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I have been working on my home with my husband trying to get a more rustic and inviting look and feel. We believe the house to be well over a hundred years old. The main house is approximately 40x40 and was built before indoor plumbing so there was an addition added for two baths and another bedroom sometime over the years.

Here is the house on move in day. We arrived the night before, slept on the floor and then started unloading the trailer the next morning. The trim and porch were painted a horrible fuchsia color.

I painted the front porch and trim white to match the house and painted the brick/block under the house beige. This was a start to tame the colors a little until I could paint the colors I wanted.

The first thing you'll notice is we painted the house and trim a new color. Next my husband and I took the screen and siding off the porch and put up four 4x4 post. We also took the lattice down and moved the 12'x 20' deck around back of the house.

We moved and modified the white fence and then made a rustic trellis. Before, everyone would park in front of the house so we made that a flower bed. I think it looks much better although we still have so much to do.

The new rustic railings were easy to make and helped transform the house into a much better looking and rustic feeling home. I want a rustic Italian or rustic Tuscan look and feel.
I painted the old gutter with copper spray paint and I get compliments on our copper gutters all the time.(ha) How about those beautiful hanging baskets with the spider plants? They're fake! I'm still working on my green thumb.

I added a rustic door knocker and need to change the door knob and deadbolt too! Want to see more about plants?

The concrete walk was easy to do with a concrete mold. I have more walk to do before I'm finished.
My husband built the trellis and added the neat looking rustic knob
The deck was on the front right of the house with lattice railings. We moved it to the back for more privacy and for a place to sit and watch the kids playing.
We redid the roof and added a covered area for relaxing.
Getting closer to getting my rustic home. I want to screen the porch and do a lot more decorating to get more of a rustic feel.
The porch is coming together well. I think wicker, metal table, and rustic lamp add to the rustic feel I'm going for. I will share more rustic home decor ideas as I finish projects around my now rustic home.


Rustic Metal Decor

Using rustic metal decor outdoors ads a lot of character and style to your home and really adds to the rustic look and feel.

This is a rustic metal door knocker I have installed on my front door. I already had a door bell but think this adds to the overall feel and look. I sprayed the glass with glass frosting to help with privacy. Here's a rustic door knocker.
A rustic knob added to the gate leading under the arbor looks good. Here's a great rustic door hardware.
A metal welcome sign adds a little more to the rustic style.
See some Rustic Glass door knob examples

Rustic Walkway

This rustic walkway was made using a concrete mold and bags of concrete that you only add water to and was an easy cheap way to add to the feel of my rustic home.

I placed the mold where I wanted the walkway, I then mixed up a bag of concrete in my wheelbarrow and then filled the mold with concrete. Get your rustic concrete mold here

After the concrete has dried I added sand by sweeping it into the cracks with a broom. I need to add more sand to finish the project completely.
This is an easy project you can do to add a rustic fare to your home.
This is another mold that gives you a stone looking walkway. I used this one for a landing area at my back door to help keep from tracking in sand and dirt. Buy Concrete Stepping Stone Mold.

Rustic Porch Railing

I wanted railings to add to the rustic style for our home I was looking for. These are very easy to do.

I found two rustic metal wall decor pieces and my husband cut them and drilled two holes on each side for them to fit in a 2x4 frame he built. These metal pieces would work well. You would just drill holes for the four tips to fit in your railings.
The spindles are 1/2" emt electrical conduit I purchased at our local home improvement store. I painted them black with a good outdoor metal paint.
My husband measured out on each side of the frame of the center decorative piece to equally space the spindles. He then used a drill and a 3/4" forstner bit to get a clean cut hole. It only consists of the top and bottom 2x4's and then two for the side of the frame for the rustic metal piece. The pipe was cut about 33 1/2" long to make the spindles and the holes were drilled around an inch deep on both the top and bottom rails to hold the pipe. Check your local building code for railing requirements.

Rustic Landscape Ideas

I want to share some of the landscaping I have done around my home. I wanted my house to have a rustic garden feel and think plants and outdoor decor play a very important role in achieving that overall look and feel.

I am learning landscaping and about plants as I go, I have a black thumb that can almost kill a faux plant. I believe it is slowly turning green now but I need to learn much more.

I planted Angel trumpets on each side of the porch and have some lilies planted next to them. As you can see the lilies on the left are doing much better than the ones on the right. See easy to make walkway.
I love the Angel Trumpets and you can smell their sweet scent  before you get near them.

The mulch is a mixture of cypress from our local home improvement store and a load I got for free from a contractor that was cutting trees and limbs for the local power company. Just ask them about it and see.

In the back I have planted a Crepe Myrtle, lilies, rosemary, a evergreen I can't remember it's name, and a little annual. I think the green against the dark color I painted the house really look good. I am going for the rustic look, so I added a piece of driftwood, slate and rocks.
Around the base of a pecan tree I've planted more lilies, a couple of annuals and a tomato plant. I like adding tomato plants randomly in my flower beds. I want to add a variety of vegetables also in other beds all so.
Here is a white hydrangea that is one of about four that I have planted in various spots. Here I found a vining hydrangea
I love the variegated leaves on the one lily but the purple on the other one is all so beautiful. There is all so a caladium planted to the left of the little pecan tree. I can't remember what the plant is to the left of the variegated lily.
This little bed has a cherry tree, hydrangeas, verbena, and three small azaleas.
I have planted a crepe myrtle on the corner and a few lilies down the side of the porch. I have all so planted three May Night Salvia plants that have a purple bloom. Somewhere in there are a few burgundy glow ajuga's.


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