Upcycled Farmhouse Decor from Broken Parts

‘Tis the season for finding good junk for not only cheap, but free! Spring is the time when people, like me, are ready to clean house and de-junkify their homes. Thrift stores start to bulge at the seams from the garage sale leftovers and curbs showcase #trashure to be had. Such a fun time! These two pieces below may not look like a match made in heaven, but they will become upcycled farmhouse decor. Stay with me now. tee hee.

Thrifted Finds Before Farmhouse Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What you see on the left is a piece I picked up a the thrift store and had no idea what it was. It seemed to me to be a part of a piece of furniture, like an Adirondack chair. While the piece on the right was from our city spring clean-up I mentioned before, and is a broken floor lamp. So, I have to ask…would you have picked them up?


The pallet looking piece was what I chose to start with. I liked the simple lines of it and it looked perfect for creating wall art. The slats were attached to two arched pieces that had jutted out ends were it used to connect to something.

Piece of Chair Part for Upcycled Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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To remedy that, the first order of business is to break out my jigsaw and cut them square. No problemo. After I cut the ends off, I supported the pallet piece with a few scrap pieces of wood from underneath and cut out a shape.

Pallet Wood Art DIY by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My goal was to create a cutout and attach a piece of 1 x 6 wood to attach from behind. Before doing that, I re-stained the pallet piece to deepen the color and make everything look unified since my cuts were fresh. After that, I did a dry brush of white paint and also painted the 1 x 6 piece I would attach in my cutout with a fun color called Vintage.

Once all was cured, I attached the 1 x 6 using my nailer and nailing from the front. Then for a bit of fun, I created a design and hand-painted it on my pallet piece. You can see my DIY method for transferring images HERE in this tutorial.

Hand-Painting DIY Pallet Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I will show you what the finished upcycled farmhouse decor looks like in a bit. But, before I do that I’d like to talk about the broken floor lamp and how it got a new life too. Since it looked like a pedestal table base, it made sense to me to add a table top and create a plant stand.


These simple rounds come in various sizes and they make for all sort of fun uses. I used a giant one to make my DIY pallet table as seen here. However, for this one I went with this size round. To stabilize the top, I also used another piece of that 1 x 6 board I cut for the pallet piece.

Wood Round for DIY Plant Stand by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I found center on the 1 x 6 square and used my drill and forstner bit to make a hole the same diameter as the dowel sticking up from the lamp base. Next, I attached the 1 x 6 to the center of the wood round with screws in each corner. I again, used my drill and bit to make another hole in the wood round using my 1 x 6 centered hole as a guide and setting the depth accordingly.


Once all was dry fit and ready to go, I used my wood glue and put it on the lamp base. note: Sorry for not having more pics. I was having too much fun! woot!

Now, because I was combining different wood species and new with with old wood, I chose to use the same Vintage paint to give it two coats with my Round Brush. You can see how I’ve used this color paint in these past posts too.

Painting Plant Stand with Zibra Round Paint Brush by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

After the paint had cured, it was time to apply a gray wax, using my waxing Round Brush. I like to use my Zibra brushes that have lost their painting status for waxing. They work wonderfully!

Waxing Upcycled Plant Stand with Zibra Round Brush by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com


Okay…are you ready to see these two pieces of upcycled farmhouse decor in the final state? I am!

DIY Farmhouse Vignette Created from Thrifted Finds by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Now we have some sweet pieces that can be used in any room of the home. Isn’t it fun to think outside the obvious and make new?

Modern Farmhouse Decor from Upcycled Finds by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I enjoyed creating both of these pieces, but my favorite is the wall art. The entire time I’m creating this piece, I was singing and praising my Lord with this favorite hymn of mine. The day I was creating these things, I had many tears flowing as things all over the place were going wrong, but…I chose to praise and be thankful that things weren’t worse. It truly brought me out of my slump that I could have allowed myself to sink deeply into.

How Great Thou Art Pallet Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Rustic Pallet Wall Art for Farmhouse Decor | How Great Thou Art Pallet Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The table came out as I had envisioned and that makes a person happy, ya know? It suits to fill any spot in the home making a sweet statement.

Repurposed Plants Stand from a Broken Floor Lamp by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

DIY Plant Stand Top with Chalk Paint and Aging Wax by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

If you’d like to own either of these pieces, you can find them available in my shop. (BOTH SOLD) Also, stop by to see what else is new!

Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Create Your Own DIY Farmhouse Decor from Thrifted Finds with Inspiration by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Do pin and share this fun take on upcycled farmhouse decor. Ya never know what you may find that on the curb, at a garage sale, or at the thrift store that will inspire you!

From curbside and the thrift store comes these fun pieces that create upcycled farmhouse decor. Head to Prodigal Pieces for the DIY inspiration. | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #homedecor #shopping #farmhouse

Up next, I’ll be FINALLY getting to the last of my curbside door. You can see what the other pieces became: see the screen here and the door here. I can’t wait to show you the glass insert! Head HERE.

Salvaged Door Before (AKA Trashure) | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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  • Claudine

    Beautiful, Larissa! I love the wall art. He is Great and Good, too. I’ll pray that things look up for you & your family. 🙂

    May 17, 2018 at 8:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, He sure is in more ways than 1000. 🙂

      May 17, 2018 at 8:37 pm Reply
  • Carole

    OOOO! I can’t wait to see what you do with those inserts!

    May 17, 2018 at 9:30 am Reply
  • Terri Hughes

    You have a great imagination for turning junk into something beautiful. God has blessed you with this talent. Beautiful.

    May 17, 2018 at 11:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re very sweet to say so, Terri. It’s my pleasure to share. Thank you.

      May 17, 2018 at 8:38 pm Reply
  • Laura Forehand

    Beautiful, both of them! Thank you for sharing the stories of how working on the pieces lifted your spirits 🙂

    May 17, 2018 at 11:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was just one of those days I wanted to sit all day. I’m glad I tried!

      May 17, 2018 at 8:38 pm Reply
  • Jenni

    You are so creative. I love the wall hanging!

    May 17, 2018 at 2:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jenni. 😀

      May 17, 2018 at 8:40 pm Reply
  • Debra Wise

    More amazing transformations! You take something not so beautiful and turn it into something amazing just as God does with us! Thanks for always being such an inspiration!

    May 17, 2018 at 8:42 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      He truly is the Master of it all. Thank you for the encouraging words, Debra.

      May 19, 2018 at 5:49 am Reply
  • Bonnie

    Larissa, you always seem to have a vision for whatever you pick up. I love both of these so much. We all have bad days or sometimes weeks. You wonder when it will end, why is this happening? I really feel sorry for the people who don’t have God in their life, or who don’t believe. His grace will see you through as his hand comforts you. Take care and prayers to you and family!

    May 18, 2018 at 5:04 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I don’t know how they do it, to be honest. He is my all and all. Thank you for the hugs. 🙂

      May 19, 2018 at 5:49 am Reply
  • Kathryn

    So beautiful! How Great Thou Art✝️
    You really have a good eye to create and repurpose. I love seeing what you do 🌸😊

    May 18, 2018 at 9:58 am Reply
  • Mary

    Larissa that sign is fantastic! The cut out really makes it special.

    May 22, 2018 at 5:03 pm Reply
  • Becky

    Such a cute little table, and I love the idea of a cut-out in a sign! Great subject choice for the sign too. I am so looking forward to getting the paints I won and trying them out on some projects like these!

    June 3, 2018 at 7:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Becky. I’m excited for you!

      June 4, 2018 at 5:34 am Reply

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