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Buffet Makeover ~ Glazing Technique

Are you ready for some fun? A healthy debate is always good, especially in family. My oldest son, Mr. I and I both had vintage buffets to work on and I challenged him to a Battle of the Buffets. Loser makes all! That means the loser makes a dessert of choice for the winner. mwahahaha!! To get us started we’ll begin with this buffet makeover. Let’s get our DIY on!

Battle of the Buffets by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Mr I. is no newbie to this game, so I have my work cut out for me. You can see his past work in his own makeovers HERE. It’s hard for me to believe that not only am I a mom to a teenager, but he’s already out-growing me. I’m not short at 5’10”!

Mother & Son Duel in the Battle of the Buffets ~ A family furniture makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com Read more

Antique Chest with Washed Finish

Time for some fun! Today is Furniture Fixer Uppers day and you know this is right up my alley, right? I mean, what’s more fun than getting to get creative and share the projects done by my blogger friends? It’s all to inspire you. Today is all about this antique chest I found while thrifting.

Damaged Antique Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This never fails to happen to me. I walk into the store knowing full well that I don’t need another piece to work on and am there on a solitary mission. Then, there it is…a big ol’ sign saying 50% off furniture. Well, any sane person couldn’t ignore that, right?

There sat this antique chest just showing me those gorgeous mismatched glass pulls and marble top. It begged me to take it home, I tell ya. I gave it a quick assessment and went…ugh. 50% off may sound good, but this thing needed much work.

Here’s what I’m facing…

Broken Antique Chest Frame | prodigalpieces.com

Broken frame to the drawers,

Damaged Chest Drawers | prodigalpieces.com

Plenty of damage to the drawer fronts from someone trying to pry it out with a screwdriver. The the inside guides were falling out and a dozen nails were sent into them through the sides trying to get them to stay. And…looked like someone tried to refinish this piece and did a sloppy job. They got it all over the marble and didn’t even bother to remove the knobs. Plus, there were plenty of bristles stuck in the finish.

Marble Topped Antique Chest | prodigalpieces.com

There is paint in all the crevices, and those top two drawers were flopping up and down like a mouth speaking to me from missing their hardware. Hot mess, shall we say? See…it’s opening up begging me to save it. hee hee hee.

Open Chest Drawer with Pink Lining | prodigalpieces.com

It’s at this point I’m like, “What did I just buy???” I needed another headache piece like another hole in the head, but silly me can’t resist. So, onward we go!

First, I repair those broken drawer rails. Those had been hopelessly failed to be repaired previously. Nailed through the outside panels, through the front and were hanging loose. I pulled out all those nails and started fresh using my nailer to secure it from the inside.

Repairing Antique Chest with AirStrike Nailer | prodigalpieces.com

*post sponsored by DecoArt (see full disclosure)

Then, I bust out the wood glue and wood filler. I used half a tub on this thing. At least it works wonders to make things new. Then, I used my sander to take off the chunky finish. Now time to give this antique chest new life.

First up, add some casters back to the empty spots. Thank goodness for a junk stash! I love collecting casters when I’m about and about. They come in so handy. I found four wooden ones to make a set and they add that bit of height my antique chest needs.

Collection of Antique Casters in Old Tool Box by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Enter in this new product by DecoArt. Anything with the word “vintage” gets my attention. Aren’t these colors gorgeous? There are actually 20 different washes available that will make your heart happy.

DecoArt Vintage Effect Wash in Four Colors via Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

For this antique chest makeover I chose to use one of my old standby’s, DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint in Vintage along with the Vintage Effect Wash in White. You can see all my other posts with DecoArt products in these posts.

DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint and Vintage Effect Wash via Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

To get started, I use apply two coats of the chalky finish paint making sure to let it cure between coats. For the next, step, I decided to use the wash to add dimension to the chest. I applied it to the center panels on the sides. Just brush on and use a soft rag to wipe off any excess leaving traces of it behind.

Applying White Vintage Effect Wash by DecoArt by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The beauty of the wash is that it has an additive to give it a longer cure time than paint. Why would we want that? Well, that gives us the chance to work it in to the places we want and take off the excess before it sets up. It makes it so nice to work with. I even added it to the carved parts of the chest and drawer fronts.

Glaing Drawer Fronts with Zibra Paint Brush by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The wash sets up beautifully and then I do a bit of distressing to add time-worn wear. Finally, my antique chest makeover is done. Here is the new look!

Antique Chest Dresser Given New Life by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Much better than the broken down lady I found in the store. I would have loved to have restored all the wood, but there was no doing with all the damage. So instead, I have those gorgeous burled inlays showcasing their gorgeous self.

Glazed Antique Chest Using DecoArt Chalky Finish Paints by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Notice how that Vintage Effect Wash really gave dimension to to all the details? I love it! In case you were wondering, this originally had a mirror and different pulls, but I was able to scrounge out some sets to make this complete from my stash.

Farmhouse Chest Vignette with Limelight Hydrangeas by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

And the side panels make for a sweet statement too, don’t you think?

Whitewashed Antique Chest Dresser with Marble Inlay by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My hydrangeas are in such gorgeous full bloom that I had to bring some in. They look like lace to me…sigh…

Grapevine Basket of Limelight Hydrangeas by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Vignette with Antique Chest, Limelight Hydrangeas, Old Pearl Necklace, and Straw Hat by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.ccom

I do have such fun staging my pieces. Especially with treasures like these. My grandmother-in-law passed not too long ago leaving us wonderful trinkets like that pearl necklace above, and this delicate jewelry box.

Delicate Vintage Jewelry Box by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’m happy to say we have a happy ending for the chest and for me knowing I saved yet another piece from some dismal outcome. Oh, and by the way, I did pass up a Queen Anne vanity that was there too. I just can’t save them all!

If you are in love with this chest, you can find this piece, the paint brushes, and more available in my shop.

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Do pin and share this antique chest made new to inspire others to restore the unloved furniture the find. They may have great bones only needing some TLC.

Beaten down antique chest of drawers made new with DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint and Vintage Effect Wash by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Time for some more fun! You just have to see what my gal friends whipped up for you today. See their posts below. Be inspired!

Furniture Fixer Uppers ~ A Furniture Makeover Group | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Furniture Fixer Uppers July 2017 | prodigalpieces.com

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  3. Girl in the Garage
  4. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
  5. Petticoat Junktion

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Art Deco Buffet Revived with Paint & Stain

Time for round two! Are you ready? If you missed the first installment of our Battle of the Buffets, be sure to see the first makeover of an antique in this post. You’ll want to take a peek so you can vote at the end of today’s fun and enter to win this week’s giveaway (I love to share!). Today, the entrant is this vintage Art Deco buffet that has seen better days.

Battle of the Buffets by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Mid Century Buffet Before | prodigalpieces.com

Let me tell you why…first, it has damage to the top with chemical/burn stains, it is sagging badly in the middle, veneer missing, and the doors won’t stay shut. Nothing we can’t fix, right?! Read more

Farmhouse Style Decor ~ How to add it to your home

You know I love me some farmhouse style decor. Do I live on a farm? No. Do I want to live on a farm? YES. Funny thing is I was born on a farm (and act like it too – ha!) and lived in rural life until I left the nest. So many of us adore the simplicity of farmhouse decor, but don’t live on a farm. However, we don’t have to wait for that “farm in the sky” to have it.  Whether it’s good ol’ fashioned farmhouse or modern farmhouse, you can get the look for less. Let me show you what I mean. (I have a video for you!)

Want to add farmhouse style decor to your home, but lack a big budget? It's easier than you think. Come see at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

First, let me say that country living is in my bones and one day I will get there whether here or in heaven. God hasn’t seen fit to bless me with that opportunity yet, so I am making the most of my blessings.

Some of the ways I have incorporated my passion into my home is by Read more

Shabby Chic Details

It’s been a while since I’ve done my own furniture makeover since I just recently helped my son and both of my daughters with their furniture makeovers. It’s not like I haven’t been busy or anything. tsk. One piece that I have finished for a custom order is this Art Deco chest of drawers that has gotten a shabby chic detailing. Yup, it’s not a BEEP, but very similar to my Dumpster Diva.

Art Deco Chest of Drawers Before Shabby Chic Details | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This lovely piece came from a client, Ruby, who allowed me to share the story of her chest of drawers. Back in 1954, Ruby’s parents bought the entire set for her. It had weathered a small flood, and this is the remaining piece left. She used it in her parent’s house until she married, and then her mother continued to use it until her death in 1991. So, in reality, it has been hers for 61 years. Ruby has decided to give it new life to suit her shabby chic love. How fun is that?!

The chest is in great shape, but has a few cosmetic problems, as well as some structural issues – all totally repairable with Read more

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

I called this gem My Painted Lady Read more

Vintage Sideboard Refreshed

Our kitchen remodel is going strong and it’s time to make some changes. One of the pieces in our kitchen is my vintage sideboard. I have had this handsome server for several years and hadn’t had the time to give it a makeover. My personal things always come last. tsk. So, for today’s Themed Furniture Makeover, which the topic is CHOCOLATE, I decided it was high time to get ‘er done.

Themed Furniture Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Since we have 6 kids (and homeschool), our table space is somewhat limited. We have our custom farmhouse table that I recently refinished (you can see it HERE), but at one point I bought a Duncan Phyfe extension table hoping to enlarge our seating capacity. The table was a no-go due to our dining area dimensions, so I sold it. But… I kept the matching sideboard.

Vintage Duncan Phyfe Sideboard Makeover Before | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Over the years, it has held our homeschool materials and served us well. I would sit and daydream…”One day I will finally give you the makeover you deserve”. Read more

Emboss Furniture with Stencils

Whether it’s embossed glass, paper, metal, or wood, I have always been intrigued by that design element. I love to create that effect in my artwork whenever possible. So it may not surprise you that I also emboss furniture too. It is so absolutely easy and only take a few basic materials. Let me show you what I did with this worn out jewelry armoire.

Vintage Jewelry Armoire Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The story behind this piece goes like this: I went to pick up an antique nightstand from a guy that I had just spoke with the night before. While on my way there with kids in tow, my oldest began to feel ill. I didn’t want to go back home and stand the guy up, so we headed over anyway with my oldest’s permission.

Turns out the guy sold the nightstand before I got there (me not happy at all) Read more

Clock Face Table ~ A Trash to Treasure Tale

Are you ready for some trashy goodness? Don’t worry, this is a kid-friendly post. I’m talking about trashure – one lady’s trash is a little boy’s treasure. tee hee. Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday where my blogger friends and I show you how we take unwanteds and turn them into new treasures. You’ll see their projects at the end of this post. Scroll down to see a clock face table makeover.Trash to Treasure Transformations by 5 Awesome DIY Bloggers

If you follow me on social media, you would have seen that a few months back my older kids had been working on their own furniture projects and my youngest boy was aching to find a project of his own. His Grandpa had brought over a couple of wooden shelves for him and his older sister to work on, but his broke.

He was so bummed and kept asking me when we could find him something to work on. Then it happened…we were headed in for the evening and he ran up to me excitedly proclaiming that a lady a couple of houses down had just thrown away a chair, or something like it, and it could be his. You can imagine he peaked my interest, so I told him we would check first thing in the morning since it was dark outside.

Do you think he slept in. No siree. He was out of bed lickety-split and we headed down to take a look. I must tell you that he has his mother’s genes. Look at this little gem he found. (notice the angelic light shining! I did not add it – btw.)

Beaten up table set out for trash turned it into a vintage style clock face table. A trash to treasure transformation by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

A little shabby, yes, but full of potential! Read more

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