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Girl’s Bedroom Set Refreshed with Paint, Paper & Pulls

It’s always good to know when to pick your battles, right? For instance, I know that when I am on Craigslist I will find projects, and when I find projects, I will not be able to resist them. Then, that leads to overload in my workshop and me asking myself, “What did you do?!?” Solution: STAY OFF CRAIGSLIST. There. I said it. To validate my logic, let me show you what happens when I take a peek at Craigslist. See this? That is the result of looking for 5 minutes. Yup. Now, stay with me here as Mr. I and I will show you how it became a girl’s bedroom set.

Vintage 1950's Bedroom Suite found on Craigslist | Prodigal Pieces |

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Bedroom Set ~ A Vintage Reunion

Do you ever have one of those moments where your jaw drops and you are amazed how a certain event in life could have happened?  I mean, you think, “what are the chances…?” I had one of those in my past with a bedroom set that left me giddy.
Today and for the rest of this month every Tuesday, my Trash to Treasure girlfriends and I are digging into the archives for some makeover goodness for you. Check out the end of this post for their projects, and you can see last week’s makeover here.
Best of Trash to Treasure Transformations | Prodigal Pieces |
The story begins… A certain couple was selling off several pieces of furniture, 5 to be exact, for $20 a piece…a piece! One was a Broyhill Brasilia credenza, and a few other chests of drawers. You just can’t beat Craigslist for being able to peruse furniture & other goodies right in front of your eyes in the comfort of your own home.  I love finding a steal.  Let’s face it, it’s an online treasure hunt.
So, of course I bought them all. (ahem) I’m not exactly sure they were all a perfect fit, but most had awesome potential! Included in this lot was an antique cherry vanity that just needed a little love. Vintage Cherry Vanity Before | Prodigal Pieces |
My favorite feature is the mirror that is mounted on a rail that adjusts to suit your sitting height. This vanity sat in my garage for a couple of months until that jaw-dropping moment came.
I stopped by a local garage sale on my way home with 5 kids in tow (see, I told you this was from the archives…I now have 6!) You know how it goes, I wasn’t really planning to stop, and there they were, a matching chest of drawers and dresser with mirror!!  EEK! I couldn’t believe my eyes and tried not to look too obvious, but they were for a ridiculous price and I quickly made the purchase before anyone could beat me.

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Boys Bedroom Makeover ~ Vintage Industrial Teen

I think we are crazy, at least I know I am. tsk. We have been working our hind ends off, and we can’t stop yet. One of our recent projects for the home is our boys bedroom, where our oldest and next to youngest get to live together. We’re calling this our teen room makeover because our new look will suit both, giving a chance for the younger one to feel “grown up”.

They love living together, even though it takes some work to keep things sane, but I know they wouldn’t have it any other way. When we first bought our home back in ’03, their room had brown Berber carpet, peach painted walls, and a giant funky plug-in light fixture on a brass chain. How’s that for retro for you? Honestly, with a little fixing up, it would fit right in to today’s modern decor and I’m sort of kicking myself for not keeping the fixture. Ah well.

Our boy's room is getting a vintage industrial makeover from ceiling to floor. We are removing storage space to save our sanity! Come see why. by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Here’s where we were at the beginning. This room has been that peach then followed by this current beige color with pink carpet for our daughters. It wasn’t long ago that my hubby finally let me rip out the carpet to expose the gorgeous wood floors (thank you, Lord!). We’ve flip-flopped this room so many times, but now it will stay for our boys because the girls outnumber them and need the larger room.

Our boy's room is getting a vintage industrial makeover from ceiling to floor. We are removing storage space to save our sanity! Come see why. by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

This is a nice sized space, approximately 8′ x 12′ with closet. One mistake I have done, was to keep adding storage space in every inch I could. You may be wondering why that’s a mistake because storage space is good, right? Well, it tends to cause a person to keep more than they normally would. I created a monster by giving my kids too many places to store things and then we have repeated interactions about keeping it clean and how to maintain the “junk”.

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Farmhouse Master Bedroom Grand Finale

{deep breath} It’s done. Our year-long journey of remodeling to give us our farmhouse master bedroom is complete. If you’re new here, there’s more to the story that meets the eye. We are a family of 8, but not when we started this project. Having lost two babies mid-term just before expecting our 6th child was enough pressure, but when baby came 6 weeks early it put EVERYTHING on hold.  Our full baby story is here.

To catch new readers up to speed, here is the before of our bedroom…

Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom with Sunbleached Gray Floors by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

I’m not going to fuss around…Are you ready?  I am!

With all the work involved in this project, I first want to give praise to God for blessing our family beyond measure, and to my family – my husband and kids. Without their efforts and love, it just wouldn’t have come to fruition.

You’ve seen how we’ve refinished our floors, created a faux barn beam ceiling, added plank walls, and finishing touches, now join me on a tour through our refinished (an all mine) bedroom…

Budget-Friendly French Farmhouse Master Bedroom Makeover Final Reveal by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

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Farmhouse Bedroom Finale :: Part 2

In my last post, I was finally able to tell you that our farmhouse bedroom remodel is complete and I showed you how we created faux plank wall.  This time, I want to show you how we dressed up the room with trim, architectural details, and bling. tee hee hee.

As a refresher, this is how our room started out over a year ago. We have never taken so long on remodel, but as I mentioned last time, a premature baby can throw a few kinks in your plans (it’s all good). With God’s help and provision this dream has been complete.

Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom with Sunbleached Gray Floors by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

We’re obviously hoping to achieve a farmhouse look with a French twist in our bedroom, so after we sunbleached our floors, added a faux barn beam ceiling, and created the plank wall, it was time to add the finishing details.

Farmhouse Bedroom Makeover with Trim and Bling :: Part 2 by Prodigal Pieces |

Thanks to Donna at Funky Junk, we were able to take her tutorial on how to create a farmhouse window and implement it in our bedroom with some basic box store pine.  Yes, it is freezing outside at this point, but when you live in the northeast, this is how you roll.

Farmhouse Style Bedroom Makeover with Trim and Bling :: Part 2 by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Again, our brad nailer was the most handy tool to have in this entire project and made everything so much easier than pre-drilling and having to use a nail set to finish the nails. Read more

Farmhouse Master Bedroom Finale :: Part 1

I can’t believe I’m actually getting to write this post. Seriously! It has been over a year since we started our farmhouse master bedroom makeover, and because of that I’m sure that most of you have no idea what I’m talking about.

You see we were ambitious and ready to have this project done before our new baby would enter the scene so we could have her delivered at home like her siblings, but she wasn’t having it.  Right as we were about ¾ of the way completed, our little bundle came 6 weeks early and required 3 weeks in the NICU.  Yeah, that’ll throw you off a bit.

Not only did put a kink in our plans, but the hospital bills kept us from being able to put much funds in to completing it.  My whole family and I busted our behinds to make those payments and get rid of that bill within a year, which meant a whole lot of furniture was being done.  whew!

Here’s a look at the awful before of our room.

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As a refresher, you can read the beginnings of our project with the floors, and then the ceiling in past posts. Read more

20+ Budget-Friendly Farmhouse Style Bedrooms

One of my favorite communities online is Hometalk.  Not only can you share your latest home improvement tips, gardening ideas, and repurposed creations, but you can also get excellent advice from professionals and experienced DIYers.  Not to mention some fantastic inspiration!  No blog needed, just sign up and share.

You can find me collecting all the great ideas I find here on my boards.  One particular board that is giving my husband and I inspiration for our bedroom makeover is my Budget-Friendly Farmhouse Style Bedrooms.  I’ve put together this collection to showcase that even a basic DIYer can turn their own bedroom into a vintage, eclectic farmhouse style sanctuary.

20+ Budget-Friendly Farmhouse Style Bedrooms by Prodigal Pieces on Hometalk

Here’s a sampling of what this collection includes:

  • Board & batten tutorial
  • DIY farmhouse style bedroom desk
  • Build your own reclaimed headboard
  • How to use cast-off shutters to create an accent wall
  • Create a faux barn beam ceiling
  • DIY barn door closet doors
  • How to shop for the best farmhouse style decor in your area
  • Make your own farmhouse floor with plywood

Oodles of inspiration and DIY!  Stop on over to Hometalk and let me know which is your favorite project and absolutely let me know if you try one – I’d love to see pictures too.

Now I can’t wait to complete our bedroom makeover …woot!

Faux Barn Beam Ceiling ~ Master Bedroom Remodel

Do you love the look of farmhouse barn beams, but lack the barn? We have a trick up our sleeve to show you how you can make your own faux barn beam ceiling. As we continue to make progress in our master bedroom remodeling project, we will be sharing details along the way. You can see read about the beginning of the story in Part 1, where we tackled our glued on carpet. ick.

This is the before…
Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom with Sunbleached Gray Floors by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces…floors are beautifully finished.  Yippee!
Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom with Sunbleached Gray Floors by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesNow, on to the faux barn beam ceiling.  Remember we live in a 1952 Gunnison ranch home, which offers some quirky building features that we have tried to deal with in different ways.  When we bought the home 13 years ago (yikes! has it been that long already?), we did major renovations ourselves, like doors, windows, roof, etc.  Even hit most every room with upgrades except our bedroom.
Originally, the ceiling has a popcorn-type texture and we decided to stipple the ceiling to give it a textured effect.  That worked fine, but really bothered me that the ceilings were still slightly uneven because of the wood panels that were used.
Fast forward 13 years and here we are:
DIY Faux Farmhouse Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
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Do you see the seam in the upper right corner?  Stippling just didn’t hide it like I wanted, even though it looked much better than its original state.
Our solution was to take 1/4 luan (plywood) and rip it into 8″ pieces to simulate an old-school planked flooring above.  Thankfully, the wonderful guys at Home Depot made the cuts for us at no cost. (we were originally quoted .25 cents per cut – cha ching!!  Saving!!)  It took us four 4′ x 8′ panels to do our 12′ x 12′ ceiling.
The only prep work for the wood was hitting the cut sides with my sander to remove the rigid edges.
To install the strips, we used my self-given birthday gift, my pneumatic nailer to quickly get them up.  (or use the AirStrike, my latest nailer mentioned here) To create the gap, we just grabbed a scrap piece of 1/8″ thick pressed board and it worked great.
DIY Faux Farmhouse Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
If you notice in the picture above, we were going to end up with seams at some point across our ceiling because the 8′ panels won’t cover a 12′ ceiling.  Don’t worry, we had a plan.
We intended to have the seams land in a spot that would be covered by the faux flooring beams we were going to add at a later point. Otherwise we would have staggered the joints.
Once the panels were up, we just needed to hide the nail heads with a small swipe of wood filler.  Looking better already!!  (Thank you, JC!)
DIY Faux Farmhouse Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesThen, we just hit those puttied spots with a light sanding to create a smooth surface.
We wanted to keep with the idea of creating a light, relaxing space, so we painted the ceilings in one of my favorite cool white paints by Behr, Dove White. (sorry, no pics of the painted part before beams)  Just a couple coats with a roller and a bit of touch up with a brush to the seams.
Now for the beams.
We bought four simple pine beams (1 – 2″ x 6″ x 12′, 3 – 2″ x 6″ x 10′), and distressed them to get that rustic hand-hewn barn beam look.
My husband just took our hatchet and went down the out edges hacking away in random motions.  (Yes, he is out on our heat-wave day of 20 degrees – seriously, we were happy to have that temperature!!)
DIY Faux Farmhouse Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesThen, to get the face of the beam roughed up, he took his Bosch planer and hit it in random points while on it’s lowest setting.  You could use a hand planer as well, if you don’t have a tool like this one. (You really should get yourself one of these, they rock!)
DIY Faux Farmhouse Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesWe choose to use a nice contrasting stain from Varathane, called Early American. I use this stain in many of my projects…see them in these posts.
DIY Faux Farmhouse Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesNext, to mount the beams, we ran them perpendicular to the seams of the wood strips to get the feel that they were supporting the faux upper floor.
We located the studs in the ceiling, and measured their layout. Then, we copied that pattern onto the beam and pre-drilled holes so we could easily screw them in while holding them up. (So thankful our 11 yr. old is big enough to help because my pregnant self can’t do much!)
DIY Faux Farmhouse Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesHere’s  closer look of the hand-hewn effect.
DIY Faux Farmhouse Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

At this point I’m starting to swoon because I can see our plans coming to fruition.
DIY Faux Farmhouse Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesSo there you have it, not in it’s complete state because we’re still going to add a couple of 2″ x 4″ to the outer sides to finish the faux upper floor look, but need to tackle the walls first.
Do pin and share to inspire others to stop wishing and start doing. It only takes a little DIY and you can have the look you’re after too.
DIY Farmhouse Style Faux Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces |
We love how the ceiling turned out and are very happy with the results. Sign up for my newsletter in the sidebar or at the bottom of this post to get updates in your inbox. Head below to see more of our remodel.

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Come see how we took on our floors and then how we planked our walls after our faux barn beam ceiling.

Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom with Sunbleached Gray Floors by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesDIY Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom Reveal by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom Remodel

We were beginning to work on our master bedroom (FINALLY!), and I wanted to show you the progress we’ve made so far with our farmhouse style.

To get you acquainted with our project you must know a few things. We live in a 1952 ranch Gunnison Home, which is basically an old-school manufactured home.  You can read more about them here.

When we bought our home 13 years ago, it was carpeted throughout, even in the kitchen, and we knew that had to go.  Much to our surprise, when we pulled up the white carpet in the living room (ugh, yes, white!) we found gorgeous red oak floors.  Score!

That led us to take up the rest of the carpet in the bedrooms, except the master.  Too busy with babies to mess with our room yet.

Enter current situation:  With baby #6 on the way, it was time to finally do something with our room.  After all, I deliver my guys at home and I want it to be in style!

We pulled up the carpet expecting to find the same gorgeous floors that we found in our boys’ room…wrong. Someone had glued down the carpet to the floor at some point, so there was adhesive all over that lovely floor.  Eek!

Here’ what the start looked like…

Dated Bedroom Mess Before Farmhouse Style Makeover | Prodigal Pieces |

This is the other side wall, which looks similar because it’s a 12′ x 12′ room.

Farmhouse Style Bedroom Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces |

And then there’s the closet…

Closet Bedroom View Before | Prodigal Pieces |

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My awesome hubby took this project on alone – I’m not at the point of being able to get on hand and knees with baby bump and already aching back.

When he works 10-12 hr. days, the only time to make progress is in the little bit of evening you get and on weekends.  So…every night for two weeks he would grab the bottle of Krud Kutter Adhesive Remover and his scraper and work in small patches to remove the gunk.

Cleaning off Carpet Adehisive on Hardwood Bedroom Floors by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comLet’s just say this guy has patience to deal with this awful mess inch by inch. You might wonder why we didn’t just sand the floor down, but sanding was not an option because we would blow our whole budget on sanding pads alone.

Removing Carpet Adehisive on Hardwood Bedroom Floors by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comWith the adhesive removed, it was time to sand.  Instead of paying high rental fees and high costs for sanding pads, we used a belt sander which cut the costs by 80%.  It just means hours on the knees…again.  I told you he rocks!

Sanding Hardwood Floors by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comIn case you’re wondering how to attempt this yourself, we started with a 50 grit paper working diagonal both ways, then moved on to 80 grit in the direction of the grain. To finish, we used a 120 grit for the final sanding.

Aah.  Floor is sanded and ready for the next step, stain.

Our finished desire is a rustic farmhouse style bedroom with a French flair and we decided to give it an aged look by using a Sunbleached Stain by RustOleum.

Rustoleum Sunbleached Stain for Floors in Farmhouse Style Bedroom by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comUsing a cast-off sock, we applied the stain, being sure to take off the excess within a 5 minute or so span.  The floor only needed one coat (as the label states) and was really easy to attain what we wanted.

Weathered Stain on Farmhouse Style Bedroom Floor by Prodigal Pieces |

Sunbleahed Stain on Farmhouse Style Bedroom Floor by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comFor the topcoat, we used Rustoleum Satin Floor Finish with a lambswool applicator. The first coat only had to dry for 3 hours and then we could apply the next coat.  Overall we applied four coats as the can recommended. Easy!

RustOleum Satin Floor Finish in Farmhouse Style Bedroom by Prodigal Pieces |

Sunbleached Bedroom Floor by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comSeriously, it is a gorgeous finish and the pictures don’t do it justice. Remember, we’re in the dead of winter here in the northeast and the sunny days are few and far between, plus we’re working mostly in the evening.

Even without the walls and ceiling done, it already feels fresh.

Although it’s a slow process for us due to lack of time (we are a family of 8!) we are enjoying the progress and can’t wait to show it to you completed.  Share if you love it too!

Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom with Sunbleached Gray Floors by Prodigal Pieces |

To see the next steps, head below…

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In case you didn’t think we were nutty enough, we also have been tackling our farmhouse style master bath…oh what fun!

Now onto the ceilings and the walls! See the farmhouse style details below:

DIY Faux Farmhouse Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comDIY Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom Reveal by Prodigal Pieces |

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