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 Fotolia.com)

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:
Moderate

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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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Instructions

    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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