Create the look of industrial farmhouse with vintage accessories and textured surfaces. It is a mixture of farmhouse style and industrial accessories.
A long time ago in a land far away remember that challenge I had to decorate a room?
I called it industrial farmhouse decorating which is a cross between the vintage style of a turn-of-the-century farmhouse and the simple industrial lines of an old warehouse.
And besides, it sounds fancy and extra official as if I thought the whole concept out in advance.
The whole experience was fun and exhilarating and wonderful and challenging…..
…and the room looked a little something like this.
But what is industrial farmhouse decorating?
Q: WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT FARMHOUSE STYLES
There are several different types of farmhouse style with one thing in common. Comfort. It’s all about a way of life that is laid back and comfortable without being overly ornate. Farmhouse style incorporates vintage with cozy elements and textures and furniture pieces that feel like they have been in the home for ages. Here are the different types of farmhouse style:
- rustic farmhouse
- modern farmhouse
- industrial farmhouse
- cottage-style farmhouse
- traditional farmhouse
- colonial farmhouse
- coastal farmhouse
Q: WHAT IS INDUSTRIAL FARMHOUSE DECOR?
It’s the perfect combination of vintage decor layered in with farmhouse style. Here are a few of the elements you’ll find with this type of decor:
- vintage clocks
- repurpose farm pieces
- burlap baskets
- metal furniture pieces
- tarnished silver
- industrial carts
- rustic architectural elements
Q: IS THE FARMHOUSE LOOK GOING OUT OF STYLE?
The farmhouse look isn’t going anywhere.
Like any design style, it is morphing into different looks and changing different elements, but the basic tenant of farmhouse style remains the same. Farmhouse style is all about comfort and authenticity and creating a look that feels classic and comfortable all at the same time. Rustic elements, vintage pieces, American antiques and repurposed pieces all work together to create a room that’s full of farmhouse style.
Q: WHAT ARE SOME IDEAS TO CREATE INDUSTRIAL FARMHOUSE DECOR DIY?
The amazing thing about this type of design style are the projects you can create by repurposing and upcycling items in your home. Here are some simple DIY projects you can create to add to your spaces.
- drop cloth pillows–make your own pillows out of drop cloths. Drop cloths have an industrial feel to them (especially if you leave the seams showing) while layering in the comfort and coziness of a farmhouse. See the DIY here.
- painted plywood floors–no need for fancy flooring with industrial farmhouse style. If you don’t have 100-year-old flooring, you can simply paint your plywood subfloors. See the DIY here.
- DIY shutter wall—create a unique conversation piece for your home by adding a wall of shutters. Start collecting shutters and then follow these directions to create your own one-of-a-kind DIY.
- pallet wood clock–pallet wood is one of the best materials to use when DIYing projects like these. Have a big blank wall in your space? Why not make an over-sized clock from pallet wood. See the DIY here.
- paint stick table—if you have a table that’s damaged or needs a new top, create a new one from paint sticks. Simply attach paint stick pieces to the top in a herringbone pattern. You can see the DIY here.
- recipe plate rack—make a plate rack for your kitchen with these simple instructions. Then? Personalize the project with a family recipe in vinyl on the plate rack. You can see the DIY for the project here.
- pallet wood desk—create a desk from a pallet. The rustic wood of the pallet is the perfect addition to an industrial farmhouse room. Simply add a pallet to a base for a repurposed desk that is both functional and stylish all at the same time. See the DIY project here.
Q: WHAT ARE SOME IDEAS TO ADD THIS STYLE TO YOUR HOME?
There are so many different ways to incorporate this style into your home. Start by shopping yard sales and thrift stores (and you attic) for furniture and accessories with a history.
Here are a few ways to add industrial style to your home:
- think outside the box—look at items in a new way. For example, turn a vintage wagon into a coffee table. Turn a spool into a bookcase. Transform a window into a chalkboard calendar. Make a bicycle wheel into a clock. Farmhouse style is all about repurposing and one of the best ways to do this is to upcycle and reuse.
- add metal accents to your decor–think industrial-style furnishings and accessories. Metal bookcases. Metal shelving. Create display units out of piping. Add metal to existing furniture. Create organizers from metal lockers.
- layer in rustic finishes—the key to this style of decorating is mixing in the softness and character of rustic with the sleek lines and edge of metal finishes. After you’ve added your metal finishes, next layer in some vintage charm. Add old wooden signs to the walls. Lay ladders against the wall. Choose furniture pieces that have character and are a little distressed and chippy.
Q: CAN YOU GIVE ME AN EXAMPLE OF A SUPER SIMPLE PROJECT I COULD CREATE?
Yes, friend, I can.
Here’s one of my favorite ideas that’s so simple to make and a great way to add a little farmhouse style.
DOORKNOB BOTTLE STOPPER PROJECT
glass bottles that fit the size of a cork (these came from Target)
STEP 1: FIND YOUR DOORKNOB
This is probably the most fun and the least challenging part of the project.
These doorknobs are EVERYWHERE.
You can find them at thrift stores and vintage shops and yardsales and your grandmother’s attic.
Find the cutest ones that you can. I like them a little dinged with a few colors and the original metal poking through.
STEP 2: INSERT YOUR DOWEL
Some doorknobs come with a metal part at the end that you can just stick directly into the cork.
They were just the doorknob with a hole.
We cut a tiny dowel and put glue on the end of it and inserted it into the hole.
After the glue dried, we screwed the doorknob screw through the hole into the dowel to hold it in place.
STEP 3: MAKE A HOLE IN YOUR CORK
Using the end of a screwdriver, twist it into the cork to make a hole.
Do this very gently.
The cork is relatively soft and the hole only needs to be big enough to insert the dowel rod into.
STEP 4: GLUE DOWEL
Put glue on the end of the dowel and put it into the cork.
After it’s dry, you can add it to the top of your bottle.
Your bottles and bottle stoppers are ready to decorate with.
I hope this post answered all the questions you have.
I hope it explained a little bit about industrial farmhouse style and what it is and how to get it.
This design style is really the perfect marriage of the coziness and rusticness of farmhouse layered in with the personality and character of industrial elements.
And I for one love a really good love story.
Especially when it comes to decorating. 🙂
PS If you want some more industrial style ideas and inspiration, here’s a Pinboard full of farmhouse that I’ve created.
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