Bring a little “down home” charm to a room with a few simple country home decor projects that anyone can do. We have put together a few easy projects that you can try or that might get your creative juices flowing so that you can come up with your own ideas.
Weathered Framed Mirrors
Make your dining room look bigger by using three mirrors with wide wooden frames. First, remove the mirror from the frames. Paint the frames a country white, then use fine-grit sandpaper to roughen up the edges and any raised areas. Add even more faux “wear and tear” by tapping the point of a nail in places all over the wood, using chains to hit the wood and leave marks (again, the mirror must be removed, especially for this step), then using a stiff wire brush to put scratch marks into it.
When you are done distressing the wood frames to your satisfaction, install the mirrors in the frames and hang them on the wall. Then, to add a layer for texture, hang a leafy wreath with 3-inch wide burlap ribbon so that it dangles over the center mirror.
Use old milk cans, metal buckets, or other vintage country-style containers to plant flowers or plants into, and place two of each planter on each step leading up to your front door. Make sure to mix it up by having plants or planters of different heights grouped together on each step. This gives a more random appearance and creates visual interest.
Rustic Farmhouse Laundry Room
Add the atmosphere of an old farmhouse to your laundry room by using reclaimed barn wood to create a deep shelf or counter that runs along the wall over your washing machines. Place a vintage style natural wicker laundry basket on top, with a cozy fringed throw draped over the edge.
For the wall treatment above the washing machines, use more reclaimed wood to create a narrower shelf where you can place decorative items. You can also use this for storage by pouring your powdered laundry detergent and other laundry products into decorative old-fashioned glass jars, and using a vintage style label to label each item.
Cowboy-Style Wall Plaque
Attach three pieces of reclaimed barn siding together, side to side, to create a long sign that measures about a foot high and three to four feet wide. You can leave the wood as it is for a weathered finish, or use a wood stain to give it a fresher look.
Next, use a pencil to trace a word or brief saying on the sign in cursive. It may be best to plan it out on paper first, then trace it lightly, in case you need to erase any mistakes.
Once the word is traced onto the wood, take some thin jute rope and a hot glue gun, and hot glue the rope to the sign, using the pencil tracing as your guide. Cut off any excess rope at the end, and let the glue dry. You’ll have a word spelled out in rope when you are finished. Mount the sign to your wall when it’s fully dry.
These decorative DIY projects are quick, easy and fun, and offer just the right amount of farmhouse flair to your country home decor.