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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 | prodigalpieces.com

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 | prodigalpieces.com

DIY TIME

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 | prodigalpieces.com

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 | prodiglapieces.com

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 | prodigalpieces.com

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

MORE FUN

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 | prodigalpieces.com

Attaching Pocket Hole Joint to Shelf | prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEAL

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 | prodigalpieces.com

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

Thrifted Mug Rack Shelf by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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

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 | prodiglapieces.com

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

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 | prodigalpieces.com

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 | prodigalpieces.com

Beanie Hat Shelf Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

UP NEXT

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)

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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 | prodigalpieces.com

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 | prodigalpieces.com

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Also, 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 | prodigalpieces.com

Comments

  1. Kitty says

    SO cute, so clever! You’re an inspiration

  2. Patty Soriano says

    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!

    • Edna Paradis says

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

    • Larissa says

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

  3. Fran says

    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!

    • Larissa says

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

  4. Robyn Wright says

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

  5. Fonda Rush says

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

  6. Bonnie says

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

    • Larissa says

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

    • Larissa says

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

  7. Angie says

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

  8. Darlene says

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

    • Larissa says

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

  9. Marie says

    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!!!

  10. Marie says

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

  11. Kaycee says

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

  12. Kristina L Austin says

    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!

    • Larissa says

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

  13. Carol Prygo says

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

    • Larissa says

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

  14. Judy says

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

    • Larissa says

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

  15. Susan says

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

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