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Aqua Blue Table ~ My Favorite Furniture Color

Want to see my favorite aqua blue table makeover? Recently, a client of mine asked for a pair of nightstands to go with a dresser she had purchased from me, and so began the hunt.  I love this part.  I mean, what could be better than shopping for furniture? A new little flea market had opened downtown a few weeks ago and I wanted to stop in and see if they had anything suitable.  They ended up being closed, but when I drove a couple stores down I noticed another place that I had seen before, but never stopped in.

WHOA…when I walked in the door I turned and said to my kids with excitement in my voice, “I really shouldn’t have found this place.” Furniture everywhere, and not your department store stuff. This is old, vintage, and absolutely lovely gems.

The guy had priced things accurately for their worth and no nightstands for my client, but that’s when I saw this beauty.

Table Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
Little lacking in the love department with it’s damaged veneer surface, but oooh the lines and legs of this piece!
Top of Table | Prodigal Pieces
 Can you see the intricate geometric style inlaid pattern?
Damaged Table Top | Prodigal Pieces
If you follow me on social media, I shared this picture with hesitation because I wasn’t sure if I would stick to my intentions of painting.  Most of the time no one wants a stained piece – painted wins out every time.

There’s no way I could paint that gorgeous top, so I sanded it down and refreshed that old stain with a new coating, then finished with several coats of poly.

Refinished Table Top | Prodigal Pieces
Now for the base.  It took me a day to decide if I should paint.  I really love wood, but those hand carved details were just begging to be drawn out. After much fretting, I dove in with my eyes closed and cringing.  Seriously.

Can I just say that I LOVE how it turned out!

Antique Vintage Side Entry Table Gets an Aqua Blue Facelift by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
I’ve already had people asking me about the color I used and the ironic part of this story is, I don’t know. This paint was one of my first scores from Home Depot’s “seconds” stash and I nearly fainted when I saw it. I have added it to the collection I’m creating for one day owning my own line of paint – we’ll see.

I ration this color out for special projects like my Art Deco waterfall dressing table

Antique Vintage Art Deco Waterfall Dressing Table Vanity Gets an Aqua Blue Facelift by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
Antique Vintage Bentwood Rocking Chair Gets an Aqua Blue Facelift with Shabby Chic Crosstitch by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
This little table fit the bill, didn’t it?
Corner of Aqua Blue Table | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
So, what do you think?  I’d love to hear your thoughts….would you have painted or kept it wood?  No regrets here, but curious if you would have done the same.
Antique Vintage Side Entry Table Gets an Aqua Blue Facelift by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
Damaged Table Before and After | Prodigal Pieces
There’s just something about how the paint draws out that woodwork, that wasn’t being showcased with stain.
Distressed Aqua Blue Table by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
Ornate Legs on Side Table by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
While this aqua blue table has already sold from my shop, you can peruse other furniture or request a custom piece done just for you. Now back to the nightstand search.
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Enamel Cabinet Makeover ~ Cottage Style

Are you ready for some fun? It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday and my blogger friends and I love to show you some awesome makeovers. In honor of my husband’s grandmother that passed away this time last year, I decided to give her old enamel cabinet a much needed TLC makeover.

Enamel Cabinet Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Normally at this time of year we would be celebrating my grandmother-in-law’s birthday. However, just after her birthday last year she quietly passed while sitting out on her porch…her favorite thing to do in the evening before bed. What a way to go! I mean, not to make light, but if I had a choice of how I was going to meet my Lord, that would be it.

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Stenciled Dresser ~ Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Earlier this week, I not only showed you my new tool that I love and am hosting a giveaway for, but also a new candidate for a makeover. We’ll get to the giveaway winner in a bit. First, let me introduce you to this empire dresser that I have been eagerly waiting to work on. It has great lines and a story to tell, but is in need of TLC. This curvy lady is to become a stenciled dresser. *enter in Cindy Lauper, “Girls, just wanna have fu-un!” (now if that doesn’t date me I don’t know what does. ahem)

Vintage Empire Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Why am I am so excited? Well, (1) I have had this in my shop stash for months and it’s finally coming out (2) the empire style is one of my favorites – see here (3) the vision I had for this stenciled dresser came about as soon as I saw it. BAM. Do you get my vibe?

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Empire Chest with Country Charm

There once was a lady who said she’d buy no furniture for a time, but good intentions make her go back on her word. So…need I say more? Seriously, y’all. I am on a mission to only have one piece in the works and one in waiting. Somehow I keep ending up with more furniture! Check out this empire chest and dresser set that just happened at my door.

Empire Chest and Dresser Set Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I have always been a sucker for empire furniture. The lines and rustic appeal just make my heart go pitter-pat. When I was searching for furniture for two custom clients, I spied the tall chest and inquired. Funny thing is it was owned by a lady who flips furniture all the time and we have a good acquaintance with each other.

She said someone was coming to look at it that evening, but that she had another dresser that was a part of the set. *pause* My mind is racing and quickly becomes absorbed in Read more

Distress Paint with Petroleum Jelly

Earlier this week I showed you this vintage chest of drawers and promised you a makeover. I thought it would be fun to use this piece to show you how to easily distress paint to create texture and a feel of days gone by.

Vintage Chest of Drawers Before Aqua Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This chest of drawers had me drawn in when I first spied the legs, the height, and also the rose carved border along the bottom. It didn’t originally have casters, but I grabbed a few from my stash and stuck them on – already the chest improved. The drawers have damage and the previous owner had made some repairs that I was impressed with. The top was in great shape as well, but didn’t quite match the stain of the rest because it is a veneer with a different grain.

Top of Vintage Chest of Drawers for Distressing | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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You know me and my love for a wood and paint combination like I just recently did with the other chest, so I decided to give the wood a fresh look. Out comes my sander and away we go! Read more

Natural Cat Toys You Can DIY

More and more in today’s society it has become a necessity to be ever-conscious of what we allow in our environment and how we are taking care of our bodies with nourishing foods. Nobody should have to bear a toxic load, and that includes our pets. Today, I have a fun DIY tutorial for you today that will give your furry feline family members a treat that will not only entertain, but will be free of poisonous rubbers and harmful chemicals. Interested? Let’s get our craft on and make some natural cat toys!

Calico Cat Playing with DIY Natural Cat Toys by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Aside from being healthy, the best part about these natural cat toys is that it makes perfect gifts. It only takes about 20-30 minutes of your time, and once you get the hang of it, they’re easy to whip one up.

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Aged Finish Created by using Paint

One of the most often questions I get asked by readers about my work is how I create an aged finish on my pieces. The kind of effect that tells a story of days gone by and looks as though it has been around for years. I recently acquired this vintage mirror with gorgeous ornate carvings from a good friend, and I thought it would be the perfect candidate to show you a quick and effective tutorial.

Ornate Vintage Mirror Before Aged Finish | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Now, don’t judge me by the mess in the reflection since we are still plugging away at our kitchen remodel, okay? If you want to stay updated on what we’re working on next in our remodel, just follow me on social media via the buttons on my sidebar.

This mirror had wonderful cracks in the carvings here and there and I love to see that for the character and charm alone, but the cowboy red had to go. Because it was missing pieces in several spots, (I don’t mind that at all) paint is one way to unify the piece.

Corner of Ornate Mirror for Aged Finish Treatment | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

To me, this mirror was begging to get the gilded treatment I gave my very first big vanity project and is my favorite thus far.

Art Deco Glam Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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Thrifted Vanity Set ~ Swap It Like It’s Hot

Woot! Woot! I’m excited because today I am taking part in the Swap It Like It’s Hot blog party where a huge group of 40 bloggers have an annual swap for some thrifted finds costing $10 or less. I send some goodies to a friend, while someone sends some to me, and we all get to see what each person does with them. Isn’t that fun?!

Swap It Like It's Hot Wednesday Challenge | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Here’s what I got from fellow DIY blogger, Erin Spain

Assortment of Thrift Store Finds for #SwapItLikeItsHot Challenge | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Vintage Reader's Digest Game Box | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Hmm…now at first you make think that’s some pretty boring stuff, but I see potential. This collected assortments has sort of a general theme running through it, so I do the next best thing to bring it all together in to a vanity set…PAINT. tee hee hee. Read more

Vanity Makeovers ~ 16 Different Sets Redone

I’m taking a walk down memory lane today. Won’t you join me? I have always wanted to do a round-up of all the different vanity makeovers that I have worked on over the last three years (time flies when you’re having fun!). Now I can share them with you all in one place.

So let’s step back in time to see all the different sets that have come through my possession and into my shop to new owners.

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My very first project EVER, was this little Art Deco waterfall vanity I found at Goodwill for $5. This was before they’ve started to jack up their prices ridiculously for damaged goods. tsk.

16 Amazing Vanity Makeovers from Art Deco to Antique - a must see! by Prodigal Pieces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Not having really started furniture for sale yet, it sat for a few months before I could tackle it because I was already painting the exterior and interior of our home all by myself. But boy, what a job this little thing was! The veneer was in horrible shape and the entire piece needed sanded down and repaired. It had no mirror, but I found one through Etsy. It arrived busted and FedEx replaced it with a new one. Whew!

16 Amazing Vanity Makeovers from Art Deco to Antique - a must see! by Prodigal Pieces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

This was when I fell in love with my favorite seconds paint aqua color I have used again, and again.

16 Amazing Vanity Makeovers from Art Deco to Antique - a must see! by Prodigal Pieces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The rest of these won’t be in chronological order, but pretty close, and I’ve tried to find all the various ones I’ve worked on. Crazy to see how my photography and staging have changed.

This next Art Deco beauty I named, My Painted Lady. What a glamorous piece that convinced me paint can do amazing things.

16 Amazing Vanity Makeovers from Art Deco to Antique - a must see! by Prodigal Pieces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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