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How to Make Farmhouse Wall Decor – Fixer Upper Style

Hey everyone! I gotta be honest, I’m kinda giddy about today’s farmhouse wall decor project. If you’re anything like me, and are Fixer Upper obsessed, you’ll totally get it.  The wall decor she uses is so unique and farmhouse-y with chippy-pealy paint and great architectural shapes. This project actually started out as a cool find on one of our trips to the Brimfield Antiques Show & Flea Market where I picked up this old shutter for $20.


Farmhouse Wall Decor - Fixer Upper Style Shutter - Before with orange paint- Life on Kaydeross Creek


I liked it because of the depth of the panels and, believe it or not, the color.  At first I left it mostly as is and hung it in my family room to go with the coffee table. Then it got replaced with seasonal decor and tucked away in a closet where I happened to find it recently while looking for something else. SCORE! I pulled it out and decided to give it some new life.

I wanted to lighten it up a bit and make it more versatile so I started with a coat of chalk paint. I didn’t sand it or prep it in any way other than to wipe it clean. I wanted all of the cracks and layers of paint to show through. After it dried, I hit it with the palm sander and really brought out the colors and wood from the other layers.


Fixer Upper Inspired Wall Decor - Old Shutter - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Farmhouse Wall decor - Old shutter - turned rustic fixer upper style wall decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek


I wanted to add a bit more depth and character to it by adding another element to this farmhouse wall decor. I thought about hanging little glass jars down on each section for flowers but I wanted something a bit more solid. Then my husband found these in our junk pile.


Farmhouse Wall Decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek - Materials for Fixer Upper Style Wall Decor


I know what you’re thinking. What could you possibly do with that? Well, I still had the vase idea stuck in my head so we took some pieces of this drain pipe and cut them down with a grinder with a diamond blade. Not necessarily what it’s for but effective.


Fixer Upper Style Wall Decor - Materials - Life on Kaydeross Creek

The edges were a bit sharp so hubby filed them down so they were safe. Then he screwed one to each panel of the shutter.


Farmhouse Wall decor - Old shutter - turned fixer upper style wall decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Farmhouse Wall Decor - Old Shutter turned wall decor - Fixer Upper Style - Life on Kaydeross Creek


You can’t actually see it, but I hot glued some floral styrofoam to the bottom of each one to hold in the flowers.  I have to be honest, that was a pain in the behind! But it worked.


Farmhouse Wall decor - Fixer Upper Style Wall Decor - Old Shutter Upcycle - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Farmhouse Wall decor - Old shutter turned fixer upper style wall decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek


You can see the thrift store stool makeover HERE and the Antique sewing table makeover HERE.

So for a project that I kind of made up a long the way, I really like the way this farmhouse wall decor came out in all it’s farmhouse-y, chippy rusty goodness. I love adding these unique pieces to my home. In fact, I may have to look for other shutters to do some more projects with at our annual Brimfield trip in a couple months. That’s the thing, you never know what you’ll find there. I can’t wait!

Do you have a project that you did on the fly and you love how it turned out? Sometimes those are the best kind. For those and all of the planned projects out there…

Happy DIY’ing!


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Rustic Wall Decor – Upcycle Challenge

This rustic wall decor project started with my trip to Brimfield last week. I picked up this cute little grater for the kitchen and ended up making something completely different with it. This week I’ve paired up with 19 other talented ladies to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild!

Meet the Hosts

Thrift Store DecorUpcycle Challenge

Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den

Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main

Debra | Shoppe No. 5      Shirley | Intelligent Domestications

Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom

Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars

Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Channell | Hobnail House

Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim

Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea     Sherry | Savvy Apron     Stacy | Anastasia Vintage

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration

So, I picked up this cute little grater at Brimfield for $8. I really love the rusty patina and the wooden handle. I noticed right away that it had these curly “feet’ at the bottom and thought that would make it really easy to attach to a board.

Grater - Life on Kaydeross Creek

But not just any board. I wanted it to be rustic and weathered and chunky. We have this pile of old wood out in the yard and I dug one out.

Reclaimed wood pile - Life on Kaydeross Creek

I picked out a board that had some gray and white tones in it but it wasn’t quite light enough. The grater kind of disappeared on it so I dry brushed it with some creamy white chalk paint.

Reclaimed wood - Life on Kaydeross Creek

I lined up the grater in the center of the board but left enough room at the top to display some flowers. I pre-drilled the holes for the screws. I used black drywall screws so they would blend in.

Attaching the grater - Life on Kaydeross Creek

They were a perfect fit. Then I added some dried flowers to the top as a vase. I could actually use real flowers by adding a small glass bottle behind the grater. I really like the way this rustic wall decor turned out!!

Upcycle Challenge - Rustic Wall Art - Life on Kaydeross Creek

I like the way it looks here but I think I’ll search for a few more graters and make a collage of these to fill the space in on the wall. I think it would make a huge impact.

Upcycle Challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

A cute little project for just $8 and definitely something different. Do you have something your repurposing or upcycling? Don’t forget to check out the other creative projects below…

Happy DIY’ing!

Colleen Life on Kaydeross Creek