Farmhouse Cupboard Makeover ~ Add a Wall Cleat

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Sometimes while shopping, do you ever see something and say, “I have to have it.” You may not need it, but you know it shouldn’t be left behind because it has potential. If you know me then you know this is my life story. ahem. Earlier this week in our Trash to Treasure Tuesday, I said I would be tackling this thrift store cupboard and today’s the day. I’d like to show you what I saw when I spied it in the store, and watch how it becomes a farmhouse cupboard.

Thrifted Glass Cupboard Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

At first glance I thought it was a basic wall cupboard, but upon closer inspection, I found that it had once been some sort of add-on to other cabinets. It has beads in the shelves for displaying plates, even on top.

Inside Thrifted Cupboard for Farmhouse Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What puzzled me the most was how in the world did they mount this thing to the wall? It had nails going every which way through the frame and out the back. A couple of screws still poked here and there. You typically want to have a cupboard like this sitting flush to the wall with hidden hardware. Hmm…I see a hot mess that needs fixed, don’t you?
Back of Thrifted Cupboard for Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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First order of business is take off that back panel and create a wall cleat. What’s that you say?? It’s basically like two puzzle pieces that interlock to create a hidden way of hanging large items or even can be used in workshops, craft rooms, etc. Let me show you…

First, you cut two lengths that would have a corresponding angle like this. One to fit inside the back of your project. (aka. hidden part), and one for your wall. We used our table saw to run two pieces through.

Cutting Wall Cleat for Farmhouse Cupboard | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This is what they look like on the ends. They slip into one another as one is attached to the wall and the other attached to the item you are wishing to hang. Make sense?

DIY Wall Cleat Diagram by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comSo, after I got my cabinet prepped with a whole lotta wood filler to hide all those holes, I added the cleat with my new toy. Meet Ms. AirStrike (she says as she giggles with glee).

Ryobi AirStrike Nailer | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What you see here is an over-the-moon-happy lady and what you don’t see is a ginormous compressor, a naughty tangled hose, or any other garbled get-in-my-way stuff to use a nailer. eep!

Using the Ryobi AirStrike | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Best part is that I now have two nailers. One for in my workshop (which I still love because it’s a stapler too) and one for wherever I want to get naily with it!ย  ๐Ÿ˜† (ya gotta love my outfit, right? just keepin’ it real, y’all) And…the batteries are interchangeable with my circular saw and my jigsaw with only one charger needed. Win-Win!

Okay, so after I added the cleat, I whipped out my favorite Zibra triangle paint brush (now available in my shop!) and used it to knock out this piece in a flash.

Zibra Triangle Paint Brush for Farmhouse Cupboard | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’m serious when I say this thing is awesome. The whole time I’m painting I’m saying to myself, “Where was this gem when I painted our kitchen cabinets TWICE??” It is now a must to use this brush in every corner I ever encounter.

Once everthing is painted and cured, I’m ready to mount my wall cleat. I use a levelย and attach it with my drill and screws. Notice I have it angled toward the wall.

Mounting Wall Cleat for Farmhouse Cupboard | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Next, I simply slip the farmhouse cupboard on the wall cleat and it’s hung nice and snug. It’s not going anywhere.

How to Hang a Cupboard using a Wall Cleat by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

And…we’re done!

Side View of Farmhouse Cupboard with Wall Cleat Added | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Let’s take a peek at how it looks from the front, shall we?

Rustic Farmhouse Cupboard Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Since I removed the original hardware to paint, I decided to leave it off and replace it with one of my leftover glass knobs from my vanity makeover ( a must see). They are so gorgeous! You can get yourself some at Rustic Brands using my coupon: PRODIGAL20.

Glass Knob by Rustic Brands on Farmhouse Cupboard by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Also, because I removed the backing, I decided to replace it with beadboard for a rustic effect. My AirStrike made attaching it a breeze.

Farmhouse Cupboard Updated with Bead Board and Hardware | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Farmhouse Kitchen Vignette in Cupboard by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

As you can see, I had to leave a little gap to be able to fit the cleat into the cupboard. No worries as no one will notice. Ideally, if we were building the cupboard from scratch, you would make it deep enough to have the backing in front of the cleat so none would be visible. Since I retrofitted this, we make do.

Close-Up of Wall Cleat for Cupboard | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Do you love it too? This farmhouse cupboardย is now available in my shopย (SOLD!) along with other redeemed furniture, vintage finds, and handmade goods.

Vintage Farmhouse Cupboard with Simple Vignette by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I had a blast sharing with you how to update and improve your thrifted finds. My hope is that you are inspired and will pin and share my work to inspire others too.

Farmhouse Cupboard Makeover with Tutorial on Adding a Wall Cleat by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Next up, I will have a fun project involving this side table my parents gave me. There’s a little hilarity here, so be sure to come see it HERE. Sign up for my newsletter via the sidebar or at the bottom of this post.

Side Table Before Vintage Chic Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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22 Comments

  • Cheryl

    What a transformation, I love it!

    December 15, 2016 at 7:52 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How awesome to hear, Cheryl. Thank you!

      December 15, 2016 at 11:40 am Reply
  • Patti

    Hi Larissa….Thank you for another wonderful tutorial!! Beautiful makeover!!! I know it takes a lot of time to post blogs and I thank you for sharing your talents and your family with all of us throughout this year <3 I want to wish you and your family a very blessed Christmas and New Year to come!!!

    December 15, 2016 at 9:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That makes my heart happy, Patti, as yes, much work and hoping to encourage others to try and visualize to make their house their home on a budget. Thanks so much! Merry Christmas!

      December 15, 2016 at 11:53 am Reply
  • Sherry Stuifbergen

    I like it in your “entry”, hanging on YOUR wall. You styled it nice. I love looking at your styling “stuff.” Seeing your stuff, gives me inspiration to style MY stuff better. What a talented lady you are! Not a dull moment in YOUR house! You have the same 24 hours I do…what am I doing wrong? Love your blog.

    December 15, 2016 at 10:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      If only I could keep it! I have nowhere to hang it and in the current spot I couldn’t get past it at my dining table, plus we have our chalkboard there for homeschool normally. Ah well. thanks for the love!

      December 15, 2016 at 11:54 am Reply
  • Patty

    Love, love, love it

    December 15, 2016 at 11:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Makes my heart happy! Thank you, Patty. Merry Christmas!

      December 15, 2016 at 11:58 am Reply
  • Ann

    Great Job Larisa I Have a question for you have dried orange slices for craft projects??? Ann

    December 15, 2016 at 1:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Ann. Yes, I have in the past.

      December 16, 2016 at 5:18 am Reply
  • Kari

    Well it’s official Larissa I know what I am gonna ask Santa for this yr….an all inclusive month of you n your talented family n tools to come stay at my farm n work your magic on my stash! N bring this cupboard it is exactly what my kitchen needs!

    December 15, 2016 at 10:43 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Ha! You are a gal after my own heart. We would have a blast!

      December 16, 2016 at 6:20 am Reply
  • Marie from The Interior Frugalista

    What a difference Larissa – love the soft blue inside too. Pinned to share ๐Ÿ™‚

    December 16, 2016 at 10:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was fun to update and improve. Thanks, Marie!

      December 17, 2016 at 5:24 am Reply
  • Kimberly

    Wonderful inspiration for taking “blah” and making it “ahh”. I like to use a homemade French cleat also to hang anything heavy. They can be pricey but so easy to make yourself.

    December 16, 2016 at 11:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Love it! Those wall cleats have endless uses. I want to implement them in my workshop.

      December 17, 2016 at 5:25 am Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    That was so clever Larissa. It looks like it snapped into place just like that. And it is so pretty now to place all of your lovelies inside.

    December 16, 2016 at 1:12 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Love when things are simple fixes. I wish life was like that! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for stopping by, Mary.

      December 17, 2016 at 5:25 am Reply
  • gwen

    love this, especially the blue-ish beadboard on the back! i used a cleat to hang the back of a church pew as a headboard. they’re great for heavy objects!

    December 16, 2016 at 8:19 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That has to be one sweet headboard. I don’t even have one, so headboard envy here!

      December 17, 2016 at 5:26 am Reply
  • Brooke Poole

    Larissa…..omg this is a very creative blog. I’ve been dying for an hutch to go in my dining room, but honestly my dining room is too small…something I’ve been denying to anyone that would listen! I could add a display cabinet so much easier!!! I need storage and a display for my teapots that are sitting in the attic waiting to be broken w my heart BC they were my great grandmothers. I will be brainstorming for a corner cabinet like you have perfected. Thanks for the idea…wisk me luck! Sincerely

    January 5, 2017 at 10:25 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That just made my day, Brooke! You just confirmed why I do what I do. I am so excited for you!

      January 6, 2017 at 6:34 pm Reply

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