We adore the farmhouse look. Whenever we see pictures of rustic and classic country homes, we always find ourselves lusting for a farmhouse out in the country of our very own. This look is understated, familiar and warm. However, not all of us can pick up and move to the country, but we can try some fun and inexpensive DIY projects that will give our spaces a farmhouse flair. If you want to bring a bit of farmhouse decor into your home without spending an arm and a leg, then try these 30 DIY farmhouse inspired projects.
Make Your Home Unique With These Gorgeous DIY Farmhouse Decorations
Farmhouse decor has no set rules. Mix old with new, such as a dilapidated wicker basket alongside the clean lines of a metal-framed mirror. A scratched, worn wood-top table melds beautifully with an elegant glass vase filled with white roses. Place a vintage paint-chipped footstool in front of a freshly painted white cabinet. You can successfully create a farmhouse feel in your home, no matter where you live or the size of your budget.
Small Budget, Big Impact
If you have a small budget, these DIY Farmhouse decor ideas are fun and cost-effective. Bargain hunt at swap meets, garage and estate sales, and thrift stores. Loving care and a few dollars can transform a neglected little bureau into a showpiece. With so many tutorials and inspiration online, you can dive right in with confidence, creating a beautiful, personalized farmhouse atmosphere. Here are 30 exceptional DIY Farmhouse decor ideas sure to get your creative juices flowing.
1. Old and Weathered Ladder Rack
Every home ends up having that old fashioned wooden ladder that ends up needing to be replaced or just ends up abandoned in the garage or shed somewhere, but with a little bit of paint and some ingenuity, you can give it a new home proudly on display. The rungs of the ladder work great as a towel rack and are great for storing anything that can hang from a hook, like pots, pans, and even things like barbeque utensils. Depending on the condition of the ladder it might not even need a fresh coat of paint, but definitely give it a good cleaning before putting it to use.
2. Easy to Carry Tool Tray Planter
Those old flat tool trays can be good for more than just carrying around your hammers and screwdrivers. After a fresh coat of paint or stain, you’ll be able to use the tool tray as a display holder anywhere around the house. It makes a great outdoor table centerpiece if you put some potted plants inside, but it can also be used as an organizer in the bathroom on your toilet tank or a table caddy in your kitchen for holding condiments or glasses. The possibilities for this project are near limitless.
3. Repurposed Outdoor Fireplace Mantle
While we usually think things like fencing, window panes, and shutters are only for the outside of a home, combining these elements in a unique way can lead to a lot of great indoor accent pieces. The entire farmhouse aesthetic comes from this idea of repurposing, and nothing drives that point home as much as this project. Using wood fencing materials to frame the fire pit along with window panes and shutters to draw the eye to the mantle shelf, this unique fireplace mantle can easily become the star of any den of living area with som creativity and appropriate accenting.
4. Hanging Potted Planter Door Wreath
Wreaths are always a nice focal point for the front door of a home, but why do a traditional rustic wreath using branches and reeds when you can add a bit of color instead. With this project, you’ll be able to make a unique wreath that will be the talk of the neighborhood. The best part is you don’t even have to change the wreath each season. Just replace the flowers with whatever colors and types fit the season, or just fill them with other decorations depending on your preference.
5. Metallic Painted Jumbo Storage Jars
If you are a pet owner or pretzel lover, odds are you’ve picked up one of those big plastic barrels of food or snacks with the screw-on caps. Don’t let those barrels go to waste since they offer some great storage potential despite their lackluster appearance. With a little bit of metallic paint and some creativity, you can transform the bulky clear barrels into something stylish, almost mimicking the style of those Barnhouse steel milk jugs you tend to see out on the farm. All you need is a bit of metallic paint and you’re good to go for this quick and easy DIY project.
6. Personalized Place Marker and Napkin Ring
Sometimes an event calls for a more elegant flair, something that normally doesn’t mesh well with the cozy laid back style of rustic farmhouse decor. With this project, you can add a little bit of elegance to your place setting, as well as give your guests a little personalized token to leave home with. All you’ll need are some wood disks, a bit of leather, some button clasps and some paint or a wood-burning kit to do the personalizing. You can also use a lettering stencil or freehand the names, whatever you’re more comfortable with.
7. Old Fashioned Indoor Display Pedestals
Sometimes adding a bit of height to your countertop displays can just make a whole look come together. These countertop pedestals can help add that extra depth to your decor while adding their own elements to the rustic design of the room. Aside from something to use for the pedestal, you’ll need a bit of paint to match the color of the room or color scheme you’re shooting for, as well as a bit of sandpaper to give it that worn and weathered charm. Lastly, you might want a small block of wood to place on top just to tie everything together. Also keep in mind where you want to place the pedestal when finding what to use as your base, as these can vary in weight. Picking something too heavy for a shelf pedestal could damage the shelf while picking something too lightweight for the floor could easily get knocked over.
8. Mounted Mason Jar Wall Planters
Mason jars can be an incredible tool when it comes to DIY projects if used correctly. They’re identifiable and iconic in design, and even just standing on their own when used for storage they’re pleasing to the eye. This project helps completely transform them into a beautiful rustic planter with the help of a little paint and a wooden wall mount. These are a great way to add a bit of life to almost any room, and they are quick and easy to make as well. For a slightly quainter touch, you can use old glass milk bottles instead of mason jars as well for a similar effect.
9. Stained Wood Flower Planter Centerpiece
This rectangular planter is easy to make and can go virtually anywhere. All you’ll need is a little bit of wood, some stain, and some screws or nails. This centerpiece can add a burst of life and vibrant to your dining room table, the deep brown of the stain added to the rustic farmhouse feel while the flowers you choose can add a fresh pop of color to the mix. The best part is you can customize it to fit any size table or wherever you decide to display it. Simply cut the wood to whatever size you need before assembly and you’re ready to go. Just fill it up with your favorite plants to let a little more nature into your home.
10. Wall Mounted Book Shelving
Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what to do with empty wall space, especially when its awkwardly sandwiched between countertops and cabinetry. One great solution is a small wall mounted bookshelf. With a little bit of wood, nails and some stain, you can make a small rack for holding some of your more commonly used books, be it reference manuals in your office or your favorite recipe books in the kitchen. Bonus points if you reuse crate wood with writing burned into it for that extra bit of flare.
11. Vertical Ladder Photo Frame Display
For this project, you’ll need a ladder with wide and flat rungs, as well as some mounting brackets to hold everything in place. With the right tools, a little DIY know-how, and a high enough ceiling you can transform your old wooden ladder into a small shelving unit for photos and picture frames. If done right, your guests might not even recognize that you used a ladder for shelving, since it fits in so well with the rustic farmhouse feel of the rest of the room.
12. 5-gallon Vase With Crate Frame
This project can look really nice if done properly, but it takes either a little bit of DIY know-how or access to a small crate to make work. By removing the housing panels on a wooden crate and adding a 5-gallon water cooler jug, you can make yourself a nice large scale vase for bigger greenery like reeds and stalks or full branches of blooming flowers. If you cant get your hands on an old crate you might have to build one from scratch, so you’ll need access to some wood, nails and a reference for how to build a crate.
13. Stained Wood Rustic Bathroom Shelving
Depending on the size of your bathroom, find a place to openly store towels and other necessities without making the whole room feel cluttered can be a bit tricky. With these wall shelves, you’ll be able to store a few towels, some soaps, and washcloths right out in the open, providing quick and easy access. This is also great for guest bathrooms since your guests won’t have to go hunting about for any bathroom supplies, and it will help add a decorative touch to your storage setup.
14. Wooden Step Ladder Shelving Unit
Regular ladders aren’t the only ones that are multipurpose. Old step ladders can be just as effective for making do as impromptu shelving or display units. With a little bit of stain, some paint, or a nice polish, you can transform your old wooden stepladder into a great accent piece to your home that not only fits the farmhouse feel but is also just as practical. Even better, its easily portable and movable thanks to the collapsable nature of folding ladders, so rearranging the look of the room doesn’t have to be a massive chore.
15. Write-On Painted Storage Jars
If you’re looking for a great way to store all of your grains, nuts, loose cereals, baking supplies, or any loose product while keeping to the farmhouse rustic aesthetic, this project is for you. With some old screw-top mayo jars, some paint, and a little chalk for writing down the labels, you’ll have your own little apothecary set up in your kitchen. Not only do these jars look fantastic, the customizable nature means you don’t need to make a new jar every time you change around your stock and what’s in them.
16. Making Old Furniture Good as New
A fresh coat of paint can liven up even the most worn and weathered pieces of furnishings. If you have an old piece of furniture that doesn’t quite fit the decor of your home, simply changing up its look might be all you need to be able to repurpose it somewhere, rather than spending hundreds of dollars on a new set. If you want it to fit a more worn and weathered barnyard feel, you can also wear down some of the paint with a bit of sandpaper or use an aged or oxidized brass stain on the metal portions to give it the look you want.
17. The Homemade Garden and Tray
With a little bit of creativity, you can use a little twine and a base to make your own little indoor garden of veggies that will look just as lively all year round. This tiny little accent piece can add a touch of character to any countertop, giving your home a bit more playful charm. For the tray, you can use any small basin, like a butter tray or sponge and soap dish.
18. Worn Old Pots With Twine
Live plants can add a nice touch of color and life to any home, but sometimes just using a traditional small pot makes them come off as generic and out of place. Luckily there’s a way to make these banal little pots stand out and make the whole display look more appealing. Using a little bit of sandpaper to make the pot look more worn, as well as using a bit of twine, you can transform your borning standard pots into something unique and rustic.
19. Portable Step Stool Display Shelf
Repurposing a wooden step stool as a small display shelf can be a great way to add a little bit of height to any decorations. With a little bit of paint, you can turn your old wooden step stool into something with a little more rustic charm. It’s also extremely portable and has a pretty small footprint also, so it can help add a little depth to almost any room. Feel free to get creative with the paint as well, using either a stencil or painter’s tape to create a pattern to make it feel less like a step stool and more like a display. With the right paint job you can even make it work as a free-standing decoration.
20. Farmhouse Old Wooden Dish Tray
Much like the planter, this is an easy project that can help not only display your dishwares but also help with storage and organization. All you’ll need are some pieces of wood cut to size, some screws or nails, sandpaper, and some stain if you’re looking for a more decorative and polished look. This dish tray looks great on countertops, showing off your decorative dishes and also giving you easy access to them for coffee or desserts in a pinch.
21. Old Style Hanging Wooden Frame
You can give any wooden frame a touch of southern rustic hospitality with a little stain and some sandpaper. If you already have wooden frames for decorative pieces of artwork around the house, you can quickly convert them all to a more farmhouse feel in about an hour or two depending on how many you have. You can even embellish the frames with other odds and ends like pinecones and other rustic staples if you really want it to be the focal point of the room. If you have metallic frames, feel free to experiment with some metal treatment paints to give your frames a more weathered look.
22. Worn Wood Chair and Ottoman Set
When it comes to farmhouse design, sometimes one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If you have an old wooden chair or ottoman set, or go salvage hunting and snag one from a thrift store or off someone’s lawn for pickup, you can transform it into something quaint and homey with the right materials and a little hard work. You might need to cut yourself some new fabric to cover any old or torn seating as well. While not the most comfortable, if you’re using it more for looks than utility, covering the seat or top of the ottoman with burlap could also give it a nice touch. This project is a bit more involved, requiring some tools and a little more knowhow, but once you’re done you’ll have a nice set of furniture perfect for your lounge room or den.
23. Wooden Planked Wall Mounted Plaque
Finding the right worded wall display can be a challenge, especially with so many options to choose from. Finding something that fits your home as well as a phrase that fits your personality can seem almost impossible sometimes, and you can only put so many ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ decorations about without things getting redundant. Thankfully, with a few planks of wood, some stain, and some paint and letter stencils, you can make your own custom display and write something truly from the heart to make all your guests feel at home.
24. From The Work Bench to The Coffee Table
This project might require a little more DIY know-how as well as some searching for materials since you probably won’t have what you’re looking for just lying around the house. You can use any rectangular piece of metal, be it an extra piece of wide shelving or from the top of an old work bench, to act as the tabletop for a new coffee table. You can even treat the metal to get a different look, or simply just paint over it if you’re looking for a less metallic color for your den area. Either way, once you have a sizable tabletop material, the rest should be easy.
25. A Vintage Door Becomes a Decor Item
DIY farmhouse decoration doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to make your decor item from scratch. Sometimes it means that you re-purpose a different item that you already own in a creative way. These clever homeowners took a vintage door and hung it above their bed. If you have a gorgeous vintage door that feels too lovely to hide away in a cabinet, draw inspiration from this idea.
26. Breathe New Life into an Old Frame
You wouldn’t believe how quickly and simply an old frame becomes a rustic, beautiful chalkboard. You can easily purchase chalkboard paint at the hardware store, which, when painted over glass, creates a chalkboard finish. As for the actual frame, spray paint it whatever color you wish. We love what these homeowners did with the gold hue. These homeowners chose not to use their DIY project as an actual chalkboard, but rather as a backdrop for a lovely cranberry wreath, which can also be easily assembled with pieces from the craft store.
27. A Wall Full of Rustic DIY Decor
Don’t feel like you have to limit how many DIY items you display in one area. These homeowners prove that you can create a beautiful display out of several creative DIY projects. Breathe some new life into old canvases or wooden palettes by spray painting meaningful words or sayings on them. You can use a stencil if you’re not particularly artistically inclined. Or, pick up some wooden symbols, letters or shapes at the craft store and spray paint them the color of your choosing. We adore the glossy, slate colored ampersand on the far right.
28. Take a Mirror to the Next Level
A mirror can be a simple and unnoticeable accent piece. However, with a little creativity, you can turn it into something truly magical. These homeowners took a wooden mirror and used paint to give it a more rustic feel, inspired by that great farmhouse style. We love the light wooden stain they used, which gives the mirror a simplistic but gorgeous finished look.
29. Don’t Throw out those Old Windows or Doors
Farmhouse style is all about creating a home that feels warm, inviting and lived-in. This oftentimes includes taking old items and including them to give your home some classic charm. These homeowners took some old window frames, spray painted them white and turned them into an absolutely stunning decor piece for their entryway. We have also seen many homeowners do similar DIY projects with old doors. If you have a garage or shed full of old wooden pieces, consider giving them a makeover with some sanding and paint. You might be stunned by the fabulous decor items that you end up with for barely any investment beyond the cost of the paint.
30. Be Creative with Curtain Rods
If you think curtain rods are just for hanging curtains, you’re missing out on an entire world of beautiful home decorations. This spectacular farmhouse idea involves using a curtain rod, mounted against the wall, as a means to hang framed photos. We love this idea for so many reasons. Not only is it a creative way to display your treasured family photos, but it allows you to swap out your photos whenever you want without having to put new holes into the wall.
31. A Palette Becomes a Functional Kitchen Decor Item
Farmhouse style isn’t just about creating knick-knacks that look rustic and lovely. Rather, it’s often about creating items that not only accentuate the beauty of your home, but that are functional for your daily life as well. This DIY decoration is positively inspired. These homeowners took a piece of a palette, spray painted and stenciled it and added hooks. Their finished product is a pretty decor item that they can use to easily store and access coffee mugs. This is a perfect DIY project that will result in a great new item for your kitchen.
32. A Simple Sign
Not every DIY decoration has to be complicated. These homeowners gave their kitchen a gorgeous touch of farmhouse style by creating a very simple sign to hang high in their kitchen. To replicate it, start with a long, banner-shaped piece of thick stock board or wood. Print off your letters on your home printer in the largest font possible. Using an X-Acto blade, turn the letters into stencils. After arranging them how you want them and taping them into place, simply use black paint to fill them in. After your project has dried, it will look lovely hanging in any room of your house.
33. Fake Your Way To A Box Of Flowers
If you’ve seen wooden boxes of flowers and thought it was a creative decoration idea but looked to complicated to execute, worry not. This DIY farmhouse decoration involves faking your way to the illusion of a box filled with real flowers. Start with a wooden box or crate of your choice, either spray painting it or leaving it as it is. Then, fill mason jars with faux flowers from the craft store. Place the mason jars into the box. The finished product will look like an antique box that’s overflowing with beautiful flowers.
34. A Faux Clock that’s the Epitome of Farmhouse Style
This DIY farmhouse decoration might not be functional, but it’s the epitome of farmhouse style. If you have an old length of fencing, cut it into a circle. Paint it your desired color and then stencil in numbers, creating a large faux clock. This decor item looks absolutely beautiful on its own. However, if you prefer a working clock, there are kits you can buy at craft stores to create a DIY clock that actually functions.
35. Turn an Old Table into Something Stunning
If you have an old table that could use some new life, then consider this lovely DIY farmhouse idea. These homeowners started with an antique table. They sanded and painted the base. Then, they created a new table top with planks of wood from the hardware store, stained to a dark mahogany that juxtaposes stunningly with the white of the base. This is the type of DIY farmhouse decoration that takes some work, but the finished product is so incredibly worth it. These homeowners can now enjoy a one of a kind kitchen table that is not only beautiful, but shows off their creative talents.
36. Love Makes the World Go ‘Round
This is another DIY farmhouse decoration that shows how endless the possibilities are when you have some old wood lying around. These creative homeowners stained a piece of wood and then stenciled in three of the letters of the word “love” in white paint. However, instead of just stenciling in an “o,” they created a heart out of pressed flowers and glued it where the “o” would normally go. The finished product is the kind of decoration that usually goes for a lot of money in high-end decor shops.
37. A Glowing Farmhouse Idea
This DIY farmhouse decoration will literally add a glow to your room. Instead of buying overpriced lantern sconces at a home goods store, these creative homeowners used some recovered wood and mason jars to create their own. First, they spray painted the wood their desired color. Then, they hand painted the upper rims of their mason jars. They attached hooks to the pieces of wood and a short length of chain to the jars. After hanging the jars on the pieces of wood, all that was needed was two candles to bring these beautiful wall sconces to life.
38. The Ultimate In Farmhouse Style: Barn Doors
If you’re looking for a farmhouse idea that is less of a DIY decoration and more of a permanent installation in your home, then you might want a barn door. A barn door is a door that doesn’t open and close, but rather slides on tracks. It is the ultimate way to give your home a very rustic, farmhouse feel. It looks like a complicated install, but can actually be simpler than installing a standard door. You can find barn door kits at most big box home improvement stores.