Garage Sale Freebie to Volkswagen Bus

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So far this year I have only attended a handful of garage sales because I have made a commitment to myself and family to empty out my stash. (gasp – yes, I know, it will be good for all) Once that is achieved I’m going to clean my shop, and get it set up right with lights, heater, and work table that I’ve had for almost 2 years now. I’m happy to say that I’m almost there! Hooray!!

I am continually blessed by those that know what I do and are my spotters. For instance, back in winter, a good friend spied this Art Deco double waterfall chest sitting next to a dumpster and asked me if I wanted her to retrieve it. I love a good challenge and thought to myself, “Bring it on!” I’ve called her my Dumpster Diva. UPDATE: Her makeover is here!

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Early this past spring, I was on the hunt for furniture for our girls room makeover. They had a mish-mosh of pieces that didn’t coordinate and needed more space. When I spied a local garage sale had a vintage French Provincial set, I hopped on over. (Bedroom makeover coming soon!) Turns out a good friend was helping her family with the sale and showed me this dresser.

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Another Art Deco waterfall chest of drawers. It was marked $5 and she told me I could have it for FREE because it was junk. (Thank you, Julie!) Again, my brain says, “Bring it on!” Am I crazy? Maybe, but life is more fun that way.

So, now I have two Art Deco chest of drawers (or tall boys) awaiting new life and my first pick to work on was the second one. I recently used those glass pulls on my French Script dressing table, so now this gentleman stood naked..but not for long!

To get started, I needed to remove that snaggle-tooth veneer. There were two layers of veneer both on the outside and lining the inside, but my towel-soak method worked like a dream.

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It peeled like butter off of hot toast. Two layers in one fell swoop! Funny the things that can make you giddy. Now I have a clean slate to start with and the just need a light sanding.

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The face of the cabinet had this weird carved strip that kinda creeped me out because it looked like eyes staring at me.

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It’s beautiful in its own right, but wasn’t going to suit my end project, so off it goes. It’s being saved for a project yet to be determined. Nothing goes to waste around here!

A garage sale freebie Art Deco water dresser gets a sweet Volkswagen Bus makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After this big boy was brought inside, I gave it a priming coat and then set to work on my vision. I removed that scalloped piece from the bottom front to give it a clean look.

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About two years ago, I had seen a waterfall chest turned into a Volkswagen bus, and I promised myself that if I ever got my hands on another, I was going to give it a try. I even told my friend, Julie, when she gave me the chest my plan was a bus. Those vintage VW vehicles are so absolutely fun and who can resist those curves?

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I like to get creative with pieces like this, and I wanted to just let it all hang out and really go for it. I created my stencils with cardboard or used plastic lids, etc., and eye-balled the design.

A garage sale freebie Art Deco water dresser gets a sweet Volkswagen Bus makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Can you see where I’m going with this? You have to look close…

A garage sale freebie Art Deco water dresser gets a sweet Volkswagen Bus makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I decided to use my favorite furniture color with contrasting white for the finish. With the help of Hickory Hardware, I was able to get the pulls I wanted to complete the look I was after.

*Thank you to Hickory Hardware for providing the pulls for this project.

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I also had this sweet gem shipped in from the UK via eBay, and gave a sneak peek on social media on my upcoming project. This is the icing on the cake. (Come follow along to join in the fun – just click on the icons up in the top right.)

A garage sale freebie Art Deco water dresser gets a sweet Volkswagen Bus makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Okay ladies and gents, it’s time to introduce you to one of my favorite makeovers ever…Meet BEEP.

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I’m one proud mama and couldn’t be happier that this “junk” is now a funkified Volkswagen bus wannabe.

A garage sale freebie Art Deco water dresser gets a sweet Volkswagen Bus makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My heart goes pitter-pat over those wire pulls for windshield wipers, and I love that the turn signals are wooden knobs.

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Isn’t he sweet? I have to tell you that I had another “God wink” because the day I was staging these photos, I happened to stop in a thrift store and found those almost new BLUE chucks and in my size!! I never shop for me and was giddy to bring them home. They don’t even look worn!

A garage sale freebie Art Deco water dresser gets a sweet Volkswagen Bus makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

A garage sale freebie Art Deco water dresser gets a sweet Volkswagen Bus makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Hard not to fall in love with this wheeled-wonder dresser complete with chrome accents, isn’t it?A garage sale freebie Art Deco water dresser gets a sweet Volkswagen Bus makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It will be a teary goodbye when I send this guy off to his new home, but if you love him too, you can find him in my shop. I know he’ll find a good home. sniff…sniff. (UPDATE: BEEP went to his new home on 8/26)

A garage sale freebie Art Deco water dresser gets a sweet Volkswagen Bus makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Do pin and share if you’ve loved this makeover. I’m sure others would love to meet BEEP too!

A garage sale freebie Art Deco water dresser gets a sweet Volkswagen Bus makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Stay tuned for that Dumpster Diva I first showed you…she’s next on my makeover list. ♥ UPDATE: She’s all done with her new look!

Mark your calendars for November 30th at 7 AM because you will have the opportunity to WIN BEEP II! The best part is that all proceeds go to benefit Samaritan’s Purse and there will be a $350 prize package giveaway! Head on over to read about the makeover and to get more details.

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Until then, here are more of my projects to see:

Ikea Rast Dresser Done Brownie Camera Style by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesWhy pay big bucks for Pottery Barn when you can DIY? For less than half the retail cost, we built a knock-off of the PB Caden leather bench. Come see how we did it! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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130 Comments

  • Susan Homeroad

    Aghhhhh!!! I LOVE it Larissa! This is one of the best makeovers I’ve ever seen ! Bravo girl…. you do great work! Pinning and sharing. 🙂

    August 7, 2015 at 7:25 am Reply
  • Debbie @ Refresh Restyle

    Love it! BEEP 🙂
    Debbie

    August 7, 2015 at 7:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      BEEP, BEEP! Thank you, Debbie.

      August 7, 2015 at 1:41 pm Reply
  • Angie @ Project Patrol

    This is absolutely incredible! The information you provide is invaluable! I’m always picking my jaw up off the floor 🙂

    August 7, 2015 at 7:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Awww…thank you, Angie! You made me giggle. 🙂

      August 7, 2015 at 1:41 pm Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    Wow it looks fantastic. You are so talented.

    August 7, 2015 at 8:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      So sweet of you to say – thank you!!

      August 7, 2015 at 1:29 pm Reply
  • Lisa

    WOW! That is just wonderful! I’m hoping someone buys it for a little boy nursery. ? Amazing job!

    August 7, 2015 at 8:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! That’s the fun of it, it’s suited for boy/girl or any room as a conversation piece with awesome storage.

      August 7, 2015 at 1:29 pm Reply
  • Carolyn

    I am in love with Beep and the colors you chose!!

    August 7, 2015 at 8:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Mee too – thanks!

      August 7, 2015 at 1:28 pm Reply
  • Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    I am surprised your boys didn’t wrap themselves around BEEP to claim him for their room. A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!!! Get your kleenex ready Larissa because he won’t last long in your Etsy Shop.

    August 7, 2015 at 8:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They would if he fit! I’d stick him in my prairie style room if I could. Thank you, Marie!

      August 7, 2015 at 1:27 pm Reply
  • Gina

    I love all things VW – so I’m just swooning over this. GREAT JOB!!!!

    August 7, 2015 at 8:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re my kinda gal! They’re addicting and wonderful vehicles. Thank you!

      August 7, 2015 at 1:27 pm Reply
  • Meg K

    I love this so much!!! 😀

    August 7, 2015 at 9:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      So happy to hear it, Meg!

      August 7, 2015 at 1:25 pm Reply
  • Kimberly ~ Serendipity Refined

    AHHHHH-MAAAZZZZZ-IIINNNGGGG!!!!! It’s perfect and I want to live inside your incredibly creative mind. LOVE IT! xx

    August 7, 2015 at 9:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You might get scared. 😉 Thank you for the love!

      August 7, 2015 at 1:24 pm Reply
  • Rita

    Love love it!! Enjoy your post very much.

    August 7, 2015 at 10:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s what it’s all about. Thank you!

      August 7, 2015 at 1:23 pm Reply
  • Debby

    Too flipping cute!! Love the colour chices.

    August 7, 2015 at 10:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hee hee…thank you! 😀

      August 7, 2015 at 1:22 pm Reply
  • Ellen Braunberger

    Your vision is amazing!

    August 7, 2015 at 10:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re so supportive, Ellen, thank you!

      August 7, 2015 at 1:22 pm Reply
  • logan wilhelm

    Have to agree with another poster……………..BEST make over I’ve seen! AMAZING!

    August 7, 2015 at 10:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      So awesome to hear! Thank you.

      August 7, 2015 at 1:20 pm Reply
  • Amy

    Beep is the cutest dresser ever! Amazing job Larissa. I especially love the use of the knobs and pulls as features on the bus… So brilliant.

    August 7, 2015 at 11:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s fun to get fun with a piece and bring it to life, as you know. Thank you!

      August 7, 2015 at 1:21 pm Reply
  • Paula@SweetPea

    Amazing, Larissa! You are so creative and I know that someone will snag this from your shop very quickly.

    August 7, 2015 at 11:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Paula! It was so fun to see it come to life.

      August 7, 2015 at 1:19 pm Reply
  • Airdrie Burns

    I burst out laughing, just love love love the bus!!! brilliant and so creative – go grl!i

    August 7, 2015 at 12:27 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! That’s what it’s all about. Thank you. I had someone on my FB page say I ruined it…not so fun to hear, but oh well.

      August 7, 2015 at 1:18 pm Reply
  • Erica @ Dwell Beautiful

    This is seriously SO. COOL! I just love a good ol’ VW bus (especially in that blue color!) and you totally knocked this one out of the park. And the little handles for wipers?? GENIUS!

    August 7, 2015 at 1:09 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      So stoked to hear it, Erica! The personality of VW’s is contagious and I love their style. 😉

      August 7, 2015 at 1:18 pm Reply
  • Theresa @DearCreatives

    We grew up cruising around the CA coast in my dads vw bus. I adore your makeover and transformation of this piece. Come share it at my weekly party. A new one started today. Hope to see you there! Pinned. I hope I find a dresser to do this to.

    August 7, 2015 at 1:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun! Thank you for the invitation – I’m so happy you stopped by!

      August 7, 2015 at 9:07 pm Reply
  • Rebekah // Charming Imperfections

    Once again you’ve astounded me! How do you get all these amazing ideas?

    August 7, 2015 at 4:09 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Guess I’m just nuts…hee hee. Those boxy dressers are just screaming for some sort of fun makeover. I’ve already started the second one…fingers crossed!

      August 7, 2015 at 9:06 pm Reply
  • Kari

    Larissa you are oozing with creativity today – this is way too cute! Many moons ago, my ex owned a bright orange VW Camper Van for a short while and it was fun to drive in. It was like you suddenly belonged to a special community and people would wave at you in appreciation of seeing these on the road. I always do that when I see any vintage vehicle on the road too – so I am sending a VW Van wave to you haha! ~ Kari

    August 7, 2015 at 4:22 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…orange! My kids and I talked about what color to do, but I couldn’t reisist my favorite color. Even when you google a VW van, most of the images are aqua. {{waving!!}}

      August 7, 2015 at 9:06 pm Reply
  • Kimm at Reinvented

    SO FLIPPIN’ COOL!!!! OMG, I love it so much. You did an amazing job with the details. Love those windshield wipers.

    August 7, 2015 at 5:20 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hee hee hee…thank you, Kim, for making me giggle!

      August 7, 2015 at 9:05 pm Reply
  • Patty

    I have ALWAYS wanted a VW bus but I don’t think I will ever get one. I cannot believe what you did to this piece of furniture. That was the most wonderful job ever. I can just imagine that in a child’s room of course someone will have to explain what a VW bus was. Thank you so much for sharing this!!!!!

    August 7, 2015 at 5:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      My absolute pleasure, Patty. Did you want a camper version or the basic? Either way…they’re cool!

      August 7, 2015 at 9:04 pm Reply
  • Mary Prinzavalli

    Larissa, Did someone drive a VW through your wall. LOL!! It is absolutely adorable and I think some little boy especially would love it in his bedroom. Keep up the good work and do not let anyone ruin you joy of what you are doing. Sometimes you have to do what you can to refurbish the piece. I love everything about it. Whoever said that to you, is just a very unhappy person. She could have not said anything which would have been much nicer. Oh well, maybe she is just jealous as she cannot do the cool thing you do. You go girl!

    August 7, 2015 at 7:46 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…YES!! 😉 Some people should learn the phrase, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Thank you!

      August 7, 2015 at 9:02 pm Reply
  • Sheryl

    That is just TOO cute!

    August 7, 2015 at 8:32 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It was a fun piece to work on and give new life – thank you!

      August 7, 2015 at 9:01 pm Reply
  • Sherry Fram

    That is the cutest dresser ever!! Love it!!

    August 7, 2015 at 8:37 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for saying so, Sherry!

      August 7, 2015 at 9:01 pm Reply
  • Christy

    Absolutely amazing, Larissa!! This will be such a great addition to one very lucky child’s bedroom!! XO

    August 7, 2015 at 11:28 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Christy! Ain’t it a shame we can’t keep everything in some vast mansion? But then, who would be the one to clean it all? 😉

      August 10, 2015 at 3:32 pm Reply
  • Julia - Vintage with Laces

    Hi Larissa, The moment I saw the picture of Beep at Donna’s party, I knew it must be your project. I LOVE it! It’s absolutely amazing and would a great conversation piece for any room.

    August 8, 2015 at 2:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s awesome, Julia! Yes, I think BEEP would fit in most anywhere as he’s a fun-loving kinda guy. 😉

      August 10, 2015 at 3:31 pm Reply
  • Keri

    Larissa ,
    This dresser is AWESOME!!!!!!

    August 8, 2015 at 8:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hee hee…THANK YOU!!

      August 10, 2015 at 3:19 pm Reply
  • Wendi @ H2OBungalow

    Wow! Amazing vision and so darn cute! You should mass produce these!!

    August 9, 2015 at 11:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Whew! I don’t know about that, but it was fun to do. 😉 Thanks, Wedni!

      August 10, 2015 at 3:16 pm Reply
  • michiganderintexas

    Is this Chalk paint?

    I actually have a very old, well used 4 piece bedroom set (dresser, vanity, nightstand, headboard) in this waterfall style. You have given me a great idea on how to refresh it.

    thank you for sharing your creativity

    August 9, 2015 at 3:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      No, just regular paint from a box store. 😉 Sounds like you have quite a gem!

      August 10, 2015 at 3:15 pm Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    You know I love this- so creative! I just shared on my FB and I am pinning 🙂 XO

    August 9, 2015 at 11:58 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so glad you stopped by, Jen! Thank you for supporting my work.

      August 10, 2015 at 3:14 pm Reply
  • Doreen @ Hymns and Verses

    I didn’t think you could ever top the brownie camera dresser – but girl, you’ve done it! If I had a spot for this special piece – I’d be pressing that buy it button! You are amazing!!

    August 10, 2015 at 10:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…love it, Doreen! Thank you so much for the love – I had fun. 😀

      August 10, 2015 at 3:14 pm Reply
  • Karla @SmallTownRambler

    I LOVE this furniture makeover! How creative…this is definitely one of the coolest makeovers I have ever seen!

    August 10, 2015 at 1:24 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Karla! It was fun and I’m so glad I could give it new life.

      August 10, 2015 at 3:13 pm Reply
  • Robin

    Ummmmm….I’m very nearly dying – this is my favorite project in a long time! pinning, sharing…shouting…I love it! ox

    August 10, 2015 at 6:09 pm Reply
  • Cecilia

    Oh my word! That is so stinkin’ cute! I LOVE “Beep”. Great job I’m in awe!

    August 11, 2015 at 8:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so happy you like it, Ceilia! He’s stolen my heart. 😉

      August 11, 2015 at 10:58 am Reply
  • Dee

    This is the cutest make-over EVAH!!! I had to sign up to receive emails…your imagination and skills/talents are awesome!

    August 11, 2015 at 11:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay!! Happy to have you, Dee, and can’t thank you enough for the love. 😉

      August 12, 2015 at 5:39 pm Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    That is awesome Larissa!!! Wow, so impressed by the creativity of it!!!
    Nancy

    August 11, 2015 at 12:46 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Nancy!

      August 12, 2015 at 5:24 pm Reply
  • Wendy

    I love it…..and someone on my local Facebook garage sale page just happens to be selling a VW medallion….something tells me I’ll be trolling the thrift stores for an appropriate dresser. That’s just the cutest idea!

    August 11, 2015 at 4:28 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…it’s fate! I hope you snatch it up and make one of your own. Show me when you do! 😉

      August 12, 2015 at 5:23 pm Reply
  • Victoria Larsen Stencils

    That is probably the most creative and adorable make over I’ve ever seen! Clever, and cute! Rock on!

    August 13, 2015 at 2:42 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun to hear!! Thank you for the encouragment, Victoria!

      August 13, 2015 at 7:16 pm Reply
  • David Bramlett

    Did u sell your vw chest of drawers yet ? If not, how much is it !?
    Thx..db
    – – –

    August 13, 2015 at 3:25 pm Reply
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    August 13, 2015 at 9:01 pm Reply
  • Cynthia - Clockwork Interiors

    Brilliant!! Cutest dresser I’ve seen == EVER!! No way would I be able to part with it – and my kids are grown!

    August 14, 2015 at 12:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hee hee…thank you! Yes, I hate to see it go, but I have absolutely no room for it in our 3 bedroom home for 8 people. 😛 Maybe get rid of a bed??

      August 15, 2015 at 7:49 am Reply
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  • Kaye

    VW bus is so creative! But I need to ask, what is your “towel method” for removing veneer?

    August 15, 2015 at 7:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Kaye! I have the link to it in the post, but you can also view it here: http://www.prodigalpieces.com/2014/09/10-furniture-refinishing-essentials-tips-tricks/ Let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

      August 16, 2015 at 8:09 am Reply
      • Kaye

        Read your tips – great advice. It says to soak a large towel, but doesn’t say what to soak it in. Is it just water? Hot to start? Or something else?

        August 16, 2015 at 9:36 am Reply
        • Larissa

          Just water…I fixed my post to make sure to include that…sorry! No hot water needed, just plenty. Be sure though that your wood is not parched. I did have a dresser at one point that had been stripped and left sit in a barn for over a year. When I used my method, it warped the wood underneath. I knew better, but was hasty. I’ve done dozens otherwise with no issues. Hope this helps!

          August 16, 2015 at 1:41 pm Reply
  • Ellen Duran

    Love Beep. Definitely a great make over. I have painted furniture but I am not as creative as you. I can enjoy & admire an artist work.

    August 16, 2015 at 8:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Ellen! 🙂 Especially because of your comment on my artistry. I had someone say I ruined it, but I had to ask them if they appreciated art. Ah well…can’t please everyone!

      August 16, 2015 at 8:07 am Reply
  • Kristi

    I love the makeover! I’m wondering when you remove decorative pieces from old furniture, does the wood damage? What method do you use to remove the piece? Thank you.

    August 16, 2015 at 9:51 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! As for damage, it really depends on how it was attached. The two pieces I removed were nailed on, so it was just matter of prying them off. Sometime they are glued on and that can be a little difficult. Most of my pieces are pretty rough to start, so the glue is usually worn out and I can pry it off with my putty knife. Hope that helps!

      August 16, 2015 at 1:39 pm Reply
  • Arlis Cuevas Reyes

    Wow, eres realmente increible!! Me encanta

    August 19, 2015 at 3:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Gracias, mi amigo! 😀

      August 19, 2015 at 9:21 pm Reply
  • Debbie Christianson

    Ah – MAZING!!! One of the best transformations I have ever seen. Congratulations!!!

    August 23, 2015 at 7:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Debbie! He just sold and is on his way to the new owner. A teary goodbye for sure. 🙂

      August 26, 2015 at 10:07 am Reply
  • Sarah

    Do you use oil or latex paint?

    August 29, 2015 at 8:11 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It was a water-based paint. Thanks!

      September 2, 2015 at 8:01 am Reply
  • Tammy

    This is absolutly adorable…how cute is this! You are so creative!

    September 2, 2015 at 9:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Tammy! They were a blast to do and gave me a stress reliever.

      September 2, 2015 at 11:18 am Reply
  • Jenn

    I am instantly inspired! This is an absolutely brilliant idea! I love the blue color that you chose. I would put this in either my daughters or son’s room…it’s so much fun to look at! Thank you for sharing

    September 23, 2015 at 8:15 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      So happy to hear it, Jenn! That color is one of my favorties and well-suited for boy or girl. I had fun!

      September 23, 2015 at 9:57 pm Reply
  • joyce smith

    Will you ever make another volkswagen chest? I would buy in a heart beat..consider it sold!

    October 16, 2015 at 9:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I most certainly will, Joyce! 🙂 I just missed out on the perfect chest that would have made an awesome bus. They’re hard to find sometimes. Email me and we can talk details: larissa@prodigalpieces.com. Thanks!

      October 17, 2015 at 7:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I think I found a good candidate if you’re still interested! Let me know asap – thanks!

      October 19, 2015 at 9:36 am Reply
  • Ashleigh

    WOW I’m in love with BEEP!!!! Never have I seen such a fantastic makeover! OMG I wish I was the new owner of BEEP, I absolutely love him!!!! Well done Larissa you are so creative and I just love your style xx

    October 28, 2015 at 2:43 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! Love your enthusiasm! There may just be another BEEP on the way…stay tuned!!

      October 29, 2015 at 9:17 am Reply
  • patricia

    That is a brilliant piece of creativity Larissa, you must be very proud of yourself Gold Star 🙂

    November 11, 2015 at 5:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      awww… thanks, Patricia! It was a fun project to do. I have another BEEP in the works with an exciting announcement coming in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned! 😉

      November 15, 2015 at 5:53 am Reply
      • Rhonda Shirley

        Looking forward to the new BEEP announcement.

        November 19, 2015 at 3:52 pm Reply
        • Larissa

          Yay! The kickoff is on Nov. 25th, so mark you calendar. 😀

          November 21, 2015 at 6:34 am Reply
  • Rhonda Shirley

    I love the VW dresser Bus. I would love to bid on it if it is not already gone. I have a feeling it is. Do you make custom stuff like that for clients?
    Thanks,
    Rhonda

    November 19, 2015 at 3:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Rhonda! This one is actually sold, but I am auctioning off a second BEEP with kickoff on Nov. 25th. As for custom, yes, I am also working on yet another one for a custom client. Send me an email if you’re interested: larissa @prodigalpieces.com

      November 21, 2015 at 6:35 am Reply
  • Charles-Linda Bradshaw

    I love it! So cute! Did you also make your skirt out of pants? We do that for the girls. New fan to your blog! 🙂

    November 19, 2015 at 10:05 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! My skirt is from a thrift store, but I have done that before. 🙂 Happy to have you along!

      November 20, 2015 at 9:15 am Reply
  • '66 VW Owner

    Did I see that you’re going to auction it? I’m interested, especially if it’s going to Samaritan’s Purse. When/where is the auction? And I’d be glad to promote it on a few VW Facebook groups, if you’re interested

    November 19, 2015 at 11:07 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      The Little Things article misspoke, but I am going to be auctioning another BEEP on eBay with proceeds going to Samaritan’s Purse on Nov. 25th (event kick-off, auction on the 30th). I’d love it if you’d share – follow my Facebook page for details. Thank you!

      November 20, 2015 at 9:13 am Reply
  • ELENA REVELO

    Un trabajo espectacular, eres una artista muy creativa, no conocía tu blog y me parece fantástico.
    Saludos de Revelo&ideaslowcostblogpost

    November 25, 2015 at 2:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Muchas gracias, Elena! 🙂

      November 25, 2015 at 7:29 am Reply
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  • Helen Boltin

    I just voted for you and BEEP to win the Bob Vila contest. I think this project is the most creative thing I have ever seen. You are very talented! I hope you win!

    June 2, 2016 at 7:56 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Helen! I need all the help I can get for BEEP and I to win again.

      June 4, 2016 at 5:59 am Reply
  • Carole

    Too cool!

    August 10, 2016 at 2:20 pm Reply
  • Tami

    This is beautiful! Great job. I am a new member and love your site! Tami

    August 25, 2016 at 7:52 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so happy to hear it, Tami! Thank you.

      August 25, 2016 at 10:00 am Reply

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