Reclaimed Game Table from Rocking Chair

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Today is Themed Furniture Makeover Day, and is one of my favorite times of the month. Can you blame me? One of my passions are redoing furniture, and the fact that I get to do it along with the best in Blogland, just makes it all the more sweet.

Themed Furniture Makeover Day

ANIMAL is the theme for today, and I have to tell you that my project has been in my brain for two years now…yes, TWO YEARS! I acquired a broken down antique Morris rocker when I needed parts for a custom rocking chair I was working on. (Read the full story here to catch you up to speed)

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Over the years, I’ve used the springs to create Christmas tree toppers, the rockers to make custom signs, and the arm rests for a fun beachy project. I’ve made use of all the parts except the back rest, spindles, and the base. The back rest will be turned into something functional soon, the spindles I am waiting for the holidays to roll around. Here’s the leftover base:

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

There’s a piece of the other broken rocker, a remnant slab of first growth reclaimed wood we used to make these custom kitchen shelves, and the cast iron pieces that adjusted the rocker back. Arent’ they cool?

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

When I turned the leftover base upside down, I saw an animal. The legs looked like a hoofed animal, and what better time to get my rear in gear and do this thing up right than our makeover day? So, here we go…

I start by taking off the pieces that held the rockers on. That is some solid wood, friends!

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Here are the leftover pieces, and I already see something in them, do you? I’ll show you soon…hee hee hee.

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After that, I asked my hubby to jump in and cut me a table top to fit inside the base. Of course, I was photo-bombed by my little one who loves to watch her mama work. I’m getting ready to use my jigsaw to cut out the center by drilling pilot holes.

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Originally, I was planning a deer or moose using those cast iron parts, but somehow my brain kept leaning toward a horse. I made a pattern and then cut it out of that reclaimed wood slab I showed you earlier, again using my jigsaw. (that is one of my absolute favorite tools, and if you’re itching to give one a try, I’ve got a DIY tutorial to get you started!)

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An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After more cutting and building, here is what we came up with…

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

…a game table made from reclaimed parts. Fun, eh? We love chess in our house and whenever I find a board or game pieces while thrifting I snatch them up. I want each of my kids to have their own set. What better, than a chess board complete with storage below?

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Almost all the parts for this piece were reclaimed or found second-hand. I even added on that creepy eye carved piece from my VW bus dresser, and that I mentioned in a this recent post.

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Some baby crib springs for eyes, a broken piece of filigree from a past makeover for the horses’ mane front, and there are those iron pieces that are now a mane. Funky fun, I tell ya!

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I even salvaged the rest of the rocker for a tail. Nothing goes to waste around here!

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

But that’s not all…not only are we chess lovers, but LEGO lovers too. So why not make a reversible game-top, right?

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Can’t beat a good repurpose, and I’m glad this one is out of my brain after two years of holding it in. If you love this game table, you can find it in my shop available for purchase.

I’d love it if you would pin and share!

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Here’s more of my repurposed work:

Don't Throw Out Your Baby's Crib! Repurpose It For Garden, Storage, or a Chalkboard Easel by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Grab that old bowling ball you have lying around and turn it into whimsical fall decor. We've got the DIY! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now don’t head off yet! Come see what my furniture friends have created for the ANIMAL theme. ♥

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45 Comments

  • Wendi @ H2OBungalow

    It’s a pony! Every kid wants a pony!! This is amazing and even better with the upcycled hardware items you used. Seriously, amazing…yet again! XO!

    August 20, 2015 at 6:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahah..yes, a pony crush! Thanks so much for stopping by, Wendi.

      August 22, 2015 at 8:32 am Reply
  • Christy @ Our Southern Home

    This is darling!!! I am sure your kids are having a fun time with it. You’ve got another winner here!

    August 20, 2015 at 7:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Christy!

      August 22, 2015 at 8:31 am Reply
  • Lindsay Eidahl

    What a great upcycle! Love upcycled projects. It is go great that you added the storage too! Sharing!

    August 20, 2015 at 8:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Lindsay! Gotta make use of all of it, right?

      August 22, 2015 at 8:31 am Reply
  • Christy @Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    Amazing! You are the cleverest ever! XO

    August 20, 2015 at 8:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Christy!

      August 22, 2015 at 8:30 am Reply
  • Maria Isabel Mandagaran

    GENIAL!!!! Muy creativo . Me encanta.

    August 20, 2015 at 8:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Muchas gracias! Es importante reutilizar cosas, no?

      August 22, 2015 at 8:30 am Reply
  • karen

    Wow, Larissa! You continuously amaze me. I can’t believe you have done so many things with the pieces of the rocker. I love the new game table, and I would have never thought to make that out of the pieces of the rocker. Love the pics of your sweet kiddos too.

    August 20, 2015 at 10:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Fun to think outside the rocker, isn’t it Karen? Thanks for the love and for your sweet words.

      August 22, 2015 at 8:25 am Reply
  • Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    You never cease to amaze me, Larissa! Your creativity, building skills, and reuse of everything blows me away. You rocked (pun intended) this one! There’s that creepy eye trim! In awe over here girlfriend…in awe.

    August 20, 2015 at 12:11 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…good one! Hard to believe it hung around here for 2 years because I have prime real estate in my shop and I just didn’t want to give up on it.

      August 22, 2015 at 8:25 am Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    Wow, that is SO impressive!!! You totally rocked it!! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity!

    Nancy

    August 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Nancy! It was fun to finally get it out of my brain. 😀

      August 22, 2015 at 8:24 am Reply
  • Nancy Shaw

    I love, love ,love the table. And the idea of the space to store pieces is genius! The kiddo who gets this will keep it for his kids.

    August 20, 2015 at 4:19 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! Happy to hear it, Nancy! I do hope it is a piece that someone will enjoy for generations. 🙂

      August 22, 2015 at 8:23 am Reply
  • Sherry Fram

    That is the cutest game table ever! Love it! The kids get a pony and a table all in one!!

    August 20, 2015 at 7:26 pm Reply
  • Paula@SweetPea

    Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! This table is unique and I know that someone is going to be thrilled to buy it for their kids.

    August 20, 2015 at 8:20 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s sort of an addiction, Paula. If I’m not creating, I’m going crazy! 😉 Thanks for stopping by.

      August 22, 2015 at 8:23 am Reply
  • Lucy @ Patina Paradise

    I thought you had actually used pieces from a kid’s wooden rocking horse. So creative. Love your repurpose of what seems like junk to others! And it’s practical to boot! ;o)

    August 20, 2015 at 8:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Practical is a must in our home, and I try to create things for others that are the same. Thank you so much for your commendations, Lucy!

      August 22, 2015 at 8:22 am Reply
  • Karin Chudy (ART IS BEAUTY)

    Larissa,
    What a unique and wonderful table! an Heirloom piece for sure that your kids will hand down for generations to come!
    wonderful job!
    Hugs,
    Karin

    August 20, 2015 at 8:42 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Karin! I really wanted to create a durable and fun piece to be enjoyed for years to come. I’m so glad you saw that.

      August 22, 2015 at 8:21 am Reply
  • Marilyn

    LOVE it! What a great thinker you are! I would love to own this! Just awesome!

    August 21, 2015 at 2:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How awesome to hear, Marilyn! Thank you so much. 😀

      August 22, 2015 at 8:21 am Reply
  • Amy @ High Style Restyle

    Girl! You are so incredibly creative! Every project you do is beyond fantastic. Some little person is going to get the best pony ever!

    August 21, 2015 at 9:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Tempting to keep it, Amy, but we just don’t need another one. I’m sure you can understand that. Thanks for the love!

      August 22, 2015 at 8:08 am Reply
  • EllenAnn McGlynn

    Truly genius, and one of a kind!! Just wonderful for everyone!!

    August 21, 2015 at 12:43 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! It had been in my brain for so long and I feel so good that it came out well. 🙂

      August 22, 2015 at 8:06 am Reply
  • Jeanette

    Larissa, this is simply A~M~A~Z~I~N~G! I’m enjoying your vision!

    August 21, 2015 at 8:46 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s fun to create, isn’t it Jeanette? Thanks for stopping by!

      August 22, 2015 at 8:06 am Reply
  • Audra @ Renewed Projects

    Oh my goodness! This is SO AMAZING!!!!! You have mad skills.

    August 24, 2015 at 4:28 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Audra! A fun project for sure.

      August 26, 2015 at 9:25 am Reply
  • David Nguyen

    You are one heck of an artist-craftsperson to have worked out something like this beautiful game table from an old rocking chair!

    August 25, 2015 at 7:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You made my day!! Thank you. It was a fun project that I’m so happy was able to come to fruition.

      August 26, 2015 at 9:22 am Reply
  • Koury Jean

    It’s very creative idea Larissa. You are so dextrous to do that lovely RECLAIMED GAME TABLE. It looks simple but very interesting. I’ll try to do it for my children. Thanks for your tips.

    October 19, 2015 at 4:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for stopping by! It was fun and glad it didn’t go to the dump. 😉

      October 19, 2015 at 10:03 am Reply
  • Brittany D. Oneil

    it truly is a great idea. You really great, you know. I think the kids will feel very happy. what you do is really wonderful. I had more ideas for my house.

    December 25, 2015 at 9:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for saying so. It’s fun to create!

      December 27, 2015 at 6:14 am Reply
  • Richard Leverette

    This is so lovely! I love the colors and unique. I need one! I will make it for my son.

    April 8, 2016 at 1:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, and good for you! 🙂

      April 11, 2016 at 5:19 am Reply
  • Tonny

    So cool and useful idea. I often throw away broken things like that, but after visiting yur blog I knew what to do with them . We can save a lot of money and the life is more simple.

    May 24, 2016 at 5:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for getting why I do what I do. We have so much around us if we can see it in a different light. Have fun!

      May 24, 2016 at 5:46 am Reply

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