Farmhouse style is homey, lovely and reminiscent of a simpler time. Modern farmhouse has taken over the decorating shows and Pinterest, and has transformed a once outdated style into something trendy and hot in the decorating world. So what makes a project “Modern Farmhouse”?

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Farmhouse style originally came of the need for hard working and hard wearing homes for farming families. There were farmhouses in every state of the US and across the world. Every style icon of Farmhouse comes from a need, and then softened and made pretty by creative wives and daughters. (Sorry guys, back then, few men were decorating… ) Apron sinks, white cabinets, wood plank walls, big porches… all these things were necessary. But farm families weren’t only about utility. They sewed airy curtains and planted flowers just for cutting, they reused mason jars for pretty purposes, and they kept their front porch swept clean just in case a passing neighbor stopped over to cool off with a glass of lemonade. You can all see it, right?

Modern farmhouse take the best parts of farmhouse style, and makes it more simple.

  • Industrial design, rustic wood.
  • Wood planking and wood trim.
  • A mix of metals.
  • Neutral color palette with lots of texture.
  • Mixing in more modern pieces to “shake up the place”, with vintage finds.
  • Lot’s of white.
  • Self control. (This is where the more simple part of the design comes in!)

So, if you want in on the hottest design style right now, here are some great tutorials to help transform your place! Our feature project above, is a bunch of projects! Liz at ‘Love Grows Wild’ (long been one of our fav blogs!) did a modern farmhouse kitchen makeover, complete with before and after photos. You have to go look at this kitchen, and check out her projects. Have to. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom to find the links to all the individual projects.

DIY faux barn doors are a great place to start when developing a modern take on Farmhouse style. Monica from ‘Easy Coast Creative’ has a full tutorial for you, and these were made from simple hollow core doors.

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‘Jennifer Squires’ took a plain, flat door and made it into a DIY shaker door with wood trim. As she says, charming yet modern!



Kimberly at ‘A Night Owl’ has a tutorial for this amazing and pretty DIY flower market bucket that looks just like a vintage find. You can find these buckets at any place they sell floral supplies… then just follow her instructions for the charm!

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Again from ‘Love Grows Wild’ (we told you it was one of our favs!) learn how to make farmhouse window trim, for around $10 per window! Wood trim is an essential element of the farmhouse style.

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We hate builders bathroom mirrors. Lucky for us, Ashley from ‘Cherished Bliss’ has a farmhouse bathroom mirror tutorial for you that will transform that room. While you are there, make sure you check out her amazing kitchen! Sigh…

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Got a small house? Of course you do, or you wouldn’t be on DYSS! That’s ok, ’cause ‘Addicted 2 Decorating’ has this DIY modern farmhouse murphy bed project I just have to have. I especially love the desk that also works in this room, as my new office in our next house will be a dual guest room as well…

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Lauren from ‘Bless’er House” has a modern farmhouse bathroom makeover that will pretty much blow you away… after which you will be taking notes and making lists. She has a bunch of projects throughout this makeover, but the before and after really say it all!

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Add a little industrial style with this DIY end cart made for $20 from Beckie at ‘Infarrantly Creative’. This is simply 2×4’s and some metal casters. She has free downloadable plans as well.

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From ‘Paper Daisy Design’, these modern barn doors were made from scratch from plywood, and were a great solution to an awkward space. They also have a link for finding the hardware they used, and even a tutorial on how to install that as well. I love how they brought in a more modern touch by using the more contemporary handle.

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Finally, if you want to make major farmhouse style impact, learn how to DIY a modern plank wall from ‘Bigger Than the Three of Us’… This isn’t a difficult project, yet it takes a boring sheet rocked wall into new territory.

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Image Credits: Love Grows Wild, East Coast Creative, Jennifer Squires, A Night Owl, Love Grows Wild, Cherished Bliss, Addicted 2 Decorating, Bless'er House, Infarrantly Creative, Paper Daisy Design, Bigger Than the Three of Us



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