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