Hi everyone! Recently, while reading through some old blog posts, I realized that I have quite a few with a country/farmhouse kind of flavor. I’ve been blogging for almost three years [which kind of blows my mind], and that adds up to over 600 posts covering all sorts of vintage crafts, DIY, decorating, and information (like price guides). I thought it might be fun to write a feature containing twenty of my most popular farmhouse posts.
Each one starts with an object I discovered at a garage sale or thrift store and then upcycled into home decor that compliments the very popular farmhouse look.
1. Vintage Cake Tin to Upcycled Caddy: One of my favorite all-time upcycling projects, this caddy, which started out as a cake pan with a kind of French-y flair, lent itself to the “Cafe de Paris” stencil. By adding a handle to the center, it became an uber-functional piece, that now holds all kinds of tools on my workbench. [Secret Truth: If you ever hazarded a peek at my work room, you would probably shriek and run the other way, even with this cutie struggling to keep up with my mess.]
2. DIY Pedestal Stand: I love pedestal stands and am always on the look-out for interesting tops and bases to mix and match. I really work at getting the proportions just right so the piece radiates perfect balance. I think this pedestal stand achieves that goal, and the gray tones look pretty fabulous together.
3. How to Make a Chalk Board Out of an Old Griddle: Nothing says “farmhouse” louder than pancakes, and this old griddle-turned-chalkboard makes a charming down-on-the-farm statement.
4. Revamped & Revitalized Chalk/Bulletin Board: Every farmhouse needs a chalkboard, and this double-duty version–a chalkboard and bulletin board–provides the center piece for a farmhouse command center. Stenciling your surname to the top of the blackboard makes it wonderfully personal.
5. Vintage Shop-Light Cage Turned Lantern: Another favorite of mine. I got very creative last August and turned an old garage light cage into an industrial-farmhouse lantern.
6. DIY Vintage Farmhouse Eggs & Butter Sign: Inspired by projects I’d seen on Pinterest, I stenciled onto an old window and added some vintage hooks for a sweet-looking sign.
7. Vintage Bench Update with a Grain Sack [and some paint]: Being a big fan of European grain sacks, but unable to afford the high prices, I felt pretty blessed when I stumbled onto a pile of old “American” grain sacks. One had stripes and a flour logo–perfect for a bench makeover. It’s looking pretty fabulous in my master bath.
8. How to Paint a Vintage Basket: Oak splint baskets don’t tend to sell very well, online or in my antiques booth (Gristmill Antique Center, Troy, NY). About a year ago, I upgraded one I had on hand, using a dry brush technique and a little apple green paint. I was thrilled with the results.
9. A Vintage Magazine Rack Makeover: This upcycled magazine holder barely resembles its former self–I love a great makeover.
10. How to Turn a Vintage Level Into a Handy Rack: Every now and then sudden, creative inspiration hits. That’s what happened with this level hanging rack. And that gorgeous red adds some pretty amazing zing.
11. Farmhouse Style Milk Sign: Every farmhouse needs a sign or two. One that says Grocery, or perhaps Market. This piece of red, junk wood spoke Milk to me and a sign was born.
12. How to Create Farmhouse Wall Art with Graphic Transfer: Pigs are a popular motif in farmhouse decorating, and I was pleased when I found this vintage advertising graphic featuring a porky pig, courtesy of the Graphics Fairy.
13. Old Vintage Frame Turned Farmhouse Style Chalk Board: This old oak frame, a garage sale find from years ago, sat in my garage for a good while before inspiration hit. The heavy oak frame, matched with the drawer pull “chalk holder” and some chalk board paint, turned this reject into a handsome chalk board.
14. Stenciling a Vintage Enamel Plate: Another farmhouse standby–enamelware–gets an updated look with a stenciled initial.
15. Patriotic Wall Art: Framing Flags: What’s a farmhouse without a little red, white, and blue? Go with the real deal and frame up an aged flag or two. [Secret Truth: I sell these like crazy.]
16. A Painted Dresser: This chunky old dresser, rescued for $5.00 from an estate sale, took on a warm farmhouse look with the addition of taupe paint, milk glass knobs, and a simple country stencil.
17. Vintage Farm Fresh Wooden Crate: This medium-sized wooden crate works as a centerpiece with or without the stencil. Fill it with your favorite pine cones, baby boo pumpkins, lemons, apples, almost anything, and you’ve got a fabulous table decoration.
18. How to Make a Farmhouse Bunting from a Vintage Quilt: This sweet bunting, made from an old quilt, could not make me happier–love the faded charm of the pink and off white fabrics.
19. Signs from Vintage Ironstone Platters: Stamping antique ironstone platters with words, like eat and vintage, adds some noticeable farmhouse goodness to a kitchen, or, as you’ll see in the post, to the garden.
20. Giving an Old Vintage Crate Some Rustic Charm: Readers really responded to this stenciled crate post, for some obvious reasons–great stencil by Folk Art and some seriously good staging with the faux geraniums–every now and then, I get it right!
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Thanks for the feature, Debi!