I think I'd do mine on a painted board but I love this idea! Make a stenciled barn-wood valance! Turn a sign made from old barn wood and stenciled with happy song lyrics into a nontraditional window treatment.
Under Counter Fruit Bin ~ THIS is a real cool idea for kitchen storage (for other home organizing too). Could be an easy DIY project with crates. Paint to match your kitchen decor and free up some counter space!
DIY Vintage Milk Crate Turned into Unique Ottoman Tutorial -- could use the plain wooden crates found at a craft store, plus thick or heavyweight fabric, foam, plywood. Could also add hinges to make the top open for storage inside!