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:
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!
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.
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.
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:
I decided to give it a makeover to display a few more of my white dishes..
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.
These chunky hobnail mugs are from Target. Here are similar ones I found on Amazon.
So cute now, right?
No farmhouse kitchen would be complete without fresh flowers!
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…
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.
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.
I used the same method I used on this sign to create and add the lettering for this one above my stove.
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.
I also painted this rolling kitchen cart a while back with a distressed finish in a mix of blues:
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:
It was a super simple project and much prettier to look at than my old toaster oven!
I also love this little whimsical metal wire cloche:
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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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:
See ya then!
UPDATE: Just like magic, see how this tray got a whole new look HERE now.
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