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Kitchen Island Cart from Repurposed Materials

Do you ever feel the need to just purge and start fresh? That’s my life story. hahaha… I seem to be ever battling the need to destash my stash. People mean well when they give me stuff and I usually have a soft heart and take it. Then what…I store it forever and work like a mule trying to stay afloat. I’m not complaining, but have decided that this entire month is dedicated to tackling my workshop. No more furniture coming in (unless custom requested), no more anything until it is done. First up, I’m taking these louver doors and turning them into a repurposed kitchen island cart. Woot!

Old Louver Doors Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Notice the loot surrounding them. See what I mean? An awesome local friend gave these to me along with a chest of drawers (see the makeover HERE) and a dresser (thank you, Becky!). I have a thing for shutters and knew I could find some use for them. But…it’s already been over a year and they need Read more

DIY Winter Urn Made with Repurposed Materials

It’s not only fun to do trashure work myself (one man’s trash is another one’s treasure), but the best part is having a bunch of friends who love to do the same! Welcome to Trash to Treasure Tuesday where the second Tuesday of each month my blogger friends and I get together to bring you some junkin’ goodness. My project today is to show you how I took some repurposed materials and made them into a DIY winter urn. You’ll see my friend’s projects in a bit.

Urns Ready for Winter Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

What I was after was creating something that would last past Christmas and keep my home decorated for winter. I’m all for less work and more fun, so in order to do that I had to go faux. My mind was set on making use of all of the cast-off Christmas trees available this time of year. When I headed to the thrift store, I was so stoked to find Read more

DIY Outdoor Pillows on a Budget

Last week I was sharing with you about creating your home outside of your home. Well, your outdoor decor can create just as much of a welcoming feeling as the interior of your home. What better way to do that than to create that cozy feeling in a budget-friendly style? You know that’s my thang. Many of you have asked about them, so I’m sharing how I made my DIY outdoor pillows from thrifted pillows.

Create DIY Outdoor Pillows with this Easy to Follow Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*tutorial first seen on Angie’s List, giveaway sponsored by DFOHome, and affiliate links included (see full disclosure)

Today we’re going to head to the thrift store today to find some cast-off pillows to turn into your own DIY outdoor pillows to accent our backyard decor.

Thrift Store Pillows for Outdoor Purposes | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Yes, we’re using thrifted pillows for our project because they are going outdoors and are so inexpensive compared to$20 for a solitary store-bought pillow. Or  how about $10 for just a pillow form or bag of stuffing?  That cost comparison doesn’t include the fabric, thread, or other notions you may want to add. My pillow project will cost you about $8 or less for each pillow. Score!

Before we get started, it’s time to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway for a hammock chair from DFOHome. eep!

And the winner is…(drumroll please) Read more

Beach Decor on a Budget

Do you cherish a beachy scene and want to add coastal charm to your home? Make the beach ambiance come to you by creating your own beach décor. Today, along with my blogger friends, I’m sharing one of my Best of the Archives for a month of Trash to Treasure Transformations each Tuesday. Yay! Be sure to check out their projects later on in this post.

Best of Trash to Treasure Transformations | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

One of my subjects for this project is a Craiglist cast-off. I found this oak coffee table / entertainment stand that was in need of some superficial love.

Oak Coffee Table Before Beach Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The top was worn, it was missing trim and pulls, and was oh-so DIRTY. But hey, it’s solid oak and just needs some TLC, right? Read more

DIY Tiered Stand from Repurposed Junk

You know I have a stash of trashure and I have been trying to make more room around here by creating more of the things I have had planned in my head. For instance, I have had a collection of wood turnings, pie pans, and cake pans since summer and have been waiting for the time to put them to use. Today, I want to show you how to make a DIY tiered stand using repurposed materials because it’s Power Tool Challenge time. Yay!

How to Make a Tiered Stand | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Be sure to read through to see what my bloggers friends have whipped up for you too.

Here is my assortment of garage sale goodies…a few cake pans, pie pans, and a couple of wood turnings I showed you in my curbside rocker makeover.

Repurposed Garage Sale Finds Make Tiered Tray | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I mean, who doesn’t love to have extra storage for their collections, fruits and veggies, and whatever you’d love to have off your surfaces cluttering up space? Just so you know, there are several tutorials out in Blogland. Some that use dishes, bowls, and so much more. I don’t plant to reinvent the wheel here, but you can check those out on my Pinterest pin board.

Want to give it a try? Let’s go! Read more

Inspiration for Mantels – The Fall Ideas Tour

Yesterday kicked off our first day of The Fall Ideas Tour. I was so pleased to be joined by a wonderful group of ladies that seriously rocked the mantel. Head below to start Day Two of the Tour for fall tablescapes.

The Fall Ideas Tour Day One - Mantel Inspiration via Prodigal Pieces.www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

So much gorgeousness from my fellow bloggers. Just look at all festive fall fun!

Shirley at Housepitality Designs fall mantel got me drooling with her architectural salvaged piece and her blue and white decor.

The Fall Ideas Tour Day One - Mantel Inspiration by Housepitality Designs via Prodigal Pieces.www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Lindsay at My Creative Days created her own DIY mantel for a festive display. Read more

Thrifted Planters Get Zinc Makeover

Ready for some trash to treasure fun? The second Tuesday of each month, I get to join some an awesome group of wonderful DIY blogger friends who share in the same passion that I have – taking outcasts and making them shine. (see below for their rockin’ projects!)

Trash to Treasure Transformations by 5 Awesome DIY Bloggers

Last month I showed you how to take rusty, crusty farm tools and turn them into farmhouse decor. These creations can be found in my shop.

Rusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

For today’s project, I chose two different thrifted planters: (1) a plastic swan found at a local thrift shop (2) a metal tub from my mother. Both in solid state, but really don’t look well together as-is and could use a bit of updating.

Two thrifted planters get a faux zinc makeover that take them from throw away to French beauties by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

If you’re not familiar with my faux zinc finish tutorial, you can all the details on how to achieve this look over there. Take a minute to catch yourself up to speed…I’ll wait. 🙂 Here’s a close look at my other project.

You can create a timeless faux zinc finish by only using paint. Come see the step-by-step DIY tutorial on how to achieve this look in a day by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

These two planters are going to be part of our ginormous patio makeover project. I plan to give more details on that later this week, so stop back to see!

Now, what could be more easy than updating with spray paint? Read more

Repurposed Pumpkins – Gettin’ junky with it!

Can you believe it’s already September? wow. Where did summer go? I realize that some of you live for the fall season, and I have to admit, it’s always been one of my favorites.

Who can deny the onset of crisp, cool evenings, harvest time, days getting shorter making for fun campfires that last long into the evening? Or how about apples that make cider, pumpkins into pies, and the endless tomato creations you can make? Okay, so I think I’m ready for the fall season, and to kick it off right, I’m getting junky with it. tee hee. What better way to celebrate than having a giveaway? Keep reading to enter…(wink, wink)

Here’s what I decided to work with to create some rustically good repurposed pumpkins:

Red ticking, white canvas, barn wood scraps and railroad tie spikes…oh yeah!

Getting junky with it an kickin' off the fall season with some repurposed pumpkins. They'll make you ready to dig into your stash! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Or how about some remnant pieces of an antique rocking chair creation, and two chunks left over from our patio makeover (reveal coming soon – stay tuned!)

Getting junky with it an kickin' off the fall season with some repurposed pumpkins. They'll make you ready to dig into your stash! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Do I have you intrigued? I hope so, because it’s fun to create and think outside the pumpkin! Read more

Faux Zinc Finish with Paint

One of my favorite naturally occurring things on this planet is patina. But, “What’s patina?” you say. The definition by the book is, “a surface appearance of something grown beautiful especially with age or use”. Patina is what today’s post is all about…creating beauty without having to wait decades, years, or even days. I am going to show you how to take most anything, even a box store plastic planter like this one found at Wal-Mart for $21 look like faux zinc…

You can create a timeless faux zinc finish by only using paint. Come see the step-by-step DIY tutorial on how to achieve this look in a day by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

…to achieve a timeless time-worn beauty like this.

You can create a timeless faux zinc finish by only using paint. Come see the step-by-step DIY tutorial on how to achieve this look in a day by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Read more

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