Do you love Joanna Gaines Fixer Upper style but don’t love the unlimited budget of the show? Try these farmhouse kitchen ideas on a budget to transform any kitchen, big or small with the rustic, country style that’s trending. Even if you live in a rental you can still use these tips to create the farmhouse kitchen of you dreams.
Farmhouse kitchen ideas on a budget
When you think of a farmhouse what comes to mind? A quaint historic home situated on acres of lush farm land with a beautiful vegetable garden and some chickens clucking off in the distance?
I literally live on a farm, but my home is not a historic farmhouse built in the 1800’s. I live in a manufactured home (aka a double-wide ) that was built in 1990 (with the fake wood veneer to prove it) But that doesn’t mean my home can’t be transformed into a style I love.
Last summer I did some major overhauling in my kitchen I didn’t have a lot of money to work with so I needed to come up with farmhouse kitchen decorating ideas on a budget.
I have always defined my style as “country-eclectic”. I love the rustic farmhouse style that Joanna Gaines has made famous.
The modern farmhouse look still has lots of country charm. Instead of ruffled plaid everything and painted chickens on every surface like you used to see in the 80’s and 90’s, the current look uses a lot of natural materials, light colors and rustic accents. I like to mix country style with other decor styles like boho and industrial.
An easy way to update your kitchen with even the smallest budget is to paint it.
Here are some colors that will look great in your farmhouse kitchen:
- Light blue
- Seafoam green
When I started planning my kitchen makeover the first thing I knew needed to go was the lime green paint. I personally always loved the bright green but after living with it for 8 years I knew it was time to go.
My kitchen is now painted Valspar “Du Jour” and the cabinets are “Granite Grey”, Grab and Go paint from Walmart. The Wall paper is called “Life of Lemons” from Walls Need Love.
There are certain elements of farmhouse style that are timeless. I think people are drawn to this country style because it can be adapted and mixed with other styles, it just depends on what materials and accessories you decorate with.
Some decor styles that go well with this rustic country style are:
- Minimalist/ Scandinavian
- Mid Century Modern
Like I said previously. I love boho and industrial styles as well as country.
If you want to go more boho, just add bright colors and patterned fabrics, tassels and exotic art.
Go minimalist by removing extra clutter and staying with muted tones of white and grey.
Industrial style can be achieved by adding pipe shelving and antique metal accessories.
If Mid-Century Modern is more your jam, add furniture from the 50’s and 60’s and funky appliances and clocks from those decades.
The thing about country style and really all your home décor is that you need to make it feel personal and homey.
I recently got this canvas print from Canvas on the Cheap. We had our family photos taken last fall in the woods on our property. It’s so easy to let your prized family photos end up as jpegs forever. Don’t forget to print them off and hang them up to admire.
I am a firm believer that you should surround yourself with things you love, including photos and prints of your family and loved ones. I love how this print turned out and it’s great to see our smiling family every time I go into the kitchen.
If you have a little bit bigger budget you can make some more significant changes to your space.
Some materials that are timeless and will look great in your farmhouse kitchen are:
- Galvanized tin
Popular choices for counter tops are soapstone, marble and butcher block. Since my budget was miniscule I ended up adding white porcelain tile on top of my laminate counter tops. The look is very country and very affordable.
Brick or a wood paneled back splash would also look great in a farmhouse kitchen.
Farmhouse Kitchen Decorating Accessories:
- Wood crates
- Terra cotta pots
- Linen and gingham
- Mason jars
- Wood signs and county art
Once the basics of your decorating project like the painting and renovations are done, it’s time to have fun accessorizing your space. Using decorative accents is an easy way to add rustic farmhouse touches even if you are a renter.
In my kitchen I use wood crates to store things over the fridge and cabinet, terra-cotta pots to hold my cacti and herbs and gingham print hand towels hang from the oven door handle.
Mason jars are great to use as a vase or to hold cutlery and wood cutting boards add a nice rustic touch to the counter top.
What are your best farmhouse kitchen ideas on a budget? Let me know in the comments!