How to add the rustic farmhouse look this weekend

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Do you love the farmhouse style, but are having trouble getting the look in your home?  These projects, items, display ideas, and furniture finishes will help add rustic farmhouse to any home. 

Rustic Farmhouse

I think the reason the farmhouse style is so popular is that it’s easy to fit into any style of home.  Well, that and the popularity of Fixer Upper!

I do hear from readers that they need a bit of help getting the look in their homes.  I hope this info helps. 

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Farmhouse DIY Projects

Rustic Farmhouse DIY projects

The farmhouse look is perfect for DIY projects.  Thinking back to my grandparent’s old farmhouses in the Osage of Oklahoma, many items were handmade.  My grandma painted the old linoleum kitchen floor using stencils she cut from an old box.  Then, my uncle made the coffee table used to play games by 11 grandkids. My dad wired the whole house when they first got electricity.

These are a few favorite projects I’ve created for our cabin 


The lettering on this cracked plaster sign adds a French farmhouse look, but the cracked plaster is all rustic!

The hardest working chalkboard ever!  This extra large calendar chalkboard cost less than $25 to make. 

I can remember a stack of wooden crates in the old shed on the farm.  Now I wish I knew what was inside!  This wood crate holds a thrift store craft box.  It has a dual purpose as a side table.  Many things in old farmhouses have a dual purpose.  

Farmhouse decor is simple.  Farmhouse wreaths are simple like this boxwood wreath.

It was so fast and easy to make this farmhouse tray.

Shop for rustic decor

I love this collection of rustic farmhouse decor.


Rustic Farmhouse Display Ideas

Farmhouse Display ideas

Here are simple and basic ideas to cheaply add the farmhouse look to your home. 

  • Stacked plates {display basic essentials: plates in a basket, empty vases along the mantel, utensils in old jars}
  • Shabby books
  • Farm equipment
  • Mason jars for storage or this fabulous idea
  • Nature {bring nature inside with wildflowers or fresh greens}
  • Galvanized buckets {roll tea towel and store in a galvanized bucket}
  • Vintage garden tools

Simple Farmhouse Ideas

This garden tool is a hook for an apron and tote.  I remember grandma hanging a bunch of bananas on a nail in the pantry. Simple. 

Rustic Finishes

Crazy digital book iphone

It’s easy to add a farmhouse feel to thrift store furniture finds.  This digital book is full of ideas like white chipped paint, blurred grains, how to raise the grain of new wood and how to age wood to look like barn wood.

What farmhouse memories can you recreate in your home?  

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