Upcycled Hymn Board ~ Handmade Vintage

There I was just driving along on my way to get errands done when I heard angelic voices singing. Right before me on the side of the road is a pile of furniture loot that this junker did a rubber-necker to take a peek. {{gasp}} Did I just spy and antique bed? Oh yes I did. But…I kept driving. You see, I have too many projects already. My line of thinking is if it’s still there when I come back, it’s ALL MINE. This is the beginning of today’s project…an upcycled hymn board. Yup.

Antique Full Size Bed found Curbside (aka. #Trashure) by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Okay, so you may have guessed that it was still there when I drove back past. Imagine me skipping across the street with my older kids in tow to help me load ‘er up. I couldn’t believe it was a complete bed!! It has the headboard, footboard, pediment piece (removed), and even the rails. Plus, I grabbed that old crate.

I actually had hoped we could use the bed in one of our bedrooms knowing full well I already had an antique wrought iron bed gifted to me waiting in my dad’s barn. Not yet have I given up on my dream of moving to the country and having more space for my kids.

Anyhoo, to cut to the chase, after much discussion, JC agreed that we could alter our plans for our family room built-in bookcase to include this bed transformed into a bench. It’s done y’all!! Though I can’t share it yet as our room itself just needs a bit more. We completed most of it before summer, but then had to pause to take on summer projects. Stay tuned for a family room reveal in the next few weeks.


Once JC finished building the bench, there were these remnant pieces that looked like he set aside to get rid of. I was like…”tsk…those are still worth something”. Immediately he returned a quizzical look, so I said, “there’s potential in them thar pieces.” So I grabbed them and added to my stash. Evidence below.

Salvaged Antique Bed Rail Parts Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Fast-forward a few summer months and here we are ready to get crafty with my “junk”. First, I want you to see the beautiful patina in the wood and in the rusty metal clips that are still present. Notice the one longer piece has a split that deemed the bed not functional without a major repair.

Salvaged Antique Bed Rails | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Then, I decided to set aside this shorter remnant and work on the larger pieces. I couldn’t choose what to do with all of them, but trust me there will be another post in the near future. tee hee.

Back a few months ago, I took chest of drawers from my sons’ room and revamped it into a map cabinet. You can see the full post with video HERE. When I did that I had these leftover drawer pulls that at the time told me they wanted to become part of my upcycled hymn board. They totally look like those little slots the letters and numbers rest on.

Reclaimed Wooden Drawer Pulls for Upcycled Hymn Board by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #industrial #home #homedecor


I grew up in an old church where they still had these boards with attendance, offering, and visitor stats. Plus, they also had a board with the hymns listed for the service so you can find it before singing. I’ve always wanted to find one of my own. Since that wasn’t happening, nor was I forking out a large lump of dough for an antique version, I decided to make my own. hmpf.

It’s at this point I got lost in creating. Let’s just say I was totally having a blast to take more pics. However, I will say I found a few more pieces of the same scrap 1800’s wood we used to build our range hood. You can see that in our kitchen remodel reveal over HERE.

Meanwhile, what fun it was to build this little vision I have been waiting for. I even used the salvaged hand-forged nails out of the rails to assemble it all.

Hand-Forged Nail from Antique Bed Salvaged into Home Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #homedecor #upcycled #handmade

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Finally I have my little upcycled hymn board assembled and ready to go.

Rustic Farmhouse Upcycled Hymn Board Created from Salvaged Parts by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor

Antique Upright Grand Piano with Upcycled Hymn Board on Top by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #piano #upcycled #diy #home #homedecor

It now rests on my antique upright grand piano. Doesn’t it look perfect there? I must say I have quite the motley crew for my vignette. However, that’s exactly how I want it to be. You can find that number set over HERE if you want to make your own.

I’ve shared before the story of my piano, paired with an ugly organ bench in this past post. It’s a good read and explains why my house is filled with found treasures as opposed to box-store boring decor.

Antique Piano with Upcycled Hymn Board created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #handmade #antique #homedecor

My piano is in our living room that is one of the last places we have yet to remodel. There isn’t much that needs done, but hopefully we can achieve a complete room by the end of winter. Fingers crossed!

Antique Farmhouse Vignette with Found & DIY Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #handmade #homedecor #farmhouse

Either way, I just love this space, especially because of my piano that my family and I play. It brings back memories of my childhood as well as creating our own memories in present day.

Old Hymnal and Upcycled Hymnal Board in Home of Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse

Reclaimed Wood Hymn Board made of salvaged parts by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #reclaimed #farmhouse #home #homedecor

Do pin and share my upcycled hymn board. You just don’t know who needs to be inspired by their junk! tee hee.

Check out how Larissa of Prodigal Pieces created this Upcycled Hymn Board for her home with Salvaged Parts | Details at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #antique #homedecor #farmhouse

Up next, it’s Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION time! I’m going to get my craft on with these thrifted socks. Woot! Head here to see.

Thrifted Socks Before Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION fun by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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In addition, more projects like my upcycled hymn board:

Acme Cedar Chest Gets Makeover with Vintage Typography by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comFrom old and beaten to brand new, this upcycled map cabinet DIY is a must see! Step-by-step video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #furniture #vintage #homedecor #farmhouse #homedecorideas

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  • Emily

    I love it! You have such great vision.

    October 24, 2019 at 6:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Than you, Emily. Now I have that checked off my DIY list. yay!

      October 24, 2019 at 6:50 am Reply
  • Ellen Braunberger

    Such memories! My job was to find the numbers in t he hymnal. Big deal as a child! Miss Creative you did it again!

    October 24, 2019 at 7:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It sure is! aww…I love it. Thank you so much, Ellen.

      October 24, 2019 at 8:27 am Reply
  • Tracey

    Larissa!!! I love it!!!!!!

    October 24, 2019 at 7:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! Thank you so much, Tracey. This was not only fun to do, but helped me prove a point. tee hee.

      October 24, 2019 at 8:28 am Reply
  • Debra Wise

    Absolutely love it Larissa! Hubby should know by now you can make anything out of any remnant!

    October 24, 2019 at 9:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! You would think so, right? haha. Maybe one day. 😉

      October 24, 2019 at 1:37 pm Reply
  • Frances

    Great job! I love it. Brings back good memories.

    October 24, 2019 at 11:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Frances. Yes, a simpler time for me.

      October 24, 2019 at 1:38 pm Reply
  • Cindy


    This turned out great, love it!. Perfect for your piano.

    The weather has been great on the East coast hasn’t it?


    October 24, 2019 at 12:21 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Cindy! It sure has. I’m trying to savor every bit.

      October 24, 2019 at 1:38 pm Reply
  • Carol Martin

    Who da thunk! Those handles worked out perfect! I remember hymn bds from my childhood. Love it!

    October 24, 2019 at 1:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Funny thing is that’s the first thing that entered my mind when I pulled them off. So fun for me. Thank you!

      October 24, 2019 at 1:39 pm Reply
  • Marie

    That is a very clever idea and just too perfect for above a piano. Never underestimate the power of an upcycle Queen!

    October 24, 2019 at 3:58 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! You know it! Thanks, girl!

      October 24, 2019 at 7:20 pm Reply
  • Michele

    I almost have hubby trained. It’s to the point we’ll pass by some REAL trash and he’ll ask if he needs to stop! Just needs a little more training on knowing trash from trashure…

    October 24, 2019 at 6:05 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      haha…sweet! I love that he even wants to understand.

      October 24, 2019 at 7:20 pm Reply
  • Becky

    Well done! That looks just like the real deal!

    October 29, 2019 at 10:44 am Reply
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