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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

Oak Desk with Industrial Farmhouse Flair

As a kid, I remember my parents taking me to farms and country properties to go to auctions. Mmm…the smell of the outdoor spaces and the thrill of the hunt. Especially for me as I was knee-high to a grasshopper and had the perfect height to dig through the boxes looking for treasures. Sometimes those days lasted long as we waited for the items to come up for bidding. I remember my dad picking me up and telling me to lay my head on his shoulder. It wasn’t long before I was sound asleep in the best place ever.

My mom knew how to sniff out a deal at a garage sale and also knew how to haggle over prices. She would usually allow me to pick some sort of treasure while on our hunts, and like most garage sailing, sometimes you come up empty and sometimes you strike it rich. Oh…those were the days.

My parents are my treasures that I feel sometimes I have yet to fully appreciate. Do you ever long for a rewind button? My days fly by and it seems time is slipping away too fast. One thing that hasn’t changed is their love for me. Take this oak desk for instance. It could have been cast aside as my dad went through the newly purchased property he had acquired. He’s been a fixer upper long before that title became a household word,  and, I must say, the best one there is. When he asked me if I’d like to have it, I said, “Sure!” I mean…who wouldn’t, right?

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At first glance, the only major issue was with the top. Somehow, one of the Read more

Farmhouse Desk Rescue

I was born on a farm and I live in farm country, so you can best bet I was tickled to see that our Themed Furniture Makeover Day was going to be all about FARMHOUSE. Yee Haw! I have had oodles of things going on that should have kept me from joining up this month, but I didn’t want to miss out because I had the perfect project I had been aching to work on. Meet my farmhouse desk straight from the farm…literally.

Damaged Antique Desk Before | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I saw this desk listed by a local lady who owned an antique shop and called to inquire. She told me it had some damage with nicks and such, but it was in good structural shape. So, I sent my hubby to pick it up and he said it had been stored in her barn for quite some time. This is what I found…

Antique Desk has Damaged Top | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Ummm….that’s more than the “little bit of damage” she mentioned. Read more

Vintage Desk Makeover by Teen Boy

Last week while I was working on my curbside settee makeover, my oldest son had picked a new project for himself to work on as well. He recently reworked a little girls vanity and it sold quickly from my shop, and we were looking for another large piece for him when I spied this vintage desk on Craigslist.

A Craigslist find vintage desk is worn-out and needing a lift. A teenage boy brings it back to being an vintage beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It had been for sale for a little while and I was keeping an eye on it for a potential project for myself. Since I had plenty to work on, I asked my son if he wanted to have a try at it. I contacted the owner and it turned out to be a neighbor two houses down. Small world, eh?

A Craigslist find vintage desk is worn-out and needing a lift. A teenage boy brings it back to being an vintage beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

She was so nice to let us come over and take a peek. I was a bit hesitant to let my son take on the desk because the top had a split in it where the boards had warped and lifted. I didn’t have much time to spare to help him out fixing it, but we decided to take it anyway. Read more

Hedgehog Pencil Holder with DIY Build Tutorial

Ready to get your tool groove on? It’s Power Tool Challenge time! Today, I am working with a fantastic group of DIY bloggers and we are going to show you how to make use of a basic tool – the jigsaw. My project: a super-cute hedgehog pencil holder.

Power Tool Challenge Team Back to School

If you missed the last challenge using only a common drill, you’ll want to stop by to see how to build this rack (with endless possibilities for variation). No cutting needed, just a few simple materials and a DIY attitude.

One Power Tool Challenge Using a Drill to Build a Coat / Towel Rack by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Today, I have a back-to-school project that is fun and functional. Meet my sweet little hedgehog pencil holder…

You can build this whimsical pencil holder for back-to-school, homeschool, or fun using this step-by-step tutorial. You can even take the shape and make your own character too! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

She’s a cutie patootie, but also versatile too. With this basic shape, you could create a rainbow, a bear face, a car, a bumble bee….endless possibilities for this shape!

You can build this adorable hedgehog pencil holder for back-to-school, homeschool, or for fun with this step-by-step tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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We Have a WINNER!!

To say I’m excited would be the biggest understatement of the YEAR! I still cannot believe that 2 years have passed so very quickly and I am in awe of God’s goodness.

Handmade Feedsack, Linen, and Leather Purse by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I want to thank all of you that participated in this event, from my lovely sponsors, my family, and of course, my readers! Do know that I wish with all my heart I could give each and every one of you this prize.

Enough of the sappy stuff, right? Let’s get on to the WINNER!!

Drumroll please…. Read more

2nd Year Blogiversary & Desk GIVEAWAY!

Wahoo!! I’ve made to my 2nd year blogiversary and I want to thank YOU readers for all your love and support.  Without you I wouldn’t be here! Just wait until you see the gift I have for you!

Let me take a minute to reflect on my beginnings. It all began on Mother’s Day two years ago when I signed up for my blog, though didn’t actually start posting anything until the early part of the following June. I took most of May to learn, set things up, and create graphics. I was bleary eyed from all the code, but having a blast learning. As of last May I was new to being a mom of 6, had to run in high gear because I had medical bills to pay from being in the NICU with our babe, so off I went like a mad-woman painting and selling furniture in my shop. There were times we needed the money the next day and I was scrambling around trying to figure out how we were going to make the payment, and my latest piece would be listed and sell within a half hour. BAM! God is so good. He knew what we needed and when. Like when I finished this feed sack chair. It sold lightning fast and was a hit on the internet. Living Vintage Behind the Blogger Series with Prodigal Pieces I like to highlight some of my favorite pieces over the last year. One was an antique table makeover with my favorite color: Aqua An Antique Side Table Get an Aqua Makeover - My FAVORITE! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Read more

An Antique Desk Makeover

Rarely do I keep furniture for me.  In fact, several of the pieces in my home that I had purchased years ago for myself are still awaiting their face-lift.  Hopefully, that will soon be remedied as we continue to remodel our home.  My treat-to-self is that once that room is completed, I can add the finishing touch of finally redoing whatever furniture belongs in there.

One of the rooms we are intending to remodel is our front living room, which would include a little office space for my husband and I.  Back in my post about my garage mess stash, there was a little gem peeking out at you.

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I found the antique desk on Craigslist almost 2 years ago and the chair was curbside during city cleanup.  

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I had tucked this sweet desk away intending to use it as my desk for my computer and office space. 

While working through my stash, I wouldn’t let myself touch anything that would be for me until I had worked on everything else first.  Motivation.

But, silly me should have known that there’s always another gem around the corner. tsk.  I found a fantastic industrial oak desk (which I will reveal later) that is larger and has more storage for what I needed, so… I decided to sell my sweet little find.

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The desk’s structure was in awesome shape and I just loved that carved braided edge.  However the veneer was missing in large chunks on several of the drawer fronts, so that had to go.  With the help of my little man (who gets paid per pull, by the way), the drawers were prepped for refinishing.

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In my post, 10 Furniture Refinishing Essentials, I offered advice on how to remove veneer in the easiest way possible.  After using the method of soaking the drawer fronts with a towel overnight, the veneer peeled off like butter off of hot toast.

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Once the veneer was removed it leaves the surface rough, which was easily remedied by sanding them down to give me a fresh smooth surface to work with.

Since I knew I wanted to distress them a bit after painting, I stained them with a dark color so that it could peek through the paint.

Now for that gorgeous top…swoon!  I would have loved to refinish the whole piece and stain, but since that veneer was missing the only choice was to paint.

You have to admit that paint with stain really rocks!

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Can you believe the chair was out in the trash?  That splat detail (that curved part of the back) is fantastic and I love how it accentuates the same shape and design of the original brass pulls on the desk.  

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An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Truth be told, I originally intended to use a different fabric for the seat and was trying to mix a paint color that would coordinate – fail.  The paint color I ended up with I actually like better, and when I went to my fabric stash after I finished the desk, I couldn’t believe I had a fabric that would match perfectly.  eek! I love it when that happens.

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Enter in sellers remorse….do I sell it? …it’s just so lovely..hmmm…maybe I can keep it?  This is one of the downfalls of this biz, if there is one.  Not having enough room to keep everything you like can make one turn into a hoarder. I’m definitely a purger – just ask my kids.  

I couldn’t be more happy with the way it turned out.  You can imagine that it didn’t last long in my shop.  One of my all-time best fans is Diane, and I’m super-excited it got a wonderful home with her.  She even redecorated around the desk, and better yet, I just finished a custom dresser-turned-entertainment stand for the same room as her desk.  

Maybe I’ll show you the dresser transformation if you ask. :o)

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Okay…you asked.   My client wanted a similar, but not identical color, so I mixed up a different color and here’s how it looks before…
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previous owner’s photo

She didn’t want the mirror, so it’s mine for the taking, and the veneer was damaged so that needed removed.  Overall, I couldn’t have been more happy with how it turned out.  She loved it too!
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An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I love a happy ending, don’t you?

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