Reclaimed wood comes in all different styles, which makes it perfect to turn into something cool and unique. We picked up a 1x4 of this old blue wood from Schiller's last weekend, and today I decided to do something with it and came up with this: a key rack that hangs in our front hallway and lets our guests know whose house they're in. The total cost for a project like this is a few bucks for the scrap wood, then just a few materials you probably have around anyway, like some rope, screws, and paint.
Step 1: Cut your board into equal lengths
Step 2: Nail (or screw for extra stability) a couple of scrap pieces of wood perpendicular to the reclaimed wood to keep the boards in place
Step 3: Attach some screws to the front for key hooks. I painted mine with some brown acrylic paint to give them an antique look
Step 4: Cut a length of rope and secure it to the back with a few staples
For the front, I just painted the circle and the lettering and then roughed it up with 220 grit sandpaper to antique it.
For just a couple hours of work, we now have an ordinary house item that's customized and unique. Plus, because we used inexpensive reclaimed wood, it's probably cheaper than what you'd find at a big box store.
Salvage: 1, Box Stores: 0.