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Cedar Chest from Trash to Treasure

“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day the neighborhood…” (while Mr. Rogers sings through my head). That is what tune is I sing when I am out junkin’ during our citywide spring cleanup. Do you blame me? I find all sorts of trashure and when I spied this cedar chest amongst the rubble, I felt so bad for it. I thought this is the perfect candidate for our Trash to Treasure Transformation Tuesday. You can see my fellow bloggers work for this fun day in a bit.

Curbside Cedar Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Trash to Treasure Tuedays - Thrifted Makeover Fun | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

When I went up to the cedar chest and opened it, it was full of trash, dead bugs, and …bluck. It had been gorgeously weathered from the elements and was falling apart on the top and bottom.

Damaged Cedar Chest Top | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Side View of Damaged Cedar Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The one good thing this cedar chest had going for it was that the actual cabinet part was still intact and was actually pretty cool. (you’re welcome I removed the old underwear before snapping a picture. hahaha…) 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

Trashure….Making Treasure Out of Trash

My love for junking can never be quenched, at least I don’t see how.  There are so many ways you can reuse an item, even to the point of dismantling it and putting it back together in a different form.  One man’s trash is another (woman’s) treasure, right?

Trashure: Making Treasure Out of Trash by Prodigal Pieces www.prodiaglpieces.com #prodigalpieces

When I pulled out this particular treasure (or better yet, trashure – treasure from the trash!), I knew exactly what I would do with it.  Read more

Nightstand Makeover ~ From Dated to Elegant

Do you ever have one of those moments when you’re either at a garage sale or thrift store and something stops you and makes you say, “Ooooohhh…”? I love when that happens. Take for instance this nightstand I spied. It is the perfect candidate for today’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday – a fun day where my blogger friend’s and I share some project goodness with you. Let’s get busy with this nightstand makeover, and be sure to check out the other projects below.

Vintage Nightstand Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’m calling this a nightstand, but really it is also an end table or side table or pretty much anywhere-you-want-to-put-it table. My oldest daughter, Miss C, was looking for a project since her and her siblings join me in my adventures. You can see her Read more

Grain-Free Muffin Recipe ~ Nourishing Breakfast Food

Many have the goal of eating nutritiously without sacrificing taste. As well, many sweet souls have reasons to avoid foods and can make enjoying life a bit difficult. I will be the first to attest that I love food, and I especially see it as an art. Through many trials I have been forced to delve into my and my family’s diet and am so thankful for having to do so. Why? Because I now know more about our bodies and how to help them operate efficiently with nourishing foods. I am here today to share a grain-free muffin recipe that will not only please your palate, but nourish you from inside out.

Grain-Free Muffin Recipe that affords nourishment as well as yummy taste by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Many of you have requested this recipe after I shared it on my social media accounts. So, here I am taking a minute to venture back into the realm of food. You can see Read more

Repurposed Bookcase Headboard Bench

It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday! This is a fun time where my blogger friends and I get together to show you how we take some #trashure and turn it into something new. The subject of my post today is this twin headboard we bought as a part of a set. The dresser set was done in this post, and now it’s the headboard’s turn for some lovin’. Because of the design of this piece, I decided to turn it into a repurposed bookcase headboard bench complete with storage. Let me show ya what I did. PLUS, I have a giveaway for you!

Vintage Bookcase Headboard Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

At first, those built-in cubbies totally reminded me of nesting boxes or “bins” for chicken when flipped on its backside. I kept thinking I would be creating something along those lines, but the last few projects I did were wall related and I wanted to change it up. Something that struck me was that the board spanning the front Read more

Antique Clamp Chair Made with Barn Wood

Sometimes it can be hard to let go of things. Especially things that have sentimental value. For me it was this 12′ wooden ladder that my dad had loaned us when we bought our first home. I remember as a child using it in my parent’s home to decorate our 20’+ Christmas trees in our living room while using a broom to string lights. Or dangling from it  to play with my siblings. Problem is, when my husband and I got possession of it, it fell in disrepair. ugh. It had to be outside for various reasons and it rotted away. Today it becomes something more. Let me show you how I made an antique clamp chair using this ladder for parts.

Old Wooden Ladder Salvaged for Parts | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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I suppose most people would just pitch or burn this thing, but I couldn’t do it. Too many memories and I felt as though I failed my dad. I dragged it up to he front of my house and used my jig saw to cut it into salvageable pieces late last summer. The promise to myself was to make use of this bit by bit and create some new memories.

Enter in this pair of antique clamps that I found at a local flea market. Read more

Woolly Sheep ~ Repurposed Farmhouse Decor

Music is in the air, the birds are singing, and there’s not a cloud in the sky. Why? Because it’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday! Do you ever feel that way when you know you get to have fun? Nothing better than working with my friends on a trashure project. I’ll share more on their makeovers in a bit, but in the meantime, check out how I turned some of my stash into woolly sheep. Plus, a sweet giveaway for you below.

Holding Clothespin Sheep for Example | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This little guy is my inspiration. I made these clothespin sheep for my kids as their Christmas ornament one year. They are so stinkin’ adorable that I wanted to make Read more

No-Knead Wheat Bread Artisan Recipe

Nothing is better than the smell of fresh baked bread. It evokes memories of good times and family, and even gives us a sense of home. Most would say it is too hard to bake your own bread. tsk. I am here today to share a recipe that is the easiest, tastiest, wholesome bread I have found. I wish I could say this no-knead wheat bread recipe was my own, but instead it has been handed down to me from my bestie, Connie. It has easily become our family favorite.

Recipe for Artisan No-Knead Wheat Bread by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Truth be told that we don’t really consume grains in our home. As I have mentioned in past posts, we try to adhere to a gut-friendly diet. However, we do also know that if prepared properly, grains can be Read more

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