Rustic decor used to get a bad rap in the design industry… Fortunately the awareness of the importance of re-purposing and DIY’ing has bred a crazy amount of interest in everything a little bit worn. That’s a good thing, because I think patina, and history and things just a little bit tired around the edges are an important part of design. Don’t they say, “design imitates life”? Ok, maybe thats another saying, but you get the drift. :) It’s important to remember that rustic and imperfect are part of the beauty of life. And what better way to showcase that than in our home decor? So whether your entire home is decorated in a rustic style, or you just want to add a little charm here and there, these DIY rustic decor projects will get you there.



Our feature project – I love this DIY ladder tutorial from Liz at ‘Love Grows Wild’. This would look appropriate in any bathroom style, even a modern bathroom could make this work. Great tutorial as well Liz, thanks for sharing with us all!




Make this pallet wood wall art sign (or one just like it with your own quote!) from ‘DIY Ready’… Step by step photos for the whole project!



We love Donna over at ‘Funky Junk’! Her DIY stepladder side table is a project even a beginner can tackle! I love how her tutorials are always so detailed, step by step so you don’t miss a thing.



Let’s stay with Donna for a minute here, because her pipe handled bed tray is a perfect match for the side table! You could have a room full of contemporary furniture, and these two rustic and industrial pieces would give it an amazing and delicious new flavor…Or continue with a more rustic style! Great tutorial for this one too!



This one needs no tutorial, it’s so simple! ‘Flea Market Gardening‘ used these rusty pulleys and springs for instant candleholders that really wow.



This wood hanging note board by ‘Southern Whim’ is also incredibly simple, though it will take just a little bit more than the last project! Tutorial is short and sweet, and the project is rustic without being cute.



This old window chalkboard calendar by ‘House by Hoff’ is a really neat way to add some organization to your home without making it look utilitarian. Easy tutorial, love the coat hooks!



Another rustic chalkboard by ‘Young House Love’, I really like how tall this one is! I’d love to do this on an old door to write new inspirational quotes on every week. (I have a thing for quotes. :))



We found this cute primitive wall art at ‘Primitive Country Treasures‘ on Facebook. It’s this cute little shop in Elkland, PA. You could DIY this, take a trip to PA., or check on Etsy for “primitive frame with chicken wire star”, which is where we found some similar ones.



This reclaimed wood and pipe toilet paper holder is another one you can purchase, from Shoppe… Looks pretty DIY’able to me! What rustic decor are you in love with and where did you see it? Share in comments!


If you enjoyed learning about DIY Rustic Decor, then visit our post on 11 DIY Rustic Home Decor Projects! Also check out How to Build a Barn Door!

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  1. April Hoff August 19, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Thank you so much for featuring my chalkboard calendar! ;)

    1. Kathy Woodard August 29, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Hi April! I am so into chalkboard paint… Love your project! Thanks for sharing and stopping by to see us!

  2. Linda @ Mixed Kreations February 19, 2015 at 3:29 am

    I love all theses ideas! I wish I had a place to lean a ladder towel rack, wonder how it would look if I made a small one for the counter for hand towels and wash rags instead of a big one. Really love the rustic candle holders too, and my grandkids would love that chalk board. Thanks for sharing all these awesome projects!

  3. deb f February 22, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Love your ideas, I love old ladders and have found “cute” ones for as little as $1 at yard sales…only problem, my daughters like them too! lol

  4. Jan Duda April 23, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    I love the wall art piece with chicken wire, the star, etc. Even our little town has a place to purchase chicken wire; except it is all shiny and new looking. Does anyone know a “secret recipe” to help add that lovely old patina to metal? I want to use your idea as a place to hang my necklaces. Will that patina recipe work on chicken wire and taking some of the new looking shine off some jewelry metals too? Thanks for all the great inspirations. Pinterest has been such a blessing since I broke my ankle and then had surgery. I’ve enjoyed learning so many fun things and making what seems like new friends too. Thanks to all of You! Jan

    1. Kelly November 17, 2015 at 11:46 pm

      Mix one part vinegar with two parts bleach and either spray on or have it completing submerged for at least 30 minutes. Then completely dry with paper towel. Good Luck!

      1. Ed July 31, 2016 at 12:35 pm

        Haven’t tried that but if you do, make sure it is done outside. Vinegar is a mild acid and bleach is sodium hypochlorite. The mixture of the two will release chlorine gas. That can be deadly in a enclosed area. Good luck with your projects!

        1. Jerri November 29, 2019 at 6:50 am

          Thank you Ed!!!

  5. Darlene June 6, 2015 at 10:17 am

    You are so talented! I love your ideas

  6. Jamie Wilson March 14, 2016 at 9:18 am

    How is the star attached to the chicken wire?

    1. Kathy Woodard June 21, 2016 at 7:00 am

      I’m sorry, it’s not our project so we have no idea… Sorry we couldn’t be more help!

  7. Mandy April 12, 2016 at 9:52 am

    That chalkboard calendar made from an old window is adorable. I’m eager to locate a cool old window, now. Thank you for the idea. I just discovered your blog today and I’m so glad I did.

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  9. Diana May 17, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Wonderful ideas for home decor! It feels great to read out this blog. Thanks for sharing great and inspiring ideas.


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