You can’t usually go three feet in any direction without someone mentioning rustic decor. So…sorry, but I’m going to repeat it. It is a remarkably beautiful design scheme, and once I’m in a home where I can make drastic changes, I’m so going to incorporate a lot of the ideas that fall under this category of design.
No doubt you’ve seen some beautiful, but expensive pieces in magazines or online, but did you know you can create your rustic look for much cheaper? I have 7 ideas that you can incorporate all for a couple of bucks (sometimes free if you strike gold at the side of the road).
If you are on a budget, I recommend gradually doing projects; it will allow you to spread the cost of “rustic-fying” your home over a few months, year or more.
Wood is particularly prevalent in this style, in particular, wood that is or looks weathered. You can easily buy wood and weather it with stains and other techniques. Or if you have access to old pallets or wood that you can repurpose, that can work very well too. Bob Vila has a few different ways to get the finish you want out of the wood pieces you have.
If you can snag enough wooden planks, you can do up a beautiful feature wall. Instead of a headboard, you can have one of these lovelies in your bedroom! Cozy! If you’re keen on this one, I recommend checking out Jimmy Barnwood’s full tutorial.
Rustic Wall Art
Wall signs are all the rage lately, did you know you can make one of these puppies for under $20 if you source your materials? You can check out my much more detailed post on how to make a Custom Wooden Sign for yourself! It’s easy, I promise.
Another unique option is to create photographic transfers onto rustic wood pieces. I have another earlier post on just that subject!
I’ve seen a few pins of this on Pinterest, but I love the idea of taking an old wooden ladder and mounting it on the wall as a shelf. You could also throw some hooks on it and create a coat rack.
Another slick idea is taking a galvanized washtub, adding in some shelves and mounting it on the wall.
Have an old vase that’s too plain for you? Even some mason jars that you aren’t otherwise using. Grab some twine rope and wrap it around the vase. You can use decoupage glue, twine and apply the glue with a brush as you wrap the cord about your vase. You can check out a helpful tutorial from Instructables.
Weathered Metal Knick-Knacks
Metal is also another critical element of this decor style. However, shiny metals are rarely included…think matte finishes or even slightly weathered. You can often find old galvanized tubs or other related materials at thrift stores or garage sales, and they make for great accents to a room.
Wal-mart and Michaels have these crafting crates, you may also be able to find them at thrift stores or garage sales too. You need to stain them a suitable color and secure them together. You can check out the full tutorial at Tara Michelle Interiors.
A Barn Door (Or Two)
No rustic decor roundup post would be complete without a barn door. Now, full disclosure, I don’t own my own home right now (someday people, I’m optimistic!) so I can’t do this. However, if you can do this, these doors are beautiful. I might do a bookshelf with a barn door opening at some point, and if I do, I’ll be sure to share how I did it.
Anyway, onto barn doors. The Family Handyman has a very helpful tutorial. You can hang one of these puppies instead of a closet door or even a door over another interior entrance way in your home for an instant splash of rustic inspiration.
I love rustic decor because it’s a very natural look. High luxury finishes are out, which means choosing a rustic style can often cost a little less if you know where to look and are patient enough to wait for the right deal. Whether you just wanted to learn more or gain some ideas for your own place, I hope this post has helped you realize the potential of rustic decor.
So that wraps it up for this week, I hope you enjoyed this brief look at rustic decor. Do you have an idea not listed here? Be sure to let me know down below in the comments below. Also, I would greatly appreciate a share across social media, you can use the buttons to the side or pin the image below!
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Though it’s still firmly summer, next week look for my post on fall decor if you are looking to get a jump on the season change! Until then, stay crafty my friends!