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Upcycled Storage & Wall Art from Bedrails

Tackling a spot in your home that needs a thorough cleaning can feel so good, doesn’t it? Kinda like therapy in and of its own. We have the opportunity to get rid of naturally occurring filth like dirt and dust, but then also really evaluate what exists in that space. Once such area I consistently tackle is my workshop. It’s full of dirt and sawdust for sure, but also oodles of potential – of things yet to be. Here is what I chose to work on today from my constant cleaning spot. Do you know what they are? Well, they’re going to become upcycled storage and some DIY wall art. Woot!

Bed Rails Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Okay, so I told you what they’re going to become. Any guesses as to what they are? A friend gave them to me and told me they were off her beds used as bed rails for kids. I will admit I had a totally different plan for them initially, but I like what I came up with secondhand better.

First, I took those pieces with spindles in it and decided to create the upcycled storage. I grabbed some wood from my stash and cut it to length using my miter saw.

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Miter Saw to Cut Wood | prodigalpieces.com

Yes, I jerry-rigged a sheet around my saw to catch the sawdust that I am perpetually cleaning up. It saves me oodles of time! A dust collector is high on my list of wants for my workshop. One day it will happen…trust me!

Then, I gave those few slats of wood a couple coats of paint with my Palm Pro brush. While those were curing I sprayed the spindled rails with a Pure Gold.

Painting Wood Shelves with Zibra Palm Pro | prodigalpieces.com

To assemble my vision, I really wanted to use only items from my stash, so instead of running to the hardware store for conduit straps, I made my own. I’ve had these metal straps I yanked off a curbside chair ages ago and they have come in handy for things like my funky junk coat rack seen HERE.

Scrap Metal for Hardware | prodigalpieces.com

I simply cut the metal to length with my tin snips, drilled holes, and bent to the shape desired to go around those spindles.

Scrap Metal Braces for Upcycled Storage | prodigalpieces.com

Before I show you the finished upcycled storage, let me show you what I did with the rest. What remains to create with are these wood slats that were part of the bed rails.

Bed Rail Slats Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com

They instantly spoke to me to become wall art with that slot notched out of them. So, again I used my miter saw to cut them to length and miter the corners.

Mitered Corners of Frame | prodigalpieces.com

Then I cut some hardboard that I use often to make chalkboards and such as seen in these posts. That stuff is one of my must haves in my stash. Viola! I have a blank slate.

Wall Art in the Raw | prodigalpieces.com

This was my dry fit, so to get done what I envisioned, I took it apart and sprayed the frames with Antique Brass and painted the hardboard with the same white as the wood slats above.

Then, it was time for the art. I wanted to do a fun metallic effect to go with all the metal colors I was using. I’m all about patina, so I used my Patina Paint in Copper to create my design.

Painting Copper Tub Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The key to using this awesome stuff is to add the Patina Spray in Green (and a bit of Blue Patina Spray) while the second coat is still wet. What happens is that actual metal in the paint interacts with the corrosive spray to give you instant patina. You can see it in action in the video below I created to add patina to our garden arbor.

Using Dixie Belle Paint Patina Spray to Create Copper Patina by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Once all is dried, everything is set in place to show you.

Modern Chic Bathroom with Upcycled Storage and DIY Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Repurposed Towel Rack for Modern Chic Boho Bathroom Decor from Bed Rails by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of my visions for these cast-offs. The upcycled storage can be used as towel rack as I’m showing, or for most any thing really…plants, toys, collectibles…you name it!

Repurposed Bathroom Storage for Towels, TP and more in a Modern Chic Bath by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Bed Rails Turned Modern Chic Towel Rack by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Plenty of storage for bath essentials and the design has the modern boho vibe that I have come to love. My DIY conduit straps worked out awesome to hold it all into place. All this was created from scrap in my stash…how awesome is that?!

Boho Style Storage for Bathroom and More by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

And who doesn’t love a cute place to stick a plant?

Terra Cotta Plants Stand from Upcycled Bed Rails by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My DIY wall art up above was fun to create and make. Those rails were perfect for making frames for both of my art pieces.

Boho Chic Bathroom with DIY Copper Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The copper paint and brass metallic paints keep with the same theme I’m after with the upcycled storage. Hard to tell in the pics of the patina, but I think you get the idea.

DIY Copper Wall Art made from Upcycled Bed Rails by Prodigal Pieces | prodiglapieces.com

Upcycled Modern Chic Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What is even better is that the naturally occurring patina will continue to age over time. Isn’t that so cool?!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these couple creations of mine. If you’d love to make them your own, they are available in my online shop.

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Boho Chic Bathroom Decor with Copper Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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This is so cool! upcycled storage and DIY wall art all created from some cast-off bed rails. Perfect modern boho chic decor! See the details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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French Country Armoire Makeover

Last week I showed you this set and started with the mirrored dresser seen HERE to get us started. It went from orangey oak veneer to a look that had many of you surprised how easy it really is to update with no prep work. Yep, it’s that easy. Today, I’m tackling the entertainment center and turning it into a French country armoire.

Vintage Lexington Bedroom Set by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Normally, I try to keep sets like this together, but I have found that every time I do I end up selling them separately since no one wants a set. So, this time I’ve done two completely different looks to the pieces. Last time was all about the dark color, while today I’m going to brighten things up.

This piece has more wear to it than the dresser did. The doors were off a bit, more nicks and dents, but overall heavy and sturdy.

Lexington Entertainment Armoire Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The only prep work I did was to fix those blemishes and then give it a good cleaning. The veneer was in great shape, except for the top where it was peeling. I didn’t do much to that since it will be covered up.

Lexington armoire side view | prodigalpieces.com

Same for the inside, a bit of sanding repair and a good cleaning and we’re good to go. I really debated on taking out the interior of this and turning into something else, but since it was still useful as-is I left it.

Inside vintage Lexington entertaiment armoire | prodigalpieces.com

First order of business in this French country armoire is to freshen up that interior. To do that I used my Manatee Gray to give it a clean feel like I did to my oak blanket chest. Only one coat was needed. Yay! I love this paint.

Painting inside of armoire with Manatee Gray by Dixie Belle | prodigalpieces.com

For the exterior I did the same washed treatment as I did on the matching dresser, but this time used Cotton and my Stubby Brush for a whitewashed effect. That was easy as well since this paint works like a dream. I even left all the hardware on and went over top of it as a glazing effect.

Whitewashing Drawer Pulls on French Country Armoire | prodigalpieces.com

I used the same color paint as I did on my DIY tiered planter seen in this video below:

To stick with the French country armoire I had in mind, I also chose to use a transfer by Iron Orchid Designs like I did on my planters. They are so fun to use! This one is the Gilded Gander Transfer – a huge beauty.

IOD Gilded Gander Transfer via Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

As you can see the transfer had mostly a food description detail to it, and that’s not quite what I’m after. Since these are so versatile, I cut up the transfer into pieces for this project and pieces for a later kitchen related project.

Just rub on as I show in my video above. Then, to fine tune it over the doors, I used my Xacto knife to cut it down.

Cutting IOD Transfer to Fit Doors of Armoire | prodigalpieces.com

Then, it’s done!

Look at this beautiful whitewashed French Country armoire by Prodigal Pieces. Get the DIY details at prodigalpieces.com

French Country Armoire with IOD Gilded Gander Transfer by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This piece went from kinda pretty in orange to ooh, la, la French country chic. It was easy enough that you could do this in your home without having to take your heavy-as-a-semi-truck furniture outside. With a few easy steps you’re done!

Whitewash Technique with IOD Transfer Gave this Dated Piece French Country Flair. Details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The inside of this piece still allows for modern conveniences without sacrificing style. Manatee Gray was the perfect color to brighten the inside, and add a bit of contrast at the same time.

Inside of French Country Entertainminet Armoire with Whitewashed Style by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I think this makes for a sweet armoire for any living space as well as a bedroom. Where would you put it? It’s available for purchase from my shop – we ship most anywhere for half the cost of most. (SOLD)

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Vintage French Country Entertainment Amoire with Iron Orchid Designs Transfer. Come see how easy it is to get this look at prodigalpieces.com

My goal is to inspire you to give DIY a try. Even it’s as simple as a wash and a little embellishment, it goes a long way! Do pin and share to inspire other too. Thank you!

With NO PREP WORK, this French country armoire was given a new look in a day. Come see how easy it can be with the right tools and technique. Head to Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Up next is Trash to Treasure Tuesday, where my blogger friends and I have fun sharing our creations with you. I’m tackling this pile o’ goodness!

Flea Market Finds before Repurposed Creations by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Updated Furniture the Easy Way

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Vintage Lexington Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Thrifted Farmhouse Decor ~ Get the Look for Less

Do you look at pictures in magazines and long for the farmhouse look in your home? Wipe the drool off your chin and head to the thrift store, my friend. There is a plethora of potential waiting for you around the corner – seriously! I have shown you mini-makeovers like this before and I want to continue to do so as so many love them. Here’s is a selection of goodies I nabbed and I’m going to show you how you can turn them into thrifted farmhouse decor for your home.

Thrifted Decor Pile for Farmhouse Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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DIY Tiered Planter with French Graphics

Do you have a green thumb? No worries if not because my project today will be perfect for fresh or faux displays. It’s all about getting crafty and I’m here to show you how in my latest video. We’re going to take our gardening to new heights by creating a DIY tiered planter that will give you the option to add French flair.

Larissa Haynes of Prodigal Pieces shows you how to create a DIY tiered planter in a day. Come see at prodigalpieces.com

The best part about this entire project is it can be tweaked to your liking in oodles of ways. I am going to demonstrate an aged French finish in my latest video, but as you will see the options are limitless.

Whitewashed French Pot Planter with Video Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Queen Anne Table Made New

Here’s the scenario: I walk into the thrift store and take a quick scan of the goods. My path of hunt takes me straight to a leggy gem. Here is the Queen Anne table I spied.

Queen Anne Table Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I quickly open the drawer to find “Broyhill” and dove-tailed drawers. Then, I kneel down to look under and find…yep…solid oak. SCORE!! A quick sniff-check is in order to make sure no nasty odors linger. none. Mentally I make note of the wear on top. Nothing I couldn’t handle, right?

Worn Oak Table Top | prodigalpieces.com

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DIY Crate Wagon ~ Planter, Display, Fun!

It’s truly a sad day when you actually have to throw something cherished away. This was one of my first every trashure finds on my very first city cleanup haul. You’re probably like…what is it?? ha! It was a broken down Conestoga wagon replica that has seen better days. I hated to say goodbye to this thing, but instead of goodbye it was time for new. Let me show you how I re-created this by building my own DIY crate wagon.

Busted Up Wooden Wagon as Inspiration | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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DIY Rolling Laundry Cart ~ Step-by-Step Tutorial

What sane person doesn’t want extra storage in their house, right? I mean, the kind that looks good AND serves a purpose. I know I’m not the only one here tired of plastic bins and tubs scattered about. Check out this thrifted find. I spied it from a mile away because I LOVE BASKETS. This one is about to become a DIY rolling laundry cart. Stay with me now.

Thrifted Basket Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

At first glance, this is pretty and really nothing wrong with it except for the busted/missing leather hinge straps and general wear.

Broken Leather Hinges on Thrifted Basket | prodigalpieces.com

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Reclaimed Wood Turnings Before | prodigalpieces.com

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