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Broyhill Hutch Desk Refreshed with Removable Wallpaper

Do you have a bucket list? Ya know. A list that holds either coveted events, or places you’d like to go? In all the years I have been working on furniture, there are a few different types or styles of furniture that I haven’t had a chance to work on. Today, I’m taking one of them off my bucket list and showing with you how easily I refreshed this Broyhill hutch desk with my favorite sprayer and removable wallpaper. Yes, I did say removable.

Broyhill Hutch Desk Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You might be wondering why a hutch desk would be on my bucket list. Well, they are versatile, functional, and are typically kinda boring like this one. I wanted to take a sort of ugly duckling and make it shine. This one in particular caught my eye because it had nice form and was a Broyhill hutch desk, however, it was dated. Don’t you just love the pressed acorns? I half expected a squirrel to scamper by Read more

Antique Empire Chest Refreshed

It never seems to fail that when I enter a thrift store searching for item A, I come out with items B, C, D E, F….you get the idea. So, is the solution to just not look for item A? Nah. Too much fun to run through the alphabet. hee hee. Does that happen to you? I went in looking for a chair and this is what I came out with, amongst other items. Can you blame me? I had a 35% off coupon burning a hole in my pocket. eep! Yes, this antique empire chest was meant to be mine.

Antique Empire Chest Before Renewal by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

However, knowing my past experiences with chests like this, I did look inside and around before purchasing. Why? Because a deal isn’t always a deal when it ends up to be a hot mess and takes more work than it’s worth. Here’s my summation Read more

Vintage Tea Cart Refreshed

A couple posts ago I mentioned that I had been on the hunt for a chair to go with a desk, but somehow came home with much more. ahem. That’s what happens when you hit the thrift stores. We have a few locally and I’m ever so thankful. However, what ends up jumping in my truck? Not a chair that I needed. Oh no. An adorable vintage tea cart. tsk. Does this ever happen to you? (please say yes so I know I’m not alone, k?) This is perfect for today’s Furniture Fixer Uppers! You’ll see more in a minute and have a chance to WIN.

Vintage Tea Cart Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Can you blame me? I love tea carts and have had several in my possession over the years, but this one just won out as my favorite. Though to look at it you may think, meh.

Tea Set Storage on Vintage Tea Cart | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

It is made out of simple pine and has that super dark stain to hide the Read more

Distressed Dresser Farmhouse Makeover

Typically when I speak of a distressed dresser, you would think that I am referring to the effect I am using to create a finished product. In this instance, however, the term “distressed dresser” is referring to the state that this antique was in when it came into my possession. Pretty distressed, don’t you think?

Distressed Dresser Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*post is sponsored by Rustic Brands and contains affiliate links of products I love. (see full disclosure)

When the previous owners contacted me to see if I had any interest in it, I was eager to see what it looked like in person. The best part is that they knew something like this was right up my alley. This tired piece showcases snaggle-tooth veneer, missing trim and accents, mismatched knobs…

Dresser Face with Veneer Damage and Missing Parts | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

…and a whole lotta damage to the top. Read more

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 www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces…floors are beautifully finished.  Yippee!
Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom with Sunbleached Gray Floors by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #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 www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
*post contains affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too! (see full disclosure)
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 www.prodigalpieces.com #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 www.prodigalpieces.com #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 www.prodigalpieces.com #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 www.prodigalpieces.com #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 www.prodigalpieces.com #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 www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesHere’s  closer look of the hand-hewn effect.
DIY Faux Farmhouse Barn Beam Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #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 www.prodigalpieces.com #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 | prodigalpieces.com
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 www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesDIY Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom Reveal by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Boho Mid Century Modern Dresser

What’s a mom supposed to do when her kids ask to go to the thrift store? Take a deep breath and reply, “Sure, but you know, I just may find something there that I can’t leave and that means hauling it home, etc., etc.” They bat an eyelash, but I’m like…I want my storage space open just for a while! haha. Well, as I walked out to our vehicle I bid farewell to the open spaces and continued on my journey. Last week I showed you what I did with the farmhouse drop-leaf table I found that day. Today, I’m going to show you how a classic piece became a Boho Mid Century Modern dresser. Take a look…

Pair of Stacked Mid Century Modern Dressers by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

When I shared this pic on social media everyone thought it was the most awesome piece they had ever seen. I was actually only sharing how one who is crazy enough to have Read more

Thrifted Candelabras Meet Shabby Chic

You would think that after all these years that I have been doing trashure hunting and fleatiquing I would be used to finding a diamond in the rough, right? Maybe I should be sorta numb by now to coming upon a rare treat. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen and I still get a jolt when I see things like this set of thrifted candelabras while on an errand.

Set of Thrifted Candelabras Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Here’s the story as it played out. My kids and I walked into the store and I instantly saw this pair displayed on a table. They were in the middle of the store and I had to wait until some people moved out of the way to be able to get close to them. My brain is saying, “Please don’t see them, I saw them first!” Read more

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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Nervously I peeked around for the price tag – couldn’t Read more

Farmhouse Chic Dresser & Best Paint Brushes Ever

Do you know that old country tune by Gene Autry, “Back in the Saddle Again”? I told you when I work that music comes to mind. This ditty became my theme song as this is the first big project I’ve done since my shoulder injury. The challenge ahead of me was to take this damaged dresser and give it a new look to bring it back to life. This time I’m going with a farmhouse chic finish. Check it out…

Queen Anne Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This was another one of those cases where I purchased something sight unseen. ahem. I had the guy deliver this and another gem I have yet to show you, and I was a bit miffed when I looked close. I was told it was in “great shape and only had minor wear”.

Damaged Dresser Top | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*post sponsored by Zibra and does contain affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

Take a look at that back right corner – that’s a whole chunk missing! Not only that, but Read more

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