Decorate your home in a rustic theme this season with easy these DIY projects that are extremely affordable and are sure to bring a relaxed, nostalgic style to your home. Although economic times are tough, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we can’t get out our paint and tools, and do a little DIY to freshen up our homes. The truth is, this is actually easier than you think and takes you no time at all!
Here are four great ideas for creating the rustic dream that you’ve always wanted:
Give your Existing Furniture a Shabby Chic Look
There are lots of rustic and shabby chic furniture on the market that is already distressed to give it that shabby, romantic look. At my recent stop at Oak Furniture UK I found some great rustic pieces that already have a rough, worn in look – perfect for a rustic themed home! You can easily create this look yourself with a few basic tools and some creativity. All you need to do is lightly sand the furniture, paint it the color you desire and gently sand off the areas that you wish to look distressed. If you want to go a step further, gently rub a wire brush against the surface of the wood. You can also apply a polish to give it a finished look.
Use Driftwood to Decorate
If you are lucky enough to live close to the sea, you can decorate your home with the most beautiful pieces of driftwood. Driftwood is one of the easiest, and most inexpensive ways to bring the rustic feel of the outdoors in. All you need is patience, an eye for creativity and of course a little bit of the coast. You can hang pieces on walls, use them as curtain rods or even use them to build furniture; you name it! The best part of decorating with driftwood? It only costs you a trip to the beach! Check out the sunburst mirror below:
Search Thrift Shops for Antiques
If you’re someone that likes to shop, you can find beautiful furniture by browsing through thrift and charity shops to find some of the cheapest, and most unique second hand furniture. Though much of the time, rustic and shabby chic décor revolves around making new pieces look fabulously old, there is nothing wrong with actually buying antique furniture and ornaments. You can use these stunning antique pieces to give your home a unique and one-of-a-kind look.
Invest in “Green” Furniture and Flooring
One of the great things about rustic décor is the fact that it has a very close relationship with nature. Consider investing in green products, furniture, and flooring to minimize your ecological footprint. A great “green” investment is bamboo flooring thanks to the fact that the tree grows so quickly and is fully replaced after only a few years. This is much quicker than other trees as sometimes, they can take decades to replace.