Repurpose Wood Fencing as Home Décor

Photo: Howl Woodworks/flickrWhat’s old is new these days in the home decor field, where used wooden fencing is in high demand. The rugged, weathered look of reclaimed wood fits perfectly with today’s popular shabby chic and country farmhouse decorating styles. Designers and DIYers alike love the look of salvaged fence wood, which is popping up in all kinds of clever repurposed roles. Here are some of the best.

Bedroom Furnishings

In the bedroom, a rough-hewn and handsome appearance is always a plus, especially if we’re talking about a unique headboard crafted from a section of old wooden fence. Another decorating possibility is installing Houston fence wood shelving which will give you a touch of the atmosphere of a Texas cattle ranch, while at the same time providing convenient storage.


In the bathroom, hooking up a novelty towel rack repurposed from a couple of feet of picket fencing might – just might – encourage certain members of your family to hang up their towel after a shower instead of simply dumping it on the floor.


Reclaimed fencing will make for eye-catching accent walls (yes – they’re back in style!) in your living room, games room or home bar. It is also attractive used as a “canvas” for super-sized painted flags, wall art or rustic signs bearing inspirational and witty sayings. Highlight fine paintings, display family photos or show off your children’s artwork with dramatic fence wood frames.


Tables of all sorts take to the natural good looks of used fencing. Construct an entire cutting-edge dining, coffee or picnic table with this exciting material … or use it just for the legs or top, combined and contrasted with the smooth lines of new wood or metal. For those who are true fencing fans, you can even put together a set of chairs or pair of benches to match.

Bookcase, Buffet or China Cabinet

If you are fond of fence wood but not fanatical, line the back wall of a bookcase, buffet or china cabinet with a few boards. The rustic appearance will draw attention to your books, fine china, treasures or knickknacks without overpowering them.

Food Service Accessories

Reclaimed fencing is fun for making festive food service accessories. Ferry snacks and drinks to guests from your indoor or outdoor kitchen using picturesque trays, totes or caddies. Or revamp a thrift shop bar cart by adding a salvaged wood surface.

Outdoor Decor

Outdoors is fencing’s natural habitat, so its reclaimed wood will be right at home in your garden, where you can use it in a multitude of ways. For example, you might assemble a DIY potting table, garden bench or Adirondack chair. Salvaged fencing is perfect for crafting trellises, planters or – if you have a good supply – raised garden beds. Welcome feathered friends to your yard by building a reclaimed fence birdhouse or feeder. Or if you prefer canine pals, make a trendy salvaged fencing doghouse.

Laura Firszt writes for

Updated December 20, 2018.

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