How to inexpensively decorate a house like a log cabin

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How to inexpensively decorate a house like a log cabin
Faux log walls are the first step in thrifty cabin decor. (log wall image by PaulPaladin from

If lining your walls with authentic wooden planks and indulging in a bear skin rug is a little beyond your budget, there are plenty of inexpensive options to give your home a log cabin feel. Start by creating "log" walls with a faux painting effect, and finish by focusing on natural elements for decor.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Primer
  • Brown satin-finish paint
  • Paint roller
  • Dark brown oil paint
  • White oil paint
  • Paint thinner
  • Glazing liquid (oil-based)
  • 1/2" or thinner masking tape
  • 2 Rags
  • Bottle Cork
  • Wooden furniture
  • Simple curtains
  • Jute area rugs
  • Natural light fixtures

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    Log Cabin Walls

  1. 1

    Prime walls and allow them to dry. Paint a brown base coat and allow it to dry. Apply a second coat if needed.

  2. 2

    Tape horizontal lines across an entire wall, about 6-8 inches apart. Make a brown glaze by mixing equal parts brown paint, paint thinner and glazing liquid. Repeat with white paint for a white glaze.

  3. 3

    Dampen your cloth in the brown glaze and wipe it horizontally across the taped section, re-dampening when you start to run out of paint. Instead of applying the paint in solid stripes, make random patterns that resemble what you would find in nature.

  4. 4

    Dampen a second cloth in the white glaze and wipe it sporadically over the brown glaze.

  5. 5

    Dip the cork in the brown glaze and apply it to the darkest areas of the "wood" planks.

  6. 6

    Lift up the tape before the paint has dried.

    Add The Decor

  1. 1

    Install simple window treatments. A gingham curtain without blinds provides a simple and charming effect.

  2. 2

    Cover the floors with braided jute area rugs or a faux fur rug.

  3. 3

    Choose furniture that is primarily constructed with wood. Keep an eye out for pictures or knick-knacks that have a nature theme. A thrift store is a good place to find economically-priced items.

  4. 4

    Install nature-inspired light fixtures, such as antler chandeliers and wall sconces. Lamps and other fixtures should give off a warm, natural light.

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