Farmhouse Thrift Store Upcycle

Who doesn’t love a great thrift store find?! Whenever I get the chance to go to the local “Bargain Barn”, I am never disappointed. This time around, I found a large mirror on sale, but I wasn’t loving the frame. Nothing a little paint and elbow grease can’t fix!

Here are the steps I took to create a very cute farmhouse styled mirror for my entryway this holiday season.

Step one: Find a framed mirror! This lovely golden framed mirror was $8.00 at my local thrift store.

Of course I found a number of other things while I was there 😀

Step Two: Gather your supplies. I used what I already had on hand, which includes a sample sized paint can of “antique white” from Valspar, a small paint brush and some scotch tape to save money.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Mirror with frame   (Local Thrift Store for $8.00)
  • Paint – Valspar Sampler   (Ace Hardware)
  • Paint Brush   
  • Tape 
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    If I was starting from scratch, I’d use painters tape, some kraft paper, and some spray paint 🙂 The process of painting will go so much faster and smoother with spray paint verses hand brushing.
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    This is what the mirror looked like before. As you can see in the photo, I used the scotch tape to tape off the edges of the mirror so that I could paint the edges of the frame.

Step three: Start painting! 🙂

Here is a Facebook Live video of me demonstrating how I painted the frame. (The video did get cut off due to connection). As mentioned above, spray paint would have been a lot easier to work with, but since I didn’t have any on hand but did have this sampler sized paint, I used a paint brush to use up what I already had on hand. After I finished painting it with three coats, I let it dry, then hung it up with a homemade evergreen wreath for this year’s Christmas decor.

Check out the final results below!

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If you loved how this easy project turned out and would love to try it for yourself, please share this project by pinning it!
Happy DIYing,

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Faux Framed Wood Signs

Yesterday, I shared a tutorial to over on the Prairie Pine Designs Facebook Page LIVE! If you missed it, no worries as it is linked in this post. 😉 Making faux framed wood signs is one of my favorite things to do when creating a sign. It is more cost effective (since you don’t need all the tools to make a “normal” frame), the sign is lighter and easier to hang, and it gives the sign a unique look!  For those that are just starting in your sign making journey, this is a great way to add a frame. 


Supplies Needed:

A stain wood blank

Painters Tape


Measuring Tape


Chalk Paint (I prefer to use Waverly Chalk Paint from Walmart or make my own. You can find my DIY Chalk Paint Recipe here.)

Paint Brush or Mini Roller

The How-To:

Find your piece of wood that you want to create with. I prefer using 1”x10″ or 1″X12″ boards and cut them down. Once cut, I sand it with 80 and 120 grit paper with my orbital sander. Once sanded smooth, stain you sign. I use Minwax Dark Walnut. Once your sign is dry (I let mine dry for at least 8 hours), you are ready to create your faux frame! Watch the video tutorial below get the step by step instructions on how to create your faux frame!



Tada! There you have it. It is truly that easy! This technique is a really quick and is a great way to add a frame without all the wood work and measuring.

If you found this helpful, please pin this tutorial to Pinterest!


*This post may contain affiliate advertising. This means that if you click a link in the post, I may make a commission based on your purchase, which allows me to continue providing tutorials and wood sign creations. 

Happy DIYing,

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How to Make a Wood Sign

Last week, I recorded a #Live on the Prairie Pine Designs Facebook page to show you how to make a wood sign! If you missed it, no worries, because I will be going #Live again to show you how to create one. 

In the video, I mention a number of materials and supplies I use. I wanted make this post so that you will be able to use it as a resource to use when creating wood signs for the first time! 

Here is the list of the products I used!

Silhouette Cameo 3 – The Silhouette cameo is the ultimate DIY machine. It uses a small blade to cut over 100 materials, including vinyl to make vinyl stencils! You create you need design in the Designer Studio Software and send it to your Silhouette machine to cut. Most designs take 1-3 minutes to cut.

ORAMASK 813 Stencil Film or GreenStar Sign Vinyl – This is the material used for your stencil.

Vinyl Transfer Tape – This is used to transfer your stencil to your prepped wood.

Painters Tape 

Chalk Paint (Folkart, Waverly, or homemade brands) or Latex Paint

Miniwax Stain

Pine Common Board – found or bought at your local lumber Store or department store such as Home Depot, Lowes, or Menards.

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Happy DIYing

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Prairie Pine’s Friday Finds


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Welcome to the very first post in the “Friday Finds” series! I am continually on the hunt for good deals and great home décor finds. I often dream of a home that is warm and inviting, but also practical that can function smoothly with a toddler and a dog running around (if any of you have mastered this, PLEASE share your secrets).  In searching for inspiration and deals, I thought it would be great to write about what I find in hopes to inspire you all as well! So, every Friday, I will share what I have found to be eye appealing and esthetically pleasing throughout the week. With that, it you happen to find a great steal of a deal on some awesome finds, let me know! I’d love to share with my audience so everyone can share in the find!

Without any further ado, here are this weeks Friday Finds:


Wall Mount Cup Rack

This cup rack is a signature piece in almost every Fixer Upper home. If you don’t know what Fixer Upper is, have you been living under a rock?! Lol. If you don’t know, I’ll still forgive you and advise you to stay tuned for my last Friday Find of this week to learn more about the infamous Chip & Joanna Gaines. I really love this cup rack because it is so simple, yet brings a big impact into a room. You can use it in your kitchen to hang coffee mugs or mason jars from, or you can use it in any other room of the house to hang plants, wreaths, and other knick knacks! The possibilities are endless. If you would like to get your hands on one of your own, you can find them here.

Vintage Ice Cream Scoop

What can be better than ice cream in the middle of July?! Yeah, I can’t think of anything better either! Ice cream is a summer staple, and so should these vintage ice cream scoops! They’re crafted from copper and antique brass to give it that perfect antique look! Not only do the actual scoop look so elegant, so does the ice cream it scoops. These scoops give you that great rounds shaped of ice cream, which is so perfect for on top of cone 🙂 It’s making me crave sweets just thinking about it!

Pray Big Throw Pillow

I don’t believe anything can add to a room with such ease and impact as much as a throw pillow. You can swap them out when ever you want or change them with the seasons without breaking the bank. This pillow is less than $20 and would go great on almost any couch in any living room as it is neutral in color and would go with any season of the year. There’s never a time where you shouldn’t PRAY BIG. 🙂

Lounge T Shirt

This t-shirt counts as home décor because it talks about French Doors and Shiplap, right?! As soon as I get home from my 9-5, I change straight into lounge clothes that I don’t mind getting a little paint and dirt on. Although I think I’d be a little sad if this shirt got stained, I still NEED it!! You can find it here, if you are as interested in it as I am!

The Magnolia Story

I read The Magnolia Story in ONE day! First, let me explain to you that before this year, I hardly read ONE book in one YEAR.  I wanted to change that, so I made it one of my goals this year to try and read one book a month. I am one book behind as I have read six books so far. I’d say that isn’t too bad considering my past record. With that being said, I couldn’t put this down! I actually listened to a lot of it via Audible (read by Chip and Joanna themselves!) while I worked on filling custom sign orders (I like to try and multi task when I can). Chip and Joanna’s story is very incredible and their faith throughout there whole Fixer Upper journey is very admirable. Their autobiography has inspired me to keep going with my creative business and to keep God first through it all. Whether you what their show or not, I highly recommend their book!

These are my top FIVE for this week, and I look forward to sharing more with you next Friday! Until then, stay tuned for some more DIY tutorials and let me know what you find for some of your favorite Friday Finds! 🙂

Happy DIYing,


Welcome to Prairie Pine Designs

Welcome to the Prairie Pine Community! I am so glad you are here! This space was created for inspirational resources to share with you. From customer stories to step-by-step DIY projects, this is a great place to get inspired and learn.  Stay tuned for future posts!