DIY Farmhouse Style: Upcycled & Repurposed

DIY Farmhouse Style: Upcycled & Repurposed

It’s hard these days to get away from the idea of “Farmhouse Style”- not that I WANT to get away from it. In fact, I completely understand its appeal. However, I have a very difficult time defining and describing it. It’s almost as if it’s a culmination of the best aspects from shabby chic, industrial, and primitive styles.

And while my entire home isn’t committed to the style (i.e., I don’t commit entirely to ANY one style!), I enjoy adding small touches and projects that would likely win Joanna Gaines’ approval. I’ve done a few farmhouse-ish projects over the years: a rustic traya DIY message center…an embroidered feed sack, and this faux windmill made from ceiling fan blades, but I decided to gather up a few favorite ideas to inspire not only myself, but you, too!

Outdated ceiling fan blades repurposed and upcycled into DIY farmhouse style salvaged windmill decor by Sadie Seasongoods /


I’ve made a bucket planter before, but never one using a horse bridle– isn’t that fantastic?Horse bridle and bucket hanging planter

This is brilliant- humdrum apartment cabinets turned into a barnwood-style sideboard!Barnwood sideboard

Stop the presses- this vintage kitchen scale repurposed into a clock is the cutest thing ever.Vintage kitchen scale repurposed into clock

Galvanized metal is essential to farmhouse style- vintage washtub ottoman, anyone?5_vintage_galvanized_metal_wash_tub_repurposed_into_ottoman

This window-turned-mirror is quintessential farmhouse style- just

These chippy shutters are now a utilitarian wall organizer– and that light blue paint is to die for!7_DIY_wall_organizer_from_rustic_shutters_by_TableandHearth

The frosted glass on this old washboard is perfection as a DIY medicine cabinet.8_primitive_glass_washboard_repurposed_as_medicine_cabinet_door

An old cabinet door, redone in chippy milk white paint, is transformed into a lovely tray.9_repurposed_cabinet_door_as_farmhouse_tray

I love old grain and feed sacks, and would never have thought that look-alike canvas drop cloths could be upcycled into farmhouse chair covers.10_vintage_grain_or_feed_sack_chair_covers

Knick of Time Interiors is a FANTASTIC source of farmhouse décor ideas, like this milk pail side table.11_vintage_metal_milk_pail_repurposed_as_outdoor_side_table_by_KnickofTime

Sliding barn doors are amazing…but this one might just take the cake!12_Antique_Sliding_Barn-Door_by_Geschke_Group_Architecture

I think I might need to frame some of my vintage grain sacks, what do you think?13_framed_vintage_feed_grain_sack_farmhouse_decor

This DIY rustic stand is lovely in its simplicity- and I already have the pie tins!14_rustic_stand_by_andersonandgrant

Who can’t use more bookshelves? This crate & rope idea is just sublime.15_DIY_wooden_crate_rope_bookshelf_by_Grillo_Designs

Prodigal Pieces is another blog that is full of farmhouse style- and this painted window screen project is farmhouse perfection.16_painted_farmhouse_window_screen_sign_by_Prodigal_Pieces

An old dresser turned into a kitchen island? Sign me up!17_dresser_repurposed_as_farmhouse_style_kitchen_island

This antique French crib repurposed into a settee is simply divine…18_antique_French_baby_crib_repurposed_as_settee

Ohhhh…I really, really like this coffee table made from a salvaged shutter.19_coffee_table_from_upcycled_salvaged_shutter

How fun is this galvanized burner accent table? Or you could even fill it with plants!20_galvanized_burner_repurposed_into_accent_table


How would you describe or define farmhouse style? Maybe it’s as much an attitude as a décor style… but whenever you combine white chippy paint with galvanized metal, I’m a happy girl.

Craft on!


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PIN ME!DIY Repurpose and Upcycle projects to help you get the Fixer Upper Farmhouse style look for your home as compiled by Sadie Seasongoods /


  1. Love this grouping! I don’t commit to any one style either simply because I love so many different things!

  2. So many inspirational ideas! That door turned into a tray is so cool!

  3. Loving all the ideas. Those go above and beyond the norm. I think farmhouse style is fresh and interesting, and uses old relics in new ways – just like our ancestors would have done on the farm!

  4. Lovely projects, I just need more space, LOL!!

  5. What a great compilation of creative ideas incorporating common American artifacts into beautiful, clever and useful pieces. This is an excellent post.

  6. Right up my alley. Love all of the choices. Your embroidered feed sack is one of my favorites!

  7. What a fun collection of funky farmhouse projects and ideas! I got some wheels turning here. tee hee hee. Thank you for including my screen. 🙂

    • says:

      Thank you for contributing…it was next to impossible to pick one of your amazing projects!!! <3

  8. says:

    I’m a huge fan of “farmhouse style”. Would love to follow Chip & Joanna around fixing up houses to learn a few things. Great collection of projects!

  9. Great round up of ideas!

  10. Such cute and useful ideas. I love the horse bridle bucket. In fact, I was out shopping and almost purchased a glass candleholder that had the same leather strap bridle. So adorable. I love all the other ideas too, especially the sideboard and unique washtub ottoman. So many wonderful pieces to be inspired.

  11. Your description of Farmhouse Style is the best one I’ve come across. I never thought it would fit in my home but I’m changing my mind about that. Thanks for sharing your links with us this week at Celebrate Your Story.

  12. Thanks so much for including me in such an amazing round-up, Sarah! I got some new ideas from it!

  13. Fabulous collection of ideas!

  14. Love all you have featured here especially the scale turned clock.
    Kate |

  15. I love farmhouse style. I want to find some chippy shutters to make the wall organizer! Hope you will link up with us at the #HomeMattersParty (opens tomorrow through Monday!)

  16. Such a lovely round up! I have a deep love for anything farmhouse. 😉

  17. Great inspiration and such awesome posts. I love all of them, but the coffee table made from a salvaged shutter is my favourite!

  18. I’m just going nuts! They’re a ton of great ideas. I’m like the bridle! the ottoman! the dresser!!

    Thanks for sharing with us at throwback thursday!


  19. I love using re-purposed items for my home decor. There are some great ideas here!

  20. I love the farmhouse style, too. Thanks for sharing all these projects, so much DIY inspiration all in one place. #HomeMattersParty

  21. Thank you for including me in your roundup!

  22. Great round-up Sarah. Lots of wonderful inspiration here. Thank you for sharing with us at Vintage Charm.

  23. oh i LOVE all of these!!

  24. Linda Holder says:

    I loved the post and I have some of those things and did not know what to do with them. I will try to make something out of them now. Thanks for all of those ideals. The hat rack was good ideal for me.

  25. thank you for the instructions for the windmill piece!!! i always wanted one too!!! now i can make one thanks to you!!! love your ideas!!!!!


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