Farmhouse Friday – Primitive Decor

Happy Farmhouse Friday to you!  Thanks to all of you who left sweet and understanding comments about rotten attitude yesterday.  When I went back and reread my post later, my attitude seemed even more silly.  It’s a sunny, beautiful day today, and my outlook is so much better.  I’ve always know gray, dreary days affected my mood – I just wish I could stay home on those days, so I’m not out finding fault with everyone I cross paths with! 🙂

Okay…back to Farmhouse Friday!

Lately I’ve brought home several things that I’d define as “primitive decor”, so I decided that should be the theme this week.

These days, farmhouse style homes tend to be light and bright, and traditionally, primitive style tends to be darker, but when done right, I think the two styles can mix really well together.  I’m pretty picky about primitive decor though.  I’m not at all opposed to reproductions, but sometimes the look is so overdone, it just screams “I’m trying to be primitive.”  I prefer the look be subtle, and appear as natural as possible, so I’ll show you my recent finds, as well as some others I think do primitive farmhouse style really well.

farmhouse decor

{Click on words in BOLD text to view more about the photos.}

This rusty old scale and aged crock are good examples.  Both are heavily aged, but against the backdrop of my white kitchen walls, their worn appearance looks charming.

Primitive Kitchen Decor

(The scale is available in my online shop here).

Antique Crock -

My all-time most favorite primitive purchase is this Wooden Work Table I got at an auction a few years ago.

Antique Wooden Table -

At the same auction, I bought an antique door.   With one of the panels, I made this Chippy Wood Wall Hook.  I love its simplicity. Chippy Wood Wall Hook -

To make a Primitive Old Sign for my bathroom, I used really old wood with lots of wear.

Primitive Antique Sign -

This primitive storage cabinet made of antique cheese boxes is way beyond my budget, but maybe someday I could get enough boxes to make a DIY version.   via Etsy

primitive wood drawers

Isn’t this beautiful  vignette on a primitive chippy mantel by Thoughts from Alice so peaceful looking?

Rustic Farmhouse Mantel Primitive Decor -

I’d love to try my hand making a rag quilt with the tutorial at Old Road Primitives.  I love the tattered, unfinished edges.

Rag Quilt -

Even simple stacks of homespun fabric look sweet tucked in  baskets and bins.

Homespun Fabric

This worn, black  wood hutch is typical of primitive style.  It’s a piece I’ve love to have in my home. via The Olde Homestead

primitive hutch

This sweet row of old pressed back chairs at Miss Gracie’s House are perfect for a farmhouse kitchen or porch.  Some of them have “issues”, but that adds to their charm.

antique pressed back chairs farmhouse decor -

We don’t have any carpet in our house, but I’d love to find a rectangular rug like this one  (Amazon link).  I love how it looks with the decor in this room, although I’d paint the walls white so the rest of the decor “pops” a little more, and keeps the space from looking too dark.

Braided Rug Primitive Farmhouse decor -

  We have Dutch doors in my kitchen, but ours don’t have the extra door to close over the top window, like these via Country Living.

Dutch doors

Antique spectacles are a must for primitive decor!  I have a pair of glasses just like these and frequently use them as props in my photos, and vignettes around my home.Photo via 1892 Homestead Primitives.

antique eyeglasses

This colonial  style larder is the picture of primitive kitchen perfection! – crocks, baskets, bowls, dried flowers and herbs and canning jars.

I’d love to work a little more of this type of decor into my kitchen (source unknown).

Colonial Kitchen

I would love to own an antique butter churn, like one of these, via Country Side Antiques

antique butter churns

Well, that’s a wrap for this week’s Farmhouse Friday!

If you missed m previous Farmouse Friday themes, you can catch up on them HERE.

farmhouse decor

Have a great weekend!


signature pin

Primitive Decor Farmhouse Style -

Please know that Knick of Time uses affiliate links, including but not limited to Amazon to help keep this blog up and running.


  1. you find the greatest old stuff
    congrats to you
    love you emails

  2. Stopped by before church, very pretty here in KY. this morning, My favorite would be the door panel, the idea of the picture being hung is great. I know that spelling is wrong but spell check can’t seem to get it either. Have a beautiful day of worship and rest.

  3. My last house used to be done in primitive decor, and I agree the colors are darker. That house is now my rental property and the girl that’s moving in right now is decorating the place in primitives….lol.

  4. Love it all… my favs are the scale and that table!


  5. I noticed your comment about painting the walls white if you were to use primitive furnishings. We’ve always had primitive because it was budget friendly and so the walls were painted darker and the feeling of darkness kind of became overwhelming. I’m now painting each room white and wondered if you had suggestions on how to combine the two styles?

  6. Lots of beautiful, rustic eye candy in this post, Angie! And your table is absolutely gorgeous!

  7. Marlene Stephenson says

    So much in this post to look at,i loved the rag quilt,would like to try it ,have you ever tried to make a quilt? Thanks so much for sharing have a great evening.

  8. My favorite thing of all in this post, besides he cheese box chest is the cast iron dipper with the candle in it in the first image with the scale and wreath. I have a dipper just like that; now I know what I need to do with it! Great images to feast on in this post, Angie.

  9. Sooooooo glad to hear you were feeling much better today, Angie…of course, Farmhouse Friday is enough to lift even the darkest of moods! I know it always gives my spirit a boost!

    You’ve done such an amazing job of showcasing the primitive style…I’d happily display any of these beautiful objects in my home! I also love your idea of keeping the walls light so that the darkness of the primitive objects doesn’t overwhelm…colour and light really do have a great impact on our mood, so I think it’s always best to counter dark with some light wherever you can. I’d be very interested in seeing how you utilize this melding of styles in future, so I hope you will continue to share!

  10. I pinned my brains out on this post…such wonderful selections…I need to find time to browse more! Thanks for doing it for me…lol, Sandi

  11. Liz Thomas says

    What a treat!! Thanks, Angie!!

  12. Hi Angie, I saw your post on pinterest and realize it’s from several years ago.
    Just wanted to let you know that the picture of the pantry is from a series of wonderful books published by Time-Life in 1988. This picture came from the “Country Kitchen” book. It was taken in the home of a (now deceased) relative and I, too, love the look.

    • G Fletcher,
      That pantry was in a home of an old friend of mine that I can no longer locate. I wondered if she had passed and if her husband is still living. Was her first name Joy?

  13. Heather Martin says

    I’m interested in that black cabinet on the picture above, the really primitive one. Is it for sale?

Speak Your Mind


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.