Farmhouse Kitchen Storage Cubby

Gotta love it when friends and family enjoy what you do and even encourage you in your love of #trashure. haha. I mean that. Who else do I know that receives someone else’s junk and gets to play with it? It’s a challenge I welcome, even though at times I want to turn it down because of stash overload. In the case of this shelf below, I felt sorry for it. My dad brought it to me and I just had to give it a shot. Let me show you how I rebuilt it into farmhouse kitchen storage.

Rustic Shelf Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

When he first showed it to me my first thought was, “hot mess”. Even the look on his face told me he thought the same. He had saved it from one of his rental properties and I’m proud of him for bringing it to me instead of burning it. I’ve always said if it’s made of wood, it can be saved.

Funny thing is that when he handed it to me it wobbled like jelly in my hands. You could tell it was handmade, full of flaws, but…I saw potential. My first order of business was to take this puppy apart. It seriously only took one knock of my hammer to make it crumble.

Tearing Handmade Shelf Apart |

I had to be careful because it had nails sticking out everywhere since I’m assuming the previous owners just nailed it to the wall. Looked as though when they painted their wall they just painted around it too.

Here it is in pieces and ready for a new lease on life. My goal was to not only make this a more sturdy assemblage, but for the farmhouse kitchen storage I was after I wanted a new design.

Disassembled Shelf Ready for New Look |

I kept that top arched piece to save for a later project. Without anything attached, here’s what I had in mind. Instead of the wonky layout the original shelf had to that they could nail pieces together, I wanted a more squared up shape.

Dry Fit Farmhouse Kitchen Storage Shelf |

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In order to do that I needed to whip out one of my favorite tools, the Kreg Pocket Hole Jig. You can build anything with this thing! It allows you to create tight joints in a snap. See my other posts making use of it over HERE. If you want to see my full tool arsenal, head HERE. Remember my motto: #toolsoverjewels!

Kreg Pocket Hole Jig to Build Anything |

I took each shelf board and gave it pocket joints on each end making sure to offset them so when I assembled the boards the screws wouldn’t run into each other.

Pocket Holes Offset for Joining |

Once all the shelves were prepped, I whipped out my wood filler and went to town. I think I used half a tub! haha! Do you see the joints I created?

Assembled Storage Shelf Before Finish |

The next step was to sand it all with my sander and get it ready for paint. Bring on the fun times! The main shelf got a fresh white coat in a semi-gloss spray paint that made a world of difference instantaneously.

For a bit of charm, I chose to add a piece of beadboard I had in my stash to the back. You can’t go wrong with beadboard, right? {{high five}} Since the shelf was white, I wanted a bit of contrast, so I chose a dark gray paint and applied it with my favorite Fan Brush. That brush works awesome to hit all those grooves. Then, I attached it with my AirStrike stapler in snap.

Painting Beadboard with Zibra Fan Brush |

At this point, my busy bee self got into a fun sprint of adding bits here and there. Ready to see this farmhouse kitchen storage made new? Check it out…

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Storage Cubby from a Thrifted Find by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Storage Cubby with Plenty of Space to Store your Essentials by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

You can see I added some Shaker pegs to hang mugs, towels, etc, and a few pieces of wood with apothecary pulls. I also created a peg rack to display daily grind essentials.

Modern Farmhouse Mug Rack Storage Cubby by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Copper Kitchen Bakeware Displayed in Farmhouse Storage Cubby by Prodigal Pieces |

Can you tell I had fun with this? I spent a whole lotta time on it, but just goes to show you can make your house your home without a big budget, just some DIY spirit.

Rustic Chic Modern Farmhouse Style Kitchen with DIY Storage Cubby by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Apothecary Bin Labels on Farmhouse Storage Cubby by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

If you’d like to own this cubby, you can find it available in my shop, (SOLD) along with the option to add the measuring cups and spoons, the salt & pepper shakers, and dry goods glass storage.

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DIY Farmhouse Storage Cubby for Kitchen, Bath, Laundry and More |

Do pin and share this farmhouse kitchen storage cubby to inspire others to take on the disheveled and make it new. DIY decor is fun!

Wow! This tired looking shelf was transformed into fantastic farmhouse kitchen storage with a little elbow grease. See the DIY details at Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #homedecor #farmhouse #diy #shopping #handmade

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Up next this thrifted magazine holder gets a new lease on life. It’s a cutie of a makeover you’ll want to see. Head HERE to see.

Vintage Magazine Rack Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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More projects like this farmhouse kitchen storage cubby:

From curbside underbed drawers to a rustic farmhouse workbench for kitchen or console. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces loves taking trash and turning it into #trashure . Come see the DIY details at #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furniture #homedecor #shoppingWhat a difference! This vintage upholstered bench needed some TLC and is now refreshed with simple steps. See the details at Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Claudine

    This cubby is SO cute! And the measuring cups and spoons and those shakers are to die for – what a great set up! 🙂

    July 3, 2018 at 7:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re my kinda gal, Claudine! woot!

      July 3, 2018 at 11:42 am Reply
  • Laura Overholt

    Great job, as always. ❤️

    July 3, 2018 at 7:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Laura. I had fun giving it the “hilt” makeover. haha!

      July 3, 2018 at 11:43 am Reply
  • Cate

    I really like this, Larissa! You did a great job and it’s really cute–and purposeful!

    July 3, 2018 at 8:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I love a good challenge. And I have more on the way!

      July 3, 2018 at 11:43 am Reply
  • Debra Wise

    So much better than before. You totally transformed it to a special piece. Love it!

    July 3, 2018 at 10:04 am Reply
    • Larissa

      What fun I had taking it on. Woot! Thanks, Debra!

      July 3, 2018 at 11:43 am Reply
  • Sue Pagels

    Your vision always amazes me! I am fairly good at it, but no where near as good as you are!!

    July 3, 2018 at 10:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I be you rock the DIY, Sue! Thanks for that smile. 😀

      July 3, 2018 at 11:44 am Reply
  • MaryOConnell

    What a visionary you truly are, Larissa! I am trying my hand at crafting, but I must say, you have a flair beyond compare!! So happy for your success, and may God continue to bless you and your family.

    July 3, 2018 at 11:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You just made my day, Mary! Thank you so much. I went overboard on this one because it was fun! 😀

      July 3, 2018 at 12:18 pm Reply
  • Kimberly

    Wow, I would never have dreamed that “hot mess” could have been so attractive in the end.

    July 3, 2018 at 11:51 am Reply
  • Christy James

    I just love how you reimagined this sad piece, Larissa! I think the addition of the wood pieces with the apothecary pulls is my absolute favorite! No wonder it sold so quickly! XO

    July 3, 2018 at 5:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You know I had to give it a DIY try! haha. Thanks, Christy! He gave some other goodies that are worse. eeeww!

      July 3, 2018 at 9:52 pm Reply
  • Jeanette

    My gracious! Is there anything you can’t do?!?! This is so pretty! I love the stained wood pieces with the white! And those pulls…. Perfect touch!

    July 3, 2018 at 9:53 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You made me blush, girl! Thank you so much for the vote of confidence, Jeanette. 😀

      July 3, 2018 at 10:02 pm Reply
  • Jauquetta

    You not only saved it, you gave it pride again! Love it when this happens. It always give me such a thrill to find things and then save them. Great job. Love how you staged it, too.

    July 4, 2018 at 1:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! Thank you. I had someone tell me they would have left it as is. I had to giggle. 😉

      July 4, 2018 at 5:48 am Reply
  • Janice Sexton

    As ALWAYS, your creativity and skills amaze me. Everything you touch turns into beautiful!

    July 4, 2018 at 8:35 am Reply
  • Naomi S.

    That little shelf is awesome, Larissa! So cute. I wondered looking at it hung on your wall though if you had set it into the wall, like between the studs. It seems like it doesn’t stick out from the wall enough just to be hung on the wall. My eyes might be deceiving me, but let me know so I don’t think I’m crazy!

    July 4, 2018 at 10:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! It was hung with keyhole hardware that is flush. Not a built-in. hee hee. 🙂

      July 5, 2018 at 7:50 am Reply
  • Susan Homeroad Stevenson

    Oh my goodness this came out amazing Larissa! I love what you did with it in your beautiful kitchen! I don’t own one of those pocket tool kits… yet! I think I need one!

    January 6, 2019 at 10:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so awesome to take a minute to see. Thank you! We are so glad to be done and in the middle of our family room remodel now.

      January 6, 2019 at 7:18 pm Reply

    You certainly “nailed” this one. The cow creamer brought back found memories of one my mother had that had belonged to her grandmother.

    January 6, 2019 at 11:57 pm Reply
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