DIY a Modern Wood Broom from a 2x4: Upcycling A Broken Broom Into Functional Art

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DIY a Modern Wood Broom from a 2x4: Upcycling A Broken Broom Into Functional Art
How to create a 2x4 broom that looks like a $150 wooden broom from a fancy designer . #2x4projects #diylifehacks #upcycledcrafts

Our old, cheap broom was broken during the move. After a ton of research, I decided I wanted an upscale model. But since I didn’t want to pay the upscale prices (some were as much as $150!), I figured out a way to reuse my broken broom bristles to DIY a cleaning utensil I’m proud to display.

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She took a broken broom and turned it into functional art for her modern bungalow home. Here's how she did it. #zerodollardiy #2x4projects #industrialstyle #diylifehacks #upcycle

Even when you hire movers, there are always casualties during each relocation. During our last move, the broom was broken. No big deal, right? Brooms are pretty cheap.

Except I’ve vowed to not spend any money on items we don’t absolutely need right now. Also, I’m committed to ending the cheap product cycle. You know the one. That thing where you buy something because it’s functional but it’ll break in a year and you’ll have to replace it but that’s okay because it’s cheap. And then you repeat.

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THE CASE FOR BEAUTIFUL CLEANING SUPPLIES

This time around, I really want every new item we bring into our home to be substantial, artistic, and long-lasting. I want to do my research before I buy anything to make sure it will stand the test of time, even aesthetically.

Cleaning supplies are rarely attractive enough to be put on display but since we have extremely limited space in this home, we need to be able to utilize every single inch for storage. That means a lot of our “unsightly” objects will often be in plain sight. The solution?

Cleaning supplies that are both beautiful to display and fully functional, obviously.

Redecker Broom | Helen Milan

Redecker Broom | Helen Milan

I fell in love with the idea of displayable cleaning supplies when I purchased a set of glass bottles for holding my hand soap and liquid detergent waaaaay back in 2005. Back then, this was as upscale as I could possibly afford. Hell, even the $20 I spent on glass bottles felt a little frivolous at the time, considering that my entire wardrobe consisted of hand-me-downs. But it made me smile to see them sitting on the counter beside my sink.

Glass Bottle Soap Dispenser
oil can soap dispenser
ceramic soap dispenser
apothecary style soap bottle
amber glass soap bottle
terrazzo soap dispenser

Having this simple and inexpensive utilitarian product that replaced my crappy, store-brand soap bottles made my home feel so much more gathered. I felt so mature. It was like I became an instant adult just because I’d transferred soap into another container. I was hooked.

After a decade of glass bottle soap dispensers gracing all my sinks, I took the idea of upscale cleaning containers and supplies one step further when I started storing my laundry soap, vinegar, and baking soda in glass receptacles in my laundry room.

store laundry soaps in glass jars for a cleaner look in a utilitarian space
glass storage jars for laundry supplies
modern glass canister

Finally, last year I decided to go all-in on investing in beautiful and functional cleaning supplies and I’ve been slowly replacing all our existing household accessories ever since.

These are the current products we already own that I’ve come to love and am not embarrassed to have out when guests arrive:

mini broom and dustpan
wood dish brush set with ceramic holder
broom and dustpan wood and grey
wood dish brush for glasses
microfiber duster

You can even see how I proudly display my dish cleaning supplies and incorporated glass jar storage into my home decor in my last house’s kitchen makeover reveal. In fact, from this angle you can see how much I truly believe in decorating with utilitarian objects. There isn’t anything in this shot that doesn’t serve a true purpose in the room.

Kitchen Decor Ideas: Using glass jars to store dry goods and displaying cleaning supplies that are attractive make a kitchen more functional and look more polished. ##diyhome #kitchenideas #kitchenorganization #diylifehacks #modernfarmhouse #cleaningmotivation #bungalowstyle

I believe so wholeheartedly in the idea of decorating with useful objects that when Wayfair reached out last year and asked me to write a piece about decorating bathrooms, I actually recommended exactly this approach in the article. You can see that here: Bathroom Vanity Styling

Bathroom Decor: Useful objects displayed in glass jars make the perfect decor for your vanity. #bathroomstorage #diylifehacks #doubledutydecor
““Since bathrooms are the most utilitarian spaces in our homes, I embrace the functionality of the space. Instead of adding decor objects, I turn our everyday necessities into objects of beauty. Finding beautiful vessels to house neutral paper products serves double duty; our necessary items are never out of arm’s reach, never have to be put away, and add to the overall charm of the room.””

THE CASE FOR A DIY BROOM PROJECT

I’m obviously already sold on a fancy, durable, forever, wooden broom. So why in the world did I feel the need to DIY one instead of buying one? Well, you guys, these brooms aren’t cheap. Nice, durable, and craftsman styled brooms can be very expensive. The ones I loved ranged in price from $50 to $150.

wood and metal broom that can be displayed in a mudroom and serve the purpose of functional art? Yes please.
wooden broom
wood and metal broom set

AND WE JUST MOVED. Like, less than a month ago, we wrote a check for the most amount of money we’ve ever spent on anything ever and then wrote more checks to cover the expenses of the move. On top of that, every new home comes with a list of items that need immediate attention. Those items all cost money.

Couple that with the end of the Summer (my design business’s busy season), and you can tell why we’re not spending money on anything frivolous right now. And a $150 cleaning tool might be the most frivolous way I can imagine spending money at the moment.

(you can read more about why we moved here + where we moved here)

Glancing around my garage (Surely we have another broom around here, somewhere?!), it suddenly occurred to me: I don’t have another broom but I do have a functional set of broom bristles and a ton of scrap wood. Just like that, my idea to build my own custom upscale wooden broom that I won’t be ashamed to put on display was born.

A TUTORIAL FOR MAKING YOUR OWN MODERN + ATTRACTIVE WOODEN BROOM

DIY Wood Broom: Learn how I built this wooden broom from up cycled bristles and scrap wood. Total project cost: $0 and now I have a new cleaning supply that I don't mind hanging around the house for guests to see. #diycleaning #upcycled #cleaninghacks #zerodollarupdate #diylifehacks #pantrychallenge #athomediychallenges #realsimple #modernfarmhousedecor #bungalowstyle

supplies: (the ones I’ve used are linked below)
scrap 2x4
1” dowel
gloss spray / paint / stain (for finishing)
broken broom bristles (or you can buy a cheap one at the dollar store)
gorilla glue
screw hooks (for hanging)
3/8” machine screw
scissors

tools:
palm sander
compound miter saw (or a circular saw, if that’s what you have)
drill
1 3/8” woodboring drill bit
3/8” drill bit

estimated total cost of project: $15 - $20
my total cost: $0
(due to all supplies were already on-hand)


 

STEP ONE: Using your existing broom as a guide, determine the approximate width of your new broom head. Mark your cut lines on your scrap 2x4.

DIY WOOD BROOM STEP ONE: Using your existing broom as a guide, determine the approximate width of your new broom head. Mark your cut lines on your scrap 2x4.

STEP TWO: Cut your scrap 2x4 to the appropriate length, as determined by your existing broom head.

DIY 2x4 Broom Project: STEP TWO: Cut your scrap 2x4 to the appropriate length, as determined by your existing broom head.

STEP THREE: Sand sharp edges of your 2x4 block. This will be your broom head. If you desire a more modern look, don’t round out the edges too much. More rustic vibes are created with rounder edges.

Make your own modern broom tutorial - STEP THREE: Sand sharp edges of your 2x4 block. This will be your broom head. If you desire a more modern look, don’t round out the edges. More rustic vibes are created with rounder edges.

STEP FOUR: Clamp 2x4 broom head to secure. Then measure and mark direct center of the wood block. Using the 1 3/8” wood boring drill bit, create a pilot hole in the wood and allow the bit to bore slightly into the block so that your broom stick will fit inside. DO NOT DRILL THROUGH THE ENTIRE BLOCK.

drilling a pilot hole to accomodate a broom stick - DIY BROOM PROJECT _TMH0034.jpg

STEP FIVE: Create a 3/8” pilot hole for your machine screw by drilling in the center of the 1 3/8” pilot you just made. Drill through the entire block, as this is where your machine screw will attach the broom handle to the broom head. Then drill a 3/8” hole into the center of one side of your dowel.

drilling a pilot hole to attach the broom stock to your 2x4 broom head block.

STEP SIX: Create a grid pattern on the bottom of the wood block (this will be where the bristles attach, so use the side you deem least attractive, as no one will see it). Then use the grid layout to guide your bristle pilot holes.

DIY WOOD BROOM: how to drill holes for your broom bristles

STEP SEVEN: Using the 3/8” drill bit, create approximately 3/8” deep holes along your grid pattern. This is where your bristles will attach to the underside of your broom. Alternate the spacing for a fuller bristle look. Sand the surface with a light grit sandpaper and remove all wood shavings and sawdust from the holes.

DIY BROOM TUTORIAL: STEP SEVEN: Using the 3/8” drill bit, create approximately 3/8” deep holes along your grid pattern. This is where your bristles will attach to the underside of your broom. Alternate the spacing for a fuller bristle look.

STEP EIGHT: Apply your preferred finish. I used a gloss lacquer spray to allow the wood grain to show through. I also painted a stripe on the tip of my broom handle that matched my black screw hooks.

DIY WOOD BLOCK BROOM - how to take an old broken broom and turn it into a functional piece that you don't mind showing off in your mudroom

STEP NINE: Remove the bristles from your old broom. They should pull out with pliers but you can also use scissors to snip them and then bunch them back together by burning the ends and pressing the melted plastic lightly.

Begin adding the bristles to your block by adding drops of wood glue inside each 3/8” hole and inserting the bristles inside. Careful to keep the bristles a consistent length. I opted to add a few bristles on the outside perimeter first to determine the look I liked. Then I screwed my broom head and broom stick together before adding additional bristles.

how to add bristles to a wood block and create your own DIY wood broom make your own broom - STEP NINE: Begin adding the bristles to your block by adding drops of wood glue inside each 3/8” hole and inserting the bristles inside. Careful to keep the bristles a consistent length. I opted to add a few bristles on the outside perimeter first to determine the look I liked. Then I screwed my broom head and broom stick together before adding additional bristles.

STEP TEN: Insert a machine screw through the bottom of the wood block and directly through. Then screw and tighten to the dowel (where your previous 3/8” pilot hole was drilled).

how to attach a 2x4 wood block to a dowel rod to create your own modern broom #cleaninghacks #industrialstyle #schoolhousemodern Schoolhouse Modern Wood Broom Knock-off: How to create an industrial vintage broom with a scrap 2x4 and an old broken broom. #upcycled #diylifehacks #schoolhouse #bungalowstyle #diycrafts #scrapwooddiy

STEP TEN: (optional) If desired, insert your screw hook into the top of the broom handle for hanging.

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No I have a completed wood broom that matches the modern arts and crafts aesthetic that I hope to achieve as we renovate our new home. It’s not perfect (it might be a little more angled than I’d hoped) but I think it looks pretty darn good and it’s actually a really good broom in terms of function!

California Bungalow Style: We're changing out the rustic features and highlighting the cool period details of this home. Using vintage Schoolhouse style accents, this house is going to have a modern industrial vibe while staying true to its 1920s history. #realsimplehome #bungalowstyle #historichomes #industrialmodern #pantryorganization #bungalowinteriors #modernfarmhouse #colorfulhomes DIY Wood Broom: Learn how I built this wooden broom from up cycled bristles and scrap wood. Total project cost: $0 and now I have a new cleaning supply that I don't mind hanging around the house for guests to see. #diycleaning #upcycled #cleaninghacks #zerodollarupdate #diylifehacks #pantrychallenge #athomediychallenges #realsimple #modernfarmhousedecor #bungalowstyle

This tutorial was completed as part of our At Home DIY Blogger’s Challenge series. Each month, we choose a new topic to tackle and come together as a group to motivate and inspire you to get your DIY hats on and get to work!

See more What Can I Build With A 2x4 Projects

This month’s topic is 2x4 Projects and my fellow bloggers are bringing their A games! Click the image above to check out all of the genius money-saving DIYs they’re sharing with us this month!

HAPPY HOME, HAPPY DECORATING!

xoxo
Teri

YOU’VE GOT QUESTIONS + I’VE GOT ANSWERS.

Commenting on this post is disabled after 24 hours so I can focus on our upcoming projects + client designs. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to hear from you. Send me your questions and comments on Instagram by either commenting on my latest post or sending me a direct message. I really love to chat it out! xoxo

If you saw my stories on Monday, you know I was working on a little wood project I’d dubbed “random but genius”. Well, how accurate was that description? .
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On the blog today, I’m showing you how I rescued my family from a crumby life after the movers broke our broom. And I did it all for FREE! Plus I’m making the case for pretty utilitarian items (I have some valid points you need to hear). So click the link in my profile to read all about it and get the full tutorial! 
#bungalowstyle #diylifehacks #cleaninghacks #upcycled #realsimpleclean Are you sick of seeing pics of old houses yet? Do you love how this has somehow morphed into an #eastnashville stan account over the past few weeks? 🤣
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I’m still in love. I’m still pinching myself that I get to live here. I may never stop being in awe. We’ll return to home projects and design clients soon enough. But for now, I’m just taking it all in. .
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This photo is of the United Methodist Church in our neighborhood. Like any southern city, we have no lack of worship halls. We just happen to have the most beautiful ones. #37206 #historicarchitecture #bungalowstyle #placeswegather #sundayvibes #sundaymorning Last night, we heard music playing in our neighborhood and decided to walk towards it. Our walk turned into an architectural tour of Lockeland Springs. You can catch all the gorgeous historic homes we passed (as well as some future plans for our own house) in my stories. 
#lockelandsprings #eastnashville #dspink #ihavethisthingwithpink #oldhouselove #historichomes Brick sidewalks and the Batman building. We are exactly where we’re meant to be. 
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