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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 as I was taking these pics. hee hee hee.

Brohill Hutch Desk Top with Acorn Design | prodigalpieces.com

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The fact that it’s made by Broyhill means it would be made well, however it’s still made of fabricated and real wood materials. This is the kind of stuff that many of us have in our home and aren’t sure what to do with it. So, this was my subject for my makeover. Time to give it new life!

First, I grab my tub of wood filler and not only fill all those acorns on the hutch and drawers, but also the pull holes. Those are going buh-bye too.

Applying wood filler to Broyhill hutch desk | prodigalpieces.com

While the wood filler is curing, I use my staple puller (talk about handy!) to remove the back of the hutch. I’ll get back to what I’m going to do with that in a bit.

Arrow Staple Puller for Removing Hutch Backing | prodigalpieces.com

Once all the wood filler has cured, I take it down smooth with my sander and then added a different wood applique to give the hutch a whole new feel. It’s easy-peasy with my favorite nailer and wood glue.

Nailing Wood Applique onto Broyhill Hutch Desk for Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The rest of the hutch and desk get a light sanding and now I’m ready to have a blast…literally! This is when all the fun really starts with my HomeRight Finish Max paint sprayer and Spray Shelter.

Broyhill hutch desk gets makeover with HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer and Tent by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Since this set has a whole lotta slick surfaces with the veneer, I chose to use Gripper primer. That stuff will make your paint stick and last much longer than without it.

HomeRight Finish Max with Gripper Primer for Hutch Desk | prodigalpieces.com

With my surfaces prepped and ready to go, I just load up my Finish Max and give it a nice even coat of primer.

Spraying Broyhill Hutch Desk with Gripper Primer and HomeRight Finish Max by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You can also see how I’ve used the Finish Max in all these posts. Once the primer has cured, I give the hutch desk two coats of Dove White – one of my favorite colors I’ve used throughout my home. While the paint is curing between and after coats, I also give a chair I found at a barn sale a couple coats of primer and paint. That’s what’s so nice about this sprayer, I can switch from job to job and create the finish I’m after.

When I’m done, I just hook it up to my Rapid Clean Kit and cleanup is done faster than you can blink. I love it.

Cleaning the HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer with the Rapid Clean Kit by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Since there’s some wait-time for the paint to cure, that’s the best time to take tackle the hutch backing. One of the best inventions ever in recent years is peel-n-stick removable wallpaper. We used it in our boys’ bedroom a few years ago and absolutely love how easy it is to hang and reposition if need be. Yes, no paste, no water, no worries!

For this project, I chose this awesome reclaimed wood paper to add some color and texture to the desk. The best part is that if I ever want to change it up, I just peel it off and go on my merry way. Isn’t it awesome?!

NuWallpaper Removable Wallpaper for Home and Home Decor. Use by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Since my hutch backing is a faux wood panel, I wanted to give the paper a bit of tooth to stick to with my sander. I don’t think I really had to since it sticks to walls perfectly, but old habits are hard to break. tsk. Better to be safe than sorry, right?

Sanding Hutch Desk Backing | prodigalpieces.com

To apply the paper, I just did a dry fit and cut to length. Peeled back the top edge of the paper to line up and gently pulled the backing off as I worked down. I didn’t have any major issues with bubbles and I was so pleased with how easy it was. Plus it only took two sheets side-by-side.

Then, to stick the backing back on the hutch top, I just laid it face down and stapled the backing on with my stapler. (another favorite tool and why my motto has always been #toolsoverjewels)

Stapling Desk Backing with Ryobi AirStrike Stapler by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

And we’re done!

Vintage Broyhill Hutch Desk Refreshed with Paint and Paper by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Hutch Desk Refreshed with Wall Pops! Removable Wallpaper and Paint by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What a huge difference the simple steps I made gave this vintage Broyhill hutch desk. It has such a refreshed feeling by using my HomeRight sprayer. The pop of color from the new pulls and the added chair make the set complete. You can see how that green color has been used in these posts HERE. The woodsy acorns are gone and the desk has a whole new vibe. It was easy to do with the right tools and fun too! I couldn’t be happier with the finish.

Add a pop of color with paint, pulls, and paper to your outdated furniture. Details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Outdated desk made new with a little DIY. Come see how easy it can be at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

For an added touch I even gave the drawers a coat of Manatee Gray like I did my farmhouse blanket chest and entertainment armoire.

Painted Drawers of Vintage Hutch Desk by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Many have asked about this paper and I think it has endless uses. Think of all the accent walls you could create. Or how about for a person who rents or has a shop, or stages furniture (ME) this is PERFECT. There are other woods, bricks, prints…so many to choose from. See here on Amazon.

Top of Hutch with Wallpaper Closeup | prodigalpieces.com

Wallpaper Hutch Desk Top with Wall Pops! Removable Wallpaper by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You can purchase this Broyhill hutch desk and more in my online shop. We ship most anywhere and the best part is more than one furniture item can ship for the same cost.

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Vintage desk refreshed with Paint, Pulls, and Paper by Prodigal Pieces. The right tools make the job a breeze. Come see at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Oh my! This worn-out looking Broyhill hutch desk has never looked so good. See how easy it can be to update a dated piece with the help of Larissa at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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More makeovers with wallpaper like my Broyhill hutch desk:

Transform an Outdated China Cabinet with Wallpaper by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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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

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

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

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

Shabby Chic Details

It’s been a while since I’ve done my own furniture makeover since I just recently helped my son and both of my daughters with their furniture makeovers. It’s not like I haven’t been busy or anything. tsk. One piece that I have finished for a custom order is this Art Deco chest of drawers that has gotten a shabby chic detailing. Yup, it’s not a BEEP, but very similar to my Dumpster Diva.

Art Deco Chest of Drawers Before Shabby Chic Details | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This lovely piece came from a client, Ruby, who allowed me to share the story of her chest of drawers. Back in 1954, Ruby’s parents bought the entire set for her. It had weathered a small flood, and this is the remaining piece left. She used it in her parent’s house until she married, and then her mother continued to use it until her death in 1991. So, in reality, it has been hers for 61 years. Ruby has decided to give it new life to suit her shabby chic love. How fun is that?!

The chest is in great shape, but has a few cosmetic problems, as well as some structural issues – all totally repairable with Read more

Art Deco Chest with a French Twist

Do you ever make a vow or promise to yourself and then for some reason decide to break it? sigh… I just did and I always ask myself…”Why did I do that??” Enter in this Art Deco chest…

My vow was this: to never, EVER, under any circumstances will I buy another piece of furniture to work on THAT IS PAINTED.

Look at what I bought (yes, actually paid for) off of Craigslist.

Blue Art Deco Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Isn’t it cute? You know I’m a sucker for these waterfall pieces, especially since the first vanity I did had me hooked. I only spent a bit for this Art Deco chest. However, keep in mind, free and cheap mean work. nuff said.

Many on Instagram saw this and said, “I like the blue!” So do I (cause you know I’m all about blue), but someone else painted this and there are flaws. For instance, the top of the chest has cracked veneer underneath, the paint job was so-so, and more was wrong like the broken casters, etc.

Damaged Veneer on Vintage Art Deco Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Otherwise though, this is a solid piece with not only dove-tailed drawer face joints, but also those dove tails at the back.

Antique Drawer Dove Tails on Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*affiliate links are included in this post so you can find the products I love too! (see full disclosure)

They just don’t make them like this anymore – which is why I had a regression in my vow. Do you blame me? These are the sort of things that make my heart go pitter-pat.

Sooo…I started out using my sander to see how those veneer cracks would hold up. Low and behold what I figured would happen did. Read more

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