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Upcycled Finials into Farmhouse Decor

Things that are aged speak volumes to me. Maybe it’s because they’ve earned their stripes…they’ve survived, they’ve stood the test of time, and they have a story to tell. We just need to appreciate the character and charm they exude, and same goes for people. Likewise, they can need a little help and creativity to offer a new story. These misfit pieces are becoming upcycled finials into farmhouse decor.

Antique Wooden Finials Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com

A friend offered these to me and I eagerly accepted the gift. My first thought, being an avid doll lover/maker was that I saw doll heads. However, I figured many of you would be creeped out if I used them as decor. tee hee! Instead, I wanted to make something simple that you could replicate on your own DIY adventure.

LET’S BEGIN

First, I dig into my stash and pull out a set of remnant pieces from an upright grand piano that was beaten into pieces and left for dead on the curb. I make use of the salvaged bits from time to time, like in my coffee table builds and this bench. More to come!

Reclaimed Wood Blocks for Upcycled Finials by Prodigla Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Since there’s only three finials, I decide to make a set for a shelf that has even more of a story to tell. In order to do that, I add a bit more scrap wood to the base of three of them. Then, I drill pilot holes and attach the upcycled finials.

Attaching Upcycled Finials to Reclaimed Wood | prodigalpieces.com

NEXT STEPS

Next, I need to make the wood look as if it is all similar, so I apply a reactive stain that ages the wood naturally using the tannins in each piece. You can see how I use it in these past posts.

Applying Reactive Stain to Upcycled Finials for Home Decor | prodigalpieces.com

Last, once the stain cures, I need to finish up with a layer of paint. However, this paint needs to have an aged appeal. In order to do that, I make a sawdust paint. The recipe is simple…

Mixing Sawdust Paint by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

SAWDUST PAINT RECIPE

  • ½ cup of plaster of Paris
  • 4 Tablespoons of water
  • 2-4 Tablespoons of acrylic
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of sawdust

Place the plaster of Paris in a mixing container and add 2 of the 4 tablespoons of water and combine. Continue to add 2 more tablespoons and mix until smooth. Add 2 tablespoons of paint and mix. Last, add the sawdust to get a thick consistency that has a chunky appeal.

How to Make Sawdust Paint for an Aged Appeal by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEAL

After my mini DIY adventure reaches this point, it’s time to show you the end result. Here’s my dynamic trio of upcycled finials into farmhouse decor.

Upcycled French Farmhouse Decor with Upcycled Finials by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #homedecor #diy

French Chic Farmhouse Finials for Home Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #french #diy

My many thanks, as usual, to my friend, Karen, at The Graphics Fairy for always having just what I need to make these fabric labels. I simple used a printable transfer sheet (iron-on) and made canvas labels to dress up the finials. Then, I applied the same waxes to age them a bit.

DIY French Farmhouse Finials Upcycled by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #french #farmhouse #diy #home

DIY Sawdust Paint Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #paint

Graphics Fairy French Farmhouse by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #graphics #fairy

So tell me, are you inspired? I sure hope so! These were a fun find to work on using what I have on hand, and even more fun to make them available in my online shop. woot!

  • Handmade Linen Ottoman by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #shopping
    Linen Ottoman ~$75

Reclaimed Farmhouse Finials for Upcycled Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home

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Create your own farmhouse decor with upcycled finials and DIY sawdust paint by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #french #upcycled

Up next, it’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday! This lil’ cabinet will get a brand new lease on life. See it’s new life HERE.

Medicine Cabinet Before | prodigalpieces.com

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Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    What a great idea! I would have done the obvious and used them as feet or something….. 😂 But, as usual, you see beyond the novice or ordinary mortal!! 😍

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! If there were a set of four, I would have used them for a build. You crack me up, girl! 😀

  2. susan says

    They turned out soooo cute! So creative!

  3. Marie - Interior Frugalista says

    I really love these rustic farmhouse finials, especially how you created canvas labels for them. Of course, anything with a French vibe makes my heart go pitter-patter. So I understand the plaster of Paris to make homemade chalk paint but help me understand “sawdust paint”? Is it to add texture or is it for color pigment? Or both? I’ve never heard of sawdust paint before and I’m intrigued. Also, I would assume you stay away from redwoods like cherry or mahogany with the sawdust that you use, yes?

  4. Paula says

    I thought for sure that you were going to do critters or peeps with them. What you did though, is tres chic and elegant. Very nice! Perfect graphics as if they came from a historic French hotel’s banister. Thank you for saving them and sharing!

    • Larissa says

      tee hee! Thank you, Paula. I wanted to do something functional and true to the vibe. Though, I still see doll heads as I make dolls often. haha!

  5. Michele M. says

    Oh how cute, Larissa! I thought you’d use them as a trio of legs/feet to make a small stool.

    Your end results are very artistic and pretty! Thumbs up!

    • Larissa says

      It did cross my mind, but those piano pieces kept calling me. haha. Thanks, Michele!

  6. Kim Banko says

    Love them Larissa! My kind of decor! I might have used them as angel heads 🙂

    • Larissa says

      You sure would! They are perfect for that. Thanks so much, Kim. 😀

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