45 DIY Farmhouse-Style Decorating Ideas

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September 05, 2017

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Trunk-Turned-Coffee Table

Old wooden trunks are stowed away in many attics and often end up in yard sales or thrift stores at a great price. Give one of them an update by simply adding casters to make it a functional (and mobile) coffee table. Learn how >>

DIY Cookbook Stand (Great Gift Idea!)

Everyone could use an extra hand in the kitchen, especially when they're whipping up a new recipe. Beginner woodworking skills and our step-by-step instructions will help you turn lumber into a thoughtful gift for your favorite chef.

Distress Furniture Like a Pro

When giving an old piece of furniture a fresh coat of paint, it’s fitting to distress it a bit, so the new paint feels natural on the vintage or antique piece. Learn how to distress furniture like a pro >>

Handmade Lavender Wreath

Add color and lovely fragrance to your front door with a dried wreath you can make for half the price of the store-bought version. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Sweet Slipcovers

Instantly take your dining space from bland to farmhouse chic by covering plain chairs with ruffled, washable slipcovers. Learn how to make your own >>

Grocery Bag Holder

Turn plywood, paint and vintage knobs into a rustic sign that's a practical and pretty kitchen accessory. Make your own >>

Mantel Makeover

Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines turned an old washboard into a statement piece by adorning it with a basket full of fresh wildflowers and installing it above a mantel.

Doily Table Runner

Perfect for holiday get-togethers or as year-round decor, this unique DIY doily table runner will give your tablescape an elegant, vintage vibe and work well with virtually any place setting. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Cottage Crate Planter

This DIY is as easy as it gets! Pick up an old crate at a thrift store or antique shop and fill with gorgeous cottage garden plants like heather or lavender or even herbs.

DIY Hand-Lettered Tray

Have you ever seen a piece of gorgeous hand-lettered decor and thought, "I wish I could do that"? Well, if you can trace, you can easily create your own farmhouse-inspired signs and decorations at home. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Make a New Table Look Old

Grab our simple tips for making a brand new table look like it's endured years of use (read: love). Learn how >>

DIY Tablecloth Playhouse

Who says farmhouse decorating is just for adults? Give your kiddos the space of their dreams by transforming your rarely-used dining table into a no-sew playhouse that's as easy to make as it is to redecorate. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Wood Storage Ladder

A rustic ladder adds instant charm to any space, offering a place to hang hand towels and storage baskets in the bathroom or cozy blankets in the bedroom or living room. Learn how to make your own >>

DIY Faux Cotton Stems

Rustic cotton stems are a gorgeous addition to your farmhouse setup. But instead of spending major $$ on the real deal, make your own for less than $2 with materials you already have on hand. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Window Pane Nursery Decoration

Carry the farmhouse theme into the nursery by hanging an old window pane adorned with baby's breath and antique jars above the crib.

DIY Drop Cloth Curtains

Custom window treatments are great, but who can afford them? Give your windows a cottage-chic boost with these DIY curtains made out of fabric drop cloths. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Monogrammed Doormat

A classy, monogrammed doormat for less than $10? Yes, please! Make your own >>

DIY Laundry Drying Rack

Doing the laundry just got a bit more enjoyable thanks to this clever ceiling-mounted clothes drying rack. All you need is a wooden ladder and some supplies, and you can put the fifth wall in your laundry room to work. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

The Coziest Blanket

Sometimes, the very best days are those spent indoors, curled up with a good book and a cozy blanket. Make your own knit throw with the help of our quick tutorial, then display your comfy creation in a woven basket or drape it over the back of your favorite reading chair.

Upcycled Wine Crate Window Boxes

The easiest way to boost your curb appeal? Install window boxes filled with colorful, seasonal blooms. Learn how to make your own wood window boxes from upcycled wine crates >>

Tea Towel Curtains

Great for kitchen windows, breakfast nooks or other spaces where natural light reigns supreme, cafe curtains like these DIY beauties from the Simple Stylings blog add charming style and a dash of privacy without impeding the sunshine. Learn how to make these charming curtains out of tea towels >>

Mix + Match Botanical Prints

With a printer, some stain and few basic materials, you can make your own beautiful botanical prints for free! Get the downloadable prints and instructions here >>

Chicken Wire + Greenery = Wall Decor

Upcycle old drying racks into gorgeous decor by mounting simple greenery wreaths to the front of each rack, then displaying them on a blank wall. Don't have an antique rack? Make your own by stapling a square of chicken wire to the back of a wood frame.

Barn Door Swap

Give any room in your home an instant farmhouse update by replacing standard doors with rustic, sliding barn doors. Learn how >>

Shipping Pallet Umbrella Stand

Add a touch of rustic charm to your entryway or mudroom by upcycling a pair of shipping pallets into a rustic, budget-friendly umbrella stand. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Frame More Than Just Artwork

Are your walls in need of a few statement art pieces, but your budget just won't foot the bill? Get creative and frame items you may not have thought to display, like this steel magazine holder filled with pretty magnolia leaves. More wall art ideas from Fixer Upper >>

Sweet Steps

Give plain stairs a unique upgrade by stenciling antique-style numbers onto each step. See the rest of this whimsical farmhouse from HGTV magazine >>

White-Washed Vignette

Turn a hodgepodge of garage sale items into a cohesive, neutral-hued vignette by washing them all with varying degrees of white paint and water. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Get the Shiplap Look

If you love the rustic, cottage-style look of shiplap walls, you're in luck! They're easier to install than you'd think. Learn the pros and cons and get the instructions here >>

Faux Pumpkin Topiary

Take your fall front porch to new heights (literally) with a nature-inspired, faux pumpkin topiary you can display all season long. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Win Fall With a Dough Bowl Centerpiece

Add a rustic touch to your fall table by turning a vintage dough bowl or wooden trencher into a centerpiece overflowing with seasonal pumpkins, gourds, pinecones and flowering branches. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Wood Tic-Tac-Toe Set

With family gathered for holiday festivities, it's the perfect time to pull out board games. But this year, skip the brightly-colored, mismatched gameboards and make your own rustic version of the classic favorite, tic-tac-toe. It provides hours of fun and is even pretty enough to leave out all year long! Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Brighten It Up With Buckets

Transform inexpensive galvanized washtubs into beautiful, rustic pendant lights that look great indoors or out. Make your own >>

Spigot Handle Towel Rack

Add function and charming personality to your bath by repurposing antique spigot handles into a towel rack.

Get the step-by-step instructions: Upcycle Vintage Spigot Handles Into a Trendy Towel Rack

Wine Rack Refresh

Blogger Kelly Rinzema of The Lily Pad Cottage repurposed rotting wood to give her old wine cart a chic refresh. See the before picture here >>

Rustic Pet Feeding Station

Make mealtime a little easier on large or older dogs by turning an old stool, box or crate into a raised feeding station where food and water are stylishly within reach. Make tails wag with our step-by-step instructions.

Handmade Ruched Pillow Shams

High-end pillow shams can be a splurge when decorating a bedroom. But with basic sewing skills, you can make your own beautiful, designer look-alike shams at a fraction of the cost. Learn how >>

Display Kids' Art, Stylishly

Put those heartfelt works of art on display without compromising your design style (or your refrigerator door). These wood slats with clips look beautiful on your wall while providing an effortless way to switch out art pieces as often as you like. Get the instructions + 5 more chic ways to display childrens' artwork >>

Ottoman Slipcover

Is your ottoman looking a little worse for the wear? Give it a country-chic makeover with a handmade slipcover.

Get the step-by-step instructions: How to Slipcover an Ottoman

Grapevine Ball String Lights

Give your outdoor space a refresh with these semi-DIY bistro lights. Simply take decorative wicker spheres (normally used as table decor), and fit one sphere over each bulb on a strand of white string lights.

DIY Rustic Bread Board

Antique bread boards are a popular collectible but they're often expensive. With basic woodworking skills, you can turn a piece of old or reclaimed wood into a great handmade gift for your favorite foodie or hostess. Get the instructions >>

Frame an Old Family Recipe

A framed, vintage recipe card written in your grandmother's or great-grandmother's handwriting doubles as sweet meaningful kitchen decor. Give this craft as a gift >>

Radiator Makeover

Create stylish extra storage in your bathroom by building a thin shelf around an unsightly radiator. See more of this gorgeous small bathroom makeover>>

Upcyled Quilt Christmas Tree Skirt

Some old quilts are too fragile or tattered to use as bedding, but they're too precious to throw away. Repurpose one into a charming, cottage-style Christmas tree skirt by using the largest intact portion of the quilt.

Get the step-by-step instructions: Turn an Old Quilt Into a Christmas Tree Skirt

Eucalyptus Christmas

Skip traditional greenery and deck the halls with boughs of eucalyptus this holiday season. Learn how to make this gorgeous DIY wreath >>

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