Did you know that you can build your own kitchen island for around $30? This wooden island made from 2X4s is not only beautiful, it’s also functional and so much cheaper than anything you can buy in a store. I love the rustic look of this, especially with the wood on white but you can do it in any color or design that you want. The point is, it’s really cheap and it’s the perfect island for any kitchen.
If you tend to do a lot of DIY projects, particularly with wood and the like, you’re probably going to want a great shelf to store all of those cans of paint. You don’t necessarily need something fancy, just big enough, right? Those 2X4s can be used to create a huge shelf that will leave you plenty of room for storing paint cans – or anything else that you need to store.
Building a Wooden Office Desk Organizer is an easy task for a professional woodworker, but not so much for normal people like you and me. But that doesn’t mean you cannot do this. Two years ago, I had almost no woodworking experience, but now I make most of my household and office wooden items by myself. This saves me a lot of money. And believe me when I say this; you can also manage to make wonderful wood items with a little practice and some woodworking experience.
These block bunnies that you build from 2X4s are perfect for Easter. They’re easy to make and such a whimsical way to dress up your spring décor. Just cut blocks from those 2X4s of different sizes, you can make an entire family of bunnies, and then paint them white with a little distressing and add your bunny ears and faces. They’re so easy to make and add such wonderful whimsy to your home.
I got this idea from a Pinterest post. The final product looks so beautiful that I just couldn’t wait to make one for myself. This was somewhat a different experience from my other regular DIY projects as it doesn’t involve making something from scratch, but turning an existing wood piece into another one. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it very much and the final product was very satisfying. The tutorial I used is linked below.
To corral shelf-dwelling books or DVDs that like to wander, cut 3/4-in.-thick hardwood pieces into 6-in. x 6-in. squares. Use a band saw or jigsaw to cut a slot along one edge (with the grain) that’s a smidgen wider than the shelf thickness. Stop the notch 3/4 in. from the other edge. Finish the bookend and slide it on the shelf. Want to build the shelves, too? We’ve got complete plans for great-looking shelves here.

Aside from the privacy it offers, a latticework porch trellis is a perfect way to add major curb appeal to your home for $100 or less. The trellis shown here is made of cedar, but any decay-resistant wood like redwood, cypress or treated pine would also be a good option. Constructed with lap joints for a flat surface and an oval cutout for elegance, it’s a far upgrade from traditional premade garden lattice. As long as you have experience working a router, this project’s complexity lies mostly in the time it takes to cut and assemble. Get the instructions complete with detailed illustrations here.
Put those 2X4s to great use by building this amazing farmhouse styled X console. If you need a console table, this is a great one to build. It’s pretty easy and you get that wonderful rustic country look. You can use reclaimed wood to give it a more distressed look or build it from new boards and just distress it yourself – or paint it white, whatever you want to match your existing decor.

Take those old 2X4s and put them to great use building this easy DIY bike rack. If you have kids, and those kids have bikes, you know how those bikes can be left out or topple over, getting in the way of everything. You can build this great basic bike rack in the garage, on the porch, or wherever you normally store your bikes. It keeps everyone’s bike separate and keeps them from falling over when they’re not in use. Plus, it’s a really easy build.
As you can see in the image, this shelf goes on both sides of the corner wall. It looks beautiful and can be used to organize books, trophies, pictures frames and many other things. The strength and design of the shelf depends on how properly you build it. First time workers definitely need some guidance to help them with the process. Therefore, I am including this basic video that I found on YouTube that demonstrates the process of making corner wall wooden shelves.
Add some beauty and charm to your dining room table and use up those scrap 2X4 pieces at the same time. This centerpiece is so easy to make and it is absolutely gorgeous when it’s finished. It’s just a little box that you build from your scrap 2X4 pieces. Once you stain it, and maybe distress it a bit, and add your vases, it transforms into a beautiful centerpiece that has a really nice rustic look to it.
We’ve already done rope, and now we’re on to another rustic material we love: wood! It’s as basic of a material as clay and is constantly reinvented by DIYers, crafters, artists, hackers, and carpenters. To get inspired to create our own batch of cool wooden objects, we turned to our favorite fellow makers to see what projects they’ve come up with. Scroll down for our top DIY wood project picks.
If you have ever wanted to build your own furniture or home decor, I have a wonderful treat for you. I’ve found 50 home decor and furniture ideas that you can make from 2X4s. The wonderful thing about this project list is you don’t have to have a lot of woodworking experience or expensive supplies to create beautiful pieces for your home. 2X4s are really cheap. In fact, they’re among the cheapest pieces of lumber that you can find. Head off to Lowe’s or your favorite home improvement store and you’ll find that these boards are only about $3 for an eight foot board. You can make so many wonderful things with those inexpensive boards, and I’m going to show you how.
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