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Upcycled Wooden Signs into Farmhouse Decor

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…the wood section of the thrift store is veritable gold mine of sorts. You might be scratching your head at what I mean, but you have to remember all the fun I’ve had with the loot I’ve had. I’m going to have some fun and show you what I did with these upcycled wooden signs. Yeehaw!

Thrifted Wooden Signs Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

First, before you think I’m needing more coffee (1) I don’t drink coffee, I’m a nut all the time and proud of it. tsk. (2) think about the versatility of wood in general. I mean, wood…one of the most readily available resources we have for creating homes, furniture, and so much more.

DIY FUN

Okay, so now you get what my mental strategy is, let’s get our DIY on. {{funky groove dancing begins}} To begin, I’m choosing this weird…ummm…faux checkerboard? If you can look past the obvious 80’s vibe, you will see gorgeous oak that is nearly 1″ thick. Yasss…

Vintage 1980's Oak Checkerboard Art | prodigalpieces.com

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First order of business is to cut out those hearts. You know they’ve got to go! I used my jigsaw to cut a handle-like spot instead to make it more functional for what I’m creating.

Then, I cut the entire piece in half with my miter saw, and sanded it down with my sander. Thankfully, my little brother (who’s not so little at 6’5″) brought me all sorts of gorgeous wood to play with. I just happened to have a piece of oak from that stash that would suit my purpose.

Sanding Cut Oak Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Once that was all done, I assembled my pieces with my nailer. For the finish, I applied a gorgeous hickory gel stain and topcoat of hand-rubbed wax. I will show you the finished result in a bit. Now, let’s take a peek at the next upcycle.

SECOND PROJECT

With this second of my upcycled wooden signs, I wanted to change it entirely, but keep the overall shape. I don’t mind the pineapple art, but feel it’s time for a new look.

Vintage Pineapple Welcome Sign Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

This one is made of a basic pine, so not much to bat an eyelash at for the wood source. However, it is still wood and can become something new. Right?

First, I added a white coat of paint with my fan brush. However, before it dried at all, I used my wood-graining tool (only $6!) to create a faux grain effect. You can see how I used in these posts HERE or in the video below.

After that, I added some fun with typography and more texture. Are you ready to see my dynamic duo?

THE REVEAL

Farmhouse Kitchen Open Shelving & Counters Made of Reclaimed Wood by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #kitchen #home #diy #homedecor

Can you find the upcycled project here in my kitchen? I’ll give you a minute.

Did you guess it? Front and center, this storage crate is the first project I completed.

Handmade Oak Farmhouse Storage Crate for Kitchen and more | by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #kitchen #storage #handmade #homedecor

Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen Crate for Extra Storage and Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #kitchen #homedecor #storage

Farmhouse Crate Closeup | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #farmhouse #kitchen

Although I’ve staged it in my kitchen, it can honestly go most anywhere: centerpiece, planted pot holder, shoe storage…you get the idea. It corrals my canisters beautifully though.

Farmhouse Kitchen Storage Crate Handmade by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces from Upcycled Materials | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #kitchen #storage #diy #home #homdecor

Last, but not least, the second upcycled wooden sign project is now complete as well.

Handmade Farmhouse Blessings Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor #diy

I was inspired with this one to make it rustic with a bit of a thought to focus on each day. It reads, “I still remember when I prayed for the things I have now.” Truly something that makes you stop and think…and be thankful.

Rustic Farmhouse Blessings Sign with Canning Jar Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #art #diy #home #handmade #homedecor

So…how’d I do? My goal is ultimately to inspire you to see past the obvious and envision something more. Maybe you have something you’re tired of looking at that could use new life?

I Still Remember Praying for the Things I Have Now Wall Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #homedecor #art

Both of these items are available in my online shop (sign SOLD) along with many other redeemed furniture, vintage finds, and handmade good. Come take a peek!

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Ball Jar Blessings Sign Handmade by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #farmhouse #diy #homedecor

Also, pin and share my upcycled wooden signs to inspire others to think outside the sign and have some DIY fun.

Upcycle those thrifted wooden signs into something totally new and useful for your home | Larissa of Prodigal Pieces shows you how at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor #diy

 

Up next, I’ll be sharing how this vintage secretary desk came to be mine, and how it got a new lease on life. See the new look HERE.

Vintage Secretary Desk Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Also, more projects like my upcycled wooden signs:

Sew much fun! You can create these upcycled sock dolls & animals with just a few supplies. It all starts with SOCKS! Head to Prodigal Pieces to get the DIY details | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #toys #dolls #crafts #giftidea #kidsCheck out this fun upcycled salt & pepper set with handmade stand. Oh so cute! See the DIY details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor #vintage #upcycle

Comments

  1. Janette says

    Amazing transformation Larissa, especially love the wall hanging, its beautiful.
    I hope you had a good Christmas and wish you a very happy new year.xx

    • Larissa says

      Thank you. I had fun giving them a new look and purpose. Blessings in abundance to you too!

  2. Lori Sawyer says

    Awesome upcycles I just snagged a sign the same shape as your pineapple one with ducks painted on it. It will become a sign for my daughter.happy new year

    • Larissa says

      Yahoo! Great junkers snag alike! hee hee! Thank you, Lori. I’m sure your daughter will love it.

  3. Janet Schen says

    What a great idea! I adore your pottery bowls on the top shelf in the photo!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you! I am a sucker for McCoy and other oldies, but goodies.

  4. Cheryl says

    Oh wow, what a difference in the one you made into a canister! Great job!!

  5. Abby says

    I love these both!!!! Especially the saying on the jar one…. what a great reminder! They’re both beautiful, and I love your creativity and vision for outdated pieces!

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