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Wood Turning Projects to Bring Your Living Room to Life

Your living room is one of the most important areas of your home, serving both as a place to welcome and entertain guests, as well as an active area where a lot of your home life is spent. Therefore, your living room is typically a reflection of who you are, more than simply your personal decorating style.

This is why it’s satisfying to be able to decorate your living room with your passion and life’s work. Wood turning provides the means to create beautiful and useful projects that can add value and meaning to a home. If you’re looking for some inspiration to take on some wood turning projects to bring your living room to life, read on!

Liven up your storage

One of the many ways you can shape wood for your needs is to create smart storage solutions for your living room. Working with different sized wood and patterns can create interesting looks for your storage material.

Wooden bowls can be used to hold fruit, flowers, and a variety of other décor. Smaller ones can be designated spaces for leaving keys, glasses, and other hard-to-find items. For additional storage, you can make beautifully organic shelves from boards like the ones used for the Soho farmhouse project in Oxfordshire. Wall shelving is a great storage solution for living rooms where space is at a premium, and the modification adds a distinctly luxurious feel to your walls.

Hand finishing a natural edge shelf

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Update your lighting

You can also spruce up your living room’s lighting by adding items similar to the lampshades made in Kent and London which were crafted from a variety of wood that can liven up old lamps. For added ambience, try your hand at making tea light holders for mood lighting and special scents.

A set of ash pendant lampshades

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Hang with style

Other wood turners might also enjoy making coat pegs, which can be made through the process explained in a previous blog post entitled ‘Coat Pegs’. Shorter ones, such as two-peg projects, are great for hanging behind your living room door, while longer ones can form a stylish storage solution for hanging coats and other items.

And to make the area more eye-catching, Woodworkers’ Institute shows that a stylish umbrella stand is another good addition for your entryway. It can serve as a great partner for your wooden coat pegs.

A natural edge peg board made from burr elm

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Natural accents

One of the most elegant trends in wood turning in recent years is making use of your wood’s natural edge. The commissions made last year for a gallery in South Korea are just some examples of natural-edge work, which are becoming more popular today.

To maintain the theme, try decorating your living room with other natural or nature-inspired décor. It could be anything from potted plants and flowers, paintings, rustic seating, and even wooden fire surrounds, which make great accents as they can easily blend in with the entire living room. You just need to pick the right material. Screwfix showcases an array of fire surrounds that come in different materials like oak, pine, and walnut. Each one can complement your wood turning projects, depending on the overall theme of your living room. Best of all, installing fire surrounds even adds functionality, as the modification also provides extra storage space on top of your fireplace.

Of course, whatever wood turning project you decide to take on, make sure to practice proper safety procedures. Then you need to understand which material is best for your project. The Spruce suggested a number of different types of hardwood that lend themselves to wood turning. Make sure to keep an eye out for wood from sawmills and roadsides, and keep in touch with your local tree surgeon as well for some extra freebies.

Even timber destined for firewood can be used for turning

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Let me know how your projects go by leaving a comment below!

Jonathan Leech

Written by Jonathan Leech

Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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