Cottage Style Home Decor on a Budget

In my last post, I began a fun adventure to show you what I would do with this curbside haul. My journey began with the antique pie crust table and today I’m tackling that 80’s hunting scene shelf. My goal is to show you how to take something that may not fit your decor and make it new. Join me as I transform that shelf into cottage style home decor.

Curbside Haul with First Project Done - More to Come at Prodigal Pieces |

Now, let me just say that I love dogs and animals, but this blast from the past with wallpaper border as art just isn’t my thing. I had some of you ask to save it for you, but that wasn’t possible to get out without tearing it up.

1980's Hunting Scene Shelf Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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Onward we go! Since I removed that artwork, I needed to replace the back. However, before I did that I wanted to brighten up the entire project. First, I filled in all the holes with wood filler and then sanded with my sander. Then, I used the Flat White on the shelf itself. Meanwhile, I cut a piece of beadboard and painted it with the Vintage Teal.

Blue & White Rustoleum Spray Paint for Cottage Style Home Decor |

Before I attached the beadboard backing, I gave it a whitewash of paint using my Fan Brush.

Whitewashing Blue Beadboard for Faux Wood Effect by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Then, while the paint was still wet, I use my Faux Wood Graining Tool to create the wood effect.

Creating a Faux Wood Grain Effect with a Wood Graining Tool by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

You can see how I did it on this Winne the Pooh play table in this post or in the video below.

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Last, time to assemble the shelf. Assembly is easy with my nailer. Just tack it on and we’re done.

Nailing Bead Board with Ryobi Nailer by Prodigal Pieces |


From woodsy 1980’s to cottage style home decor…yay!

DIY Cottage Style Coat Rack from Thrifted Find by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #cottagestyle #vintage

Whitewashed Aqua Wood Shelf with Faux Graining Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #handmade #cottagestyle #homedecor

The new color is a much needed refresh. Adding the bead board gave it texture, but my favorite is the faux wood. That really makes it pop, don’t you think?

Beach Style Towel Coat Rack for your Home Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #homedecor #beach

Cottage Style Beach Shelf with Coat or Towel Rack by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #cottagestyle #beach #diy

My second #trashure makeover is done and now available in my shop along with other goodies for you. (SOLD)

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Do pin and share this example of how to create your own cottage style home decor. There are many looking for inspiration on how to makeover their dated decor too.

Create your own cottage style home decor using thrifted finds with a makeover. | DIY details by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #handmade #vintage #cottagestyle #coastal

Up next, my #trashure curbside haul makeovers will continue with the chest of drawers my husband thought I should have left there. tsk. I’ll show him. tee hee. Take a peek HERE.

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More cottage style home decor inspiration for you:

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  • Judy Burnside

    Larissa, I love the new look of the shelf – it went from hunter-man-cave family room to cheerful summer cottage! Thanks for continuing to inspire me. Have a blessed week and Happy Mother’s Day!

    May 9, 2019 at 7:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! You got what I was after, Judy. Thanks and Happy Mother’s Day to you too!

      May 9, 2019 at 1:48 pm Reply
  • Amy Knickerbocker

    Larissa — Just curious, how do you know when to paint with actual paint and when to spray paint. I have gone back and forth as well but was not sure if there was a rule of thumb you used to guide yourself.

    May 9, 2019 at 7:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Mostly for ease in most instances. This wouldn’t have been so fun to paint with a brush. But often its if I want to avoid strokes too.

      May 9, 2019 at 1:49 pm Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    Wow! LOVE that pop of color! What a complete change! you know….I don’t know why but I didn’t think spray paint was for wood. Weird, huh? This looks wonderful, Larissa. As always, what you touch turns beautiful! Have a blessed Mother’s Day!

    May 9, 2019 at 8:48 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! I’m so glad you like my color scheme, Patty. Thank you! Right back at ya. Happy Mother’s Day!

      May 9, 2019 at 1:49 pm Reply
  • Becky

    Very fresh and cute now! I really like your “wood”graining vs. just whitewashing!
    I really like Christy of Confessions’ “working through a haul” series, so I’m excited to see you doing it too! There’s something motivational about seeing someone else FINISH something. Maybe I should start blogging my projects so I finish more too, haha! I can’t wait to see your next project!

    May 9, 2019 at 9:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are too funny. Yes, I’ve been doing haul makeovers for all my years, but this one is the biggest by far. haha! Christy is a good friend of mine and does amazing work.

      May 9, 2019 at 1:51 pm Reply
  • Kimberly

    What an amazing difference! It looks so fresh, and I love the faux wood grain. Happy Mothers’ Day!

    May 9, 2019 at 10:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! Thank you so much. 😀

      May 9, 2019 at 2:01 pm Reply
  • Cheryl Atkinson

    Larissa, another winner! Everyone is using the wood grain tool these days. Maybe I will try it when i come across something to try it on. You did a wonderful job with yours. I was going to order your nail gun but i have a question, maybe 2. Is your battery operated? The link takes me to one that doesn’t come with a battery. I do not want one that you have to use air. Drop me a line.

    May 9, 2019 at 11:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! They sure are fun to have tools. This nailer is battery-operated and the link has it as just the tool, but you can get a battery and charger separately. I have a pneumatic one too and this Ryobi one is far better, and easier to use.

      May 9, 2019 at 2:02 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    What a beautiful new look! Of course, I love the color you used and the graining tool made the bead board awesome!!

    May 9, 2019 at 2:59 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      A treat to hear, Kaycee. Thank you for that. It makes it not only fun to keep this kind thing out of the trash, but also share my passion with others.

      May 9, 2019 at 4:03 pm Reply
  • Mary

    You know I just love that blue you painted it. And while the dogs were cute blue is better in this case!

    May 9, 2019 at 5:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Blue lovers unite! 😀

      May 9, 2019 at 6:34 pm Reply
  • Kimberly Taylor

    Hi Larissa! Beautiful! This is so cute and fresh! Great work, as always. Happy Mother’s Day to you! 🙂

    May 9, 2019 at 8:49 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hi Kimberly! Thank you so much. Happy Mother’s Day to you too!

      May 9, 2019 at 9:05 pm Reply
  • Sue Pagels

    I love the beadboard and love that paint – it’s my favorite go to! Plus the color is fantastic too!

    May 15, 2019 at 1:07 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Smart gal you are. Woot! 😀

      May 15, 2019 at 2:12 pm Reply

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