DIY Home Decor

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

Upcycled DIY

DIY Friday~ Upcycled Wood Frame

Not sure if it’s the release of Hearth & Hand by Magnolia that will be coming to Target soon, OR just the simple fact that I love upcycling items. (especially when they’re free) Recently I created my now favorite upcycled DIY project. Much of the inspiration came from Joanna Gaines. (gosh, I love this lady, anyone else?) I needed to find out how I could make my own wood frame wreath decor, but at a low cost (because have you gone to the store lately and seen the prices?!)

My inspiration

(source: https://www.etsy.com/market/birch_bark)

I have been on the search for rustic wooden frames (or old wood window frames), but I haven’t had any luck (mainly because I’m looking for them to either be free or at a very budget friendly cost!) A few weeks ago I was at Ace Hardware picking up primer and I spotted the paint stir sticks sitting in the corner. Here’s the great thing about stir sticks….

1. They’re FREE

2. They’re WOOD

I had this notion that somehow I could turn these into a decor project for my small home. So…I asked the cashier if I could take as many as I wanted and her response was “Of course, they’re free aren’t they!” (My kind of cashier!) 😉 I honestly didn’t know what type of project I was going to create at the moment, but I knew something great could be made out of these simple stir sticks. I saw the p o t e n t i a l.

It was the week after Hurricane Irma when our power was still out and I was getting restless. Little Johnny was napping, my house was dirty, and starting to smell, but it was impossible to clean in the FL heat…so, I decided I needed to release my tension by getting my creative juices flowing. I went outside and stared at these stir sticks for a while, then it hit me (probably because I’ve been watching Fixer Upper lately…) these sticks can be used as a frame! I pulled out my stain, wood glue, paint brush, and away I went in creating a wooden frame!

So much joy I found the moment I brought this frame inside of my house where it hung perfectly in my kitchen. I honestly felt the release of some stress flow away from me…We all have our “things” that help us to feel better and I finally have found mine. I focus so hard on these DIY projects, which for those moments, the fear, anxiety, and overall life problems seem to just drift away…

seriously gloat over this beautiful frame every morning when I drink my coffee and remind myself of that “stress free” moment I had when creating it. (I know, “it’s just a frame”, but to me it was the actual experience in making it.) If you’ve been wondering about the name of my blog (capturing life’s gifts) much of it has to do with the fact that I have finally “captured” my own personal gifts that life has to offer…one of them is pulling out my inner creativity…

Upcycled Wood Frame: Using Stir Sticks 


{Supplies}

  • 4 wood stir sticks
  • wood glue (or a hot glue gun)
  • stain
  • very accent paint color (I went with a slate blue)
  • paint brush

{Steps} 

This time I created a video that includes the steps, since it was such an easy project. If you like the video, let me know so I can plan on doing more videos on easy DIY Home Decor projects!

Thanks for following along and I hope this inspired your creativity!

Happy DIYing!

Wishing you well,

~Amanda