5 Ways to Add Farmhouse Charm to the Kitchen {and a Thrifty Makeover too!}

5 Ways to add Farmhouse Charm to the Kitchen from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my farmhouse today! Say what? You know I have nothing even remotely close to a farmhouse, but today as part of this month’s Decor Challenge, my Decor Enthusiast Girls and I are sharing our take on ways to add a little farmhouse style our spaces.

Farmhouse style is hot hot hot right now, but with living closer to dolphins than to chickens, I tend to lean a little more towards coastal. So when my girls were talking about sharing tips for getting that farmhouse look, I had to think about it for a while. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the things I love too.

Then it occurred to me that my kitchen could easily translate into farmhouse with the white cabinets and hardwood floors, so I set out to update it a bit with some farmhouse flair. My first stop: the garage of course!

But first I needed to decide what would give my kitchen that farmhouse feel I was going for, and I came up with five things that make me think of farmhouse charm:

1.

White Cabinets

Adding Farmhouse Charm to the Kitchen from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

When I think of a farmhouse kitchen, I always think of white painted cabinets. Luckily I tackled this chore a couple of years ago, but if painting your cabinets is on your to-do list, I shared a very detailed step-by-step tutorial HERE. It’s a chore, but won’t break the bank for a huge impact.

You can also find the tutorial for replacing the raised panels in your cabinets with glass HERE!

2.

Bead Board/Wainscoting

Adding Farmhouse Charm to the Kitchen from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I trimmed out our island in wainscoting. It’s an inexpensive way to add farmhouse charm, and lovely as a backsplash or ceiling treatment as well.

Adding Farmhouse Charm to the Kitchen from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

You can buy sheets of bead board or wainscoting kits like I did, which is made up of  pieces that fit together rather than a large sheet that needs to be cut to fit. That helped to transition around that bend nicely.

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3.

White Dishes

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Plain white dishes are so versatile. You can dress them up to match any season or Holiday, and to me they have a fresh farmhouse feel as well. Stack them, create a plate wall out of them…so many ways to show them off! These are my everyday dishes, and they are ironstone from Pier One.

I told you I was headed to the garage to hunt for a few things I could use in my update and came across this little metal caddy I found at the thrift store a while back for $6:

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I decided to give it a makeover to display a few more of my white dishes..

Wire caddy gets an update with spray paint from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I primed it with white spray primer, then sanded it all over. No paint, just primer. I also found an old fence picket that I cut to fit the bottom and white-washed.

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Wire caddy gets an update with spray paint from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

These chunky hobnail mugs are from Target. Here are similar ones I found on Amazon.

Wire caddy gets an update with spray paint from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

So cute now, right?

4.

Fresh Flowers

Adding Farmhouse Charm to the Kitchen from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

No farmhouse kitchen would be complete without fresh flowers!

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Adding Farmhouse Charm to the Kitchen from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Flowers are such a great way to add charm to any space, and they don’t have to cost a fortune. I picked up this bouquet of daisies at Walmart for $5. They are perfectly farmhouse-y in this $2 estate sale pitcher. (There are a bunch of cute white pitchers on Amazon…like this one. I find I shop more and more online these days!)

I also snipped a bloom or two for a couple of tiny arrangements…

Wire caddy gets an update with spray paint from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I make these all the time for my bathroom sinks and for my kitchen window. The greenery is from a bouquet I picked up at Trader Joes, my favorite resource in the off-season for budget-friendly fresh flowers. The little jar is a thrift store find.

5.

Distressed Wood

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I imagine a farmhouse kitchen to have a few distressed pieces here and there. Maybe some old barn wood used in a new way, or a chippy painted hutch. I don’t have either, but I did make a new sign for above my stove out of an old fence picket I found in the garage…close enough. 🙂

I cut two pieces to size then joined the two pieces with an old ruler I had cut in half, screwing the ruler pieces to the back of each picket piece. I wanted it to sit as flush to the wall as possible since it was going above the stove.

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I used the same method I used on this sign to create and add the lettering for this one above my stove.

Kitchen sign from old fence pickets from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

It actually says the same thing as the sign I replaced, but that one was a cheap one I bought years ago and it was black. This one brightens up that spot above the stove now.

Kitchen sign from old fence pickets from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I also painted this rolling kitchen cart a while back with a distressed finish in a mix of blues:

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This was  a $15 yard sale find, and was the perfect piece for my budget-friendly Kitchen Makeover! (Originally from Walmart.)

I didn’t include “whimsy” as one of the elements of a farmhouse kitchen, but I do think it applies. Here’s a touch of whimsy in mine…this sweet toaster oven cover I made from bleached drop cloths:

Whimsical Toaster Oven Cover made from bleached drop cloths from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

It was a super simple project and much prettier to look at than my old toaster oven!

Whimsical Toaster Oven Cover made from bleached drop cloths from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I also love this little whimsical metal wire cloche:

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Would you believe it was a thrift store find? I’m sure I didn’t pay more than a few bucks for it, and it’s perfect for holding some of my smaller thrifted ironstone pieces!

That about wraps up my (wannabe) Farmhouse Kitchen Tour! I had fun playing around in there.

What do you think of when you think of farmhouse style??

My Décor Enthusiast Girls are also sharing their own ideas for adding farmhouse style to your spaces. Check them out at the links below!

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Refresh Restyle

Our Southern Home

Artsy Chicks Rule

Restoration Redoux

Duke Manor Farm

Got any Farmhouse Decor you want to share?  You can!!

Take pics of your Spring wreaths and share them with us on our Decorating Enthusiasts DIY Forum on Facebook! We created this forum not only so you could participate in our fun decorating challenges, but also so that you have a judge-free zone to share your projects any time, ask questions, and hang out with other creatives just like you!

Decor-Enthusiast-Style-Facebook-Group-artsychicksrule-(2)But wait! There’s more! Let’s play on Instagram too! (Updated Hashtag alert!)

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Here’s how to play:

1. Add your own photo on Instagram starting today (4/14) through Saturday

2. Tag it with the #DecorEnthusiastStyle hashtag

3. Follow all six of your hostesses here:

@confessionsofaserialdiyer     @artsychicksrule     @oursouthernhome     @restorationredoux     @refreshrestyle     @dukemanorfarm

We will choose one winner that will be featured on all six IG feeds this Sunday!!

I love looking through all the beautiful photos you guys share.

As always, I’m so glad you stopped by!

I’ll be back Tuesday sharing what I did with this very large oval thrift store tray:

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See ya then!

UPDATE: Just like magic, see how this tray got a whole new look HERE now.

XO,

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Comments

  1. Mary Kaiser says:

    Love the cute basket makeover. Thanks for the inspiration. Thanks for being so amazing!!!

  2. I just love the little wire tray or whatever the correct name is, you know that little cute thing with a handle.
    Your kitchen is really neat. You mentioned that the cover you made for the toaster oven is made of bleached drop cloth. Did you bleach it or does it come as bleached.
    You always have the cutest things.

  3. I subscribe to your blog and really enjoy seeing all the creative ideas you have for re-using or repurposing. I think we have the same rolling cart in our kitchens and it also appears that we painted and switched out the hardware!

    I hope I am not asking one of those “most often asked questions”…but I am curious a about the wine glass holder under your kitchen cabinet. Did that come with the cabinets or was it an “add on” ?

    • Thanks so much for following along with me, Suzan! Isn’t that rolling cart so handy and functional? Mine was missing the drop-down piece when I bought it, but it still works great. The wine glass holder was already in our house up above the window over the sink. I cut it down to size and mounted it under the cabinet when I redid my kitchen, but I purchased a metal under-the-counter wine glass holder for my last house at Pier One. It looked like this one from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1p0P0CQ and fit and worked great! XO

  4. Hi Christy,
    I really love the way you have done your kitchen! And I really like this “farmhouse” style. But I must comment that true farmers, if they had time to browse blogs on farmhouse style, would have a great laugh! Any farmers homes I have been in look nothing like this! They are messy and full of mismatched items and they certainly don’t have fancy white cabinets or distressed signs! Lol, but it sure is a pretty look for those of us not working the land and raising animals. I enjoy your blog. Thanks. Brenda

  5. I’m pretty sure Phil won’t let me paint the cabinets, but I do have a cow on a shelf! Does that count?? =D

    xoxo
    -andi

  6. Love your farmhouse style! Can I move in?

  7. I just love to see all the before and afters you do and also to tell you “thank you” for the inspiration they provide. You rock!

  8. Would like to know where you got back spash tiles?
    Your kitchen is so cute I love your vision
    Thx

  9. With every post I open, i am amazed at your creativity. I am tucking ideas away for when the time for decorating our fixer-upper comes. I am new at all of this and am so excited to have you as a “mentor.” Thank you for sharing and the inspiration. Love your kitchen 🙂

  10. oh my toaster. would you look at that adorable cover! too cute. BTW- your kitchen is so pretty. Bet you get a lot of kisses in there!

  11. Sally Luebben says:

    Oh, I love that wire basket! I have one very similar. I can’t wait to try that makeover on it. 😀

  12. Your house is so pretty Christy!! In person and in photos!! 🙂
    OH…and I do believe you may have a chicken or two just down the road from you…on that country road we traveled!! 😉 lol
    xo
    Nancy

  13. Would you share where your counter stools are from? They are perfect for your house.

  14. Christy,
    Girl you do have farmhouse style! I love all of the fabulous details in your farmhouse kitchen. AND that you do it so formidably. I so need those bar stools!

  15. Sandi Biquet says:

    Hi Christy,
    I love your little touches of farmhouse in your kitchen. You’ve given me some great ideas. I’m going to throw some things together this afternoon.

  16. I think you’ve done a great job adding touches of farmhouse to your kitchen :o) I really love the beadboard island. I’m thinking of adding it to my island but horizontally instead of vertically… we’ll see. I’m also planning to paint my cabinets so I’ll definitely check out your tutorial!

    Tania

    • Thanks, Tania! I really love all things coastal/cottage for my home, but I think that style easily lends itself to a farmhouse feel too. And the beadboard added a lot of charm to this bland island for not a ton of money. 🙂

  17. Molly Freibott says:

    Love this! Love your blog! It’s been so helpful and I love all the pics! I’m subscribing!

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