Farmhouse Nail Barrel Stool

Oh 80’s…you know I love you for the trip down memory lane, but your country blue, hearts, and little gooseys too, all have to go. tee hee! Doesn’t this thrifted gem take you back to BIG hair, stone washed jeans, and even fluorescent everything? Check out how this thrifted country gem gets updated to a farmhouse nail barrel stool.

1980's Goose Nail Barrel Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

If you’re just joining me on my Operation 80’s fun utilizing this pile o’ thrifted goodness, you don’t want to miss it. First take a peek at my last post on the country blue benches – it’s a must see.

1980's Thrift Store Finds for Makeover Fun by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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Today’s project is all about those geese and getting them gone. I mean, they are cute, even my littlest girl thinks so too, but…not my style.

What to do? Break out the CitriStrip. {{fist pump}}

Using CitriStrip to Remove Old Finish and Paint |

This stuff works amazing to remove finishes quickly. Simply brush it on heavily and leave it for a few hours, even overnight. In order to prevent it from drying out, I wrap it in a plastic wrap during the time it’s doing its work.

Cellophane Wrapped Barrel with Citristrip |

After a few hours I gave it a check to see if it was ready to go. I peel back the plastic in batches so the rest doesn’t dry out while I work.

Stripping Farmhouse Nail Barrel |

The old finish and paint come off nicely and we’re on our merry way, goose free. Yay! I let the farmhouse nail barrel dry a bit before wiping it down with a bit of mineral spirits to remove more goo. After that, I grab my sander and take the rest of the finish off.

Sanding Nail Barrel |

With the sanding done, I decided to add a bit of rustic, industrial flair with my stencils. I’ve used them in past projects before and find them so handy. The Old World Numbers and Andy Skinner – Industrial Elements stencils work for many styles.

DecoArt Stencils for Farmhouse Decor by Prodigal Pieces |

For a finishing touch, I replaced the upholstery with a gray ticking. I also, rubbed the wood down with hemp oil to protect and give the wood longevity. Here it is all ready to go and relieved of it’s 80’s aura.

Rustic Farmhouse DIY Decor with Nail Barrel Stool with Gray Ticking Upholstery by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade

Stamped Antique Farmhouse Nail Barrel by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

By removing the finish (as well as the silly geese) it now has a rustic appeal that I adore. Did you know this is how nails were transported in days gone by? That is the reason I chose to use the stencils add that authentic touch I love.

Industrial Style Nail Barrel Stool for Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

While the barrels wouldn’t have had a cute upholstered seat on top, they did have a stenciled wooden lid that would have described what’s inside. You can find the lids and even the stencils in flea markets, on eBay, and such. So fun!

My farmhouse nail barrel got new gray ticking upholstery and is ready to go.

Gray Farmhouse Ticking Upholstery for Nail Barrel Stool by Prodigal Pieces |

Seeing it tucked in next to my pew along with my grandmother’s crocks and washboard makes takes me back. Do you ever decorate with a story?

Grandmother's Antique Washboard as Farmhouse Home Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

I think it makes this piece more functional making it perfect to stash winter gear, dog treats, toilet paper…you get the idea. You can find this barrel along with all my other created decor in my shop. (SOLD)

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Antique Farmhouse Nail Barrel Stool with Ticking Stripe Upholstery by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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Up next, last but not least, is this sewing basket. Any guesses as to the outcome? See the after HERE.

Vintage Sewing Basket Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Claudine

    The barrel looks AMAZING! Who would guess what it looked like before? lol I love that wood and the stencils are perfect. The ticking is a great choice for the padding too. Beautiful!

    September 4, 2018 at 6:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yahoo! So glad the geese were removable (by force..haha) and that you enjoy my vision. Thank you, Claudine.

      September 4, 2018 at 6:42 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    Bye, bye geese. The barrel looks so much fresher and more up to date. Great job.

    September 4, 2018 at 7:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! They just had to go, go, GO! 😀 Thank you, Debra.

      September 4, 2018 at 11:21 am Reply
  • Tracey Hiebert

    I’m loving this series! I remember those geese and the country blue! 🤣 what a transformation! Can’t wait to see the sewing basket! (It does make me wonder about some of the “trends” now and what our grandchildren will think of them! 🤣) Have a good day Larissa! 💗

    September 4, 2018 at 7:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      So, so fun for me to do this. I’m having a blast! I’m excited to show you too. So true, Tracey! I think about it all the time. 😀

      September 4, 2018 at 11:22 am Reply
  • Della

    Wow you nailed it again!

    September 4, 2018 at 8:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      with a nail barrel! hahaha!! Thank you for the giggle, Della. 😀

      September 4, 2018 at 11:22 am Reply
  • Debra Wise

    It’s such a beauty now that the geese are gone. Another great transformation! Especially love the ticking. Great job Larissa!

    September 4, 2018 at 8:59 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Just had to give it new life. I have many of those myself and sell them in my shop. I love the rustic vibe they have and so useful too.

      September 4, 2018 at 11:23 am Reply
  • Becky

    Whew, that barrel is SO happy to finally unload its geese! : )

    September 4, 2018 at 9:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      tee hee! You know it had to happen. Fun!

      September 4, 2018 at 11:23 am Reply
  • Tess Stephenson

    So much better. I love citistrip. Also 0000 steel wool is great for getting the last of it off and makes the finish so smooth. Thanks for the plastic wrap tip. Also love the benches! You are one talented, inspiring woman!

    September 4, 2018 at 11:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I used the steel wool on this and also the tables my husband and I just built yesterday. Works wonders!

      September 4, 2018 at 11:24 am Reply
  • Kim Banko

    Wow! I love this transformation so much Larissa! What a great find, and yes, many of the pieces I have in my home tell a story 🙂

    December 20, 2018 at 6:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m delighted to hear it, Kim. Thank you for stopping over and showing love. I bet your home is full of wonderful stories.

      December 20, 2018 at 6:20 am Reply

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