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Vintage Pie Safe Makeover

A good friend always has your back, will listen to your woes, and keep secrets. Oh, and they know what makes your heart go pitter-pat. Mandy, always has an ear for me, but also an eye out for project pieces. She found this one and knew that the rustic style suited me, but also my…err…dislike for 80’s hearts. haha. Enter in this vintage pie safe. It’s not an antique, but I’m going to try to make it look like one. {{fist pump}}

Vintage Pie Safe Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I’m loving the height, the scallop doors, the functionality, and the primitive closures. But…those hearts have got to go. In addition, the top has a little bowing in the wood, and liquid damage as well. For the last few months, I’ve used this in my girls’ room so they can have temporary storage while we remodel. Remember this hutch desk and chest of drawers from their room?

Open Vintage Pie Safe | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Damaged Vintage Pie Safe Top | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

GETTING STARTED

First order of business is to remove those doors so I can set out to deal with those hearts. You can see my past solutions to the 80’s heart nemesis HERE. Some I roll with it, and others I remove. I use my square to create a template so I kn0w where to cut.

Marking Door Panels with Square | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Then, out comes my jigsaw and we have some fun. aaaahhhh…much better.

Vintage Pie Safe Door Panel Cut | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After that, I put the doors back on and begin to dress up in the vintage pie safe interior first. A soft white is my color of choice so that you can showcase what’s going to be displayed inside.

Painting Pie Safe Interior | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

While I’m letting the interior cure just a bit, I set about to pick the exterior color. I debated on a couple different colors, but I settle on this seconds color I have saved for a special occasion. It’s not named…what would you call it? It’s very similar to my kitchen cabinet color, slate green. I love it!

Soft Green Paint for Pie Safe | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Video Tour of Prodigal Pieces Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel Reveal | prodigalpieces..com #prodigalpieces

ONE MORE THING

Finally, once my paint is cured, I can now finish the door panels. Punched tin would be fun, or feed sack panels, or glass as well. However, I want to keep it open and true to the pie safe design. Chicken wire it is!

Cutting Chicken Wire for Pie Safe | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I have a love/hate for this stuff. I’ve used it in my DIY compost bins and also many other projects seen HERE. But…it is murder on the hands and arms! just sayin’…

Arm Cuts from Chicken Wire | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Stapling Chicken Wire in Vintage Pie Safe | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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After all is complete, here’s my makeover from 80’s to farmhouse antique.

Farmhouse Style Vintage Pie Safe Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #homedecor

Chippy Green Vintage Pie Safe Cupboard by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furniture #diy

Do you miss the hearts? tee hee hee. Not me!! This allows you to see the party on the inside, while keeping true to the original function of a pie safe. And how about that green?

Open Chicken Wire Cupboard Door by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #primitive #farmhouse #kitchen

Open Doors on Vintage Pie Safe by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #furniture #farmhouse

Now the 80’s dark vibe is gone and hello sweet farmhouse! I can see this not only in a kitchen, but also in a bathroom with towels or living room with quilts in it. What say you?

If you’d like to make this a part of your home story, you can find it and much more available in my online shop.

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

Side View Open Chicken Wire Cupboard | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furntiure #homedecor #farmhouse

In addition to leaving some comment love below, do pin and share this pie safe makeover to inspire others to try their own 80’s makeover. It’s fun!

A dated 80's vintage pie safe complete with hearts, gets a farmhouse makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furntiure #vintage #80s #diy #farmhouse

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Vintage Broken Tea Cart Before | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Comments

  1. Niki says

    Saaaaaweat!! I really like this little charmer. The color reminds me of lambs ear or dusty miller. The thing about old pie safes is that they are so versatile so you can do just about anything with them, and as you said use them for storage in any room. Choosing joy today. God’s blessings my friend!

    • Larissa says

      Yes!! Someone mentioned that exact name on social media yesterday and I think lambs ear or dusty miller both work. Great minds! Yes, choose JOY.

  2. Trudy Eby says

    AHHHmazing! I always walk right by anything with those hearts. i am going to try cut outs like you did, but use rattan. It doesn’t bite like chicken wire…

    • Larissa says

      hahaha!! My preference was tin, but didn’t feel like punching it myself this time. You could also use lace, which I debated as well too.

  3. Fran Blunt says

    Larissa, I would have passed this up because of the hearts. Don’t know why they just don’t appeal to me. Your idea is fantastic! I love the way it turned out.

    • Larissa says

      Fran, I’m the same way totally. It’s fun for me to make the piece brand new without the love. haha. Thanks!

  4. Wanda says

    Gorgeous! So glad that you got rid of the hearts. Looks like a pie safe now! ❤️

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! I love the story of pie safes. The way the chose to vent each one is unique to itself.

  5. Connie Minnich says

    Genius! I’m not a wood worker (as in cutting stuff) so probably would have covered it up. I much prefer your idea. As for color – I love the green you used and was thinking ‘icy green’ until I reads the comment about lambs ear and dusty miller. both are excellent choices (and favorite plants of mine!). You always surprise and delight me. Blessings!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks, Connie! Many ways to run with it, even keeping the hearts but doing something with them too. Yes, I love those too! You bring me smiles. 😀

  6. Vickie Rider says

    It’s funny that so many people don’t care for the hearts. I ‘m put off by them also, and I don’t care for things with bears on them either. you would think I don’t like the country look , but I do . Everything you do looks great.

    • Larissa says

      Right? For me, it’s bears, geese, Amish, and hearts…all from that era. At least we can do something about it, right? haha.

  7. Sandi Allen says

    Love it! Color is perfect!
    Great idea cutting out those dated hearts & adding chicken wire. I would’ve never thought of that.

    • Larissa says

      I’m skip-happy with the outcome. Thanks so much, Sandi!

  8. Marie B. says

    You always find the best ways to get rid of those hearts. Love what you did with this pie safe! I bet it was hard to list this farmhouse gorgeousness in your shop.

    • Larissa says

      You’re so kind to me, Marie. Thank you. I’ve given up on my hope to move, so I need to pare down and be real.

  9. Sue Pagels says

    Great makeover! I would have cut the scallops off the bottom of the doors though – just me. Everything else is adorbs!

  10. Mary says

    I love what you did with this outdated piece, Larissa! It certainly isn’t outdated anymore 🙂 Love the chicken wire and the color and how you pulled it all together. Now it is an authentic farmhouse pie safe…gorgeous! You are really cranking out the creations girl… and each one SO unique! This won’t last long 🙂

    • Larissa says

      I had fun with it, Mary, and I hope it shows. I’m just glad for folks like you that bring smiles. 😀

  11. susan says

    Love the scalloped doors! And you really did it justice! Love it!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Susan. The scallops prevent the leg opening from looking like a giant black hole and add charm too. Hugs! 😀

  12. Barbara says

    OMG I am completely in love with the shape of those doors! That is an absolutely perfect makeover! You have given me the inspiration I have been seeking for an old cabinet I am making over right now. Thank you for always looking beyond the original piece and envisioning what it truly should be. I look forward to each and every post!
    Peace and Joy!

    • Larissa says

      How fun to hear, Barbara! 😀 That just made my day. Thank you so much. Hugs!

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