4 DIY House Projects to Give Your Home More Farmhouse Character

4 DIY House Projects to Give Your Home Farmhouse Character

Although we live in a century old farmhouse over the years previous owners had stripped away of the original character.  Since we moved in over 3 years ago we have slowly been adding back that much needed farmhouse character through many DIY house projects.

4 DIY House Projects to Give Your Home More Farmhouse Character

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1)New Wood Floors

All of the 2nd floor in our home was covered in mismatched and old dirty carpet.  Unfortunately when we pulled up the carpet much of the hardwood floors had been painted and were in terrible shape.  We love the look of wide floor boards so for budget reason we decided to add unfinished wide pine floors to our farmhouse.  These floors are very similar to floors we have seen in old farmhouses around here.  We also kept and refinished the original pine stairs in our farmhouse.

DIY – Unfinished Wide Pine Floors

Master Bedroom Reveal - wide pine floors, fireplace

Farmhouse Stairs

DIY - Refinishing Our Farmhouse Stairs - with mirror

2) Bead Board Ceilings

Plaster ceilings can crack and separate from the ceiling over time especially in homes that have not been taken care of.  Rather than taking down our peeling and cracking ceilings we decided to cover them with tongue and groove bead board ceiling in the boys bedrooms.  The bead board is strong enough to hold up the old ceiling as well as look great.   We also added vinyl bead board to our farmhouse bathroom.*Bonus: the rooms that we have added bead board too are considerably warmer because less of the warm air is escaping out of our roof.

DIY – Bead Board Ceiling

DIY - Bead board Ceiling

DIY – Vinyl Bead Board Ceiling

farmouse boys bathroom - vinyl bead board ceiling

3) New Doors and Doorways

For some odd reason EVERY single bedroom in our farmhouse was missing a door (Why?).  All of our kids bedrooms now have doors, Yay!  So rather than add back plain doors with no panels we added doors that had a lot of character.

DIY Pallet Door

Come check out the Pallet Barn Door We Made using only 2 Pallets!

Changing a Doorway and Adding a Transom Window

4 DIY House Projects to GiveYour Home More Farmhouse Character - Changing the Doorway and Adding a Transom Window

DIY – Building an Angled Door

4 DIY House Projects to GiveYour Home More Farmhouse Character - DIY Building an Angled Door

4) Lots and LOTS of Built Ins

Built ins add so much character to a home while saving a tremendous amount of space.  Built in bookcases, desks and tables we won’t stop until every room in our home has a built in.

Built in Entryway Table

Farmhouse Summer Tour - Foyer stairway looking into living room, built in entryway table

DIY – Built in Desk and Bookcases

Stop by to see how we created this awesome DIY built in desk and bookcases to make a much more functional homework and work space for our family

How to Build a Window Seat and Built in Bookcases

DIY Wide Pine Floors & a Review

Built in Bed

Final Reveal - Boys Farmhouse Bedroom, Built in bed, dresser, bead board ceiling, wide pine floors, Benjamin Moore Hale Navy walls, and an angled door

Secretary turned Built in Dresser and Desk

Final Reveal - Boys Farmhouse Bedroom, Built in bed, dresser, bead board ceiling, wide pine floors, Benjamin Moore Hale Navy walls, and an angled door

Built in Desk

DIY - built in desk- Boys bedroom

Built in Pallet Desk

DIY - Pallet Desk

Built ins in a Farmhouse Bathroom

We transformed our boys bathroom from top to bottom - sherwin williams spatial white, vinyl bead board ceiling and walls and brockway sink #bathroom http://lehmanlane.net

What do you think of our DIY house projects?  Do you have any DIY ideas you wish I had added?

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  1. Hi Tara, I stumbled across your blog because I’ve been trying to weigh the pros and cons of doing wide pine floors. I live in an area with lots of historic homes and I love the wide pine floors! And yours look beautiful! I’m curious how yours are holding up after a couple years… is the wear and tear from kids giving them a nice patina or are they starting to look rough? If we go for the wide pine, we would do it the way you did… inexpensive boards from LL and install and finish them ourselves. Did you do any sort of sealant on the underside to prevent cupping?
    Thanks! Lauren

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my blog Lauren! Overall we are really happy with the wide pine floors. Over time the stain has darkened and they look more and more like the old pine floors found in so many farmhouses around here. They were a lot of work to install but we love the look of the wide floor boards. The floors are in great shape and we haven’t had any problems with the kids being too hard on them in any way and have had no problems with cupping. We did not use any kind of sealant. The floors in the bedrooms and laundry room are still in great shape with only a few minor dings and scratches on them after 4+ years. However, I should mention that there is a spot in our hallway stairs that our crazy 3 year old dog jumps and races down that has left a few larger scratch marks on the boards from his nails. If you have an active dog in your home than it’s definitely something to consider. We plan on sanding the boards down in our hallway in a few years when he gets a little older :). Hope this helps with your questions, Tara

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