If your impression of corrugated metal is that it belongs on a barn roof, take another look. Lightweight and inexpensive, new or salvaged, corrugated aluminum sheets are finding a variety of practical and decorative applications in the hands of creative do-it-yourselfers.
1. CREATE AN ACCENT WALL
Looking to add an industrial vibe? It doesn't get much easier. Simply measure the surface area and cut the sheet to size (or have it cut for you). From there, it's a matter of securing wood strips to the wall, upon which the metal is installed. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial, visit Interiors by Kenz.
2. MAKE A HEADBOARD
If you're hesitant to blanket a full wall in corrugated metal, why not compromise with a headboard? You'll need the proper cutting tools and a design template to replicate the one pictured. For a less demanding approach to getting the look, pay to have the sheet cut for you, then simply secure the piece to the wall.
3. GO METAL IN THE KITCHEN
If your style sensibility is more rustic than modern, try getting your hands on some salvaged stock of corrugated metal, and consider the material either for the backsplash or as a surround for your kitchen island. Aesthetic upgrades don't get much more affordable (or more distinctive) in the kitchen.
4. BUILD AN OUTDOOR SHOWER
Outside, too, there are many corrugated metal DIY projects to spend this weekend completing. For instance, this great-looking yet functional outdoor shower requires only basic building skills and minimal materials: aluminum sheeting, lumber, and an outdoor shower kit from your local home improvement store.
5. ASSEMBLE A PATCHWORK FENCE
If you happen upon smaller scraps of sheeting (or discarded tin ceiling tiles), remember that they are anything but useless. With its patchwork grid of mismatched squares, this low-cost corrugated metal DIY fence makes for a distinctive landscape feature with handmade country charm.