Creating Cabin Furniture and Decor

Creating Cabin Furniture and Decor

If you’ve been looking for some cabin style decor tips (even if you don’t own a log cabin), here are a few ways to refurnish, redecorate or replenish and transform existing furniture into your home.


Any wood or painted surface currently in the room can have a paint finish applied to give them a rustic feel. Dining room chairs, kitchen cabinets, dining or occasional tables, and even cabin flooring.


Residential Construction cabin decor dining or island seating chairs are a fast and easy project for any homeowner. All materials can be purchased online or in your local hardware store and the investment of time is minimal. The secret to cabin decor is understanding the antiquing process of furniture.


Begin with a light sanding to remove the surface gloss or treatment on your furniture. Wipe with a slightly damp cloth. If the surface you are working with is not real wood you’ll want to prime the surface with paint primer. If the furniture is real wood you won’t have to worry about priming the surface. Allow the surface to completely dry.


To achieve the look of rough and rustic cabin decor, dry brush the primer with a wide paint brush – adding streaks and texture to your cabin furniture. 


Allow the Residential Construction primer to completely dry 


For the next steps you may want to test a few different paint samples and treatments. My personal favorite is to take a dark, complimentary color with your existing cabin decor as the base coat. You will then add a top coat of paint or stain to rub into the surface.


Achieving and owning cabin décor is, after all, a process that is fun and rewarding. Doing it yourself by making your own cabin furniture on the cheap is something to be proud of.


Start your first tests with a rich and dark brown color as the base. This is the easiest and surest way to achieve the rustic cabin look. Remember that this base paint is not the actual color you want your furniture to finish as, but the color you will see ‘peeking’ through. The top coat, the next step, will be your finish color. Any heritage color (dark or muted, reds, greens or mustard) works well for the rustic cabin look, you might also try a lighter shade for a bolder effect or a more European cabin theme.


There is one more step in the process – the antiquing – which will also change the color and hue of the top coat of paint. With both the base coat and the top coat dry brushed on the surface of your soon-to-be cabin furniture, allow the piece to fully dry. With a fine piece of sandpaper take a look at the piece you are working on (whether it be a chair, a photo frame or kitchen cabinets) and ascertain where normal wear would have occurred over the years. Lightly sand these areas – faking a time worn patina.


To take that aged patina, (antiquing), process one step further, rub in a mixture of dark pine wood stain and painter’s glaze (used in faux painting effects). You can layer this stain on, leaving it darker in the nooks and corners of your cabin furniture, repeatedly until you achieve the look you’re after.


These techniques work on real wood just as easily as on the inexpensive, fake wood furniture. If you’re creating cabin furniture with chairs, leave dark areas at seat bases, wear down bottoms of the legs or tops of armrests. If you’re after a cabin look in the kitchen, wear away the area with sandpaper around the knobs, handles and pulls of your cabinets. You might also replace existing and boring hardware with more rustic or antique knobs and pulls.


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