Farmhouse Style Meets DIY with Elle Franco
If there is an interior home style that is made for the do-it-yourself fans, Farmhouse style would win hands down. It is a rustic and charming style, that lends to a shabby chic, upcycled and distressed look. There are so many DIY projects that fit this description! Also, the Farmhouse style is warm, friendly and inviting, making use of many raw elements like glass, brick/ stone and wood.
Farmhouse style is here to stay because it is everywhere. Every time I walk into new home furniture stores there are always purposefully distressed furniture items meant to look worn, so it looks like it is a family heirloom. Not to mention, the several big wooden “Farmhouse” dining tables I walk passed in store. So, although many décor trends are gaining a lot of traction like the minimalism look and bright colours, there will always be room for the feeling of country living indoors, no matter where you live.
One more reason I am a fan of the Farmhouse style, it that is versatile and compliments other interior styles like the industrial and traditional décor styles. Farmhouse can be a style for a whole house, or just a room or limited to only a few selected items on display to become a conversational piece.
I love DIY projects that fit within the Farmhouse look and I have two projects that I absolutely enjoyed doing and indeed found very charming.
The first DIY project is a table centerpiece that would definitely compliment a big, rectangle raw-wood inspired country dining table. I make use of glass bottles and create holes in a wooden frame around the bottles. It is an easy DIY and the outcome is delightful!
What you will need:
|6 x glass bottles||Drill bit for wood|
|4 pieces of wood||Hole Saw|
|Paint brush and rag||Power drill|
- Set out the spacing between the glass bottles to determine the length of the “box”. Make a marking and cut 2 x lengths of wood to that length, using a Jigsaw and clamping the wood securely.
- Once you have the 2 x length pieces cut to size now you can determine the height of the 2 x side pieces of wood ( sides of the box). Cut to size using the jigsaw and clamp the wood securely. Please remember to take note of all safety tips when using as Jigsaw.
- Use the 1 length of wood as your base of the table centre “box” , place your bottles on top and space them out evenly, once you are happy with the spacing turn each bottle on its neck and trace out the bottle neck with a pencil to mark out where the drilled holes should go.
- With all the holes marked out you can now insert the hole saw bit into the drill making sure that the hole saw diameter is wider than the diameter of the glass bottles.
- Lay the base piece of wood with the marked out holes on top of a scrap piece of wood for drilling, Securely insert the hole saw bit in the chuck of the drill, place over the traced out holes and start drilling & pressing down firmly. Please note that when drilling with a hole saw, you may see smoke while drilling as friction is caused between the wood and the hole saw bit, causing it to heat up. Take care when handling the bit as it will be hot to touch. Adjust your drill setting to a lower drill setting mode to reduce friction and burning the wood.
- Sand all pieces of wood with a sander. Remove the saw dust with a rag and then stain the wood with a wood stain. For this project we used an oil based stain in weathered grey colour and applied it with a rag, lightly rubbing the stain into the wood grain, leaving a beautiful finish.
- Mark out pilot holes on the 2 x side pieces of wood ( the height/sides of the box frame) and drill pilot holes using a small (4mm) wood bit, this ensures that the wood does not split when driving in the screws.
- Drive in the wood screws and secure the box frame together. Remember you can opt to use wood glue to really secure the frame together in addition to the wood screws.
Style up using flowers, to add a unique touch to your dining table.
Country Style Window Bookshelf
The other DIY project is a clever way on how to use a picture frame to create a “country style window” that I then attached to a bookshelf to turn it into cabinet. My Mom gave me that bookshelf so I was happy I found a cool way to update it.
Thursday, 28 February at 14h00
Friday, 1 March at 16h00
Saturday, 2 March at 14h00
Sunday, 3 March at 11h00
Watch the DIY table centerpiece video tutorial below:
Watch the Country style window DIY video tutorial below:
Written by Elle Franco.