thought in to specifically what “style” of tree I want each year.

Burlap and Pine Stocking Ornament
Burlap and Pine Stocking Ornament

Since moving in to our Log House a little over a year ago, I have settled on a Rustic Style theme for our tree to compliment the rustic decor of our home. I continue to collect rustic trimmings throughout the year, as I see something that I think would be a perfect fit for my rustic theme. Now mind you, this has meant us pretty much purging our entire decorating theme from our tree when we moved from our farm house! I was ready for something that had rustic flair. Here are my decorating tips for a Rustic Christmas Tree.

Choosing the Tree for Decorating

Though I find “real” trees to be absolutely gorgeous, we chose to use an artificial tree that looks realistic. Simply due to our hectic work schedules and our pets, we find that an artificial tree suits our needs best. For our Rustic Style tree, I chose a flocked pine tree. The waxy needles and “snow” lined branches remind me of a walk through the forest at winter, and serve as the perfect backdrop to our decorations. I also like that the branches have some space in between, because this just gives me more room to tuck and stuff my own branches of berries and twigs in between to give extra texture and fullness.

The tree we use comes pre-lit with basic white lights, though we have a few back up single strands on hand in case we experience any burnouts. We also added some red light strands to coordinate with the red accents in the berries and bow. For a rustic motif, I find multi-colored lights to be too “busy” in my opinion, and the white and red lights give a nice glimmer on the white “snow” and accentuate the family heirloom decorations without competing. Now that we have our blank canvas, it is time to decorate our Rustic Christmas Tree!

Wooden Snowflake Ornament
Wooden Snowflake Ornament

Tree Decoration Ideas

Disney Cruise Line Heirloom Ornament
Disney Cruise Line Heirloom Ornament

On our tree, we mix two different “categories” of decorations. One set of decorations includes our rustic-style decor that go along with our log cabin woodsy theme. The second set of decorations are more meaningful, as we try and collect ornaments from all of our travels. This way, year after year, we are reminded of family trips and time spent together from years gone by.

Frosted Berry Sprays
Frosted Berry Sprays

A base for our rustic decor are berry sprays and picks. I find that the red berries mirror perfectly with the flocked pine branches, and add a punch of color to the tree. The sprays are placed sporadically throughout the tree, and serve to fill in the “gaps” and add extra fullness while adding the punch of red color. I use both plain and frosted berry sprays throughout our tree. For additional rustic flair, I add additional decorations that include: pine cone picks, wooden snowflakes, ornaments with burlap accents, and pretty much anything else I can find that feels woodsy to me!

Rustic Wooden Red Snowflake
Rustic Wooden Red Snowflake

In addition to the frosted and berry picks, I chose really large pine cone picks as well that I found at a local crafts store. The bulkiness of the pine cones make them visible on the tree from a distance and also add extra “fullness” in between the pine branches.

Extra Large Pine Cone Picks
Extra Large Pine Cone Picks

 

Twine Rapped Christmas Ball Ornament
Twine Rapped Christmas Ball Ornament

Topping the Rustic Christmas Tree

Once we are finished with adding the rustic decorations and the heirloom ornaments from our family adventures, it is time to add the finishing touch. Instead of a “traditional” tree topper star or any other that perches on the top of the tree, I prefer to top my trees with big bows! After watching many YouTube “how to” videos on making bows, I finally got my bows to the point of a step above mediocre wink, wink. What better choice for my rustic tree than a large Plaid bow! For this year, we decided on a red and black plaid wired ribbon with snowflakes (I like wired ribbon because this allows me to shape the bow and for it to actually maintain its puffy shape). I also like to leave long tails to my bows so they can drape down the tree to tie everything together and add extra color.

Black and Red Plaid Christmas Tree Topper Bow
Black and Red Plaid Christmas Tree Topper Bow

I hope you got some inspiration for decorating your next Rustic Christmas Tree! I had so much fun shopping for decorations that gave me the sense of woodsy and log-home living. This tree would also be perfect nestled in a corner of any vintage-styled home. The warmth and coziness of a Rustic tree is sure to please and give the sense of “welcome.” Happy Holidays! xoxo

Now that you have finished decorating your lovely tree, how about a quick yummy snack! Check out my posts “Easy NuWave Air Fryer Cheesecake Pockets” and “Easy to Make Caramel Apple Slices” for some quick recipes that are sure to please!

PIN ME: Decorating Idea for a  Rustic Christmas Tree
PIN ME: Decorating Idea for a Rustic Christmas Tree