Repurposed Side Table into Farmhouse Decor

What do I love more than creating with cast-off finds? Working with my kids! Today I am delighted to say that my youngest son, Mr. O, and I not only grabbed this table off of the curb, but that we did as a mother-son team. woot! Follow along as we show you how this repurposed side table became farmhouse decor.

Curbside Table Before | Falling Apart | Prodigal Pieces |

Here how the story goes…we live in Ohio and love to be outdoors, but the winters can be long. However, come early spring it’s still cold, but we do get a random warm day (by warm I mean above 30 degrees). So, when one of those days popped up, we did our family walk around the neighborhood, which also happened to be the day before trash pick up. Now I can bet you know where this is going. tee hee hee.

When we turned the block while I was chatting to my husband, I gasped. I whispered, “There’s spindles!”. JC asked me what I was talking about. I told him to look (while pointing to a neighbors trash). He told me it was a piece of junk. I responded, “But those spindles…” Gotta love me, right?!

We kept on walking and the next morning, when JC headed for work, ahem, I told Mr. O that he should come with me to grab this #trashure potential. He was an eager beaver! It had been awhile since we had worked on something together. You can see his past projects here.

I hopped out of our truck and put it in the back and we quickly headed home. Once home, I brought it out and set it on the driveway. There it be.

Broken Side Table for Repurposed Home Decor |

I looked at him and he looked at me. I said, “Well, whatcha think?”. He instantly started telling me ideas and I told him that first we needed to take it apart and assess the damage. So, here we are with are potential parts.

Disassembled Side Table for Upcycling |

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There really wasn’t a piece we couldn’t use, just a matter of figuring out the right purpose. We sat, picked up, turned over, and analyzed each piece discussing our game plan. The excitement began to build and we couldn’t wait to get started. Because we were working with particle board and solid wood, we had to choose wisely.

Since we had to work in phases on each, I will share as we went with our repurposed side table, and then show it all to you at the end. I hope you don’t get lost. haha. First, we started with the table top. It had pre-drilled holes, so Mr. O finished the holes all the way through with my drill.

Boy Drilling DIY Tray |

We also measured, marked, and drilled for a couple of handles. Once the holes were drilled, we grabbed a set of wooden knobs from my stash and put them on the bottom. To make it unified, he used a soft white paint. Oh, and if you haven’t guessed yet, we’re turning the top into a footed serving tray.

Kid Painting with Natural, Non-Toxic Dixie Belle Paints |

And of course, what’s a big brother supposed to do when little sister wants to join in the fun too?

Kids Painting Repurposed Tray with Dixie Belle Natural Paints |

He’s so awesome, isn’t he?

Okay, so we put two coats of the paint on, letting cure for an hour or so in between. Then, we both decided to add a little fun. Stencils for the win!!

Stenciling Tray with Waverly Stencil and Dixie Belle Natural Chalk Mineral Paint |

I must say that this was the first time I had used Dixie Belle paints for stenciling and I was in LOVE! It went on so well, without any runs (which is why I prefer to hand paint rather than stencil). I couldn’t believe it! Mr. O even had a run with it and I couldn’t believe it came out perfectly for him too. Happy dance! You can see this Waverly stencil and how I used it on a dresser in this post.

When the stenciling was dry, we did a topcoat of Gator Hide for a long-lasting and durable finish. We’ll show you the end result in a minute. Hang with us!

Now for the next project…this time, we took the bottom shelf from our repurposed side table. I had JC run it through our table saw to rip off the damaged particle board. Then, Mr. O and I went shopping through my stash to get these gems.

Repurposed Side Table Parts for DIY Reclaimed Shelf by Prodigal Pieces |

We have the table shelf cut up, a piece of reclaimed wood, two corbels, and two pegs. If you can envision and coat/towel rack with shelf, you’re good. haha. It didn’t take much to get this put together, but we did have to spray paint the pieces with our favorite Heirloom white in satin.

Then all Mr. O had to do was help me assemble it and we’re good to go.

Boy Using Drill to Make Reclaimed Wood Shelf |

Again, we’ll show you in a minute…hang with us!

Next up were the long spindle legs. We both got excited when the idea hit to make a ladder. Again, my awesome #trashure stash comes into play as we pulled out some of my broken garden trellis and cut it up to make a repurposed ladder.

Building Reclaimed Ladder with Cast-off Parts by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Last, but not least were those little spindle legs. These threw me for a bit because I had so many ideas AND I wanted it to be doable for Mr. O.

Scrap Spindles Before Upcycling |

We settled on a simple creation that kinda looked like a ladder, but we had more plans for it. We added some scrap wood and I used my favorite flat gray primer to make it all gel. After that I added some fun. This was my favorite paint for my repurposed changing table cart HERE.

Flat Gray Spray Paint ~ Automotive Primer ~ for Farmhouse Decor |

Well, we just took you on a whirlwind tour of four repurposed side table projects. Are you ready to see them all done? We are!!

See if you can find them below…

Farmhouse Style Living Room Filled with Repurposed Home Decor by Larissa & Son of Prodigal Pieces |

Front and center we have our footed serving tray. Mr. O said this was his favorite project of the bunch, and I think it’s easy to see why.

Farmhouse Footed Serving Tray Created by Larissa & Son of Prodigal Pieces |

He worked hard on it and it shows. Plus, he loves the idea of being able to take it into any room of the home and put it to use. Isn’t the stenciling fun?

Repurposed Farmhouse Serving Tray Centerpiece by Larissa & Son of Prodigal Pieces |

Then, if you look past the tray, you can see the reclaimed ladder we built.

Repurposed Farmhouse Home Decor from curbside #trashure finds by Larissa & Son of Prodigal Pieces |

It can be hung or left leaning on the wall to showcase vintage goodness. I like to display my doilies, or towels, or drying herbs. Or, how about hung over a table for funky lighting… you get the idea. So many uses!

Reclaimed Farmhouse Ladder Made from Upcycled Parts by Prodigal Pieces |

Next, if you look up above that is our cute farmhouse decor. All made from the left over from the spindle feet of the repurposed side table.

Home Sweet Home Farmhouse Sign / Wall Decor by Larissa & Son of Prodigal Pieces |

After painting it in gray, we added a piece of hardboard and then some burlap signs on the awesome laminated burlap that makes it easy for sticking in your printer. I love that stuff and we think this came out so cute. Don’t you?

Repurposed Farmhouse Burlap Wall Art with "Home Sweet Home" Text by Larissa & Son of Prodigal Pieces |

Last, but not least, is our reclaimed shelf. Ta da!

Reclaimed Wood Shelf with His and Hers Typography on Barn Wood by Larissa & Son of Prodigal Pieces |

Mr. O wanted to add some fun typography to the reclaimed barn wood. I asked him to pick from a few phrases and this is what he decided on. Yours truly hand-painted the text on and Mr. O. approved. ♥

Farmhouse Coat Towel Rack with Shelf by Prodigal Pieces |

His and Hers Towel Rack with Reclaimed Barn Wood by Prodigal Pieces |

Mr. O and I sincerely hope we have inspired you to not only check out your trash on your daily walks (hee hee!), but to see past the obvious brokenness we can so easily see. It’s much like how God sees us compared to how maybe we view ourselves. Or, how we think others view us.

Rustic Farmhouse Decor Made from Repurposed Trash by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

There is nothing but love from our Lord. We just have to choose to see the potential.

Vintage Locker Basket for Farmhouse Decor by Prodigal Pieces |

Much to our delight, some of these items are still available for purchase from my shop (SOLD). Mr. O worked can’t wait to see where his creations end up. It’s a built-in geography lesson (says the homeschooling mama).

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Up next, Mr. O’s older sister is going to be showing you how she gave this vintage Art Deco waterfall dresser a complete new look. See what it looks like now HERE.

Vintage Waterfall Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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More Mr. O projects like this repurposed side table:

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  • Christina in SW FL

    Good morning! Wow, Larissa, Mr. O and little sister did a great job recreating treasures from this trashure. 🙂

    April 12, 2018 at 6:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Morning! Thank you. To be honest, Mr. O and I did the work, whereas little sis only painted a foot. (he would want me to say so…hahaha)

      April 12, 2018 at 6:34 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    I have a similar table that is clean and ready to be painted. Now I want to do what you did. All of the projects came out great

    April 12, 2018 at 6:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Can’t wait to see what you do with it. 😀

      April 12, 2018 at 6:55 am Reply
  • Martha E Felgar

    It is so nice to see you setting a good example of “hard work”, which is really the basis of a good family relationship and contentment for young ones. Good for you…………and your children.

    April 12, 2018 at 7:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Martha.

      April 12, 2018 at 7:42 am Reply
  • Raylene DeSanto

    Larissa, your projects always amaze me! You are so talented and I love how you are passing on your creativity and values to your children from a young age. God bless you!

    April 12, 2018 at 7:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I have the best apprentices and they make it fun to share what I’m passionate about. Thank you for the smile. 😀

      April 12, 2018 at 7:42 am Reply
  • Cecilia

    Good job, Mr. O! Larissa, I love how you’re teaching your children, not only how to reuse things, but to think outside the box as well. My favorite piece would have to be the small spindle project. Love it! The tray is a close second though.

    April 12, 2018 at 8:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      He says, Thanks!! It’s all I can do to keep him busy. He just love creating on a daily basis. Wonder where he gets it from… hahaha…

      April 12, 2018 at 10:17 am Reply
  • Edna

    I have seen you paint words on screen and burlap; what paint do you use? Brushes? And do you spray something after to keep it safe while cleaning?

    April 12, 2018 at 10:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      These are printable burlap sheets I just use in my printer. You can use a matte spray poly if you feel you need to.

      April 12, 2018 at 10:29 am Reply
  • Kimberly

    What a great job and a great lesson in repurposing. Incidentally, I also found one of these little tables in the trash and when I saw it all I could see was SPINDLES!!

    April 12, 2018 at 10:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How funny!! So cool that you found one too. Must be a thing… 🙂

      April 12, 2018 at 6:07 pm Reply
  • Marie

    Sitting here in awe. If only your neighbor could see how far their little table went instead of the trash. The multiple lessons you are teaching Mr. O and the others is priceless, Larissa. Looking forward to seeing the waterfall dresser makeover next week.

    April 12, 2018 at 2:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      We had such fun!! This was fantastic for both of us. Thanks so much for the love, Marie.

      April 12, 2018 at 6:07 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Larissa this is so resourceful of Mr. O. I cannot believe he came up with three different project. You are doing good mama!!

    April 12, 2018 at 8:44 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    What a fantastic job Mr. O did on all 4 projects! I really liked the stenciled tray. The help from his little Sister was just the sweetest!

    April 12, 2018 at 8:48 pm Reply
  • April

    Love how everything turned out, you guys did a great job! My favorite is the ladder♥

    April 12, 2018 at 8:50 pm Reply
  • Bonnie

    Such a great job on all four projects, I don’t know which I like best. Tell Mr O he is doing a awesome job. I started taking my youngens to yard sales when they were in their carriers lol. Women would look at me and say boy you must really love yard sales. What a great job you are at setting so many examples for your kids. We need more Moms like you!

    April 13, 2018 at 12:23 am Reply
  • Susan

    How I wish we had just A trash day. Our small city (150K during school year) doesn’t do trash pickup, so everyone contracts individually with a trash company. So there is no single trash day. They are all on different day and husband gets a little cranky if I take his truck out trolling for curbside finds 🙂 But sometimes I can find something. I stopped in a snowstorm the other day and picked up two metal dining room chairs. They are black metal…for now. Probably be painted white and cushions definitely be recovered. My husband has promised to make me a dining table…probably a drop leaf style (cramped, weird) kitchen/breakfast area. He is an artisan cabinetmaker so maybe I can finally get a couple of pieces from him.

    April 13, 2018 at 2:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Oooh… I hope you get one. Sounds like you scored good and it is so fun to find those prizes that give back in so many ways. First, you get the benefit of someone leaving something behind, you are saving it from the landfill, and are putting it back into use. Win-Win

      April 13, 2018 at 5:21 am Reply

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