Top
Join the DIY family!

Vintage Cubby Shelf Makeover

What’s better than finding junk and reworking it? Finding junk and reworking it with friends!! Folks, it’s the second Tuesday of the month and that means it’s Trash to Treasure time. I’m joining my four blogger friends to bring you new inspiration. You’ll see their work in a bit but take a peek at what followed me home. This vintage cubby shelf needs a new look to bring it up-to-date and refresh it.

Vintage Cubby Shelf Before Trash to Treasure Makeover | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

When I say it followed me home, I mean that I went into the store not intending to purchase something like this but couldn’t resist the call to give it new life. This vintage cubby shelf is made of pine, so at least it has solid wood going for it. Also, it has two cubbies with door, one without, plus a plate rack with cup hooks below. It’s kinda stinky, so I lay it out in the sun for a few hours and that kills it completely.

Sunning Vintage Cubby Shelf to Remove Odor | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

BTW…it still freaks me out when I see my shadow as I still can’t believe I have curly hair. eep!(see my hair post HERE) Okay, back to my project. First, as you can see, I had to use a ton of wood filler to fill in the nailer holes and various grain issues (common to pine).

Wood Filler on Vintage Cubby Shelf | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

LET’S PAINT

Then, once I sand that all down, I’m ready for the next step…paint. Next, I take the shelf outside and use a basic white paint to give the cup hooks a refreshing from that awful faux brass. Next, I use this Rustic Pink spray paint I’ve used in the past HERE to fill in the cubby boxes.

Painted Inside Vintage Cubby Shelf | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Yes, this is the first coat of two, so hang with me. Last, as soon as the spray paint layers cure, I begin to use the same Slate Green I use on my kitchen cabinets to paint the rest of the shelf by brush.

Painting Vintage Cubby Shelf | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

STORAGE & STYLE

Finally, here is our vintage cubby shelf restyled and refreshed with a brand-new look. woot!

Painted Slate Green Vintage Cubby Shelf Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #cottage

Open Vintage Cubby Shelf Doors in Pink by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Not only does the green soften the overall original heaviness of the dark pine, but also the pink makes it have peek-a-boo fun. Did you notice I kept the original porcelain knobs?

Left Side of Vintage Cubby Shelf by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #homedecor

Vintage Rose Vignette | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

While I finished this in a cottage style, I could have gone many ways with it. What would you have done differently?

Right Side Vintage Cubby Shelf | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #homedecor

Cottage Style Cubby Shelf Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage

If you’d like to make this part of your home story, you can find this and more in my online store.

  • Magic Linen Beige Waffle Blanket available at Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #bedding
    Magic Linen Waffle Blanket ~ $130

In addition to leaving comment love below, I invite you to pin and share this vintage cubby makeover to inspire others to dress up their own decor.

Vintage Cubby Shelf Makeover by Larissa of prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #shelf #diy

Likewise, get these DIY tips & tricks in your inbox, be sure to sign up for my FREE newsletter as next time I’m sharing what I do with this vintage goody checkerboard OVER HERE.

Vintage Checkerboard Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesblog signature

Before you go, check out these makeovers made just for you for Trash to Treasure Tuesday:

Trash to Treasure Tuesday | prodigalpieces.com

Trash to Treasure Tuesday June 2023 | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

  1. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
  2. Artsy Chicks Rule
  3. Salvaged Inspirations
  4. Girl in the Garage

While you’re at it, here are more fun projects like my vintage cubby shelf:

A vintage baby crib upcycled into two different French signs makes for fun home decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #vintage #upcycle #homeA dated and worn vintage round glass serving tray gets a DIY mirrored makeover with peony painting by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpeices #home #homedecor #diy #cottage #vintage

Comments

  1. Kim Banko says

    Perfect! The colours are so pretty! I think the curvy side supports suit the cottage vibe so well Larissa!

    • Larissa says

      Hooray!! I’m such a sucker for that green. Even did my home trim in that color to change it up from boring white. Thanks so much, Kim!

  2. Rebecca - NC says

    I’ve just gotten caught up on your posts as I’ve gotten back into town. First, this is so sweet!!! It has so many useful possibilities! Second, may I just say what a brave and amazing woman you are? Your strength and perseverance are such an inspiration to so many of us!! Thank you for sharing your story with us and showing us how to navigate the roads of change with love and grace!! 🥰

    • Larissa says

      Thank you on both accounts, Rebecca. I wish I didn’t have a story to share, but am glad I can hopefully help someone else on the same path. Many hugs to you!

  3. Niki says

    I really like the cottage vibe! The colors are pretty.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! It’s a cute piece to use for many spots in a home.

  4. Denise Zdziennicki says

    Love the color but then that peek-a-boo color when you open the doors brings it up a level. Super adorable my friend. XOXO

    • Larissa says

      Right? Plenty of fun to have with styling it, me thinks. Thanks, Christy.

    • Larissa says

      Blue or green is always a favorite of mine. Thanks, Nancy.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Client Love

I love it! Larissa is amazing. She listened to what I wanted and then she took care of the rest! This is my second piece I've bought from her and I'm in love! I highly recommend her.

~ Laurel

Prodigal Pieces
2020-03-21T21:34:13-04:00

~ Laurel

I love it! Larissa is amazing. She listened to what I wanted and then she took care of the rest! This is my second piece I've bought from her and I'm in love! I highly recommend her.

I love this cart, it's exquisite. The item was received in extremely secure packaging, no damage to the item. The delivery person was very professional and courteous. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces is so very amazing. A rating of 10 is deserved. Thank you, Larissa.

~ Stephanie

Prodigal Pieces
2020-03-21T21:39:34-04:00

~ Stephanie

I love this cart, it's exquisite. The item was received in extremely secure packaging, no damage to the item. The delivery person was very professional and courteous. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces is so very amazing. A rating of 10 is deserved. Thank you, Larissa.

I should have left this review MONTHS ago! I absolute love this lunch bag. I honestly carry this 5 days a week. It is the perfect size! Not only can you put your lunch in it, it can also hold your book. I enjoy reading at lunch, so I have all I need in one cute bag. Thank you so much Larissa!

~ Mikki

Prodigal Pieces
2020-03-21T21:43:16-04:00

~ Mikki

I should have left this review MONTHS ago! I absolute love this lunch bag. I honestly carry this 5 days a week. It is the perfect size! Not only can you put your lunch in it, it can also hold your book. I enjoy reading at lunch, so I have all I need in one cute bag. Thank you so much Larissa!

Awww…I love this sweet Cat with an attitude!! SO SO adorable! Well worth the money, and he will become a priceless treasure in my home! Thanks Larissa for always making your ideas turn into true treasures!

~ Sharon

Prodigal Pieces
2020-03-21T21:45:37-04:00

~ Sharon

Awww…I love this sweet Cat with an attitude!! SO SO adorable! Well worth the money, and he will become a priceless treasure in my home! Thanks Larissa for always making your ideas turn into true treasures!

Perfect purchase from start to finish! Absolutely adorable piece so creatively thought out. Packed with the greatest of care with lightening fast delivery. Very customer-oriented and friendly crafter. Could not ask for more! Thank you!

~ Deanna

Prodigal Pieces
2020-03-21T21:52:00-04:00

~ Deanna

Perfect purchase from start to finish! Absolutely adorable piece so creatively thought out. Packed with the greatest of care with lightening fast delivery. Very customer-oriented and friendly crafter. Could not ask for more! Thank you!
0
0
Prodigal Pieces