How to Master the Rustic, Farmhouse Finish for Furniture Make-Overs

August 9, 2017


Let's talk farmhouse.


What is farmhouse? An insanely popular trend, first off, and in my opinion for obvious reasons! It's rustic and comfortable while allowing you to mix and match furniture styles easily and has that undeniably charming character-filled look.


Check out my Farmhouse Pinterest board for inspiration. 


Personally, my favorite aspect is that it blends flawlessly with other genres - from rustic to modern to industrial. I am a traditional classic sort of girl, so my personal Farmhouse style has a Victorian spin, giving it a touch of elegance.


And here this is my farmhouse pup Jonah. Ignore the mustard chair...reupholstering it is on my never ending to do.



Farmhouse Essentials for Redesigning Furniture


Even though there so many ways to interpret farmhouse, there are a few things for that are musts. To get the perfect farmhouse look you will need:


  • A good balance between wood and paint (which can be either accomplished on one piece or in a room by combining painted pieces and stained pieces)

  • A great, neutral palette incorporating lots of grays and whites and accents of blues and greens

  • Farmhouse hardware

  • Character and charm

And a little shiplap never hurt anyone.

Although there are many variations of farmhouse there are a few elements that I think really define the style when redesigning a piece of furniture:


  • A rustic wood element

  • Great hardware — either bin pulls or simple knobs

  • Soft, neutral palette with accents of blues and greens

  • A flat finish

  • Character and age


Here is how to get that in your next project.

Step 1:  Find the Right Piece of Furniture


Of course, as I stated before with the many variations of farmhouse, there is much to interpretation, but a traditional way to go is look for antique pieces or your typical 80-90's "country" furniture. These two styles really work well for farmhouse makeovers.



This antique buffet has a great shape, simple details, and beautiful leg all making it a great choice for a farmhouse makeover.


This vintage china cabinet has soft lines and is solid pine another perfect choice for a farmhouse makeover. 


Step 2: Choose Wood Elements and Farmhouse Stain


I love to look for pieces that have beautiful, unique wood. I almost always begin my design process by deciding what parts of the piece will be wood and, next, how to showcase it in a unique way.


Here are a few examples: