Thrifty Farmhouse Decor ~ Budget Style Decorating

Who doesn’t like to have a good score at the thrift store? If you’re not raising your hand…ummm…I can honestly say that we are not kin. hee hee hee. Seriously though, take a look at what I got in this stash in one trip. A clock, a caddy, a wood thingy (I actually know what it is, do you?), and a large empty framed wall decor. I want to show you how I turned them into some thrifty farmhouse decor. Let’s get our DIY on!

Assortments of Thrift Store Finds | Prodigal Pieces |

When I go thrifting, I’m always on the lookout for these outdated wooden pieces because they offer much potential. Since I am not a box store junkie for my home decor, I like to make it my own by personal touches and updates, or even finding a new purpose for it which, I believe, causes intrigue in my decor.

First, let’s start with that little wood napkin caddy. Isn’t it cute? It is raw wood and my first thought was to simply stain it.

Thrifted Wood Caddy Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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First, I cut a piece of wood to turn the inside into four segmented sections. Since my kids have long used a large plastic cup for their colored pencils, it was high time this mama did something cute. That cup was always flipping over dumping the contents – no fun. Plus, they always bickered about finding the right color. No more, I tell ya.

I have shared before how easy it can be to update these raw wood pieces and give them an entire new look with stain in this post. My choice of stain for this caddy was Provincial, the same color I used to update my barn beam mantle. Once the stain was dry, I used this Andy Skinner stencil that I previously used on our patio table to give it some whimsy. How much more fun is this new look?

Coloring Pencil Caddy DIY by Prodigal Pieces |

My kids love it (and so does this organized mama). They can carry the pencils easily, see the colors they want, and it had made my life easier for our homeschooling times. whew!

Top View of Coloring Pencil Caddy from Thrifted Finds by Prodigal Pieces |

DIY Art Caddy by Prodigal Pieces |


Next, onto that wood thingy I so intelligently described above. Do you know what it is? If you look closely, you will see a handle on the front as it is sitting. Inside are 3 large holes on the back side. Any guesses? It is a handmade apple picker. You would scoop up apples with it by running it on the ground and then filtering them out through the holes into your bucket. So cool!

I thought it would make a quirky wall pocket since I don’t have an orchard. sigh…bummer. All it needed were some sawtooth hangers added to the back (which I might add can be removed to make use of this cool tool at any point in the future).

Adding Saw Tooth Hangers to make Wall Decor by Prodigal Pieces |

Voila! It is not a rustic wall pocket, complete with cup hangers after I added a couple of hooks.

Apple Picker Repurposed into a Wall Pocket by Prodigal Pieces |

I love it! It could hold magazines in a bathroom, use it in the laundry…just so many possibilities.

Inside Repurposed Apple Picker Wall Pocket by Prodigal Pieces |

Repurposed Apple Picker Turned Wall Pocket Decor by Prodigal Pieces |


Next up, that large wall decor I found was missing the original contents, so it basically was an empty frame with backing. If you know me, I love to make DIY chalkboards, so that was a no-brainer for me. tee hee hee. But first, I wanted to brighten up that frame. I chose to use one of my favorite brushes, the 1″ square brush (sold in my shop because they’re awesome!). It is perfect for frames and cabinetry.

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Painting Thrifted Frame | Prodigal Pieces |

I used DecoArt Chalky Paint in Vintage for the base coat, and then did a wash of a yellow and white. For the backing, I cut a piece of hardboard and then painted it a couple coats of flat black. (no expensive chalkboard paint needed)

Painting Hardboard to Make DIY Chalkboard | Prodigal Pieces |

Once all is dried, it’s ready to go to add to my thrifty farmhouse decor arsenal. Fun!

Thrifted Frame Repurposed into Rustic Chalkboard by Prodigal Pieces |

Closeup of Thrifted Chalkboard by Prodigal Pieces |

What a great piece to have in most any room. You can use it as a chalkboard or as a backdrop to make lovely wall decor.


Last, but not least is the clock. It was actually given to me by a friend who knows I love to repurpose. It was also the same day I found these other items. To me that clock face was ugly, so I took it all apart and designed my own. I actually think this is a woodshop class project because Ashley Smith signed her name to it. Ashley rocked it! So cool.

Thrifted Mantel Clock Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

TIP: If you’re looking to design a clock face for whatever purpose, you can find a ready-made printable selection of clock faces here.

To get the look I wanted for my thrifty farmhouse decor, I first used my handy HomeRight pop-up spray shelter and Chalked Spray Paint in Aged Gray to give it a few coats. If you don’t have one of these tents, you seriously need to treat yourself. I LOVE IT! See how much I’ve used in these DIY posts.

Spray Painting Thrifted Clock in HomeRight Spray Shelter by Prodigal Pieces |

After the paint cured, I added a bit of dimension with some waxes and put it back together. What a difference, eh?

Farmhouse Style Mantel Clock from Thrifted Find by Prodigal Pieces |

Farmhouse Mantel with Mantel Clock Makeover | Prodigal Pieces |

If you’re not into DIY or simply love my projects, all but the pencil caddy can be found in my shop. Yay! (SOLD)

Well, now you’ve seen four makeovers in one post. I truly hope that encourages you to head out and start a project of your home. Making our house a home doesn’t have to break the bank. It can be fun to make things new with a little bit of DIY.

Do pin and share to inspire others to make their own thrifty farmhouse decor too!

Make Your House a Home with Thrifty Farmhouse Decor as shown by Prodigal Pieces |

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Up next, I will be giving this broken down dresser a face-lift like you’ve never seen before. SEE THE AFTER HERE.

Kroehler Mid Century Dresser in disrepair | Prodigal Pieces |

Until next time!

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More of my thrifty farmhouse decor tutorials:

Old Farmhouse Tools Repurposed as Rustic Decor by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comFarmhouse Style Repurposed Bread Box turned Charging Station by Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Patty Soriano

    Larissa, you’ve been busy ! Great makeovers! I see in the clock picture that you are drying rose bouquets…. what do you do with them ? I always dry the roses my husband buys me, but really dont know what to do with them afterward. Ideas ?

    February 21, 2017 at 9:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I use them just as is, pretty hanging on my mantel. But also make dried flower wreaths.

      February 21, 2017 at 11:47 am Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    Lots of fun projects Larissa. I love t he way you redid the clock face with the added dimension on the inside.

    February 21, 2017 at 10:18 am Reply
  • Tami Toppen

    Very nice Larrissa!

    February 21, 2017 at 11:39 am Reply
  • Carol Prygo

    Larissa, I have one of your “wood thingys”, but mine is a cranberry picker. There are no big holes on the back of it like there are on yours. I’ve had mine for probably 35 years…….

    February 21, 2017 at 10:27 pm Reply
  • Becky

    Nice haul! Nice upgrades too!! : ) That apple picker is so cool and turned out even better than I was imagining! Well done!

    February 22, 2017 at 12:32 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m happy to hear it, Becky. Thank you!

      February 22, 2017 at 8:59 pm Reply
  • Marie|The Interior Frugalista

    Wow, nice haul, Larissa! I love how you transformed all of these pieces but I especially was swooning over that adorable clock. Pinned.

    February 23, 2017 at 1:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I was like…I better leave now before I come home with too much! ahahaha…thanks, Marie!

      February 23, 2017 at 7:55 pm Reply
  • Cricket

    You are the bomb! Love seeing your before & afters…inspires me. 🙂 Hubsy is retiring shortly and I’m a disabled homemaker so these ideas on how to repurpose old things & make lovely new things for our wee-little-farmhouse-to-be are such a blessing! <3

    January 19, 2018 at 8:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun are you?! 😀 Thank you so much. Sounds like you two will have fun – I wish you the best!

      January 20, 2018 at 4:56 am Reply

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