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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 |

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

Farmhouse Style Decor ~ How to add it to your home

You know I love me some farmhouse style decor. Do I live on a farm? No. Do I want to live on a farm? YES. Funny thing is I was born on a farm (and act like it too – ha!) and lived in rural life until I left the nest. So many of us adore the simplicity of farmhouse decor, but don’t live on a farm. However, we don’t have to wait for that “farm in the sky” to have it.  Whether it’s good ol’ fashioned farmhouse or modern farmhouse, you can get the look for less. Let me show you what I mean. (I have a video for you!)

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First, let me say that country living is in my bones and one day I will get there whether here or in heaven. God hasn’t seen fit to bless me with that opportunity yet, so I am making the most of my blessings.

Some of the ways I have incorporated my passion into my home is by Read more

DIY Storage from Repurposed Cupboard Doors

Mama on a mission here! I am a driven person, if you haven’t figured that out yet. mwahaha…and my workshop is getting an overhaul like noneother. Destashing the stash feels oh so good (and makes room for new, of course. tsk). I have had a small set of cupboard doors left over from from this pile of kitchen remodel goodness since forever and they finally are getting new life today. Time for some DIY storage!

Pile of Repurposed Goods Before DIY Storage | Prodigal Pieces |

*post contains affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

Now, aside from the cupboard doors, you see a pair of bin pulls I yanked off a cheapie chest of drawers, and a pair of sofa legs from a curbside haul. So, I bet you’re now like…weird. hahaha… Read more

Top 10 Makeovers of 2015

As this past year flashes by and we are already a few days into 2016, I wanted to take a minute to look at my year in review and share my Top 10 Makeovers of 2015. Fun, right? It is amazing to see God working in my life and of my family. I want to share the blessings with you and offer you a surprise for helping me out with a little something later on.

Let’s get this party started!!

Top 10 Makeovers of 2015 | Prodigal Pieces |

Crazy as this sounds, my #1 top viewed post of 2015 was not a makeover, but a tip. Yep, a last-minute, grab-my-camera, and why-not-share-my-quirky-habit type of post. My “Natural Ant Control with Grits” post blew up and was by far number one. I guess I’m not the only one with the pesky little critters each spring.

Stop the Ants! Natural Ant Control Using GRITS | Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

A bit of controversy arose about my post and several naysayers appeared, but I tell ya, it works. Whether it kills them or just feeds them so they don’t come in…I don’t care. I like ants, just not in my home, right?

The #2 post was none other than Read more

Repurposed Direction Sign

Lately, I’ve been trying to get a few projects done for our own home that I’ve had on my brain. Sometimes it seems like my head is going to explode and it feels good to work on something and be able to mark it off my list. I’ve always admired the whimsy of bathroom directional sign – a sort of vintage here-you-go sign. Check out my repurposed direction…hee hee.

Well, I’ve been making a point to work through my stash bit by bit and get creative and here is what I pulled out as possible repurposed direction sign candidates.

Bits and pieces of reclaimed parts fit perfectly together to make a rustic bathroom directional sign by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

A wood turning, a small single tree (for a goat?), a rusty old coping saw, and a leftover piece of my treadle sewing machine table. I decided to use my rusty saw and sewing machine part (that funky piece of wood). Read more

Farmhouse Bathroom Remodel Reveal

Today’s the day! WAHOO! Yes, I’m excited and yes, I can show you the final product of all our work in our one and only bathroom.

Now, for those of you just stopping in, I’d like to take a minute to catch you up to speed. My family and I are remodeling our house (again) and our latest project was our master bedroom, and sort of at the same time our soon-to-be farmhouse bathroom over the last year (while also having babies and a grand ol’ time).

When we bought our home in 2003, this is what the bathroom looked like. In case you’re wondering, this is a scanned and uploaded photo, so you could get the full effect. Now I am really dating myself. ahem.

Budget-Friendly Farmhouse Style Bathroom Makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Cast iron green bathtub with matching green commode, glass shower doors, 3″ creamy white square tiles on the bottom and 1″ white with gold square tiles on top. Berber carpet on the floor, clear corrugated plexiglass type drop ceiling, an indoor/outdoor light complete with outlet attached, and a single mirrored medicine cabinet. Oh yeah, total room for improvement.

First makeover included painting upper tiles dark maroon and the ceiling panels and grids white, added green floor tile, plus mirror and light fixtures, and took out the shower doors.

Second makeover, yanked out the tub and toilet for new fiberglass tub with surround, and put in new floor tile. (another uber old scanned picture)

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It wasn’t until a couple years later I painted the upper tile a soft green and changed up the decor. This picture shows after we already tore down the ceiling and getting into gutting it from top to bottom.

Budget-Friendly Farmhouse Style Bathroom Makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Third times a charm, right? tsk.

Budget-Friendly DIY Farmhouse Style Bathroom Makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Well, this time was for good because we needed to replace that window and we wanted a clean start, a GIGANTIC do over. All the details about the start of our project, including how we got a massively heavy tub in there are here, and the latest upgrades are all here. Take a minute and catch up…it’s a good read.

Are you ready? We are!!

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Farmhouse Bathroom Remodel Update

Last September (has it really been that long??), we began gutting our solitary water closet for our family of 8. And you know that when you have 6 little bladders walking around that getting a job done quickly can become nearly impossible. Well, here we are at the end of spring and we’re finally wrapping up our farmhouse bathroom remodel. Mind you, we have also just completed our master bedroom remodel too. Time flies when you’re making a mess, right?

Here is where we left off last time…

1950's Bathroom Remodel by Prodigal Pieces |

We replaced our worn out fiberglass tub with a new Kohler cast iron tub found on Craigslist for $250. This beauty only had a small nick in the bottom left corner of the skirt from transportation, which made it deemed unworthy to the owner. SCORE FOR US!

The one and only thing we were not replacing in this room was the commode because we had just replaced it a couple of years prior. Otherwise, everything had got to go!

From the ceiling down the floor all was removed. (feel free to read all about our initial gutting to catch up to speed…I’ll wait.)

First up (literally) was the ceiling. Since our bathroom is a tiny room, we wanted to one panel of 4′ x 8′ beadboard stuck up there with a sort of coffered effect.

Installing Beadboard Coffered Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces |

With some basic pine and trim and a fresh coat of white paint, we have a new ceiling that is stylin’.

Once our tub was in, we used a classic subway tile for the surround. Read more

30+ Cotton Crafts & Storage Ideas

Ever since my DIY tutorial for cotton branches went crazy, I’ve been on the lookout for cotton crafts and projects wherever I go. Since one of my regular places to hang is Hometalk, I decided to curate a board all about cotton.

30+ Cotton Crafts & Storage Ideas on Hometalk by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces


Just look at all that cottony goodness!  You’ve got 40 fantastic DIY projects all in one place.  Here are some examples, a gorgeous farmhouse wreath…

30+ Cotton Crafts & Storage Ideas on Hometalk by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Courtesy of Cottage in the Oaks

…functional bathroom storage…

Courtesy of Liz Marie Blog

…and whimsical decor.

30+ Cotton Crafts & Storage Ideas on Hometalk by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Courtesy of Lana Jane Fox

Don’t forget yours truly has a video tutorial for you to make your own cotton branches.

DIY Farmhouse Cotton Branches by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Come on over and check out all the projects my board has to offer.  See you there!

Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style

In case you noticed I’ve been a little scattered lately, it’s all for a good reason. Back in August, we finally gutted our bathroom – our one and only bathroom for a family of 8.  Yikes!  I can’t believe it’s been that long already. And it was high time for a bathroom makeover.

We aren’t just a tad busy, but busy like nobody’s business busy.  Do you think it’s done yet?  No sirree.  By this time I had hope to share with you the completed project, but since that won’t be happening anytime soon, I thought I would share the beginnings of our remodel.

Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces
My hubby had already started to tear the bathroom apart before I could snap a good before photo, but just by this one alone I think you can get the idea that an update is overdue.
Our home is not your typical stick built home, it’s call a Gunnison home that was built back in the 1950’s.  It’s a type of modular home that were being built for soldiers returning from service in the military particularly in our neighborhood.   You can read more about them here.
Yes, our home has quirks, but most any home does and we choose to see our blessing for what it is…a blessing.  Instead of grumbling about wanting bigger and better, we are choosing to make our home the best there is for us.  You can read about our other progress of the master bedroom in Part 1 and Part 2.
The best part is that no one would guess this is a modular home.
One of the perks of this particular package is one lonesome bathroom.  Not only that, but also one bathroom with a window in the shower that faces the street. oh yeah, baby.
Question for builder: Why on earth would ANYONE put a window in their shower???  Does that not pose the problem of water damage not to mention privacy?
Uugh.  When we moved in the previous owner had replaced the window at some point with a wooden framed window.  Ummm, baaad idea.  Of course the sill rotted out and left us with a mess to clean up.
At one point when we really didn’t have a budget, we replaced the commode, the shower stall and tub, and floor (originally it was carpeted and has since had two different tiled floors) and it’s held up for several years.
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces
 So here we are doing it again, and this time we’re yanking everything out and starting over…clean slate.  It feels sooo good.  I’m going to try to dig up a real before shot for you by the next time I post….promise.
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces
 On the walls we have 1″ tiles above 3″ tiles.  I’ve painted the 1″ tiles a couple of times over the years because the originals were white with lovely gold streaks in them.  The builders didn’t even tile to the ceiling – most likely ran out of tile – and then just added a clear plastic drop ceiling to hide it all. Don’t you love it?
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces
 The 3″ tile beneath is also white with gold flecks in it, but at least that was more bearable.
Like I just mentioned, the ceiling was a drop ceiling with clear (that had turned mottled) plastic panels.  When we moved in I quickly remedied that problem with some white paint.
After the ceiling was removed, here is what we were left with…wood panels.
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces
 The ceiling was the easy part, and that was what we tackled first.
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces
*post contains affiliate links so you an find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)
 I show you more of that later.
Then it was time for one of my favorite toys…the Sawzall.  (enter in “Tim the Tool Man” laugh)
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces
 That little gem sent those nasty tiles flying and it was done in no time.  Another good thing about our home is that we don’t have drywall on our walls.  Just good old wood sheets, which are actually kind of nice because they can handle dings and bumps from kids, and can handle remodeling well.
After most was removed, here is what we were left with.  So ugly isn’t it?
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces
Needless to say we replaced the window with a new one.  Can I just say I love Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore!  We found 2 new double-hung windows that were the exact fit to our remodel – they are NOT wood. (Since this window is one of our front facing windows, we are also replacing the other front window in a bedroom) Of course, we also removed the damaged interior wall and replaced it with cement board suited for water purposes.
We seriously wanted to wall the window in or put glass block instead of a double-hung window, but since this it can be seen curbside, we didn’t want to ruin our curb appeal and lose light.
In looking to replace our tub, I would have loved to install a claw foot cast iron one, but since we’d like to sell our house at some point, we wanted to make it suit folks of all ages.  I found a brand new uninstalled Kohler cast iron bathtub on Craigslist for pennies compared to a new one.  It has a small chip on the corner, which deemed it unusable by the owner, but it will hide beautifully with trim.
Now, it sounds easy enough to just put the tub in, BUT (there’s always that word!) getting it in place was another issue.  Thanks to our good neighbors help, we were able to get the tub into the house and in the bathroom. However, getting it in place was another story.
This bad boy weighed over 300 lbs. and was almost exactly the size of our bathroom, so squeezing it in was a chore.  My hubs and friend couldn’t get it in for anything because the front apron kept catching on the wall.  grrrr…
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 At this point I am happy to say that I am on this side of the camera during this part of the bathroom makeover.
What to do?  Whip out the Sawzall and cut the wall that was causing the trouble.  Did I mention I love that tool?  It was a gift to self a while back and it’s worth every penny.
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces
Alas the tub, is finally in a resting spot.  BUT…(there it is again!) we couldn’t get it to move back in to place snug against the wall.  My husband tried everything he could think of, but the feet of the tub kept catching on the cement board underneath.  grrr…
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces
 I told him to let it go and we would tackle it the next day with a fresh brain.  I always get wonderful revelations as I’m going to sleep and sometimes that’s a bad thing because then I can’t sleep.  That night, bingo.
Excitedly, the next morning I asked him if we could try to use a lever to lift the tub on the end, while he pushed from the side.  Thank God (seriously) we have access to the pipes and tub on the faucet side of the wall through a closet.
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces
 I suggested we stick a 2″ x 4″ under the tub and I would stand on it to lift it up.
It worked.  Hallelujah!!
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces
 Yes, I work in skirts and yes, I’m stunning on that board in this fuzzy photo, eh?
Bathroom Makeover DIY Farmhouse Style: Part 1 by Prodigal Pieces
 I’m going to stop at this point even though we’re way past this part of the bathroom makeover.  But let me tell you, even a tiny bathroom can become a big headache. We tried to pre-plan all the details and even with that effort you will always run into something. At least we can DIY!
If you want to see the next installment come on over.

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DIY Patio Makeover Complete with Pergola all done on a budget by a family of 8 by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comBudget-Friendly French Farmhouse Master Bedroom Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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