Revamping your kitchen does not have to break the bank. If you would love to have a more traditional, homely space to cook and eat your family meals, the farmhouse kitchen decor trend could be the answer.
No need to fit a whole new kitchen or spend vast amounts of money buying new furniture. With some simple changes and a little bit of know-how, you could have the farmhouse kitchen you have always dreamed of, in no time at all.
Farmhouse kitchen decor: Think homely
Part of the charm of a farmhouse kitchen is that it looks a little rustic and worn. A farmhouse kitchen is the centre of the home, somewhere where the whole family meets to eat a good, hearty meal after a hard day working the land.
Think practical and cosy.
To give your kitchen the same feel, try to steer clear of sleek, perfect-looking furniture.
This is great news for those on a budget, as ‘second hand’ is the look that you are after.
If you have a local charity shop that specialises in second-hand furniture, this is a good place to start.
There are also often bargains to be had on the internet, on websites such as Gumtree.
You may even find something suitable for free on freecycle.org.
Buying old furniture requires a little imagination. That dark, depressing dresser may not look too good now but could you do anything to it to make it fit with your farmhouse kitchen decor?
Which neatly brings us to our next point…
Up-cycle something you already have
Do your current table and chairs look too modern to go with your farmhouse kitchen decor?
Before you head to the shops, think about whether you could transform them to fit with your theme.
A great way to make a new piece of furniture look old and full of character is to use chalk paint. This versatile paint can be used on a variety of surfaces. Plus, you do not normally need to sand the furniture beforehand.
To ‘age’ your furniture after painting, you could give some areas a gentle sand to rub away a bit of the paint. Alternatively, try waxing the furniture with a dark wax.
Scaffold plank shelves
Placing your pots, pans and plates on rustic-looking wooden shelves helps to take your kitchen back to a time before fitted kitchen units and give it that farmhouse kitchen feel.
Shelves are also generally cheaper than fitted cupboards. Even better for those on a budget.
Old scaffold planks work a treat as shelves and go with the more rustic look!
Pot racks also look brilliant hung from the ceiling of a farmhouse kitchen.
Make mismatching chairs part of your farmhouse kitchen decor
Surround your table with mismatching chairs to create that feeling of rustic homeliness.
Again, this is a great way to save money. Charity shops usually have a large selection of mismatched chairs for only a few pounds each!
Use pallets to create farmhouse kitchen decor for next to nothing
Wooden pallets are a cheap but effective way to add farmhouse kitchen decor to your home.
A quick Google of ‘what to do with wooden pallets’ will reveal just how versatile they really are.
For those on a tight budget who want to inject the farmhouse trend into the kitchen, a kitchen island made from wooden pallets is not only cost-effective but also looks stunning.
Antique signs are a great way to add a little authenticity to your look.
Signs saying ‘fish market’ or groceries’ can be purchased from antique shops or online.
Alternatively, you could make your own. Just buy a piece of wood, some stencils and a little chalk paint and write something personal that fits with your family.
Mix your materials
A farmhouse kitchen should look cosy and welcoming.
Using a mixture of different materials can help to create this effect.
For example, a wooden kitchen island with an aged metal top would work well. Or dark wood shelves with bright metal brackets to hold them up.
Pick contrasting materials and let your imagination run wild.
Farmhouse kitchen decor ideas: keep it simple
When designing a farmhouse kitchen, the main thing you should be aiming for is a warm, cosy and welcoming space.
By up-cycling what you have and using cheap materials like wooden pallets, you can create something stunning without breaking the bank.