easy diy farmhouse decor

Do you love all the farmhouse decor that’s so popular these days??


Especially, since I live on a farm and have always kind of decorated that way (I use “decorated” loosely…. I’m so not talented in that area!)

When we remodeled our house a few years ago, I ended up with a large, blank, windowless wall in our living room.  I had no idea what to do with it (remember the lack of talent in the decorating arena??), so I lived with it for 3 years and pondered.

Just a little background on my lack of the decorating gene… we lived in a farmhouse south of town for 4 years and I didn’t hang a single thing in the living room the entire time we lived there!!  And we had a GIANT blank wall!  Yeah….

Anyway, back to my original story and how to get that trendy farmhouse style the easy way!

I knew whatever went on this wall needed to be BIG.  I tossed around the idea of a gallery wall, but the decision making process of what pictures to put up and how to arrange them left me positively paralyzed.

Well, last winter, my sister and I took a roadtrip to Pawhuska to see The Merc.  (Unless you’ve been living under a rock during the last 5 years, you all know what The Merc is, right???  lol).  Upstairs, it’s decorated with all of these large black and white canvases with ranching scenes.

I thought, “I love that look and I could totally do that!!”

So, I started mulling that over, but canvases are EXPENSIVE, so I didn’t do anything about it.

The other thing that I’ve absolutely been loving is all the signs on barn wood.

And guess what we have a lot of around here?

You guessed it!

On an old farm with two falling down barns, I could have my pick of barn wood.

easy diy farmhouse decor

But, I didn’t know what it should say or how to go about making it exactly.

Again, paralyzed by indecision…

In the meantime, though, my sister and I attended The Vintage Home Market Days up in Wichita last spring and I came away with quite of bit of inspiration and 5 old tin cut outs of cows (two bulls and 3 cows, to be exact).

easy diy farmhouse decor

And then in June, Snapfish ran an amazing deal on 16×20 canvases!  $20 each!  So, I went through my pictures and picked out 3.

Now, I am not a professional photographer and you do not need a fancy camera (which I do have, but only one of the pictures was taken using it) to make pretty cool canvases.  Nope, two of my canvases were old cell phone shots!  And they blew up beautifully!  I changed them to black and white to make them all cohesive (the one with Lindy watering the horses had all sorts of garish color going on.  I just quickly snapped that one 3 years ago just because I wanted to remember when she was little and had to water the horses.)

easy diy farmhouse decor

To narrow down my picture options, I just thought about what I wanted to portray in my house (easy- our life on the farm!).  I initially narrowed it down to 6 pictures, but after trying out all six, the top three jumped out.  Not all pictures worked as a canvas because of how it’s wrapped around.  Sometimes the wrapping process cut off weird parts of the pictures.

The farmhouse sign came together in three hours from ripping the wood off of the barn to putting the final coat of paint on the letters.

To write my sign, I used a process I found here on Pinterest.  The chalk method totally worked and wasn’t hard at all!  I just printed off my letters in whatever font I decided and went to work.  I didn’t clean my wood or anything (it wasn’t particularly dusty because it was a piece of siding that gets rained on regularly.)

easy diy farmhouse decor
This is my initial layout to see if I liked it!
easy diy farmhouse decor
Here’s what my “D” looked like covered in chalk. You can see how the paper kind of ripped where I had pressed really hard when I was transferring it. I learned that the harder I pressed, the better!

easy diy farmhouse decor

easy diy farmhouse decor

I just used leftover latex semi-gloss paint that I had from painting my bedroom 3 years ago. I then used Gorilla Glue to attach my 5 cows (the 2 bulls stand for Reece and Jeff and the 3 cows are me and the girls!).  I stacked some of my dumbbells on the cows to hold them down (the wood didn’t lay perfectly flat).  In the morning, it was all dry and ready to hang!  I hung it using the existing nail holes.

easy diy farmhouse decor

See, super simple right??

So, there’s your easy DIY farmhouse decor!  And it only cost me $80 total.  Not bad for 3 large canvases and a very large sign!

Do you have any of your own tips for decorating in the popular farmhouse style?

Melinda Donley
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