How to Build a Rustic Home or Make Your Home More Rustic

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Rustic building and decorating has become very popular in recent years. It is very simple to finish your home in a rustic design using very basic ideas and tools. Other than hunting down the perfect log or shopping for stone, nearly all other materials can be found at your local home improvement store such as Home Depot or Lowes. Rustic homes are always cozy and inviting. They generate warmth to your family and friends with their rich dark colors and abundance of wood. Even if it’s just an illusion, it’s a very natural setting that always puts visitors at ease in your home.

Here are some simple ideas for finishing the interior of your rustic house.

pinedoors.jpgChoose knotty pine interior doors. These doors were left unstained and were sealed with a semi-gloss polyurethane. Semi-gloss was used because doors take a lot of ‘finger’ traffic and you’ll need to be able to clean them. Glass doorknobs add to the rustic effect. The door trim is 1 x 4 stained with English Chestnut and also has a semi-gloss finish. Trim every door and every corner for more rustic warmth.

ceilingfan.jpgCeiling fans are usually the largest fixture in any room. Choose a rustic design. This one has scenery on the fan base and also has vinyl lampshades.

lightfixture.jpgAlso choose rustic or antique light fixtures throughout the house.

bambooshades.jpgChoose bamboo shades for your windows. There are also many varieties of shades with wooden slats. Cloth roll-ups also work in many rooms.

saloondoors.jpgUse barroom or saloon doors. These have black iron hardware and were stained with English Chestnut. They are laundry room doors!

lourvredcloset.jpgUse louvered closet doors. These were stained with Provincial and rustic knobs were added.

loftladder.jpgCreate loft ladders. If you don’t have lofts, make ladders as display shelves for your knickknacks. This one is stained with Provincial and uses square nuts and bolts to hold the treads. The hardware was new but made to look old by soaking them in muriatic acid. BE CAREFUL with that. Wear gloves.

loftrail.jpgGet an unstained pre-made picket fence for $25 and use it as a loft railing. Stain and seal and voila! instant rail.

furnacecloset.jpgGet creative with your hallway closets and furnace closet door. This is the furnace closet. It has a crisscross 1 x 4 barn door design. The hardware is a gate latch and hinges.

archway.jpgDo something fancy with your doorways between rooms. This is between a dining room and game room. Again, it’s a take off of a barn-like design.

ceiling.jpgMake use of bead board. This is the ceiling of the entire house. The bead board has been stained with English Chestnut and sealed with satin polyurethane. Satin doesn’t shine very much so if you want a more rustic look, cut down on the shine. You can paint your vent covers as well. The trim is 1 x 4 stained and sealed every two feet across the entire ceiling.

shiplapwalls.jpgUse shiplap on your walls. This is done with 8″ wide shiplap, smooth side out and sealed with satin sealer to cut down on the shine. It is not stained. See the wood trim everywhere? Trim EVERYTHING! Green glossy painted bead board in the background.

hearth.jpgCreate your own stone hearth. This is lightweight flat rock set into plain old mortar. It is sealed with a high gloss sealer. The rocks are NOT level across the top. They rise and fall to give it a ‘river’ like effect. Something you might indeed find on the side of any river. Trimmed with 1 x 4 stained and sealed.

logmantle.jpgMake your own mantle. This might take a little more in depth searching on your part. This log was found way up in the Sierras in a place where it was designated “okay” to take downed trees/wood. If you are in a wooded area, know someone who is, or have your own trees to choose from, this would be an easy task for you. The outer bark that was left on the log was chipped off then sanded down somewhat to remove ugly spots. It was cut in half then half again for the sides of the fireplace. It is not stained, only sealed with a semi-gloss sealer. The top is not entirely flat, nor is any of it sanded down entirely. Imperfections add to the rustic effect.

flooring.jpgUse wide plank flooring. This is engineered wood floor that snaps into place. It is five inches wide which makes one think of an old saloon. The color is dark to match the ceiling.

windowtrim.jpgLet your window trim over hang. Most window trims are mitered at an angle so they are pretty and snug. These butt each other and over hang for a rustic effect.

barbrick.jpgUse a brick facade here and there. This one is on the kitchen counter/bar side. It’s not real brick. It’s 4 x 8 sheets of wall board. This isn’t necessarily rustic, but it does add a great feeling of warmth.

stovepipe.jpgLeave the kitchen exhaust pipe over your stove exposed and paint it flat black.

porchconcrete.jpgThere are a couple of simple things you can do outdoors as well. When pouring concrete for a porch or patio, color and stamp the concrete. This concrete has been colored light brown and stamped with the ‘rough stone’ look.

ysticks.jpgPut the usual ‘Y’ sticks on your porch rails. These are decorated with metal bands which were made to look old using muriatic acid. They serve a functional purpose here as well. They are keeping the beam and post from shifting.

frontdoor.jpgTrim your outer windows and doors using the butt and overhang trim method. Also choose rustic light fixtures for the outside of your house.

This house was finished in rustic style by O’Dell Enterprises based in Zebulon, GA. Please visit their site.

The actual construction of this house was by Hartman Construction based in Inyokern, CA.

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