Beanie Baby Shelf Repurposed Twice Over

It’s a new day and a new project on the way! When you’re at the thrift store to you ever spy something that seems to sit there for months and then you start to feel sorry for it? Sometimes I cave and buy it hoping to give it new life. That’s what happened when I kept seeing this beanie baby shelf.

Thrifted Beanie Baby Shelf Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Now, I will be honest…I can’t stand the beanie baby craze, so I apologize to all of you who love them. They are cute, but I could never fathom having dozens of them. I call them dust catchers. Okay, so there’s that. hahaha.

This is a well made shelf, but no one wanted it for obvious reasons. I decided to have fun with this and recreate it all together. Consider yourself warned that I tend to go overboard, like my entry storage unit I created HERE. This is where my stash comes into play.

Scrap Wood Board for Beanie Baby Shelf |

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

I found this wood board that only needed less than a quarter inch taken off the end to replace that “My Beanies” board. I chopped it with my miter saw and then took out the sign. In order to do that I used a nail punch and hammer to push the nails all the way through. I pull the nails out of the board once it’s removed and fill the holes in the beanie baby shelf with wood filler.

Nail Punch to Remove Nails |

My goal was to turn this shelf into as much of a functional piece as possible, so I decided to add some pegs to hang coffee mugs.

Cut Dowels for Coffee Mug Shelf |

I cut those from some dowel with my hack saw and sanded the ends. Then, I taped off my drill bit so I would be able to get the same depth on each hole. I drilled in at an angle with my drill so that the mugs would hang and not fall off.

Taped Drill Bit for Depth Gauge |

Once holes are drilled, I add wood glue to each hole and plug in the dowel. Done!

Then out comes my handy Kreg pocket hole jig and I add pocket screws to the board I with pegs in it and attach it to the shelf.

Kreg Pocket Hole Jig for Beanie Baby Shelf |

Attaching Pocket Hole Joint to Shelf |

Nothing like spray paint to make things new and here is the first part of my recreated beanie baby shelf.

Black Modern Farmhouse Shelf with Mug Rack by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Buh-bye beanies and hello farmhouse! {{happy dance}}

Thrifted Mug Rack Shelf by Prodigal Pieces |

Modern Farmhouse Shelf in Black with Mug Rack by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

I didn’t have the heart to burn the “My Beanies” board because it still was cool and someone took the time to route out those letters. So, what do I do? Go all out and build this. Ha!

Vintage Style Beanie Hat Coat Rack and Shelf by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Dapper Beanie Hat Hanger and Coat Rack Repurposed and Built by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

What a nut I am, right? I totally played around with this and created a coat rack (tutorial here) with a place to hang your beanies. My idea of a beanie collection are HATS. I do tend to hoard them and they may or may not be dust collectors. tee hee hee.

Larissa of Prodigal Pieces in Vintage Hat |

And yes, all this came from that teenie board I yanked off. I told you I would take it to the hilt. I laugh at myself. Though at the same time I think this is reminiscent of how God sees us, what we truly can be. He looks past the obvious and knows our hearts despite what others see. And He creates us to the hilt.

Vintage Style Typography Coat Rack Designed by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Beanie Hat Shelf Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Well, I hope you all enjoyed how a thrifted beanie baby shelf got me into a DIY challenge. There’s always a way to recreate your decor and it’s fun! If you love either of these creations, you can find them along with many other goodies in my shop. (SOLD)

Shop Prodigal Pieces |

I invite you to pin and share to inspire others to think past the obvious and have some fun. That’s what makes life worth living.

So cool! A thrifted beanie baby shelf got repurposed twice over! Check out these two builds by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Up next is Trash to Treasure Tuesday and these are my project pieces. Any guesses? Stay tuned and be sure to sign up for my newsletter. PLUS, you will get your FREE Furniture Buying Checklist and special discount to my shop. Until next time!

Thrifted Wooden Salad Bowls Before |

blog signature


More projects like my beanie baby shelf:

A curbside piano bench and music rest become a DIY Folding Lap Desk with Storage created by Larissa at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comCheck out this Repurposed Kitchen Island Cart all made from Repurposed Materials by Prodigal Pieces |

Previous Post Next Post


  • Kitty

    SO cute, so clever! You’re an inspiration

    December 7, 2017 at 8:28 am Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    So glad you showed that last picture of the hat shelf from the side. I couldn’t figure out from the small pictures what those tiny arrows were. They looked like chains. But I didn’t see how the black and white hat got under the chain. Clips! So great! Love both of these makeovers, Larissa! You’re a wonder!

    December 7, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply
    • Edna Paradis

      Ditto to Patty’s response. Love your imagination and thanks for sharing!

      December 7, 2017 at 10:58 am Reply
      • Larissa

        You all are making me blush. Thank you!

        December 7, 2017 at 2:41 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Clothespins for the win!! Thank you for the giggle, Patty. 😀

      December 7, 2017 at 2:40 pm Reply
  • Fran

    You are BEYOND creative! I LOVE these remakes!!! Whenever I see your email in my IN box, it is the first one I open. Thank you so very much for sharing your talents!

    December 7, 2017 at 10:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How absolutely awesome to hear. You truly made me smile. Thank you!!

      December 7, 2017 at 2:41 pm Reply
  • Robyn Wright

    Oh my goodness! I love them both! So clever and creative.

    December 7, 2017 at 11:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Happy dance!! I’m so excited to hear it. Thank you!

      December 7, 2017 at 2:41 pm Reply
  • Fonda Rush

    I pictured you changing up the shelf to put mason jars of dried beans!!! Love your shelf makeover. So sleek.

    December 7, 2017 at 11:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      bwahahaha!! That too! hilarious.

      December 7, 2017 at 2:41 pm Reply
  • Karen

    Larissa you are a genius. These are amazing!

    December 7, 2017 at 1:36 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Your sweet comment made my day. Thank you!!

      December 7, 2017 at 2:42 pm Reply
  • Bonnie

    As always it is a “wow” you totally amaze me. CONGRATULATIONS for the win,I was so hoping it would be you!

    December 7, 2017 at 4:59 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so happy to hear your Wow. Thank you, Bonnie! and thank you for the love on me for the win. So exciting!!

      December 8, 2017 at 5:54 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    Another fabulous makeover. Congrats on the win. I am so glad.

    December 7, 2017 at 5:11 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Debra! I still can’t believe I won. I’m so happy!

      December 8, 2017 at 5:55 am Reply
  • Angie

    I love this! Fabulous job repurposing into two items!!

    December 7, 2017 at 8:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! So fun to share and do. Thank you!

      December 8, 2017 at 5:55 am Reply
  • Darlene

    Larissa your imagination in repurposing items is a wonder. Congratulations on your win. You are so talented!

    December 8, 2017 at 7:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Darlene! I am so thankful I can create and share.

      December 8, 2017 at 9:31 pm Reply
  • Marie

    Going overboard is what we keep coming back here for – it’s what we love about you, Larissa! The Beanie rack couldn’t be more adorable – seriously girl!!!

    December 9, 2017 at 8:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      haha…yeah, baby!! Thank you, Marie. hugs!

      December 10, 2017 at 9:10 pm Reply
  • Marie

    Oh P.S. – I was doing the happy dance when I saw that you won the Zibra Brush contest! Woot Woot

    December 9, 2017 at 8:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Crazy cool, isn’t it?! Thanks!

      December 10, 2017 at 9:11 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    Larissa, Great makeovers! I love that you kept the “beanies” it just adds a nice dash of whimsy to the hat rack!!!!

    December 9, 2017 at 10:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Had to do something with it. Hooray!

      December 10, 2017 at 9:11 pm Reply
  • Kristina L Austin

    Oh my gosh these are so great! I love how you never stop coming up with new and unique items. Its no wonder you won the contest, congratulations!

    December 9, 2017 at 11:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Keep my brain happy, especially with cabin fever. haha! Thank you, Kristina!

      December 10, 2017 at 9:11 pm Reply
  • Carol Prygo

    Larissa, I love the projects, but even more I love the photo of you in the hat. You look great!!!!

    December 9, 2017 at 1:35 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Dapper in a men’s hat…mmm.mmm.mmm. Hee hee! Thank you, Carol.

      December 10, 2017 at 9:12 pm Reply
  • Judy

    Larissa, you are a creative genius and God has done us all a big favor!

    December 13, 2017 at 12:27 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for giving me the biggest virtual hug ever. 😀

      December 13, 2017 at 4:11 pm Reply
  • Susan

    Beautiful repurpose times 2 Larissa!! I love the black shelf. 🙂

    February 20, 2018 at 6:48 am Reply
    • Larissa

      wahoo!! I had such fun giving it a shot. Thanks!

      February 20, 2018 at 8:34 am Reply

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    You may also like

    This site utilizes cookies to offer you the best experience possible. more information

    The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.