9 Ways To Decorate A Country Home On A Limited Budget

Primitive Colonial Decorating: Windsor Chairs

Margot Austin, magazine editor of Style at Home furnishes her home in an updated colonial style and decorates it with primitive decor. Her home in Tweed, Ontario was featured in the Canadian Style at Home Sept 07 issue.

Decorating doesn't have to be complicated.  You can have the house of your dreams on a limited budget.

Benches Can Instantly Add "Country" To Your Home

This will instantly give you a lived in country feel to your home.  Plain oval dining tables with benches make excellent primitive country dining sets.  Use long benches in the entry way of your home our just outside on the porch.  Benches can be purchased off of craigslist, and given a quick makeover with chalk or milk paint.

As many churches renovate, old church wooden benches are discarded for new metal folding chairs.  Many churches want the option of an open floor concept, so they are getting rid of heavy dated furniture.  What is dated to them, isn't dated to collectors.

Look Out For Wall Displays

Wooden wall cupboards allow you to display collections which give your house character.  Work with hutches that allow you to show off an unique collection of plates and dishware.

In this picture we see a painted green hutch with green tableware.  The tone on tone combination sets a simplistic theme in this home. 

Use inexpensive wood wardrobes, and display a collection where the doors can be left open. Plate racks give a room instant country charm.  Plate racks can work nicely in entry ways above chests, in dining rooms, and kitchens.

Work With An Old Fashioned Farmhouse Table

Place a rectangular work table in your kitchen, and use antique kitchenware for your cooking and serving - this brings back memories of an old farm house, doesn't it?

A farmhouse table is actually easy to create out of an old table.  Simply remove the existing table top so just the frame is left.  Apply older strips of reclaimed wood on the surface.  Simply hammer the wood into place.

You can also create your own work table in the kitchen by taking apart an old table and cutting the width down.   I picture a long and narrow work table that could be paired up with your sink.  Add a butcher block to the top, and you have an old fashioned work table.  Working with existing frames, such as a table found on craigslist or at a garage sale might be the easiest way to get the look for less.  Keep your eye out for one on craigslist, and cut it down to fit your space.

Buy A Traditional Primitive Chandelier

Use traditional lighting and chandeliers for a truer experience .  Go for ones with a rough worn finish. You can find a wooden, or iron chandelier with colonial character on Ebay

Consider replacing your ceiling fixtures and lamps to something with character.  Re-cover old drum shades with fabric that looks primitive, yet would work anywhere in your house.  This is such an easy fix, and that makes such a big difference.

Re-Upholster Quality Pieces

Often times a vintage sofa shows up on craigslist, with worn out, dated fabric.  If you find such an item, think about getting it professionally upholstered.  There is nothing like having an antique sofa frame made over with canvas, or upholstery grade linen.

If you don't think you have the skill to re-upholster a piece, shop around for some country slipcovers that could give you that instant change.  Rather than spending $2000 and more on a new couch, why not shop around for something similar, but gently used?  Upholstery also allows you the say on the pattern and color of the fabric.

When my husband and I invested in our sofas, I am thankful now that we went with something  plain.  The plain fabric has allowed me to work with different pillows as I have exchanged out furniture along the way.  For for something simple that you can dress up with any color or pattern.

Collect Wood Furniture

Re-purposing existing furniture allows you to add your own personality to a piece.  If an existing piece of furniture isn't working for you today, it can be changed to work for you in the future. Sanding, painting and aging the piece allows you to get the look you are after.  If it doesn't work in 5 years, sand it down again, and stain it.  Invest in wood pieces that you can make your own.

I have an old wooden childs chair that I intend on stripping again, and painting it white.  I have had it for years, and up to this point has always made an impression.  Because it is wood, it allows me to re-work the finish, rather than starting from scratch, by finding another.  I love the frame, it just needs to be a different color.

Pick Up Special Items With Worn Patina

While we all might be pretty talented with paint and a brush, some finishes cannot be duplicated that easy.  Keep your eye on ebay for unique one of a kind objects where the paint is worn, or rusty.  Natural patina can be a focal point in your home.  Invest in a few good pieces, than a dozen of so-so average finds.  One great piece that might be more expensive is better at grabbing your attention, and any others who visit your home.

Dried Flowers Are Inexpensive, And Charming

Bouquets of dried herbs perfuming the air and hang from ceiling beams of a rustic kitchen can add that primitive touch that you need in your home.  Plan ahead next year and plant flowers that might look great dried on your table, or work with pressing flowers and framing them in a collection.  Dried flowers framed can be as easy as buying a bouquet at the grocery store that catches your attention.  As you mount them, write on the paper, what species the flower is.  This little touch in pencil might add that primitive effect you are looking for.

Quilts Are Attractive On The Walls

If you love quilts, why not cover up that used space on the walls with a old fashioned quilt.  You can find so many stunning vintage and antique quilts on ebay, that would look terrific above a bed in a guest bedroom.  We all have blank wall space that could use some decoration.  Quilts can give your space that warmth it needs.  Use quilt racks, or even drape a couple of beauties over the sofa.  The the faded fabric of a patchwork quilt used from one generation to the next captures interest.

 

Primitive Outdoor Decorating Ideas From Country Home Magazine

Primitive Outdoor Decorating Ideas From Country Home Magazine

Colonial Table Setting Ideas- Primitive Decorating Ideas

Colonial Table Setting Ideas- Primitive Decorating Ideas From Tip Junkie

Early American Decorating From Country Home Magazine

A distressed wood table feels at home in a farmhouse dining room. Blue-and-white checkered seat cushions complement the faded green finish of the table. A faded checkerboard pattern marks the original heart-pine floor. Early American Decorating From Country Home Magazine

Primitive Style Decorating From Country Home Magazine

The aged finish of this painted mantel lends time-worn appeal to this fireplace. Get a similar look on your surround with this easy painting technique:

Sand a paint-grade, unfinished wood mantel with fine (180-grit) sandpaper.

Apply paste wax in the corners and along the edges where you want the natural surface to show through. Coat entire surface with primer.

Choose two shades of paint. For an antique look, we like Hunter's White (#6002-1B) and Frappé (#6003-1B) flat finish by Valspar (valspar.com). Paint the mantel with the darker color.

Put additional paste wax on areas where you want the darker paint to show through (after the first coat dries). Then paint a second coat with the lighter color.

Scour sections of the mantel with a wire brush or coarse sandpaper to encourage a peeled, timeworn appearance and fast-forward the "aging" process.

 

Primitive Style Decorating From Country Home Magazine

Primitive Early American Decorating From Country Home Magazine

Primitive Early American Decorating From Country Home Magazine

Primitive Early American Decorating From Country Home Magazine

Evoke a homespun feel on the table with textural vintage linens. White fringed napkins center the place settings, which rest on a tablecloth made from nubby cotton dish-towel fabric. Our stylist found a bolt of it at a flea market. Raw linen or even burlap would also work. Folded under the turkey platter to catch spills is a small, square embroidered tablecloth.

Primitive Early American Decorating From Country Home Magazine

Colonial Decor Primitive Decor And Decorating

Country Living featured designer Alexandra Champalimaud as she transformed her own Revolutionary-era house in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Primitive Styled Kitchens From Designer Jackye Lanham

Primitive Styled Kitchens From Designer Jackye Lanham

Painted and Distressed Floorboards from House to Home Magazine

Painted and Distressed Floorboards from House to Home Magazine

Primitive Painted Wood Walls Featured in Southern Living Magazine

Primitive Painted Wood Walls Featured in Southern Living Magazine

Primitive Decorating - Bill Sidoriak’s Home Featured in Country Home Magazine

Bill Sidoriak’s historic Hudson Valley home is full of primitive furnishings and colorful collections. October 2008 issue of Country Home

Bernhardt Martha Stewart Laurel Stenciled Chest

Square Brick Flooring From House to Home Magazine

Square Brick Flooring From House to Home Magazine

Primitive Decor Ideas

Red doesn't have to be flashy. Certain shades, like this rich tomato red, add rustic warmth. The paint in this entry hall had been hidden under wallpaper for decades. To bring out the luster, the homeowners cleaned the paneling with ammonia water, coated it with beeswax, and buffed it. Decorating with Red - Home Decor in Red - Country Living

Primitive Decor- Rustic Style Decorating

Primitive Decor- Rustic Style Decorating

Primitive Decor- Rustic Style Decorating

Primitive Styled Bathroom

Primitive Styled Bathroom

Primitive Styled Bathroom Featured on Nenaghgal Blog Originally Featured in Country Home's book New Country Style by Meredith Books, 2001

Alec Hemer Tricia Joyce Brabourne Farm Blog

Alec Hemer Tricia Joyce Brabourne Farm Blog

Primitive Decorating Using Distressed Furniture From Martha Stewart

Primitive Decorating Using Distressed Furniture Martha Stewart

Linen Queen Anne Wingback Chairs -Pamela Pierce Veranda Magazine

Linen Queen Anne Wingback Chairs -Pamela Pierce Veranda Magazine

Pamela Pierce Veranda Magazine

Primitive Decorating Ideas

Primitive Decorating Ideas From Shabby Chic Mania

Primitive Interiors Windsor Chairs Farmhouse Tables

Primitive Interiors Windsor Chairs Farmhouse Tables- Ralph Lauren Paint

Country Living Featured on Brabourne Farm Blog

Primitive Decorating From Country Living Featured on Brabourne Farm Blog

Primitive Decorating Ideas From Badgley Mischka Elle Decor

Badgley Mischka Elle Decor

Victoria Pearson Featured on Brabourne Farm Blog

Victoria Pearson Featured on Brabourne Farm Blog

Colonial Decorating Ideas

Colonial Decorating Ideas From Decorology Blog

Rustic Home Designed by Isabel Lopez Quesada

Rustic Home Designed by Isabel Lopez Quesada

Vintage Oil Paintings Featured on Inspiring Interiors Blog

Vintage Oil Paintings Featured on Inspiring Interiors Blog

Primitive Decor Ideas From American Antiques of Portsmouth

Sharon Platt, American Antiques of Portsmouth, NH is a website we frequently visit to find inspiration and information. Stocked with unusually intimate 18th and 19th
century antiques, Platt's offerings offer a glimpse into the day to day life of
early Americans. Not only are they interesting, but they are beautiful.

Colonial Decor Primitive Decorating Ideas

Country Living featured designer Alexandra Champalimaud as she transformed her own Revolutionary-era house in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Primitive Decorating From Aged and Gided Blog

Primitive Decorating From Aged and Gided Blog

Primitive Styled Decorating

Primitive Styled Decorating From Mary Douglas Drysdale on Facebook

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