Upcycled Bookcase Headboard into Farmhouse Hutch

When cooler weather hangs around for quite some time in my part of the world, I begin to miss my workshop. I tend to focus on indoor projects for the most part. However, sometimes something pops up that makes me willing to wear my 3 layers and have at it. tee hee. This vintage gem I recently found is about to become my upcycled bookcase headboard turned farmhouse hutch. Do you see the potential?

Vintage Bookcase Headboard Before Upcycling | prodigalpieces.com

First, I’m curious…how many of you had one of these?  I didn’t, but many of my friends did. Seemed cool to have your books handy right as you were ready to hunker down for the night. My family and I are confessed bibliophiles, so this would be sweet.


Since I didn’t have a need for a bookcase headboard, I instantly saw something else. If you’ve been following me for long, you would know I repurposed this other bookcase headboard in to a bench – SEE HERE. While that was a fun project, this one gave me a different vibe.

The first order of business with this upcycled bookcase headboard project is to punch out the cheap backing and plug the wiring hole. It had a plastic cap that comes out so you can add an alarm clock or lamp. I took it out and decided to fill it with a piece of dowel form a broken closet rod. (it pays to hoard have a stash)

Wiring Hole in Vintage Bookcase Headboard | prodigalpieces.com

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Plugged Wiring Hole with Wood Dowel | prodigalpieces.com

Next, after it was plugged, I filled it in and all the other nicks and dings with wood filler, and then sanded it down with my sander. Then, I used my circular saw to take off the bookcase sides even with the shelf. I love my tools! (my motto: #toolsoverjewels)

Cutting Bookcase Headboard with Ryobi Cirucular Saw | prodigalpieces.com

Here’s the leftovers after cutting the sides. I see more potential there!

Leftover Bed Pieces for Repurposing | prodigalpieces.com


So…as I mentioned it’s a might chilly out here, as in FREEZING. Time to head inside to do more of my work. eep!

Larissa of Prodigal Pieces working out in the cold | prodigalpieces.com

Now that I’m nice and toasty inside, I begin the rest of my vision. Storage is what I’m about creating, so a few cubby drawers fit the bill perfectly. Using my drill and my jigsaw, I cut out the openings.

Building Repurposed Headboard Hutch with Cubby Drawers | prodigalpieces.com

In order to have cubby drawers, I used those cut off side pieces to make faces and backs of tiny drawers. Also, this is where my scrap stash comes in handy to build the little drawers. My brad nailer made the job a breeze. yay!

In addition, I added a bottom to my upcycled bookcase headboard hutch.

Nailing Headboard Hutch Together | prodigalpieces.com


Now for the fun part…PAINT! {{happy dance}}. You know it was coming to that, didn’t you? It helps create a unified appearance to my design. My favorite Zibra Paint Brushes came out to play. I used my Fan Brush to give the drawers and hutch one coat of a soft gray paint.

Painting Farmhouse Hutch with Zibra Paint Brush | prodigalpieces.com

Meanwhile, I set about to dive back in my stash for some beadboard. I cut it to size and then using my 2″ Angled Brush dedicated to stain, I gave it a nice deep color with a Hickory Gel Stain.

Zibra Brush for Applying Stain | prodigalpieces.com

Once all was cured, I tacked the beadboard on with my nailer. In addition, I added some apothecary bin pulls to the drawers. You can see how I’ve used those same pulls in past posts HERE.


Finally, it’s time to see my upcycled bookcase headboard hutch in its finished state.

Upcycled Bookcase Headboard Hutch Created with Cubby Drawers by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | DIY tutorial at prodigalpieces.com | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #handmade #homedecor #furniture #farmhouse

Farmhouse Style Home Decor Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #diy #farmhouse #homedecor

I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. It’s fun, functional, and stylish too. The Zibra paint brushes really help me get the finish I’m after. No brush strokes and smooth lines. The best part about this hutch is it can be wall-mounted or resting on a surface as I’ve shown here. How would you display it?

Upcycled Farmhouse Hutch Created from a Vintage Bookcase Headboard by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #vintage #homedecor

Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen with Handmade Hutch by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #homedecor #handmade #farmhouse #diy #vintage #home

Even the versatility of it makes my heart happy. Perfect for kitchen, laundry, entry, bedroom, and bath. Endless possibilities, don’t you think?

My milk glass urn collection really pops against that dark grain.

Upcycled Bookcase Headboard Hutch Built by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #farmhouse #homedecor

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DIY Farmhouse Hutch made from Upcycled Bookcase Headboard | DIY tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #homedecor #vintage #home #diy #furniture

Vintage Milk Glass Urn Collection by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #vintage #home #retro #homedecor

The only scrap I had left were those 2″ x 2″ pieces on the sides of the headboard. Those were sacrificed to keeping my fire going in order to stay warm while working. haha!


Now I have my building fix and had fun too. I hope you are inspired by what I’ve shared. If you’d like to own this hutch, you can find it available in my online shop.

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Farmhouse Style Server Hutch Built by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces from a Bookcase Headboard | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #diy #farmhouse #homedecor

Time for some fun for YOU! Zibra and I are all about getting you to get out and DIY. We are giving away TWO prizes this month, both including some of my favorite paint brushes.

Zibra Paint Brush Giveaway via Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Easy entry – Just fill out the widget below for as many entries as you like. (daily even for extra entries). Open to U.S. and Canada residents 18 years of age and older. Winners will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to claim their prizes. Be sure to check your spam!!

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Do pin and share this fun upcycle to inspire others too. Thank you!

Check out this super fun upcycled bookcase headboard hutch. From funky vintage to farmhouse chic. Full tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #vintage #homedecor #furniture

Up next, I’m digging into my stash to create more farmhouse decor. See their new look HERE.

Cupboard Doors & Thrifted Art Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Also, more projects like my upcycled bookcase headboard:

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  • ColleenB.~Texas

    That farmhouse hutch is adorable and how pretty it would be to decorate for the holidays, especially with Easter coming up.
    Ok, first thing I would paint……………well, it will be awhile before I can paint cause I’m in process of taking apart an old organ and then deciding what I can make using parts and pieces from the organ. Organ keys…….maybe some key holders using some of the wood and a couple of keys and adding cup hooks to hang; car – house – truck keys on.
    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity

    March 19, 2019 at 6:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you. I love these kinds of decor pieces because they can go into most any room and offer style and function. Sounds like you have some fun up your sleeve! 😀

      March 19, 2019 at 6:32 am Reply
  • Debbie Richards

    Another amazing makeover! I never would have thought of adding drawers and making a hutch. I love the color you chose!

    March 19, 2019 at 6:53 am Reply
    • Melanie A Brooks

      Larissa- I love the transformation! I did have a headboard like this… Solid wood though. (Yes, I’m that old!) This would still be a great headboard, but with fun storage!

      March 19, 2019 at 7:38 am Reply
      • Larissa

        Thanks, Melanie. 😀

        March 19, 2019 at 8:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was so fun to take on the challenge. I’m delighted you like it, Debbie. Thanks!

      March 19, 2019 at 8:36 am Reply
  • Kim

    Larissa, you are so creative. Once again you’ve created something wonderful. Gotta admit, I didn’t see your vision at first, but you hit it right on the nail.😁

    March 19, 2019 at 7:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      happy dance over here! Thanks so much, Kim. 😉

      March 19, 2019 at 8:37 am Reply
  • Michele D Branham

    What a great idea! I see these in thrift store quite frequently and I never thought of this. You are so clever!!!!

    March 19, 2019 at 7:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s the spirit, Michele! They are handy for many things. 😀

      March 19, 2019 at 8:37 am Reply
    • Ginny

      Another creative transformation! Keep up the great work! I love seeing all your clever ideas! I have a stool that could use a makeover with some fresh paint….New paint brushes would be so helpful in getting this project checked off my to do list.

      March 19, 2019 at 1:05 pm Reply
      • Larissa

        Thanks! Sounds like you have some DIY fun coming.

        March 19, 2019 at 1:13 pm Reply
  • Anne

    Nice work Larissa! Love this repurpose (and those drawers!!!)

    March 19, 2019 at 8:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Glad I was able to make my vision come alive. Sometimes ya just never know… 😉

      March 19, 2019 at 8:38 am Reply
  • Alison S

    I have some chairs I would like to paint.

    March 19, 2019 at 8:01 am Reply
    • Shelly

      I’ve passed up many a headboard… think it’s time to start buying…!

      March 19, 2019 at 9:38 am Reply
      • Larissa

        That’s the spirit, Shelly!

        March 19, 2019 at 1:10 pm Reply
  • Lori Sawyer

    As always an amazing rebuild!! Thank you for the giveaway too😀

    March 19, 2019 at 8:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the awesome encouraging words, Lori.

      March 19, 2019 at 8:38 am Reply
  • Gail

    Great job! You have a very creative eye.

    March 19, 2019 at 8:21 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Gail! I’m so excited to share.

      March 19, 2019 at 8:38 am Reply
  • Tammy Keppner

    Another awesome makeover, I wish I had half of your creativity! I bought one Zibra brush a while back and it’s my go to brush now, thanks for that recommendation. This giveaway is great, I have a library table as my next project although I have not figured out where I am going with it yet.

    March 19, 2019 at 8:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for saying so, Tammy. It’s wonderful to hear you enjoy these brushes as much as I do too. Sometimes pieces have to “talk” to me too. 😉

      March 19, 2019 at 8:54 am Reply
  • dianne anderson

    My little garage has three pieces ready to paint. Thanks for the giveaway!

    March 19, 2019 at 8:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re welcome. I hope you enjoyed my project. 🙂

      March 19, 2019 at 8:41 am Reply
  • Debra

    This came out amazing! I can’t get over the transformation.

    March 19, 2019 at 8:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the sweet, encouraging words.

      March 19, 2019 at 1:09 pm Reply
  • Nancy F Lambert

    Very nice, I like it

    March 19, 2019 at 9:22 am Reply
  • Dale Cundy

    Your creativity is amazing….love what you did with the headboard! Thanks for the opportunity to win the awesome Zibra brushes!😊

    March 19, 2019 at 9:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are most welcome, Dale.

      March 19, 2019 at 1:10 pm Reply
  • Tammy Shelton

    Another Ahhmazing transformation. You are a genius! I’d use new brushes on all the jewelry box upcycles I’ve been doing lately. Thanks!

    March 19, 2019 at 9:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I had such fun! Thank you, Tammy.

      March 19, 2019 at 1:10 pm Reply
  • Alicia H

    This one is just too cute! I just love the little drawers!! It may be my favorite “Larrissa” yet! …but wait I keep saying that. I guess you are just getting better and better 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win the brushes. xo

    March 19, 2019 at 9:52 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Love that, Alicia! 😀 You made me giggle.

      March 19, 2019 at 1:11 pm Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    LOVE cubbies! This is a great piece, Larissa! It won’t last long in your shop!

    March 19, 2019 at 10:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks!! Super fun for me to have at it.

      March 19, 2019 at 1:11 pm Reply
  • Audra

    Very cute! The drawer idea would never have come to me! I think I would paint a buffet I have in my dining room.

    March 19, 2019 at 10:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It kinda had a blank spot begging for something. I’m so glad you like it! 😉

      March 19, 2019 at 1:12 pm Reply
  • Kimberly

    I love that this piece is vintage, yet still very current. Great job!

    March 19, 2019 at 10:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for getting what I was after. 😀

      March 19, 2019 at 1:12 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    Wow Larissa, it certainly looked so cold out there while you were building this beauty! I love the addition of drawers and the pulls are just perfect! What a beauty!

    March 19, 2019 at 11:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was frigid! Thankfully we are heading into warmer weather. yay!

      March 19, 2019 at 1:12 pm Reply
  • Joan

    Very creative fix for an old fashioned looking piece! You are so good at that! I have a question about the drawers though. Didn’t you have to add some kind of “track” for them to slid in and out on? Or was the bottom you added high enough to support the drawers?

    March 19, 2019 at 11:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I added a bottom and then a strip to support the drawers.

      March 19, 2019 at 1:13 pm Reply
  • Tracy kaufman

    You have the best ideas with what to do with otherwise throw away furniture. Enjoy your blog
    very much

    March 19, 2019 at 11:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You just made my day, Tracy. Thank you!!

      March 19, 2019 at 1:13 pm Reply
  • Carol

    Who’da thunk! I have seen these and passed them by. Would be cute on my coffee bar.

    March 19, 2019 at 12:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      woot, woot! Thank you so much, Carol.

      March 19, 2019 at 1:13 pm Reply
  • Betty

    I have found memories of my bookcase head board with sliding doors as a kid. Reading by flashlight way past bedtime ! Thanks for your contest, would love to try the brushes out on the ‘ projects ‘ I’ve been collecting in the barn over the winter ♡

    March 19, 2019 at 3:02 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Isn’t that the best!! I was always up reading whole novels in one night. Those were the days…

      March 20, 2019 at 7:16 pm Reply
  • Cheryl W

    Your vision to repurpose this piece was excellent, nice job! We’re also anxious for spring to come to Minnesota so we can work outdoors more.

    March 19, 2019 at 4:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I bet you are! I feel so bad for those that got dumped on so heavily out west.

      March 20, 2019 at 7:17 pm Reply
  • Michele

    I didn’t have one of these when I was a kid. My bedroom set was provincial white with gold trim and a canopy. So funny, cause I was definitely not a girly-girl (and I got the scars to prove it!). But, my husband had one and it has been languishing for 40 years in the storage shed and that baby is solid maple! I hope to win the brushes to get started on it!

    March 19, 2019 at 5:46 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      My sister had that exact set. haha!! I wanted to canopy so bad, but I had my grandparents first set and loved it too.

      March 20, 2019 at 7:19 pm Reply
  • Cherie Wallace

    Oh gosh – the first thing I would paint if I won the brushes? Probably the closest unfinished project in my pile !! Have several old cabinet type pieces. Thanks for a chance to win brushes – a MUST for those of us who DIY.
    Thanks Larissa.

    March 19, 2019 at 7:22 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are most welcome, Cherie.

      March 20, 2019 at 7:19 pm Reply
  • Kelly k

    Great piece Larissa, I always enjoy your up-cycled goodies. Keep them coming, you Inspired me again,

    March 19, 2019 at 8:12 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for the encouraging words, Kelly.

      March 20, 2019 at 7:19 pm Reply
  • Sherry Riggs

    Love this idea!

    March 19, 2019 at 10:30 pm Reply
  • Kelsey Deanna

    This is amazing, both the finished piece AND the fact that you went out in that cold to do it!

    March 19, 2019 at 10:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      haha…yup. Call me a nut. tee hee! 😀

      March 20, 2019 at 7:19 pm Reply
  • Naomi S.

    Girl, you are so darn clever, I swear! I sure wish I could use tools like you do! My repertoire includes a hammer and a screw driver, honest! Well, also, very infrequently, a wrench!

    I did actually have a bookcase headboard when I was a kid. It wasn’t nearly as cool as the one you just repurposed. Very plain, but real wood. Wish I had it now. My sister had an identical one as we shared a room. I wish I still had them both! I’d fasten them together and hang them above my bed so my books would be really handy as I love to read in bed. Wonder what ever happened to them??

    You did a fabulous job on this up-cycle! Very inspiring.

    March 19, 2019 at 10:58 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are too cute, Namoi! 😀 You have to find out what happened to them. Maybe they’ll turn up! 😀

      March 20, 2019 at 7:20 pm Reply
  • Debb Hulseman

    I love zibra brushed and use them all the time. Last project was painting a huge barn quilt on my garage doors.

    March 19, 2019 at 11:31 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How fantastic to hear! yay! I would love to see your barn quilt.

      March 20, 2019 at 7:20 pm Reply
  • Sam - Raggedy Bits

    You have totally knocked this repurpose right out of the park! I love this to bits and how you have added the drawers is just so clever! I love the zibra brush that you sent me and wish they were available here in Aussie Land!

    March 20, 2019 at 4:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much for the love, Sam. you know I had fun sending that to you!

      March 20, 2019 at 7:21 pm Reply
  • Cheryl Atkinson

    Hi Larissa. This is such a neat piece. You surely think outside of the box. I have a piece that i am missing drawers to. I wish i could see exactly how you made your drawers. I have a hard time thinking outside of the box. I always look forward to your Tuesday and Thursday’s blog. God Bless you!!

    March 20, 2019 at 8:30 am Reply
    • Cheryl Atkinson

      i am trying to enter your contest but i’m not sure what URL i Pinned. What does URL mean?

      March 20, 2019 at 8:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Cheryl. I really just took the pieces I cut off (basically 1″x 4″‘s) and used more scrap 1″x 4″‘s and my nailer to build them. So simple and cute. 😉 Hugs!!

      March 20, 2019 at 7:22 pm Reply
  • Becky

    That is amazing… I never would have thought of… any of this! What a great remake! Those drawers!!! I love it sitting on a table too. So cool!
    Seeing you bundled up for working in the cold has me shivering. I need to get out to the garage now to do some final sanding. It’s been pounding down huge romantic snowflakes all morning… BRRRR!!! Is anything colder than sanding in below freezing temps? My hands are not looking forward to this, haha! If I can just get through it, I can come in and start painting. I ALWAYS have paint projects around! Great giveaway!!!

    March 20, 2019 at 2:31 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You have made my day, Becky! I needed a pick-me-up giggle. Thank you! You are totally a kindred “freezing” spirit.

      March 20, 2019 at 7:24 pm Reply
  • Pamela Brazier

    So cute. Love how you vision something way more useful. Wish I felt as comfortable with power tools as you do. Nice job! Stay warm 😊

    March 20, 2019 at 7:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You can do it, Pamela! I still have qualms as I have injured myself. However, I enjoy it just too much to let it beat me. 😉

      March 20, 2019 at 7:26 pm Reply
  • Debra A Wise

    I love this hutch! Who would have thought it was a former headboard. I thought it was cold here cause it was about 70 with a chilly wind but girl it must really be freezing up there. I would use the Zibra brushes on that bunch of project pieces I’m trying to work through. Thanks for the inspiration and the giveaway.

    March 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Awesome! Thank you, Debra. It has been too cold for too long for my liking, but it does help the farmers and the earth rest. My pleasure to share.

      March 21, 2019 at 6:09 am Reply
  • Carol W.

    Gorgeous end result, your posts always inspire me!

    March 21, 2019 at 4:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I am so delighted to hear that, Carol. Thank you!

      March 21, 2019 at 6:09 am Reply

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