If you are a fan of Instagram, you may have noticed a photo or two with the hashtags of farmhouse or farmhouse style. It is basically a big style trend using a lot of rustic and vintage accessories with a neutral color palette. This style has really taken off thanks to the HGTV show, Fixer Upper, with Chip and Joanna Gaines.
I especially like this style in a kitchen as it’s very easy to incorporate vintage kitchen items into the decor. Things like vintage scales, old baskets, and antique pottery are all natural fits. Of course old windows, doors and crates also find there way into the kitchen quite easily. Although there are plenty of natural or rustic finishes, the kitchens normally are chic and modern with appliances and fixtures. Here are a couple of examples of farmhouse style kitchens:
I love that rustic island from Our Vintage Home Love! Also, the open shelving, vintage accessories and neutral palette are all perfect examples of a farmhouse kitchen.
The rustic touches in Buckets of Burlap’s kitchen are so warm and inviting! Those combined with the sleek white keep is chic and modern.
Even though these are farmhouse style, they don’t quite remind me of my grandma’s farm! But, I do love the charm and nostalgia of the rustic and vintage touches.
If you want to get the look of a farmhouse kitchen or you already have one and want to add some more of your own decor to it, I have some easy rustic DIY ideas that you can try for some added style.
This first idea is a ten dollar, budget friendly, rustic window shutter that offers a ton of bang for the buck! Anne from Design Dreams by Anne shows just how easy it is to whip up these adorable shutters. I was lucky enough to find vintage shutters for one of our cabin bathroom windows but now I am excited to use some of our leftover barn wood for a few other windows using Anne’s idea.
To dress up your table, you might want to try these fun Pottery Barn Inspired placemats by City Farmhouse. The neutral color and rustic texture adds a perfect touch to a farmhouse table.
Another fun way to incorporate some farmhouse style into your kitchen is with your lighting. With a wiring kit it’s easy to make your own unique lighting using industrial or vintage accessories. We made just such a light for our cabin kitchen using a vintage kitchen sifter and a pendant wiring kit. It gave us a unique rustic look that would also be perfect for a farmhouse kitchen. I can picture two or three of these hanging above a rustic island. All we had to do was run the wire, from the kit, through the top of the sifter for this DIY light.
In keeping with the theme of repurposing kitchen items to use in other ways, check out this fun idea from Homeroad using a cheese grater.
What a fun way to hold utensils! I love the addition of the reclaimed wood as a backer and the cheese grater handle just makes the perfect towel holder.
My last example is such a creative idea using bread boards. I would never have thought of making a tote out of bread boards but that is exactly what Angie from Knick Of Time did. She used several bread boards to construct a kitchen tote and then used stencils to create a warm message from the kitchen.
Hopefully, one of these projects gives you some inspiration for your own kitchen. If you are still looking for more, you might want to check out my post on DIY shiplap walls. Shiplap is super popular in farmhouse kitchens and if your house didn’t happen to come equipped with this wood, there are ways to add it new or even get the look for less money.
My husband and I added shiplap to a kitchen wall in the house we renovated for my daugher and son in law. The back wall and ceiling already had the shiplap original to the house. The little side wall was once an entry door, which we closed up. We just added the shiplap there to match the adjoining wall.
Still need more inspiration? Try these posts for kitchen decorating ideas!