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Farmhouse Chic Cabinet ~ Get the Look DIY Style

Sometimes you fall in love with a design style and it may seem out of reach, but it isn’t. One of the popular trends right now is modern farmhouse chic. Crisp lines with touch of rustic. Today is Furniture Fixer Upper day and I’m excited to share with you an simple update that turned this outdated piece into a farmhouse chic cabinet. Be sure to read through to see what my blogger friends have created for you too.

Wooden Cabinet Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

I choose this cabinet because I had a custom request for a client for a piece to fit in a kinda awkward spot in their home. They had limited space and didn’t want it to be too tall, but also have drawers so their children could place their things in it.

Inside of Wooden Cabinet for Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

So, you can imagine how delighted I was when I just started shopping and found this one that fit, but also had enough drawers. SCORE!!

There was a bit of visual wear to the bottom front inlays and minor imperfections here and there. Otherwise, we are good to go.

Damaged Inlay on Cabinet |

The inside of the drawers weren’t exactly pretty, but a simple solution will fix that as well.

Waffle Board inside Cabinet |

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This original color scheme didn’t match the client’s current decor, so first order of business was to use my sander and take off the finish on the inlay. Here is a side-by-side comparison after sanding one down.

Sanded Cabinet Doors |

Next step is to stain the inlays with a new color. In trying to match the client’s current pieces in their home, I used Early American (see on these pieces) and then a second coat of Provincial (seen HERE) to get a rich color. My favorite Zibra brushes help me get a nice smooth application.

Zibra Brush and RustOleum Stains for Farmhouse Chic Look |


Once the stain cured, it was time to paint the rest. I am not kidding when I say the right brush can make all the difference in the world. I am a confessed brush snob that I detail in this post, but ever since finding Zibra brushes I am sold out. When working on details, I like to avoid using tape and feel a steady hand works better. This square brush allows me to zip around the inlay I just finished easy-peasy.

Square Zibra Paint Brush for Straight Lines by Prodigal Pieces |

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When I got to the point of working on the drawers, I used my Stubby brush to make quick work of it. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I’m using the color Bleached Linen by Behr – the same color used in these projects. I love it!

Painting Drawers inside Farmhouse Chic Cabinet |

Next up is the hardware. It was a dull brassy color, but I chose to take it up a notch with some flat black spray paint by RustOleum. That’s some good stuff, right there.

Spray Painting Cabinet Hardware by Prodigal Pieces |

Last, but not least, to cover up those waffle board drawers. I typically use a wallpaper to do this job. However, because I wanted a bit of an industrial feel to this farmhouse chic cabinet makeover, I used this awesome Con-Tact Paper in Brushed Copper. Let me just say I love anything copper and my mind is reeling with the possibilities of this stuff!! More projects coming soon…promise. tee hee hee.

Brushed Copper Con-Tact Paper for Farmhouse Chic Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |


After that, we’re all done and ready for the new owner. Here’s what she had to say, “Oh my GOODNESS!!!! I ADORE IT LARISSA!!!! Ekkkkk……Thank you so very much!” That made me giggle. Thank you, Karen!

Cabinet Makeover with a Farmhouse Chic Twist by Prodigal Pieces |

I must say, I love the refreshed new look and that the inlay was given a deeper tone.

Farmhouse Chic Cabinet with Details on How to get the Look by Prodigal Pieces |

Industrial Farmhouse Chic Vignette by Prodigal Pieces |

My favorite part is the inside where I added some whimsy for her kids using my Old World Numbers stencil. I’ve used it with much success in these makeovers.

Apothecary Style Farmhouse Chic Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces |

And then the fun coppery good drawers. mmmm….

Copper Lined Cabinet Drawers | Prodigal Pieces |

Updated Cabinet with a Modern Farmhouse Flair by Prodigal Pieces |


This was a fun farmhouse chic cabinet makeover that I hope you enjoyed too. My goal is to inspire you to give DIY a try. Getting the look you want may just mean a little more elbow grease, but it’s fun and certainly affordable. And…to help you do that I’m partnering with Zibra to give away one of these awesome boxed brush sets. {{applause}}

Prize Package of Zibra Paint Brushes by Prodigal Pieces |

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I’d love it if you would pin a share this project to inspire others. Plus, I also invite you to check out all the fun projects available at the Zibra Blog. Be inspired!

Get the Modern Farmhouse Chic Look with these Simple Steps Outlined by Prodigal Pieces |

Up next, I have more projects and fun for you like this empire chest. Head here to see 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!

Vintage Empire Chest Before Renewal by Prodigal Pieces |

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181 replies on “Farmhouse Chic Cabinet ~ Get the Look DIY Style”

I agree that the right brush makes all the difference. I was wondering how sanding the inlay would turn out, but it worked, thanks for the tip.

Thanks, Jane! I am very picky on my brushes and was hesitant to switch, but when I did I was sold on them enough to carry them in my shop. Believe me, I surprised myself! 😀

I don’t do Facebook so unable to ‘like’ or comment but did go and do a visit. I absolutely loved that one dresser that was trimmed in gold; absolutely beautiful. So many beautiful make-over pieces but that gray dresser trimmed out in gold I believe was my favorite.

I keep waiting for you to create something I don’t love – but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Beautiful, as usual.

I am SO GLAD you didn’t paint the pretty burled doors! THe cabinet looks great. You finished the inside wonderfully and I love the copper paper lining. I love your posts! You inspire me.

Another job well done, Larissa. I am always impressed with your choice of paint colors, when to leave wood as wood and what you do to the insides of drawers and cabinets. Brilliant!!

I just bought some brushes from you and can’t wait to use them, but would sure love to win some more!! I love working on furniture!

I love how this turned out! One question, how did you handle the separation in the inlay? Wood filler?

Beautiful! I love all of your projects with the number stencils. Also incorporating some copper accents in my home. Thanks for the brushed copper Con-Tac paper idea!!

I didn’t know about copper paper. I like the inlaid next to the paint too. Visited Zibra and now pinning site.

I’ve pinned this beautiful chest! I don’t know if I could have painted this. I grew up with parents who refinished antiques and I just love the look of old wood. But painted pieces are growing on me ! Thank you for a chance at these brushes, Larissa.

Thanks for pinning! This was purchased from either a Target or something and was nothing special. If you know me, I don’t paint wood that has value or would be devalued by painting. I keep good wood when I can. This particular piece was all up to the client and she liked the inlay so we kept it. I’m glad she did!

I adore the detailed veneer and was glad to see you didn’t paint over it. What a beautiful, useful piece!

Yay, a giveaway I can enter – I’ve been wanting those brushes since you started promoting them (finger’s crossed). Another gorgeous makeover, Larissa! I love the new stain color on the inlays and the numbered surprises waiting inside. Did you say, copper tack paper! Yes please. Pinned 🙂

I try! 😀 I know you would love them, Marie. I was hooked after I gave them a try and that’s saying something because I am SUPER picky. Thanks for the love!

I love this “do over”! I especially love the copper contact paper that you put in those cute drawers. I didn’t know they made such a thing. (I have to get out more often) I am going to have to find some place to use that pretty stuff! I was also wondering how you fixed the separation of the wood in the inlaid? I wouldn’t have any idea how to do that and make it look good. Thanks for sharing and thank for the giveaway!

Thanks, Renee. I actually chose to leave it as it wasn’t going anywhere and the stain hid that flaw. win-win! You would love the copper and they also make a stainless steel paper too. Fun!

Wow! I love this makeover! Your attention to the little details, or “extras,” really make your pieces shine. Love the numbers, the re-loved insets on front, the copper drawer liners, not to mention the new color!

I love the copper drawer liner! I have never seen that before but it looks excellent. Thanks for sharing that with us.

Pinned it! Hope I win! I have some projects coming up that I’d love these brushes for! ? Love your stuff!

What a perfect piece for your client! I love that you kept the inlay in the wood tone… So fresh and pretty now! Of course the numbers on the inside might be my favorite. ?

This is a beautiful piece and the contrast of the paint and the stain is beautiful. Love the copper-lined drawers. Can understand why the owner was thrilled with the finished product!

Every time I see things that are numbered I think to myself, “I really love that, and need to try it one day!”, and one day soon, I will finally get to it! You always do such a beautiful job with your work! ❤️

Once again, you blow me away! I would have likely walked by that piece thinking it was a kinda dated style. Amazing job!

Beautiful! This inspires me to try this on a vintage piece I have with a similar finish. Love the Zibra brushes. Used one recently to paint the insides of my kitchen cabinets. Was very pleased with it.
Beautiful job, as always!

I pinned to my painted furniture board. Going to check out the paint brushes. I’ve been using cling on or purdy but always looking for something else!

Sweet! I use to use Purdy when I couldn’t find another, but felt they were heavy and held paint too much…hard to explain. I’d love for you to try these too.

LOVE the look of that contact paper!! As usual, the re-do is beautiful. The drawers inside of the cabinet are so unique!!! Nice # touches!!!

Larissa I love all of your work, it is so interesting to see what design you come up with. The brushes look wonderful to use. Keep up the good work, love seeing your posts.

Love the copper, love that you always share such great ideas and love the opportunity to perhaps try out a few new brushes. I recently herniated a disc in my neck and I’m having some trouble controlling my brushes and you speak so highly of this line, so it would be fun to try them out….there’s NO substitute for a good brush!!

Thanks! Got your extra entry. Kitchen cabinets are not my fave for sure as I was trained on them ages ago, but…they do look so nice when done right. 🙂

Larissa, the final result of that piece was beautiful! I so love the copper inside the drawers! This project gave me a wonderful option with my husband’s antique bedroom suite in our guest room. It has that “chevron” type inlays and I didn’t want to paint over them, but the rest of the wood is rough. Thanks so much for sharing!

I love all your ideas and thank you so much for sharing your tips for making all these projects so great. Also love how you interact with each commenter.

Another winner, Larissa and the interior is an unexpected extra bonus (also pinned for future reference).

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