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Repurposed Changing Table Potting Bench

One thing I can’t resist is a good trashure find (ya know, one man’s trash is another woman’s treasure?). City clean-up was held recently and I mentioned how I was a good girl until I saw this haul. The next day was Sunday and on the way to church I spied something else face down on the ground. I was surprised no one wanted it, but I drove on to get to church. On my way home, however, I had no problem getting out in my good clothes and shoving it in my car. Meet my new project – a repurposed changing table.

Curbside Changing Table Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Since I was really puzzled why it hadn’t been picked up yet, I gave it a good look before I decided to claim it. All I saw was missing 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

Updated Dresser with Pulls, Paint, & Stain

Do you find stress relief in work? I’m one of those the will clean my house lickety-split when I am one hot mama. hahaha… That’s kinda how I feel about furniture and my creative projects too. There are times when I am downright frazzled and wore to the bone, then when I go get creative my woes are gone. I talk to God during that time and it feels so good. We’ve had some major setbacks in the last few weeks and I decided to take it out on this piece today. Let me show you how I turned it into an updated dresser. PLUS, I have an awesome giveaway for you!

Vintage Dresser Before Updating | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You might be wondering what’s wrong, well we’ve found a pest in the wood we are using for our kitchen countertops. No big deal, just treat and move on, but that set us back 3 weeks finding the source, the solution, and waiting on it to arrive. Then our vehicle had issues and when they were supposed to be fixed the dude who repaired it caused more damage. We even had Read more

Damaged Veneer is Your Friend…Really

Are you one to shy away when you have a piece of furniture that has damaged veneer? I don’t blame you. Many a times I have run into a project that really had me ready to quit. Last week I showed you a chest of drawers and how I gave it a new look (on the left). This week, I’m going to show you how The Evil Twin got a makeover that gave a me a run for my money. Enter in this soon-to-be farmhouse empire dresser.

Set of Empire Furniture Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Let’s take a closer look.

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

You can see that the knobs are mismatched on the top and not original, no casters, and worn on top. No biggie, right? Well, the previous owner warned me Read more

Mid Century Modern Chest ~ White and Wood

What would you say if someone offered you this Mid Century Modern chest for free?

Vintage Mid Century Modern Mengel Chest of Drawers Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Yell, SCORE! I live vicariously, can you tell? Of course I accepted this awesome gift sight unseen from some local peeps who knew I had a furniture fetish. This is a classic piece made by Mengel and has a design style that is out of this world. Seriously! If you don’t believe me, Google it. (that’s what we do nowadays, right?)

Mid Century Modern Mengel Logo in Chest of Drawers | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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This is by far one of the heaviest, most solid pieces I’ve come across, but…(there’s always a but. Can I get an amen?) it needed some lovin’. Today is Themed Furniture Makeover Day where each month a group of bloggers get together and share our makeovers. Today’s theme is all about RED, WHITE, OR BLUE and you can see the girls’ projects below.

I thought this Mid Century Modern chest would be perfect for this month because it was begging to have that cherry wood drawn out in contrast with WHITE. Yessssss….

The chest had some pretty deep gouges to the top and side, and even one of the side panels had split. Oh BTW, the top two pulls are present, but I had removed them to give them a good polish. pssst!! they are solid brass!! SCORE!

Damage Top of Mid Century Modern Mengel Chest of Drawers | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The top I repaired with wood filler and my sander, but that split side panel was a bit tricky. I had to lay it on its side and have my husband’s assistance to muscle the panels together and then attached together from the inside. Good as new!

Since I couldn’t quite save the wood of the cabinet, I could not resist showcasing the gorgeous cherry wood of the drawer fronts. That’s when I decided to go the route of one of my favorite methods of paint and stain combo like I used in this Mid Century set or on these pieces.

My all-time favorite stain after the years is Early American Stain by RustOleum. We’ve used it in our master bedroom, bathroom, and on numerous projects like our Pottery Barn inspired trunk.

Early American Stain for Mid Century Modern Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

For the rest of the chest, I decided to go white. A flat white that I would finish in a RustOleum Matte poly finish as well.

The pulls were gorgeous, but needed some TLC, so I used my Bar Keepers Friend® to polish them up. Look at what was hiding in there!

Bar Keeper's Friend to Polish Brass Pulls | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

After all is said and done, I am tickled with the updated look that stays true to the classic retro style.

Mid Century Modern Chest by Mengel get Updated Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Clean lines and a style that can fit into most any decor. I love it.

Side of Mid Century Modern Chest by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Sleek Mid Century Modern Chest with Boho Flair by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

My newly blooming peonies are the delight of my heart and I couldn’t help but use them in my staging along with the vintage print I found.

Dark Pink Peonies on Vintage Chest by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Oh, and that leggy lady on the side is a part of a pair of chairs I just found while thrifting. I wasn’t even furniture shopping and they were calling my name! Can you blame me? The other chair has a hole in the caning, so I’m not sure what I’ll be doing to them or if they will stay with me. Time will tell.

Vintage Caned and Upholstered Queen Anne Style Chair with Blue Accents by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

As with most of my furniture makeovers, you can find this newly done Mid Century Modern chest in my shop (SOLD in a couple of hours!), along with oodles of other goodies. Be sure to stop by and check it out.

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Do pin and share my Mid Century Modern chest makeover to inspire other to think outside the orange box too! ♥

A Mid Century Modern Chess Gets Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Up next, I’m be sharing with you some crafty fun fit for a feline. Head HERE to see.

Calico Cat Playing with DIY Natural Cat Toys Made by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
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WAIT! Before you head off, you must take a minute to check out what my DIY Furniture Girls put together for the RED, WHITE, or BLUE theme this month.

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


More furniture makeovers like my Mid Century Modern chest:

Transform an Outdated China Cabinet with Wallpaper by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comOutdated Vintage Dresser Gets Industrial Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Buffet Makeover ~ A Night & Day Difference

Earlier this week in my upholstered footstool post, I told you I would show you the after of a vintage buffet I was doing some custom work on. It seems once my own sideboard(or you can call it a buffet) was refinished, it caused quite a stir. As soon as my own buffet sold from my shop, I have had the blessing of receiving several requests for custom work, and thought it would be fun to share it with you today.

Vintage Custom Buffet Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

At first glance, you may think to yourself, “There’s nothing wrong with this buffet.” But, upon closer observation, if you look at the top you’ll see something.

Damaged Top of Vintage Buffet | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*post does contain affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too!

Being that I don’t know the full story, my best guess is that someone tried to refinish the top, but quit. I mean, there’s no topcoat and the wood was dry. Not to mention look at those awful stain strokes. {{gasp}}.

My client was after a piece to help her family celebrate the holidays, and also an accent piece to match their dinette set which was cherry wood mixed with black paint. Naturally she wanted something to compliment her decor and  match her current furniture. Sounds good to me! Read more

Coffee Table Makeover with French Country Style

Do you ever feel like that no matter how hard you try, your good intentions never seem to work out? Here’s my story (and I’m sticking to it): my kids need clothes, right? So, I like to hit garage sales to save money, but it somehow never turns out that way. Why is it they have to stick other things in garage sales that would distract you from intended mission? tsk. Seriously. I was only going to look for clothes and then this coffee table just had to be there.

Garage Sale Find Claw Foot Table | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

*post contains affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too! (see full disclosure)

It was only $20 and it begged for new life. And boy, did I have the darndest time getting that thing to fit in the back of my suburban. Those gorgeous legs just didn’t want to fit! I even borrowed the owners Read more

Outdoor Decor ~ Creating an Inviting Space

Do you know that feeling of complete relaxation…that point that you just don’t want to move or else it will go away? That my friends is how I feel about sinking into my latest treat-to-self family. ahem. Last week I showed you how I’ve been updating our patio decor. This week, take a look at the new beauty that has arrived to my outdoor decor. You don’t know backyard bliss until you have rested in a tufted hammock. Yes, not just any old hammock…a tufted hammock – a veritable mattress on ropes!. I must be dreaming…swoon.

Tufted Hammock by Hatteras Hammocks on DFO Home by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*post is sponsored by DFO Home and contains affiliate links so you can find what I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

You see, our other hammock was feasted upon by mice in our shed. It wouldn’t hold a the weight of  a flea. It had been my oldest daughter’s gift and I felt so bad. My kids loved on this thing like none other and it added such fun to our backyard. I decided to surprise them. tee hee hee.

Damaged Outdoor Hammock | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

In my opinion, our home doesn’t just exist within four walls, but rather also includes the environment we create around the outside of our home. Today, I want to show you how to easily add to our outdoor decor to make an inviting space with a bit of effort. Since our Themed Furniture Makeover day for this month is all about OUTDOOR, I thought that this sweet little table would be the perfect fit. You’ll get to see what my furniture friends have created for you soon.

Outdoor Table Before Patio Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I’ve mentioned before that whenever we receive a piece of furniture for free, I pass it along to one of my kids. They each take turns and can’t wait to see what arrives next. My youngest son, Mr. O., was the recipient of this plant stand-type table from my mother.

It had seen better days and would fall apart if you picked it up wrong, but it had some potential. See the rust? I love me some rust.

Rusty Patina on Outdoor Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Time for Mr. O to take the lead and get this project started.

Little Boy Working on Outdoor Decor Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This isn’t his first furniture makeover, as he did a clock face table before from a table he found in the trash. That’s what I call trashure.

Vintage Table Set Out for Trash Becomes Faux Clock Face Table by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I only had to guide him here and there with using my drill and bits.

Boy Drilling New Wood for Outdoor Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

We cut new slats from some scrap wood out of my stash using my table saw and miter saw. Once done it was only a matter of assembly and finish work.

Adding New Wood Table Top to Outdoor Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

He did a dry fit to make sure all was good and sanded smooth with my orbital sander.

Boy Sanding Outdoor Table Top | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

We decided to go darker on the color of the wood and used my favorite stain that we’ve also used in several other projects. It’s called Early American by RustOleum. By the way, he had a ventilator on, but I forgot to take a picture of him staining, so we staged this one for a quick fix and forgot the mask. oop!

Boy Staining Table with Early American by RustOleum | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

For a French twist, we added this DecoArt Cafe Paris stencil on top.

Cafe Paris Stencil by DecoArt for Outdoor Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

To seal it all up, we sprayed with this polyurethane for protection.

Spray Polyurethane by Minwax for Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Now, doesn’t it look perfect beside our newest addition? Adding little things like this to your outdoor decor doesn’t have to break the bank.

French Cafe Outdoor Decor Table by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

After all the hard work, I needed to take a break. aaahhh… I’m telling you this tufted hammock found at DFOHome is bliss on earth. We were so happy with our outdoor curtains on our patio makeover, that I knew that would have just the thing I was looking for since they have oodles of styles and choices.

Hatteras Hammocks Tufted Hammock from DFO Home by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Hahaha…while trying to snap this picture, my toddler kept wanting to join me. Who can resist, right? The hammock is perfect for snuggling.

Mama and Baby in Tufted Hammock | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

All of my 6 kids vie for hammock time (even though it easily holds two), but the one who deserved it most today was Mr. O. He worked hard and deserves a break.

Boy Reading Book in Tufted Hammock | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I even served him some lemonade. Summertime is passing by so quickly.

Patio Plant Stand Refresh for Outdoor Decor by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

To make your outdoor decor more fun, I am able to give one of these hammock swings to you as your very own.

Hammock Chair Swing from DFOHome Giveaway by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Want to win? (giveaway is closed) First, head here to pick your swing chair. Next, leave me a comment on how you want to make your outdoor decor more inviting (and do tell my little guy he rocked the table project too).  Winner will be chosen via random.org and announced on Tuesday the 26th and is open to U.S. Residents only. Another bonus is you can receive 10% OFF your entire purchase by using the coupon code: PRODIGAL

Oh, and before I forget, we also decided to make a fun sign with the salvaged wood top. Isn’t it trés chic? It is available in my shop. (SOLD)Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Cafe Paris Reclaimed Wood Sign by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I hope our latest additions have encouraged you to add little touches here and there to make the outside of your home an inviting space. Head to the thrift store and make an unwanted object a focal point by giving it new life. Do pin and share these ideas too! ♥

How to Create and Inviting Outdoor Decor Space by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

For more inspiration, next I’ll be sharing how you add even more to your decor. Head here to get The DIY details.

Outdoor Pillows on a Budget by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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WAIT! Don’t forget to check out these other outdoor decor makeovers for our Themed Furniture Makeover.

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

More of my outdoor decor projects:

Indoor / Outdoor DIY Faux Fireplace | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comDIY a Faux Shipping Crate Table by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Update Furniture with these Simple Steps

It’s been a while since I’ve worked on a larger piece of furniture, so it feels good to get back in the saddle again. Often when my husband is making a delivery to cities that are an hour or so away, I always jump on Craigslist to see if there is something in the same area that would be a candidate for a makeover. While delivering the settee I just finished, I had him pick up this Mid Century dresser. I thought this piece would be a perfect candidate to show you how to update furniture in a few easy steps.

Updating and Outdated Dresser | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*affiliate links are included in the post so you can find the product I love to use too! (see full disclosure)

This dresser is as solid as they come with a stout design, sturdy dove-tailed drawers, and ornate details. I like the design of this one because it appears to have nine drawers, but actually only has six. Plenty of storage and space in there. The only thing wrong with it was that the finish had been worn (that 1960’s speckled veneer-type finish), and an update would do this brown beast justice. Read more

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