Shabby chic is a hot contemporary trend, and painted reclaimed wood perfectly fits the bill. Reclaimed wood is a fantastic base for any look, whether you are leaning more toward shabby or more toward chic. It can also be treated to look either old and weathered or bright and fresh.
Painted reclaimed wood is a fun DIY project, but there are also many amazing artists using this medium on Etsy. If you are the artistic type, you should try your hand at this cool craft, but if you prefer to simply enjoy a beautiful creation than take to Etsy, where you can find what you are looking for or find someone willing to craft it.
One amazing part about reclaimed wood décor is its versatility around the house. Indoors it is just as usable as any piece of canvas, but it has the added advantage of being outdoor appropriate as well. Most pieces have some protection against the elements, and the wooden canvas always looks great in a natural setting.
Wherever you choose to feature your painted reclaimed wood décor, you will be happy with your choice, and you will have a piece that brings joy to everyone who sees it.
1. Cute Songbird Bible Verse
This adorable multicolored piece is small but offers a big reminder. The choice of bright chalky paint gives it an air of levity, and the bright white makes for a great border and centerpiece. It has a very natural feel with the wood and a fun and playful feel with the use of chalk paint for a cohesive overall look.
2. Throwback Retro Painted Business Sign
Gone are the days of sweet and simple wooden signs marking our favorite businesses. However, even if this old-school style may not be seen on the streets anymore, it sure does make for fabulous décor. If you are creating a piece yourself, choose a favorite local business to showcase on your sign to give a friendly nod to the neighborhood haunts.
3. Simple and Pure Bare Board Piece
One of the easiest and most impactful methods to use when creating a painted reclaimed wood piece – surprise, surprise! – is to keep it looking like wood. Leave the boards as they were when they were found if you are going for a true farmhouse feel. Just be sure no nails are poking out.
4. Blending in While Standing out Fence Décor
A cool place that you may not think to add wood décor is on a fence. These playfully colored boards lay right atop your fence to add your family monogram wherever you choose, coming in whatever colors fit your outdoor decor theme. Consider creating multiples of these for trendy outdoor wedding décor.
5. Beautiful and Weathered Multi-Colored Heart
When you want to truly showcase the fact that a piece uses reclaimed wood, this heart design is an ideal option. Featuring multiple boards, each is weathered and painted in its own way to give the appearance of a heart made with variety, like a family of boards, each one its own color but coming together to form a picture of love.
6. Elegantly Designed Sign for Home Décor
This piece looks gorgeous on well-treated and trimmed dark wood. The bright white multi-styled font pops perfectly, and each of the little embellishments is placed with precision. If you decide to craft this piece yourself, be sure to use a stencil and select a font that is bold enough to be easily read.
11. Fun Summertime Sunshine Wall Décor
With a gorgeous beaming sun that is reminiscent of the ‘70s and a fun, bright, and cheerful font to match, this piece will have everyone smiling and longing for bright sunny days. The way this is painted on slightly imperfect boards adds to its retro charm. It’s cheaper than a time machine, and a heck of a lot cuter.
8. Playful Hanging Wall Directional Décor
This piece is fun since there are so many customizable pieces. You can have your directions pointing towards your family’s favorite places or, like this one, your favorite beaches. Use a white base with a soft blue for that classic seaside vibe. If you can’t beat the beach itself, this adorable sign is second best to the real thing.
9. Friendly and Loving Bright Blue Reminder
This piece uses the wood simply as a base and covers it completely so as to have less of the rustic look. The gentle ombre has a tremendous impact, and the use of one word per board until the final “you” is dramatic, emphasizing what is most important. The use of blank space is also effective, matching the sign’s succinct message.
10. Rustic Up-Cycled Mechanic Sign
A classic mechanic’s sign is a fun addition to a garage or even kitchen when you are looking to introduce more of a playful theme. Even though the effect is fun, the sign itself is professional quality and uses a wonderful stencil to create an arrow and letters that feature the darker background color.