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Farmhouse Butter Churn Makeover

You might wonder what goes through my head while I’m perusing the thrift store. Well, you might think of Dory from Finding Nemo, but actually, I’m pretty picky. Let’s take a look at this vintage farmhouse butter churn that followed me home. tsk.

Vintage Farmhouse Butter Churn Before Makeover |

Well, apparently I am ever so drawn to butter churns. I already have two so what would one more hurt, right? Just roll with it, K? In my defense, one of my butter churns is a family heirloom.

Heirloom Antique Butter Churn owned by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #antique #home #homedecor

However, the other one isn’t an heirloom per say, but a thrifted find paired with a walking stick.

Antique Butter Churn with Walking Stick by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #antique #home #homedecor

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Both of those are of the crock variety, whereas this one is solid pine wood.


First, as you can imagine I was smitten with the shape of this churn. However, I was not impressed with how it was finished. Kinda cutesy with a whole lotta chunky brush strokes. So, I break out my sander and relieve this poor thing of it’s hot mess-ness bondage. tee hee.

Sanding Vintage Butter Churn | #prodigalpieces

What you’re looking at is a layer of primer and two heavy coats of paint. This seemed to take forever to get it down to raw wood, but here we are…

Pine Butter Churn |


I realize you can’t totally tell from pic that this looked too new when I bought it. The corners were square the wood has no flaws, especially after I sanded. To remedy that, I rounded corners over with my sander, and banged it up a bit with my tools. Why? It creates a story that I want to add to my home.

You can see how I used the same technique in my antique sign tutorial HERE or in the video below.

Then, once all that is done, I use a Hickory Gel Stain to create a base coat. If you think about it, most antiques have layers of love, whether it’s lacquers, paint, rust or just grime.

Staining Vintage Butter Churn with Hickory Gel Stain | prodigalpieces.comAs soon as that stain cures, I add color fun with a wash of paint, followed by aging with two different colored waxes.

Painting Vintage Churn with Teal Paint |


Here is my farmhouse butter churn all layered up and ready for a new life as an “antique”.

Farmhouse Style Decor with Rustic Antique Butter Churn by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #homedecor #antiqueTeal Blue Antique Butter Churn Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #vintage #antique #home #homedecor

This was fun! Did you notice the bands I added with wax? If you look at wooden antique butter churns, they almost all have either metal or wooden bands around them. Mine didn’t have that action going on, so I created the illusion.

Vintage Butter Churn with Teal Paint by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #antique #vintage #home #diy #homedecor

Rustic Farmhouse Butter Churn in Aqua Blue Paint by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #home #farmhouse #homedecor #blue

I have to ask, are you surprised at the difference between the before and the after? It was just a matter of starting over and creating a story with layers and wear. I hope you are feeling inspired.

If you’d like to add this farmhouse butter churn to your home, you can find it available in my online shop (SOLD) along with other finds and goodies.

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Teal Blue Antique Butter Churn by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #home #farmhouse #homedecor #diy #vintage

Also, do pin and share my farmhouse butter churn makeover. I know there are many more fun rescues just waiting at the thrift store.

Farmhouse butter churn makeover from cutesy country to rustic chic. Come see how to create your own home story with Larissa at Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #homedecor

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10 replies on “Farmhouse Butter Churn Makeover”

Hi Larissa
I have followed you for awhile but watched your tutorial on making that cool Mercentile sign just now. You are a great teacher and make it look easy! I am going to try one of my own.

You are so lucky to find the coolest items to make over.
Love that butter churn. Great job on it’s make-over.

Wow, it really does have that authentic timeworn look, like it’s been around for many many years. Love it! Pinned it!

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