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Simple DIY Farmhouse Decor

This simple farmhouse decor only took me a couple hours (not including drying time) to complete, and I absolute love it. The prints bring a smile to my face every time I walk into our kitchen.

It all started with a book. This Standard Of Perfection by The American Poultry Association is a family heirloom. Once belonging to my father-in-law and then passed down to my husband. 

I love the beautiful illustrations in this book. Although they are in black and white, they are so full of detail. When I first saw them I knew I wanted to photo copy a few of the pictures to hang in our kitchen. I couldn't find a frame that I thought was worthy of the photos so I decided to make my own. 

I just happened to have an old pallet in our yard that was the perfect subject.

I pried off four of the pallet boards. I wanted the inside of my frame to measure 5in x 7in so I cut the boards at 45 degree angles, making sure that the shortest side of each board matched the measurements for my prints. 

I applied a small amount of wood glue to each joint then stapled them with a staple gun.

 I loved the rustic blue paint that was already on the pallet but I really wanted to lighten the frames up a bit.

Using some leftover white house paint, I did a dry brushing over the frames. This was my first time using a dry brushing technique and I am really pleased with how it turned out. I love that the blue and wood colors still show through the white paint.

Once the paint dried I added the photos. I scanned the prints on to photo paper and cut them to size. The photos kept sliding around and I had such a hard time trying to keep them centered in the frame. I ended up using tape to hold them in place while I stapled them. I know this photo doesn't look that pretty but it worked and no ones going to see it when they are hanging on the wall.

I had a hard time choosing which prints to use because the 580 page book contained beautiful photos of ducks, geese, turkeys and chickens. My husband and I finally settled on the Silver Penciled Plymouth Rock Male & Female. I hung the frames on the wall using saw tooth hangers like THESE.

Since I had everything on hand already, this project didn't cost me a dime. Although, even if you didn't have the supplies this simple farmhouse decor wouldn't cost much. Pallets are usually easy to come by for free. A chop saw and staple gun can be borrowed from a friend or rented from your local hardware store. Depending on where you shop, you should be able to find the paint, picture hangers, and photo paper all for around $10 or less. As for the prints, you can find tons of beautiful, free photos online by searching vintage chicken printables.

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  1. These are super cute, thanks for the great tutorial!

  2. Love this and great to meet you on craft schooling Sunday! I have always wanted a table saw, and this project makes me want one even more! all the best!

    1. Nice to meet you too! Thank you for the sweet comment.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing on the Whisk It Wednesday Link Party. Make sure you stop by tomorrow and join us again! Hope that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Carrie @ Carrie's Home Cooking


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