Transforming Driftwood Into Home Decor

August 31, 2018

 

What once stood tall and has since been weathered and worn by the sea, now has a new purpose. 

Driftwood can be transformed into a variety of one-of-a-kind home accents, or it can be displayed simply for its beauty. Using reclaimed wood as home decor is not only eco-friendly, it's FREE! 

 

 

During one of our remodeling projects, we decided to utilize some driftwood that we found on the Ipswich River. Continue reading to see how we transformed driftwood into a beautifully unique piece of home decor. 

 

 

 

The Process

 

Before displaying the driftwood in your home, it's very important to properly dry and prepare it. This will kill the bacteria and any termites that may be living in the wood. Don't worry though...the process is easy and can be done from home!

 

 

STEP 1: Brush The Excess Dirt Off 

 

Take a stiff brush and brush off any excess dirt and debris remaining on the driftwood.

 

 

STEP 2:  Disinfect The Wood 

 

Depending on the size of your piece of driftwood, there's a few options for disinfecting. If you have a fairly small sized piece, your best option would be to leave it in boiling water for a couple of hours. Another option is to soak the wood in diluted bleach for a few days. 

 

 

STEP 3: Dry It Out

 

We recommend leaving it out in the shade for a few days to dry slowly. Once its completely dried, leave it under the sun for a day to get out the sea-type smells. If you want to lighten the color a bit, leave it under the sun for a longer period of time in order to gradually bleach the wood. 

 

 

The Final Product

 

We love how the final product came out! Check out the before and afters below.

 

BEFORE

 

 

AFTER

If you try this little DIY project yourself, please share pictures with us! We would love to see your creations. 

 

We hope that everyone has a great Labor Day Weekend! Thank you for reading...don't forget to comment below. 

 

 

 

 

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