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How To Get The Rustic Furniture Look For Cheap!

Do you love the rustic farmhouse look? We're sharing our top 3 tips for creating rustic furniture so you can get your own farmhouse style without breaking the bank! 

I think you'll probably agree.

Joanna Gaines has made rustic furniture and farmhouse home decor look BOTH comfy and elegant.

Man can she stage the patooties out of a house!

Sometimes, it's not easy to replicate a trend, but over the last few years I've seen thousands of people successfully DIY-ing their homes to incorporate that farmhouse style.

Shiplap walls, Boxwood wreaths, Barn doors, Reclaimed wood signs ...the list of DIY rustic touches goes on and on.

If you're still a big fan of the rustic farmhouse look, I'm going to show you some inexpensive DIY furniture options that blends both rustic charm with farmhouse style.

These inexpensive tips and tricks can help you turn regular old furniture into rustic farmhouse furniture. Expensive furniture stores, eat your heart out!

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Here's the good news... DIY-ing your own rustic farmhouse furniture is really one of the easier looks to duplicate.

If you compare farmhouse style to say... Modern or Boho Chic, farmhouse details takes the easy cake.

I mean let's be real.

If you're using another paint color outside of white or grey, you're venturing off towards another genre. ;)

When you think about what farmhouse furniture looks like, there's a little bit of a sliding scale on the farmhouse spectrum.

And once again, Joanna has done a fabulous job of helping us blur the lines. Mix and match. Eclectic. Painted pieces paired with natural wood tones.

Want modern farmhouse?- simply include modern touches in with the rustic and you've got it! (Modern light fixtures, geometric tiles and modern cabinet hardware are all great examples.)

When you're trying to pull together a rustic farmhouse look together-all of these elements work.


And what does it look like?

Rustic furniture tends to made from natural materials that are fairly raw or unrefined.

A rustic piece of furniture usually has a distressed or weathered finish and the color palette tends to stay in the warn or neutral palette- something that can be found in nature.

Rustic furniture can also include simple lines, leather texture, rough-edged wood, rich texture with exposed outdoor elements like stone, brick or wood.

Keep reading to find out how you can make your furniture look vintage!


You don't have to purchase rustic furniture new from a store. 

You can use what you already have to turn it into a more rustic style. 

Here's a list of three awesome ways YOU can create your own rustic looking furniture!

#1 Build It!: 

You can build your own rustic furniture from repurposed pallets or wood from a big box hardware store. 

Ana White offers all kinds of tutorials on how to build rustic furniture.

#2 Repurpose!: 

There are several furniture artists who enjoy repurposing chunky 70's dressers by adding reclaimed wood to the top of their pieces and/or creating shelves from their drawer spaces to transform dressers into buffets or media consoles. 

UTurn Design rocks these types of rustic furniture transformations!

We repurposed the top of this china hutch and turned into a modern farmhouse looking cabinet simply by adding feet and painting it green!

#3 Refinish Your Old Furniture!: 

You can make furniture look rustic with paint! Create your own rustic looking furniture simply by using the furniture you already have.  

Refinishing them using a variety of these distressed furniture techniques can make just about any piece look worn or weathered. 

Sanding and then staining your furniture can also give your piece a lovely weathered farmhouse feel.  THIS is one of my favorite stain colors to use!

Today, I wanted to show you how I went with option #3 with this $50 thrift store armoire score!

Keep reading to see how I gave this refinished furniture before and after some vintage farmhouse charm!

Then, come back here to see THIS rustic furniture refinishing technique!

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Supplies Used For A Rustic Paint Finish:

- Paintbrush (I love the way this paintbrush feels in my hand!)

How To Make Furniture Look Rustic With Paint:

This armoire isn't anything special but it had the straight lines, thick trim molding and I loved the circular brass pulls! It had the potential to be farmhous-ey.. (That's a word, right?)

Here are the steps I used to create a rustic farmhouse armoire from a thriftstore find:

1. I dusted then cleaned the armoire really good with some Murphy's Oil Soap.

2. I painted my first coat in GF Lamp Black . I didn't go for full coverage because I wanted some of the wood tones to peak through. 

This gives me a naturally worn look because the original wood tones are showing through.

I explain this process in GREAT DETAIL in this Easy Distressing Technique so you can see the step by step instructions for it.

3. Once the armoire had it's rustic paint finish I went back over the edges of the doors and details of the piece with a damp rag. 

This is called wet distressing and it's one of my favorite methods for distressing furniture!

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4. After my furniture pieces was painted and distressed, I used  GFHP in Satin to protected my armoire and I applied it with my very FAVORITE sponge applicator. Seriously, this thing rocks!

If you're curious, you can read why I love them so much here!: Favorite Furniture Painting Products

Take a peek at this rustic hutch now!
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To create this rustic farmhouse look, I took an old armoire and painted it with black paint and distressed it. That's it.

Seriously, this furniture project took me a day to transform it into the rustic furniture that I wanted. It was SO simple!

It's my Easy Distressing Furniture technique that made it so easy. If you like the way this armoire was distressed and you want to learn how to do it go check it out, it really is worth the read!


When you're able to create rustic farmhouse furniture inexpensively, you can afford to splurge on some farmhouse decor to pull your space altogether! 

Here are some of of our favorite farmhouse home decor finds!

FARMHOUSE RUG: This low pile black and white patterened rug looks amazing layered with wood tones and a neutral palette!

FARMHOUSE BASKETS: A metal farmhouse basket is great for storing throw blankets, magazines or utilize it in your kitchen pantry, office or craft room! Comes in two different colors and multiple sizes. One of my favorite seagrass baskets with braided fiber wrapped ring handles! 

FARMHOUSE PILLOWS: A large selection of PRETTY farmhouse throw pillows, typography and grey, black and white farmhouse pillows, feedsack style throw pillows!

FARMHOUSE BATHROOM DECOR: A wide variety of rustic farmhouse bathroom decor from farmhouse wall sconces, farmhouse shower curtainss, and bathroom accessories!

FARMHOUSE THROW BLANKETS: LOVE this throw blanket! This grey and white striped blanket is another favorite! And this herringbone patterend throw makes it hard to decide!


Want more examples of how to paint rustic? We've got you covered! Below you'll find additional DIY rustic furniture that are oozing with character...

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A few of my furniture painting blogger friends have started a monthly share called Furniture Flippers.

Below are the BEFORE PHOTOS of their furniture makeovers from this month- visit the links below to see the AFTER and learn how they did it!

Monthly furniture refinishing series hosted by a group of DIY bloggers with tons of tips on how to refinish and paint furniture.

1: Two-Toned Dresser with a Blended Finish from Lovely Etc.

2: Modern Desk from an Antique Baker's Table from Refresh Living

3: How to Build a DIY Wood Table and Layering Paint Technique from Just the Woods

4: Modern Vintage Style Chair Makeover from Repurpose and Upcycle

5: Small Painted Table with Graphic from A Fresh Squeezed Life

6: How To Get The Rustic Furniture Look For Cheap from Thirty Eighth Street

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Have a great weekend, friends!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street

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  1. That dark color gets me every time. It always looks so dramatic and elegant.

    1. Thank you, Mary! I'm a sucker for the color black too! :)

  2. So many great tips on painting to give a rustic finish! I love the distressed black finish on that cabinet - so pretty! I have never tried those sponges, but you better believe I'm going to now!

    1. Oh Jenny, you'll love them! Applying a top coat using them was a game changer! :)

  3. gurrrlllll. I love black distressed! Its my all time favorite, so you know Im crushing on this!

  4. I'm loving the new bold colors that are coming back in style- especially this beautiful buffet you refinished.

    1. I love painting with bold colors too. Do you have a favorite one right now? I've been on a emerald green kick, then a blue one and now I'm kind of liking deep pinks/plums! :)