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Creating Layers of Love with Paint and Stain

Do you swoon when you see layers of paint and stain on the side of a barn with time-worn wear, or better yet, on a piece of furniture?  I mean, there’s a story there. That chippy goodness tells the life of that piece, and what travels it’s had – those layers of love.  No, I’m not crazy, but maybe a bit head-over heels with appreciation for the past. Let me show you how I go about creating layers of love.

Those layers  I mentioned above speak to me telling me a bit about each change in life.  For instance, the life of a table could be this: a table was built and stained and sold by the original creator. Then the new owner wore out the top with her kids meals and decided to throw on a coat of white paint to freshen it up. Eventually that same table heads to a garage sale, where a man purchases it to put in his garage and throws on a coat of blue paint because white gets too dirty….you get the idea!

DIY: Creating Time-worn Effect with Layers of Paint by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

When I am blessed enough to have such a piece come across my path, I try to find out as much as I can about it’s history so that when it’s no longer mine I can continue the story.  But…sometimes it’s fun to create my own story by using paint and stain make something appear to have had a history.

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Blanket Chest with Farmhouse Style

Y’all ready for this? It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday! My blogger friends and I love to share with you fantastic projects to inspire you to give DIY a try. My project piece for today is my very own blanket chest. It’s looking kinda shaggy, isn’t it? Let me show you how I took it from shaggy to rustic chic. (aka. #trashure) You’ll get to see my friend’s projects at the end.

Painted Blanket Chest Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

I originally purchased this piece to redo thinking it was wood when I bought it sight unseen. Little did I know it ended up being coated in multiple layers of paint…ugh. If you remember from this post, I promised myself to never buy another painted piece to work on. Read more

DIY Concrete Table ~ Plus DIY Solar Lamps

Are you ready to take your outdoor (or indoor) decor to the next level? I’m here, as promised, to show you how to create the DIY concrete table that we built for our backyard fire pit reveal last week. Plus, I’m also going to share how I create two different solar lamps for a few dollars too. To make things even sweeter, I have yet another giveaway for you to help you get the job done right. So much to share, so let’s get started!

Build this Concrete Table for Less than $30. Easy-to-follow build plans by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The best part about these concrete tables is that they are very versatile. You can size it to meet your needs and they even look wonderful in Read more

Secretary Desk with English Cottage Style

Do you ever find you are drawn to an era, either because of family lines or maybe just the design style suits you? For me, it’s anything that has a story. Particularly for me that have a utilitarian function within a home. Take this vintage secretary desk radio, for instance. Yes, it was a radio and a desk at one point. It looks to have seen many faces in its time, and was even given a slightly dark face currently.

Antique Secretary Desk Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comIt was painted black on only certain parts was to hide the fact that it has replaced doors. This is actually a Red Lion Cabinet Company radio cabinet with secretary desk on top. While the bottom was the space used to house the radio. You can see what this originally looked like Read more

Repurposed Door Mirror ~ Trashure Goodness

Curbside shopping is what I call a trashure hunt – that one’s man’s trash is MY treasure kinda thing. A few years ago I went on my first major trashure adventure with my oldest son and we scored huge. We got desks, dressers, cribs, old wood, and even this old front door with screen and glass insert. Would you have passed it by? Maybe you’ll change your mind when you see what I created for Trash to Treasure Tuesday. This the day where my blogger friends and I share our creations with you. Bring on my repurposed door mirror…and a giveaway for you! {{enter in dramatic music}}

Salvaged Door Before (AKA Trashure) | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You may remember that a few months ago I took the screen door and repurposed it into a chalkboard. The transformation and DIY tutorial are HERE.

Chalkboard Made from Repurposed Screen Door by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This time it’s the main frame’s turn. I’m planning on Read more

Footstool Upholstery ~ It really is that easy

One of the questions I often get asked is, “Is upholstery really that hard?” Truth is that no, it isn’t when you have the right tools, lots of practice, and plenty of patience. It’s the kinda thing you can figure out the basic jist of it by diving in. To give you a glimpse of how easy it really can be, I’m taking a pair of thrifted footstools and showing you how to dive into footstool upholstery.

Thrifted Footstools Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Do you see why they need a little…ahem…help? The footstool on the right is a handmade cover that isn’t bad, but just needed some oomph. The footstool on the left was kinda dingy and also could use a lift. That one on the left is the one Read more

Vintage Chest Makeover with Prairie Style

Do you ever find yourself wondering what it was like to live in a certain time period? One era I am sure wondering if I had what it took to survive were the days of prairie life, the 1800’s. Those folks had such determination to make it. While I sit at my desk with a screen full of comfort and ease, I sometimes ache for that simplicity. Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday and I have a vintage chest makeover that I chose to give a touch of prairie style. Be sure to check out below for the other ladies makeovers.

Vintage Chest Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

At first glance you may not notice anything wrong with this chest. However, even though I noticed from the listing photo there were issues, the owner even pointed them out to me on delivery. He said it was his aunt’s chest that was a sorry sight before he got it. If you look at the top drawer, you will notice Read more

Framed Doily Wall Art from Curbside Finds

You are driving along and see a pile of picture frames on the side of the road. Do you drive on? Or, do you like me, hit the brakes and grab them? tsk. You best be hoping out of your car! {{shakes her finger}} We’re talkin’ trashure today, peeps. I spied a stack of frames on the side of the road while it was raining and jumped out to rescue them. Let me show you how I turned them into framed doily wall art.

Curbside Prints Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The reasons I say you should be jumping out is because just look at those ornate frames. That alone is reason enough to take a peek. So many possibilities with these.

Corner of Ornate Picture Frame | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

And…the best part…look at what else I scored!! {{gasp!}} Read more

Vintage Tea Cart Refreshed

A couple posts ago I mentioned that I had been on the hunt for a chair to go with a desk, but somehow came home with much more. ahem. That’s what happens when you hit the thrift stores. We have a few locally and I’m ever so thankful. However, what ends up jumping in my truck? Not a chair that I needed. Oh no. An adorable vintage tea cart. tsk. Does this ever happen to you? (please say yes so I know I’m not alone, k?) This is perfect for today’s Furniture Fixer Uppers! You’ll see more in a minute and have a chance to WIN.

Vintage Tea Cart Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Can you blame me? I love tea carts and have had several in my possession over the years, but this one just won out as my favorite. Though to look at it you may think, meh.

Tea Set Storage on Vintage Tea Cart | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

It is made out of simple pine and has that super dark stain to hide the Read more

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