Mini Makeovers to Add Farmhouse Style

Use rural references, weathered finishes, vintage farm implements, and barnyard imagery to introduce farmhouse rhythms to your home. Here's a look at 16 welcoming spaces that creatively put homespun harmonies into play.

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  • Simple Structures

    Modern farmhouse kitchens are breezy, easy, and cheerfully bright. This chic kitchen includes country influences presented in an up-to-the-minute manner. Wood-clad ceilings, plank floors, beaded-board cabinets, and open shelves near the sink provide informal forms, while a bell jar pendant light and a snazzy tiled backsplash present more refined figures and textures.

  • Country Revival

    Nothing says farmhouse better than a distressed door rolling across a barn-door track system. This rustic red door makes a splash against white walls; reclaimed floorboards provide patina from the past.

  • Delightful Dimension

    Board-and-batten wall treatments bring country character to public living quarters and private sleeping chambers. Breezy blue paint refreshes these wood-clad walls and gives an old-timey idea a modern twist. Want a similar look? Nail strategically spaced 1-1/2-inch-wide pieces of lath to your walls; paint the lath and drywall the same color. Voila! You have board-and-batten walls.

  • Hardworking Details

    Incorporate functional forms from long ago to improve present-day operations. This homeowner mounts a rusty farm basket and worn barnwood shelf on a wall to create a pleasing construction that enhances storage and display capacity. A deeper basket and an antique wooden crate stow party and pantry staples on the lower shelf of the industrial worktable.

  • Organic Elements

    Cap base cabinets with concrete countertops. The poured-to-fit countertops sport a naturally pitted finish that supplies a rough and touchable texture, which nicely balances a kitchen's shiny fixtures. Other good countertop choices for a farmhouse kitchen? Consider honed granite in earthen tones or nonporous soapstone, which shifts to charcoal gray or black with age and oiling.

  • Continental Connections

    Like American farmhouses, Spanish haciendas, French chateaus, and Tuscan villas were often the center of various agricultural enterprises. Those old-world looks translate to timeless beauty when thoughtfully reinterpreted in remodeled or newly constructed spaces. Mount rough-hewn beams on the ceiling, expose ceiling rafters and door headers, and lay down foot-worn floorboards. Employ limned, scraped, whitewashed, or antiqued finishes to instantly age door and window frames, woodwork, furniture, and flooring.

  • Rustic Bath Ideas

    Help your bath go a little bit country with these decorating and design touches.

  • Fresh Finishing Touches

    Apron-front or farmhouse sinks -- available in fireclay, granite, copper, and stainless steel -- immediately establish country style. Naturally finished shaker cabinets, black iron hardware, and textured glass cabinet doors are farmhouse elements that combine in this kitchen to create a light, airy, and modern look. The mosaic-tile backsplash also presents a vintage element -- subway tile -- in a brand-new way.

  • Nostalgic Notions

    Head to flea markets, yard sales, or your grandma's garage to look for galvanized-metal bins, oil cans, and buckets that can be transformed into good-looking accessories. Use lamp wiring kits to turn milk cans into countrified lighting, and stitch colorful feed sacks and seed bags into throw pillows. Throw in plenty of country checks, plaids, and stripes rendered in barn red.

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    Metals Matter

    Thoughtfully meld agelessly appealing metallic finishes to fashion rooms that accommodate your decorating preferences and your everyday living needs. A tabletop crafted of zinc adds more than a little zing to a weathered farm table frame. Wrought-iron pops as sconces and as the base of a schoolhouse light fixture. Other metals that contribute farmhouse vibes include polished chrome, hammered copper, and antiqued bronze.

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    Perfect Pitch

    Collections with barnyard beginnings transform city, rural, and suburban spaces into country-charming quarters. In this kitchen, milk pitchers -- in galvanized steel, with chipped enamel finishes, and in assorted white porcelain shapes -- evoke images of bawling cows and farm chores.

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    Overhead Interest

    Revive vintage tin tiles or purchase reproduction versions. Use the embossed metal elements to build age-old dimension on ceilings, form unconventional backsplashes, or frame as alluring artwork. By painting the ceiling tiles white, these homeowners coordinated ceiling and woodwork, made the ceiling appear higher, and boosted the room's overall brightness quotient.

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    Salvaged Spirit

    Waste nothing, and you'll want for little. These homeowners saved money as they remodeled their farmhouse by recycling building materials and rethinking found objects. Pieces of salvaged marble create a countertop atop a cabinet base built from reclaimed wood. Old French tiles colorfully fill wall space between a hospital sink set atop an antique desk and an office hutch holding cups.

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    Easy-Peasy Backsplash

    When beaded board appears in extensive applications, such as wainscoting and backsplashes, it makes a fetching farmhouse statement. To craft a backsplash like the one pictured here, cut beaded-board panels to size and glue or tack them in place on the wall; if desired, finish the backsplash's top and bottom edges with tile borders or lengths of molding.

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    Make-Do Magic

    This nifty ceiling-hung rack contributes a farmhouse feeling in multiple ways. The ladder's distressed finish makes it appear as if it could have been used by generations of hayloft-accessing folks. Heavy black chains and utilitarian nails doubling as hooks underscore its rusticity, while the copper pots introduce an inherited vibe that is inherent in country designs.

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    Pretty Cabinets

    Give your cabinets a fresh face without a total tear-out. See how!

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    Bird's-Eye Seats

    American farmhouses are valued for their deep, sweeping, and sometimes wraparound porches that invite friends to gather, kick back, and enjoy pastoral panoramas. There's no better way to duplicate this sit-awhile sensibility than by equipping your porch with comfortable rocking chairs, an old-timey glider, or a porch swing.

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    Assembled Appeal

    Farming can be a hardscrabble life, so homesteaders often made do with things readily at hand. Get the same type of collected look by replacing a boring interior door with a fetchingly formed barn door that rolls across an iron track. Use found tables as bathroom storage; display old faucet handles on a reclaimed board; and opt for fittings and fixtures with profiles from the past.

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