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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!