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DIY Garden Arbor with Faux Patina ~ Build Plans

If you are just joining in, we have been working in our back yard this summer giving it a much needed facelift. First, was our DIY compost bin, then our DIY fire pit. Today we are sharing the next stage of our renovations – our DIY garden arbor with play area. It began like this…

Back Yard Wood Pile Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

Yep, a hot mess. Each winter we run through a WHOLE LOTTA firewood. This is our wood pile that is normally full to the brim. However, I snapped this at the beginning of spring when we can break out of our cabin fever and get outside to clean up winter mess. Normally this is covered with a giant tarp, so my kids stick their bikes here to keep them out of the weather as our shed is full too. (next on my hit list)

Since 2003, I have had the pleasure of looking out our dining area and seeing this… Read more

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

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.Β 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

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

Waterfall Buffet with a French Twist

There is nothing in the world that makes a mama more proud than to see their child succeed. I have 6 children, all of which are my treasures and bring such joy. Not only are they fun, but are showing my my hard work and love is paying off. My oldest son has done many projects of his own with much success. Today, he is taking this waterfall buffet and giving it a French twist. Check it out.

Antique Waterfall Buffet Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Mr I., like the rest of my kids, are building up a savings. Generally, when I get a free piece of furniture I give it to them and they take turns making them over. Also, they purchase their own project pieces based on my suggestions to sell for the savings. You see my kids projects in this collection of posts.

In this case, Mr I. decided to purchase two Read more

Antique Empire Chest Refreshed

It never seems to fail that when I enter a thrift store searching for item A, I come out with items B, C, D E, F….you get the idea. So, is the solution to just not look for item A? Nah. Too much fun to run through the alphabet. hee hee. Does that happen to you? I went in looking for a chair and this is what I came out with, amongst other items. Can you blame me? I had a 35% off coupon burning a hole in my pocket. eep! Yes, this antique empire chest was meant to be mine.

Antique Empire Chest Before Renewal by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

However, knowing my past experiences with chests like this, I did look inside and around before purchasing. Why? Because a deal isn’t always a deal when it ends up to be a hot mess and takes more work than it’s worth. Here’s my summation Read more

Farmhouse Chic Cabinet ~ Get the Look DIY Style

Sometimes you fall in love with a design style and it may seem out of reach, but it isn’t. One of the popular trends right now is modern farmhouse chic. Crisp lines with touch of rustic. Today is Furniture Fixer Upper day and I’m excited to share with you an simple update that turned this outdated piece into a farmhouse chic cabinet. Be sure to read through to see what my blogger friends have created for you too and to enter to WIN!

Wooden Cabinet Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I choose this cabinet because I had a custom request for a client for a piece to fit in a kinda awkward spot in their home. They had limited space and didn’t want Read more

Potty Chair Makeover ~ Talking Toddler Style

Are you ready for this? DISCLAIMER: This post contains potty talk. If you have ever had a child, you know what I’m talking about. Just wanted to be upfront and everyone is on the same page. hee hee hee. Now, doesn’t every good mother scout the curb when they are walking their kids home? I mean, who would pass up the opportunity to carry this home? Yep, that’s a potty chair and we gonna have a potty chair makeover today, folks.

Vintage Potty Chair Found Curbside | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What kid wouldn’t love this little gem with the built-in TP holder and book rack? It’s like a little throne or something. I actually spied this this night before on an evening walk with my kids. We had to walk back that way the next day to go to our homeschool gym class and figured if it was still there I would grab it before the trash truck did.

The owner was sitting outside and we are acquainted, so I asked 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

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