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Vintage Country Shelf Makeover

Okay…let’s just get this outta the way. Indeed, there is something weird about the era of country blue and HEARTS!! There…I said it. I have nothing against blue. As a matter of fact, blue is actually one of my favorite colors. As for the hearts, nothing against those either. But… (you always have to have one of those, right?) However, the two paired together for an entire decade makes one wane on their decorative sense. Further, take this vintage country shelf, for instance. Need I say more?

Vintage Country Shelf in Blue with Heart Cut-Outs | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Vintage Country Shelf Heart Cutout | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Furthermore, it even has that country cute wallpaper taped over the cutouts in the opening. For historical reference, here’s what I’ve done with heart cut-outs in the past. SEE HERE. Sometimes I embrace them and other times they gotta go. Today, I’m all about remediation. Let’s go!

MORE BANG FOR MY BUCK

If you happen to run into a heart cut-out situation like this in your own decor or in a hand-me-down store, don’t worry. There is hope! First, I remove the bottom peg slat by doing a little hammering.

Heart Cut-Out Peg Shelf Removed from Vintage Country Shelf | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Meanwhile, I want to save as much as possible since I don’t like waste. To start with I drill the back of this piece with my forstner bit to be able to pop out the pegs from behind. It worked beautifully. Yay! Additionally, notice the piece of wood also laying on the table. That is my replacement piece coming soon.

Removing Shaker Pegs from Vintage Wooden Shelf | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Next, I use a smaller forstner bit to make coordinating holes on the new board after its cut to size. Then, I glue then in and nail the entire set into the existing spot on my vintage country shelf.

Drilling Shaker Peg Holes in Vintage Country Shelf | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Finally, I’m at the point of paint. Although I could go with any color, this time around I’m going with a semi-gloss black. Not only is it easy to clean, but also has a modern vibe, and is durable.

Black Spray Paint for Vintage Country Shelf | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

DONE AND DONE

In short, she’s said good-bye to her past, taken on a new style and new life. BAM! Here’s my vintage country shelf that is country no more.

DIY Farmhouse Style Wooden Shelf Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #vintage #diy

Side View of Vintage Country Shelf Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #black #diy

Is this much of a makeover? Yes and no. Yes, because it presents a whole new vibe, but not really a huge difference. However, I could’ve flipped the shelf upright and left the pegs off. In addition, I also could have taken it all apart and built something completely new since it’s wood.

Vintage Country Shelf Makeover into Modern Farmhouse by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #vintage #modernfarmhouse

Black Farmhouse Peg Shelf for Kitchen from Vintage Country Shelf | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #modernfarmhouse #diy

As I most often do, this is now available along with other vintage finds, handmade creations, and redeemed furniture in my online shop.

  • Farmhouse Style Vintage Tea Cart Table available at Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shopping #furniture
    Vintage Tea Cart ~ $225

Modern Farmhouse Peg Shelf Makeover from Vintage Country Shelf by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #homedecor #diy

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You’re turn! Not only do I want to hear some comment love below, but I also ask you pin and share my vintage country shelf makeover. It’s fun to inspire!

Vintage Country Shelf Makeover into Modern Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #makeover #diy #vintage

In addition, before you go, don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter so you can join in my latest Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION fun with these vintage tablecloths. Until next time!
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Damaged Vintage Tablecloth Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION series hosted by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Come learn to create for you and your home | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Also, more DIY fun like this vintage country blue shelf:

An 80's style stool gets a rustic update. See how this farmhouse nail barrel stool got a new look at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #homedecor #diy #furniture #homedecorideasGoodbye 80's country blue and hello rustic farmhouse. These benches were meant to be farmhouse benches with bit of paint and know-how. Get the DIY details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #furniture #farmhouse #diy #homedecor #home #homedecorideas

Comments

  1. Niki says

    I’m glad you got some rest and are on the mend Larissa. It may not be a big makeover but I think it is so much better. It doesn’t look as blocky/chunky in black (black is sliming as we know) haha. Have a blessed weekend.

    • Larissa says

      haha. It sure is! Thanks so much. Feeling better every day. 😉

  2. Fran says

    Much better and elegant. The copper against the black is beautiful. I would have passed this piece up because of the hearts.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks, Fran! Back in the day I would have too…I’ve even given some away. Crazy to think what I could have saved. haha.

  3. Judy Burnside says

    MUCH Better! I love that you always see the good in everything, you see the potential in a piece and make it SO MUCH better than it was before! And so glad to hear you are on the mend yourself. Have a wonderful week and thank you so the wonderful inspirations .

    • Larissa says

      You just made my day, Judy. Such sweet words to hear and makes what I do all the more fun. Thank you!

  4. Michele M. says

    Seriously one of your bests!! That looks absolutely fabulous and would go with nearly every decor!
    Very well done. If I had a good spot for it I’d snatch it up in a heartbeat! How cute will it be to decorate it seasonally, too. Bravo!!!

    • Larissa says

      How fun are you, Michele? 😀 You’re definitely a kindred spirit. Thank you!

  5. Joanne H says

    Such a surprise transformation. I thought I was going to know what to expect but it turned out so much better than I expected. I should have known it would. It’s a Prodigal Piece. It’s very sharp.

    • Larissa says

      How fun to hear, Joanne. I’m delighted you enjoyed it as it makes what I do worthwhile. Thank you.

  6. Becky says

    Whew! That little shelf thanks you. You rescued it! Well done!

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