Farmhouse style furniture tends to be practical and functional. It prioritizes quality over aesthetics and will often have a warm, worn-in look. In order to incorporate this look into your own home, look for natural wood or distressed paint finishes and steel or wrought iron elements. If possible, look for handmade furniture. See examples here:
Scour local flea markets! Any solid wood piece of furniture can be stripped, sanded and refinished with either stain or paint. If painting, we recommend chalk paint. Annie Sloan
has a really nice one with lots of gorgeous colors in the vintage shades you'll want for a farmhouse feel. It is also available at your local Lowes
or Home Depot
and most craft stores, such as Joann Fabrics
. It is an affordable option for refinishing old pieces and has a matte finish perfect for a farmhouse look. Give it a light distressing on the corners and edges, with some low grain sandpaper for that worn-in, vintage look. Keep in mind, if you plan on painting and distressing, it is best to avoid enamel or latex paint, as it will not distress properly.
The hardware on cabinets and furniture goes a long way in defining the style of the piece. A quick online search will pull up lots of options, but we like House of Antique Hardware
for its variety. Replacing drawer pulls on dressers, cabinet hinges and pulls, and even sink faucets can add a lot of style to a piece without having to break the bank redoing the kitchen or buying a new bedroom set.