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Dresser Updated to Prairie Charm with Milk Paint

We’ve been crazy busy around here working on finishing up our patio makeover, complete with pergola, but I found some time to give this Craigslist find dresser a sweet makeover.

What do you think of the…well…ummm…ORANGE. It’s sort of a pumpkin color, so it suits the season, but just a tad too much for such a sweet piece. Mind you, it would look great if set up in a room to suit it, but I see it needing some prairie charm.

Goodbye 1980's orange and hellow prairie charm. An outdate dresser gets a new look with milk paint and pulls. Come see! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

What inspired me to work on this dresser was having the chance for the first time EVER to use milk paint (gasp). Yes, I have never had my brush in milk paint and I was so eager to have a go at it. 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

Farmhouse Desk Rescue

I was born on a farm and I live in farm country, so you can best bet I was tickled to see that our Themed Furniture Makeover Day was going to be all about FARMHOUSE. Yee Haw! I have had oodles of things going on that should have kept me from joining up this month, but I didn’t want to miss out because I had the perfect project I had been aching to work on. Meet my farmhouse desk straight from the farm…literally.

Damaged Antique Desk Before | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I saw this desk listed by a local lady who owned an antique shop and called to inquire. She told me it had some damage with nicks and such, but it was in good structural shape. So, I sent my hubby to pick it up and he said it had been stored in her barn for quite some time. This is what I found…

Antique Desk has Damaged Top | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Ummm….that’s more than the “little bit of damage” she mentioned. Read more

BEEP II Auction and Redeeming Furniture Giveaway

Are you ready to get this party started? I am!

If you’re just joining in, let me catch you up to speed. I have a thang for Volkswagen stuff, and have found a niche in creating VW buses out of Art Deco waterfall chests. Because my first BEEP was such a hit, I have decided to auction off BEEP II (full details on my work HERE) with the proceeds going to Samaritan’s Purse, a disaster and medical relief organization dedicated to spreading the word of God while providing so much more.

Benefit auction for Samaritan's Purse - Bid to win this Volkswagen Bus Chest of Drawers and Enter to win $350 in prizes!! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com

The other awesome part of this is that I get to give one of you $350 worth of prizes that will help you rock a furniture project of your own. Shazaam! Read more

Wooden Caddy Tutorial ~ DIY Farmhouse Style

Who here loves a quick and easy project that not only is functional but versatile too? (me, me, ME!) That’s what I have for you today. I have had this project in my brain for a few months and can’t wait to show you how simple it really is. Take a look at this wooden caddy.

Rustic Reclaimed Wooden Caddy with Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I whipped these two up in less than an hour and I’m in love! This project is one of those that can be customized to your heart’s content. I built mine out of reclaimed barn wood, but yours can be made with any wood, even new wood. You can paint it, stencil it, cover it in paper or Read more

Entertainment Console from Curbside Dresser

Trashure is my word for treasure found in the trash (aka. one man’s trash is another woman’s treasure). Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday! As I showed you last week, this Mid Century Modern credenza is going to get a new life as an entertainment console. Woot! Just wait until you see what my blogger friends have for you too.

Curbside Mid Century Modern Crredenza Before Entertainment Console | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Here’s the story behind my find. I was being a good girl and not even going out junkin’ during our city clean-up. Why, you ask? Because my garage shop is a wreck from our remodel and I have NO ROOM! Plus, I only like to keep on hand what I can work on in the next few weeks.

Anyhoo, it was our quadrant’s time to set out trash and I promised myself that if I saw something en route from my house to errands that I was allowed to pick it up. Only catch was it had to be AFTER all the pickers had already gone through. Otherwise, all was off-limits. So here’s a sampling of some of what I found in one day…eep! Read more

Repurposed Farmhouse Metal Art

Who doesn’t love a good thrift store run, right? Recently, I came across a good load and included in it were these two metal farm animals – a cow and a rooster. I have an addiction, not only to farmhouse stuff, but also to quirky metal art and these fit the bill.

Thrifted Metal Cow and Rooster | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

My belief is that these originally came from Hobby Lobby and they are actually lanterns. Each one has a spot where you can insert a votive candle and see the light peeking out of the holes. I had to giggle because the rooster was missing his legs and I thought…what am I going to do with that? My kids loved them and I knew I could find some sort of purpose for them.

In all of my repurposing projects, I head out to my stash and almost instantly something speaks to me. Here is what I dragged in…

Reclaimed Wood for Farmhouse Metal Art | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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What you see is a barn wood plank on the bottom, two leftover table legs from my wooden totes, some luan remnants, a dowel, and a chunk of leftover wood from our clients custom open shelving made from 1800’s beech. Have I intrigued you yet? hee hee hee. Read more

China Cabinet Makeover with Wallpaper

In all of my furniture adventures, I have yet had the opportunity to work on a china cabinet. Ya know, those big brown beasts from days of old? Seriously, they can be pretty cool when done right and I wanted a chance at this one I found on Craigslist.

Vintage China Cabinet Before Wallpaper Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

What a beast to move though! You can imagine the look I got from my husband. ahem. Anyhoo, it came into my possession and quickly got dismantled. Aren’t the details fantastic?

Before you give the “no, don’t paint it” thought. This isn’t entirely solid wood, but rather that 1960’s style with the speckled finish onto a veneer much like this dresser I recently did. This china cabinet was looking tired with its damaged backing and superficial wear, which could all be relieved with an update. The carvings, trim and doors are solid though, which makes this a wonderful piece. Read more

A Simple Fall Mantel Display in Neutral Tones

There is so much inspiration for creating a lovely fall vignette in your home by just looking at nature. Achieving that look doesn’t have to break the bank. Your fall mantel can be a budget-friendly display by utilizing natural elements, metals, and reclaimed or found items.

Join me and a fantastic group of bloggers as we take you on a Fall Ideas Tour beginning today with mantels, and lasting all week long. Get ready to be inspired! (Links to tour for each day of the week below)
2015 Fall Ideas Tour from September 21-24 - Come join the fun!

When looking to create my fall mantlescape for this season, I wanted to stray from my typical fall orange-yellow-red color scheme, like I did for this display a couple of years ago. I craved a simple palette that would help me transition into the seasons yet to come.

It all started with this pile of scrap wood pieces that came from our master bedroom remodel that we revealed this past spring.

Create a simple, neutral fall mantelscape with natural elements, metals, and reclaimed items by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

When we took down our shelves in our bedroom, I didn’t want to reuse the corbels that were there because they were bulky and took up too much space. So I replaced them with iron brackets instead. Since nothing goes to waste around here, we ended up using those wood corbels for building our window boxes we added this spring as well.  When building the boxes, the original corbels had too large of a profile, so we trimmed them down and left us with that pile above. (Didn’t my hubby do good?)

Create a simple, neutral fall mantelscape with natural elements, metals, and reclaimed items by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I have saved them in a box for over a year, becasuse…well…they were cool looking and I knew I could come up with some good use for them other than our burn pile. There were several ideas that came to mind, but then inspiration struck and here’s what I came up with… Read more

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