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Upcycled Bookcase Farmers Market

The times that I find most exhilarating is when I have an idea and can’t wait to get it complete. Do you ever do that? I mean, in this instance, I was inspired on first glance of this little cutie at a thrift store. What it would become for sure didn’t hit until I got it home, but there was no doubt in my mind that it would become something new. Yes, I’m quirky, but you’ll understand when you see what I do with my upcycled bookcase. Let the fun begin!

Thrifted Bookcase Before Makeover |

You may be wondering what I see in this thing, but really, it’s all about function. I adore pieces that can go in most any room. In spite of the wear, this one is made solid enough, but just needs some TLC.

Thrift Store Bookcase Side Before Makeover |

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Not only was the back was flimsy, but it also had a large hole drilled into it (probably for a cord to fit through). In addition, the paint job was seriously lacking. Plus, there were drips and runs all over.

No worries, right? My first order of business in this upcycled bookcase makeover is to remove the back with my handy-dandy hammer. That was stress reliever! haha! After that, I used a substantial amount of wood filler to fill all the scratches, dents, and nail holes. Once cured, my sander came out to play and help me finish it all up.

Since I removed the backing the stability of the bookcase was faltering. However, that is easily fixed by adding some back braces that would serve a dual purpose. I cut a couple of 1″x 4″ boards with my miter saw, and then added some pocket hole joints on each end with my Kreg Jig. My sweet helper decided she could attach them for me with my drill. Love it!

Daughter Helping Attach Bookcase Braces |

For the front, I cut a few small strips to build it up for what I’m going to add next. In addition, my nailer made this a super easy job to do.

Nailing Bookcase Trim with Ryobi Nailer |

Here is the start of my upcycled bookcase with the back braces and front pieces added.

Upcycled Bookcase with Back Supports Added |

Assembled Upcycled Bookcase Ready for Paint |

Now the bookcase is sturdy and just needs a bit more wood filler and sanding and it’s ready for paint. Woot!

So… I surveyed your guys’ thoughts on social media what I should name this color and without a doubt the top picked named was Avocado. I don’t think I’m going to name it that (although I eat avocado almost daily), but it sure was a hoot to hear all your responses. Thanks for the input!

Soft Green Enamel Paint for Upcycled Bookcase by Prodigal Pieces |

Isn’t this a pretty color? It’s an alkyd enamel in a gloss finish that I knew would be prefect for my project. Because this kind of paint can be a horror to apply with a brush, I chose to use my HomeRight Super Finish Max Extra Paint Sprayer along with my Medium Spray Shelter. I love this tool combo!

This is how the shelter starts out…small and easy to store…

Collapsed HomeRight Medium Spray Shelter ~ Easy Storage |

…the BAM!! It pops up in seconds. Yahoo!!

HomeRight Medium Spray Shelter and Super Finish Max Extra Paint Sprayer used by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

You can see how I’ve used the sprayer in previous posts HERE, and my demos of the spray shelter in these posts. PLUS, I have the build plans to make your own furniture Lazy Susan over HERE. It makes painting a piece go faster and no fuss in your finish.

For this upcycled bookcase, I’m using my black nozzle and blue tip. (the sprayer comes with two nozzles and three different tips so you can change it up easy-peasy). See my YouTube video demo below.

Using HomeRight Super Finish Max and Medium Spray Shelter to Spray Paint a Thrifted Bookcase | Prodigal Pieces |

When using your sprayer, feel free to practice on a piece of scrap or cardboard. To get a gorgeous, finish, be sure to use your shoulder, not your wrist, to move the sprayer evenly. Also, begin spraying before you hit your project with spray and continue off. This will help prevent and runs and drips and give you even coats.

Next, let your coat cure. I let my first coat cure for about 6 hours. *this is an enamel and takes much longer than latex, milk, or chalk paint, but oh so durable. Once it was cured, I added another coat and let cure again. Here it is after two coats of paint. Looking good!

Upcycled Bookcase with Two Coats of Paint using HomeRight Super Finish Max Extra Paint Sprayer by Prodigal Pieces |

While my layers were curing, I set about to work on the rest of my exciting idea. You see, I wanted to create a miniature farmer’s market for a pretend play set. Making kid toys and dolls is easily one of my favorite things to do. Just so happens I have 6 kids in my gaggle that love to receive said gifts. Happy mama + happy kids = FUN!

Here is their farmer’s market I made for them ages ago with cardboard and still going strong. You can see my post about it and what goodies lie behind that fun setup in this post HERE.

Handmade Cardboard Snack Stand and Farmer's Market by Prodigal Pieces |

Since they already have this one, I am making this one just for the sheer fun of it. I dug into my wood stash and created this stack of mini crates. Aren’t they cute?

Stack of mini crates for pretend play farmers market |

All they needed were some rope handles added. Likewise, that was made simple with my drill and this drawer pull jig.

Kreg Drawer Pull Jig Makes Adding Drawer Pulls a Breeze |

In addition to woodworking, my other favorite pastime is sewing. My other stash afforded me these fun gingham fabrics. I’m not kidding…it pays to have a stash! Some of this would become an awning, tablecloth, and…

Red, Blue, and Green Gingham Fabrics |

…an adorable apron perfect for a little farmer’s market munchkin.

Handmade Child's Gingham Apron by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Finally, after working on all these fun parts of my bookcase evolution, it’s finally time to show you. Ta da!

Absolutely adorable miniature pretend play farmer's market made from upcycled bookcase by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Handmade Toy Farmer's Market with Embroider Market Bags, Felted Wool Food, and Imaginative Fun! | by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Embroidered Kids Pretend Play Farmer's Market Bags by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Can you tell I had a blast?! My little market features six crates, a removable tablecloth, embroidered market bags, and even a fold-away shop sign. The awning is removable and sets up easily too. My colorful little bunting is made from felted wool scraps I have from all my past creations. Every part of this stand was made from something I had in my stash. I was SO STOKED!

Top View of Handmade Farmer's Market by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

And, I have to mention this cutie pie in the red gingham apron. She helped and her sibs encouraged me the whole way and were even game to help me stage it. They are my biggest fans! Often I remind her she’s not allowed to get bigger. In spite of my efforts, I don’t think she’s listening. sniff…

Absolutely adorable red gingham apron for kids | Handmade by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Kids Pretend Play is so fun in this Upcycled Bookcase Farmer's Market made by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

I wasn’t kidding when I said I LOVE to do this! Pretend play is an amazing thing to do as a child and encourages such awesome life skills. And, you know I have fun playing too. tsk.

Pretend Play Garden with Strawberries by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Pretend Play Strawberries made from Felted Merino Wool by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

In case you think I’m completely nuts, I didn’t make all these food items just for this project. haha! These are the food items that I made for my kids years ago for their market and helped me through a difficult time. Stitch therapy is wonderful.

However, if you’d like to find some of these food items for your own kids, there are so many crafty folks with handmade goodies here in these shops.

Pretend Play Farmer's Market made by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Selection of Pretend Play Fruits & Vegetables created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Kids Farmer's Market Stand with Market Bags, Crates, and Mini Aron by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Since my kids already have a larger market of their own, this fun farmer’s market is available for purchase in my shop. (SOLD) Someone is going to be getting a sweet combo of market bags, market, and apron. Purchase food items HERE.

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DIY Pretend Farmer's Market for Kids handmade by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

Adorable Handmade Kids Pretend Farmer's Market Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Pretend Play Market Stand Built by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Now, it’s time for some BIG kids fun! HomeRight and I are all about empowering you to give DIY a try. We’re giving away a Super Finish Max Extra Paint Sprayer AND a Medium Spray Shelter. {{happy dance}}

Easy entry – just fill out as many entries as you like in the widget below. And, You can add more entries daily, if you like. Open to U.S. and Canada residents 18 year of age or older. Winner will be notified via email, and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Be sure to check your spam!

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I had a blast (literally) sharing this with you today. My goal was to inspire you to see beyond the obvious and have some fun while you’re at it. Thanks for joining me in my DIY adventure!

Do pin and share this upcycled bookcase farmer’s market to inspire others too.

Say whaat?! This upcycled bookcase was turned into an adorable pretend play farmer's market stand. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces shared the DIY details on her blog | #prodigalpieces #kids #toys #handmade #home #homedecor #furniture #diy

Up next, these seriously sad set of canisters is about to be reprieved. Can we maybe say Pinterest fail? hee hee. See their after HERE.

Thrifted Kitchen Canisters Before Makeover |

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128 replies on “Upcycled Bookcase Farmers Market”

Your project is adorable. You always have such great ideas.

I’d use the set on my front door and shutters which are in desperate need of repainting. I also want to refinish my kitchen cabinets….eventually.

You are a blessing to your readers Larissa. You have the BEST ideas for repurposing of any blog i read. Thank you for sharing your talents.

What a cute and adorable makeover.
I just picked up an old computer cabinet unit of which I would use the set on it.
Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity

Love it! The handmade fruit is Adorable! A medium spray tent would be fantastic – I’d spray paint a set of dining chairs.

I was totally not expecting that…so darn cute! Love all the little vegetables you made for this project! Oh and that little sign you attached, precious! Very nice use of what could have sat in that thrift store for who knows how long. And those strawberries!!!

I have long watched your blog and just marveled at your creativity and talent AND you make all your projects look so easy! The HomeRight sprayer is simply a must-have and would LOVE to have one, not to mention the shelter as well. Thank you for all you do!

Oh Larissa, so many projects and just not enough time in my day to do them all. This is such a cute idea which I too am sure I have everything I need to do it in my stash! One day, one day.

You really had a vision, because I totally did not see a Farmers Market in that bookcase! I love how the berries “grow” , harvest, market. What a great lesson (and fun!) for little ones!

I love it!! My mom made most all our toys growing up and i did the same when my babies were little.they’re teenagers and still love my homemade gifts best

What a fun toy! I love your ‘out of the box’ ideas! The whole scenario is just adorable. I’m looking for the time (and courage) to paint a dresser and desk.

I love your line about telling your little one she has to stop growing now, I tell my grandsons the same thing but they are not listening either lol!

Ok…that is insanely adorable!!!!! The awning, swing sign, bunting!!! So cute! If my daughter were younger, I would totally want this for her!!!! And I know the veggie garden next to it isn’t part, but that is awesome!!!! Love how the strawberries come off the vine too! You are so super creative!

Larissa, this is so completely adorable! When I was a little kid, my grandfather built me a kitchen set, and it was one of my favorite things to play “house” in for a very long time. I’m sure this will make a child happy for many years!

How super cute is this?! My grandkids love to pretend and play with food. I love to watch them use their imagination and this produce stand will bring lots of fun to some little ones! I would love to win that sprayer for some paint projects that I have planned.

So cute. You are so creative. I’d love a paint tent. I’m working on a snowman for Christmas and wish I had it right now, as it is windy here and no way can I paint anything! I’d love to win this giveaway.

I love your project, so adorable. My granddaughters would absolutely love it! I have a couple of bedframes to paint, they have curves and since I want them to have a “professional” finish, I know a paint sprayer would help me do the job right! Thank you for the giveaway!

That farmers market is just the cutest idea! I love your cutie pie assistants too! Your children are so adorable and are surely going to follow in their mama’s footsteps. God has blessed you with so much vision and talent. The produce you sewed is unbelievable! I have table and chairs (and some other projects) that I want to paint. Would love to have the sprayer and shelter to make painting easier. Thanks for the giveaway!

SO sweet! Love this for playtime! A good friend in Australia also makes pretend food to sell online, and I always find she comes up with such fun ideas ! Just like you! Love the green…. I voted “pistachio.” 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway, Larissa! I’ll keep trying until I win one. I have a table that needs to be painted !

The little market vendor is adorable! Does she come with the market? Just kidding! Lol Your vision is so creative and I would not have thought to make this bookcase into this cute market. I’ve never used a sprayer. I’ve been intimidated of cleaning the paint out of it when I’m finished. But I love the finish a sprayer can do. The spray tent is a genius idea! I’ve seen you use it before in your posts and always think, wow, such a great idea! Thank you for your posts! I don’t know how you get everything done. You’re Wonder Woman!

The farmers market that you made is so adorable and I bet it is really satisfying to see your kids love something you made for them. I love making stuff for my kids and and grand kids. It makes my heart happy to see the items being used in their homes! I am very impressed with the fruits and veggies that you sowed.. That is some great sewing talent right there! I would love to have the sprayer and shelter for my home. Right now, my projects are all hand painted with chalk paints and rubbed with wax. It has been hard to do lately because of a brace I must wear for tendinitis in my thumb and wrist of my painting hand!!!! The sprayer and tent would help me with getting a beautiful, smooth finish for my finished pieces without the brush marks as well as give my hand a break!! Win/win in my book!!!

Your comment took, it just needed approved. 🙂 Thank you so much, Renee. It truly is a blessing to have loved ones to create for and they are blessed by YOU. Sorry for you troubles and hope you win! 😀

That is sweetest! And your little model, so adorable! Your creativity is inspiring and so fun to see! Would have loved having this and your beautiful tea cart for my girls when they were little. Maybe I can place an order when I have grands. LOL. It’ll be awhile since my girls are 17 and 13 now!

What a wonderful idea. So sorry my grands are all grownups now. I will pin this idea in prep for future Great grands.

Your market stand is so wonderful! It’s sure to provide hours of playtime fun. I would use the sprayer and tent to refinish thrift store finds.

Larissa: You have such a natural gift of creating. When you go to a thrift store and purchase an item everyone is passing on and you purchase it your creative juices must just roll out and the let the creation begin. Love what you did on the bookcase and created something special for children.

I would paint the 8 chairs that we use with our farm table – they are a mish-mash of styles but all are solid wood painted different colors. We want them all white as we are painting the table white too. I love your play project and bet you little ones do too!

My first project would be to tackle a set of tall candlesticks that I want to repurpose. They’d be a great practice project!

What an awesome project, Larissa! What little guy of gal wouldn’t love that to play with?

I would love to have the spray tent. Let’s see, what project would I use it for first? I have a little round two-tiered occasional table I think it might work really well for. The sprayer would be handy for getting the bottom side of the top tier and also for doing the slender legs, maybe. I sure would be fun to experiment!

Not commenting to enter, but just want to tell you, the recent photos of you on your blog – the one on the bench under the sign in particular – are just fabulous. So pretty and flattering!

Love your creativity! The Market Stand is adorable! I have been wanting a paint sprayer for awhile now…I have several furniture pieces and other projects that it would be so helpful with!😊

I love your posts, you always have the best ideas! And after reading your post I see treasures in my pile in a whole new way!

It truly was something that once I got the idea, I couldn’t wait to work on it. Don’t you know the idea hit when I laid down to sleep…sleep did not come for a looooong time. haha!

Your fruit stand reminds me of all the playhouses my dad made for me when I was growing up. One even had running water (from a garden hose) and a light! If I were to win the sprayer I would like to paint a set of bookshelves I have had in my storage for several years. Seriously doubt I could make a farmer’s market as cute as yours, but I’d settle for a nice paint job!

My kids would have played for hours with this! If I were to take the sprayer for a spin, it might be time to update my outdoor furniture. Going into the cooler months here in the desert means our outdoor season!

Larissa, I am still in awe of this creation, actually both this farm stand and the farm stand you had already built for your children! I am certain your children really enjoy playing “farmer’s market” with all your lovely hand sewn fruits, veggies, and of course, the raised garden bed! Again, how I wish I was a child again, to play with all these goodies, it would be a blast!

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