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Weekend Projects: Tips on Decorating “Farmhouse Style” on a Budget

There’s something about taking a Sunday and spending it on home projects, especially when it has to do with home decor. That’s exactly what I did while the boys went fishing! 🙂 I’m a big fan of the ever so popular “farmhouse style” and I have been trying to add bits of this inspiration into my kitchen. These days we’ve been on a strict budget, and while I realize there are so many stores you can purchase this style from, I have to really watch my pennies…which leads me to…

Dollar Tree

Did you know that you can purchase a few items here that will give your kitchen that “farmhouse swag” during the fall season?

Here’s the thing about decorating…most of the time many knick knack items only last for a couple years because for 1. they go “out of style” and 2. you may just simply get bored of them. That’s why I love how there is  a place that offers decor items on a budget (sometimes you need to spruce it up a bit by adding spray paint to it, but that’s totally okay and it’s still cheaper in the end.)

We all have our things that make us happy or gives us relief from the stress of life, along with acting as a “form of therapy”. Well, decorating is definitely mine. I use to think that the actual house itself is what makes the place feel like a home, but that’s not the case…it’s the personal touches and specified spaces that each individual gives their personal touch to. We build, mold, and form our home with characteristics of who we are through the items that we display.

“There is a big difference between a “house” and a “home”. A house is some sort of shelter, but a HOME is where you display the personality of your family and characteristics of your life, a representation of your style.

I find so much joy from making my own decor and styling the arrangements throughout my home. Everyday I find myself starring at them and smiling, knowing that this is where my little family is making memories with sprinklings of my own touches.

Do you ever look at a wall, or space within your home and say “This needs updating”. I said that to myself while starring at my kitchen walls. It seemed a bit dark and some of the colors just didn’t go with the look I wanted, so I took the initiative and made some changes. With a fun trip to the Dollar Tree and a car ride around my neighborhood looking for “free wood”, I was able to transform a wall in my kitchen from “blah… to farmhouse swag” and all for under $10.

How to Decorate “Farmhouse Style” on a Budget


Here’s a few tips when decorating “Farmhouse Style”

  • Mixing the old with the new
  • add fresh crisp bright colors
  • find unique knick knacks, such as a lantern, ceramic mug, and of course mason jars
  • Add a few wood pieces to the mix (especially lettered signs)
  • mix in some distressed pieces

Let’s start with how I achieved my own wood sign!

I found this piece of wood on the side of the road, so this project was FREE for me because I already had the white paint as well! I used a stencil to apply the letters, then using sand paper I lightly sanded the letters to make it look “distressed”. I love the end result..SIMPLE, but makes such a statement.

Next, updating boxed shelves….

I had these shelves forever, but I did not like how dark they made the kitchen look, and currently “dark wood” is not the style anymore. So, I decided to spray paint them with a light and bright color. I actually mixed bright white paint with another color called “butterfly wings”just to soften the look up. Don’t be afraid to mix your own paint with colors you already have! 🙂

Fun Knick Knacks! 

The only items that weren’t purchased from the Dollar Tree were the pumpkins and corn. These items add such a statement without being overwhelming. The key is to make it look simple.

End Result! 

P.S. If you want to see how I made my own upcycled wood frame, click here to view my tutorial! I also have a tutorial for a chalkboard menu made out of a clipboard. Click here to view it!

What’s your kitchen style?

Wishing you well,

~Amanda

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