Farmhouse Decor Ideas – Making Your Farmhouse Furnishings

No matter what style of farmhouse décor you prefer, there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of creating your farmhouse effects. I’m not suggesting that you start making furniture from scratch, although you can create designs for a tradesperson to make if you like; I’m more suggesting that you make readily available materials and personalize them. Here are a few farmhouse décor ideas to get you started.

Distressing Furniture

Firstly, find your essential piece of wooden furniture; it can be old or new, painted or not. There are two effects you can create; one with old paint showing through new and the other with wood showing through the paint.

  • Sand down the piece and wipe off the dust.
  • Paint the whole thing with the base coat color you’ve chosen.
  • For the bare wood look, when the base coat is dry, gently rub with fine sandpaper over areas which would naturally wear; knobs, handles, corners, and so on.
  • For a second color with the base coat showing through, rub candle wax over the patches where you want the base color to show and apply your second color.
  • When the second coat is dry, rub the wax off with wire wool – it doesn’t matter if you rub off some of the new paint as well – it is meant to look old.

Liming Wood

Another method of making furniture, doors, floorboards, or paneling look old is to lime it.

The wood needs to have an open grain like oak, ash, and chestnut, and the piece must be clean, dry, and free of grease.

  • Remove old paint or varnish.
  • Apply liming wax with a rag, either using a circular motion or with the grain of the wood. It might be best to experiment on an offcut of wood or in a place that won’t be very visible on the furniture.
  • Alternatively, you can apply a lime wash with a paintbrush.

If you want to make sure that the application of the wax or limewash is useful, you can brush the wood with a bronze brush to ensure the absorption of the materials.

Distressing Metal

Distressing works for metal furniture, lamps, ornaments, or anything you wish.

  • Sand down the item.
  • Use spray paint of your choice.
  • When dry “distress” by rubbing the paint off in patches with either fine sandpaper or lacquer thinner.

Farmhouse Fabrics

If you want to make cushion covers or other soft furnishings in a farmhouse style, source your base material such as hessian, sisal, jute, or linen.

Apply your design with linoleum or a woodblock.

  • Take your piece of lino or wood and draw on your design.
  • Carve out your design
  • Use a paint roller to apply fabric paint generously to the block.
  • Carefully place your block on the fabric and press down hard or roll the back with a clean roller.

Alternatively, you could use fabric markers to draw directly onto your material, or you could use fabric spray paint.

These are just a few farmhouse décor ideas for creating your farmhouse effect furnishings, but there are many other methods you can use.

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