15 Charming DIY Farmhouse Decorating Projects

Grab a few drop cloths and several buckets of white paint, y'all.

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December 18, 2017
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Lovely Lettered Tray

Add some serious charm to your kitchen counters with a large, hand-lettered serving tray. For full-on farmhouse vibes, opt for a rustic, texture-rich wooden tray similar to the one pictured here. Recreate the look with crisp white paint or try a moodier design with inky black or navy, instead.

How to Make a Hand-Lettered Farmhouse-Style Tray

Barn Door Bedroom Art

It's no secret that sliding barn doors have become farmhouse staples in recent years. Another way to put some spare wood to good use? Create one-of-a-kind wall art. Whether you go big or small, this piece will add some sought-after rustic charm to your sophisticated home.

White-Washed Display

Hit your regular antique shops and thrift stores and salvage some treasures for your next weekend crafter-noon. All you need to create a cohesive, farmhouse-chic vignette are a few unique objects and a mixture of white paint and water. Voila!

Shutter Sofa Table

Sweet and subtle, this DIY shutter sofa table is just the farmhouse touch you need in your living room. One way to easily blend this project into your existing space? Be sure to select a soft, neutral paint color that complements the existing furnishings in the space, rather than going bold or bright with a hue that, inevitably, distract from the overall design.

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Get the Shiplap Look

Create this warm, welcoming and just plain "wow!"-worthy backdrop in just about any space in your home with gray Stikwood paneling. All you'll need is an open afternoon and good company to take your farmhouse style to the next level.

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Repurposed Vintage Mantel

Vintage mantels are pure magic, friends! Snag one for yourself and repurpose it into a visual statement piece like the one seen here, from HGTV's Fixer Upper's farmhouse design-deity, Joanna Gaines. This project adds instant old-world charm to even the most modern, spantly decorated spaces. Plus, the vintage mantel works wonders in creating coziness and warmth for homes without fireplaces.

Playful Guitar Art

Make some music... on your walls. Make the most of your guitar collection and add them to the walls for easy-to-reach storage that works double-time as unique, custom wall art.

Shabby-Chic Shelving

Recreate this project at home for super-cute shelving that's perfect for bathrooms, kitchens and kids' rooms, alike. All you'll need is a salvaged, weathered headboard and a couple coats of crisp white paint. Our tip: search for a piece that has unique designs and intricate details to ensure your shelf has that megawatt farmhouse charm.

Rustic Bookshelves

Not only is this rustic storage unit easy on the eyes, it's ultra-easy to build too. Plus, it's a great project that allows you to upcycle old crates while creating a functional, farmhouse-inspired piece for your home. Add a unit by your go-to reading chair and keep the classics closeby for easy, afternoon escapes.

Upcycle Wood Crates Into a Rustic Bookshelf

Farmhouse-Style Dog Bed Cover

Pamper your pet and put this darling, DIY bed cover at the top of your DIY to-do list. Trust us, this is a must for any pet-owner. Not only does the cover ooze oodles of farmhouse charm, but it's washable, ya'll. Yes, washable. Kick those pesky pet odors to the curb and offer up a sweet, soft and stylish landing spot for your fur-babies throughout their day.

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Easy Access Storage

Storage is always an issue in small bathrooms. This quick and easy, wire basket storage idea has all the country-house allure you're looking for. Bonus? TP will always be well within reach.

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Add Age + Character to Your New Table

There's something special about time-weathered treasures throughout the home. Old furniture tells a story with its beautiful wear and patina from years of use. Interested in speeding up the process? We've got a few tricks up our sleeves that will help you age your new table a couple of decades. All you need to get started is a free afternoon.

How to Make a New Table Look Old

Fashion a Festive Wreath

Greet guests into your home with a this sophisticated, handmade magnolia leaf wreath. It's simple, so it's ideal to hang over a mirror, on a colorful door or on the back of each chair at a holiday table.

How to Make a Fresh Magnolia Wreath

Pretty Wood-Plank Planters

Plant-ladies, green-thumb guys — this project is for you! Use scrap wood planks to create pretty, rustic wall planters. Add them to your kitchen or sunroom as a fresh, farmhouse display of green, leaf-clad babies.

Make Things Personal

Monograms will always be a staple in farmhouses, and throughout the South, that's a fact. Take note from this tea towel and add delicate, personal details throughout your home with a little cross-stitching. Before you object, you should know that one reason cross-stitching became such a popular form of needlework is that it's super simple to follow a pattern to achieve a beautiful end result. Even the least-experienced seamstress has to start somewhere.

Easily Cross Stitch a Monogrammed Tea Towel

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