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DIY Candlesticks from Repurposed Materials

I have been having a blast making use of all the things that my dad brought to me from various places. First was my repurposed changing table cart, then my farmhouse side table, and next my piano bench lap desk. He knows me all too well, don’t you think? Well, today I’m making use of those couch parts left on the pile of stuff he brought, plus another curbside find from my stash. They’re going to become DIY candlesticks. {{fist pump action!!}}

Reclaimed Wood Turnings Before | prodigalpieces.com

Story goes like this, my dad has rentals and when someone leaves he has to clean out, refresh the home, and get it ready for the next person, right? Well, he gets left with all sorts of messes and one of them was an old couch that had cat yuck all over it. However, he thought that these Read more

Repurposed Piano Bench Lap Desk

It’s round three of making use of the pile of goodies my dad found for me either on the curb or at his rental leftovers. To see where I started, first you can visit my repurposed changing table post, and then my side table repair and makeover. Today is all about taking a repurposed piano bench and turning into new useful projects. Let’s get our DIY on!

Curbside Piano Bench before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

So, here’s how the story goes. My oldest, Mr. I, does daily exercise that takes him up and down the street many times. On one of his adventures he came home to tell me there was a piano a few houses down sitting curbside. Me, who has absolutely no room for another piano felt bad, but left it there.

Next day, neighbor comes over to tell me the same thing. I told him the same response that I had no interest in another large piece joining my “collection”, so there it sat. Then the next day my dad came bringing the items I showed in my last post and mentioned the piano. hahaha…see a trend? Well, I didn’t know all this time that there was a bench too, so I had him snag that for me since pickup of trash was that day.

I really hated to see a beautiful instrument go to the trash as I love to play piano and teach my children to do the same. However, I can’t save everything. sigh… The poor set had been left out in the rain for several days and then looked like this…

Broken Piano Bench and Music Holder from Curbside Piano | prodigalpieces.com

Top of Water Damaged Piano Bench | prodigalpieces.com

Now I have water damage and also time-worn wear like the damaged veneer to fuss with. Not too bad, and certainly salvageable. See where they used tape to hold the veneer in place? hahaha…

Damaged Veneer on Piano Bench | prodigalpieces.com

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Here begins my repurposed piano bench creation. Hang with me now. I sit and stare at this thing trying to decide what to do with it. It’s too long and a bit too short to be a side table. It’s too long to be a vanity bench, and too small to be an entry bench. Hmmm…. I debated on flipping it over to turn it into a dog/cat four poster bed, but didn’t feel that was as functional as it could be. After a few weeks of mulling it over, here’s what I decided to do.

I took off the top and plan to save the legs to make into a vanity bench when I get to work on another one in the future. Then, I began to repair the piano bench top using wood filler, and then my sander to take down the worn finish. Once prepped, I use my Provincial Stain seen in these posts, to give a fresh new look.

Staining Repurposed Piano Bench Top with Provincial Stain | prodigalpieces.com

Once that was dry I used some tape to make a funky design with paint and let that cure. While that was going on, I set about building the rest of my vision. I built a base using miter saw to cut my boards to length. Then using my favorite Kreg Jig and Clamp Trak system along with my jigsaw, I was able to get my pieces to where I needed them to be.

Kreg JIg Pocket Holes and Clamp Trak for Woodworking via Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Time to assemble! These right angle clamps save me a thousand slams to my forehead of frustration as they are like a few extra pairs of hands to allow me to assemble sanely using my drill. hahaha… Aren’t they cool? I actually gifted them to JC for Christmas and we both love using them.

Kreg Jig Clamps for Assembly | prodigalpieces.com


Okay, so now I essentially have built a box and here’s what I did with it.

Build a Folding Lap Desk Using Repurposed Piano Bench and Music Rest by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

That tired piano bench has now been repurposed into a lap desk. Woot!

Upcycled Piano Bench becomes a Lap Desk with Storage by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This was absolute fun for me, like figuring out a puzzle. I had to design this repurposed piano bench based on the pieces I had, and also make it practical for everyday use. Thanks to sites that offer build plans like Ana White, The House of Wood, and many others, I was able to piece together my design.DIY Upcycled Lap Desk from Piano Bench and Music Rest by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

A Folding Lap Desk Created by Prodigal Pieces out of repurposed parts | prodigalpieces.com

It is functional for holding your books, tablets, phones, laptop, …you name it. Then, open it up for storage while not in use.

Inside DIY Folding Lap Desk from Upcycled Materials by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

When you’re done using it, just fold it up and store for the next time you need it. Fun!

Folded Lap Desk Created by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Folding Lap Desk DIY by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Isn’t that fun? So many uses for it and this project spurred on many new ideas and that leaves a wonderful feeling. I love to build and create, especially using reclaimed or repurposed materials.

If you are loving the desk and want it as your own, you can find it available in my shop along with many other goodies. We ship anywhere.

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Do pin and share this repurposed piano bench because I know there are others out there looking for a new use. What could be better than a lap desk, eh?

A curbside piano bench and music rest become a DIY Folding Lap Desk with Storage created by Larissa at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Up next, I’ll be sharing what I did with the last of the goodies my dad brought over, plus another curbside find. Any guesses before peeking?? Head here to see. Reclaimed Wood Turnings Before | prodigalpieces.com

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Farmhouse Side Table ~ How to Update Your Look

Earlier this week I showed you I took a curbside changing table my dad salvaged for me and turned it into a cart. I promised I would be back with more of my dad’s haul for me, and today’s the day. Out of the loot below, I’m tackling that table and turning into a farmhouse side table. Let me show you how easy it can be to update your home into the farmhouse style.

Curbside Finds from my Dad | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Okay, so this table is not only showcasing that gorgeous orange stain (insert sarcasm), it is also standing on a broken leg. (aka. hot mess) See the back left?

Side Table Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The top was scratched to oblivion because it is made of pine with a veneer to boot, but was Read more

Repurposed Changing Table Cart ~ Trashure

Do you know what time it is?? It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday! The one day each month where my blogger friends and I put together some wonderful transformations for you. My project for the day is turning these pieces of trash (aka. trashure) into a repurposed changing table cart. woot!

Broken Changing Table Before | prodigalpieces.com

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it sure is a blessing when people get you. My parents are always telling me they saw something they thought I would like to work on. They’ve blessed the kids and I a million times over with gift of things they found. My dad own several rental properties and one of the not-so-fun duties is cleaning up after someone who has torn apart his hard work.

Here is the aftermath of one of those instances. Read more

Antique Chest with Washed Finish

Time for some fun! Today is Furniture Fixer Uppers day and you know this is right up my alley, right? I mean, what’s more fun than getting to get creative and share the projects done by my blogger friends? It’s all to inspire you. Today is all about this antique chest I found while thrifting.

Damaged Antique Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This never fails to happen to me. I walk into the store knowing full well that I don’t need another piece to work on and am there on a solitary mission. Then, there it is…a big ol’ sign saying 50% off furniture. Well, any sane person couldn’t ignore that, right?

There sat this antique chest just showing me those gorgeous mismatched glass pulls and marble top. It begged me to take it home, I tell ya. I gave it a quick assessment and went…ugh. 50% off may sound good, but this thing needed much work.

Here’s what I’m facing…

Broken Antique Chest Frame | prodigalpieces.com

Broken frame to the drawers,

Damaged Chest Drawers | prodigalpieces.com

Plenty of damage to the drawer fronts from someone trying to pry it out with a screwdriver. The the inside guides were falling out and a dozen nails were sent into them through the sides trying to get them to stay. And…looked like someone tried to refinish this piece and did a sloppy job. They got it all over the marble and didn’t even bother to remove the knobs. Plus, there were plenty of bristles stuck in the finish.

Marble Topped Antique Chest | prodigalpieces.com

There is paint in all the crevices, and those top two drawers were flopping up and down like a mouth speaking to me from missing their hardware. Hot mess, shall we say? See…it’s opening up begging me to save it. hee hee hee.

Open Chest Drawer with Pink Lining | prodigalpieces.com

It’s at this point I’m like, “What did I just buy???” I needed another headache piece like another hole in the head, but silly me can’t resist. So, onward we go!

First, I repair those broken drawer rails. Those had been hopelessly failed to be repaired previously. Nailed through the outside panels, through the front and were hanging loose. I pulled out all those nails and started fresh using my nailer to secure it from the inside.

Repairing Antique Chest with AirStrike Nailer | prodigalpieces.com

*post sponsored by DecoArt (see full disclosure)

Then, I bust out the wood glue and wood filler. I used half a tub on this thing. At least it works wonders to make things new. Then, I used my sander to take off the chunky finish. Now time to give this antique chest new life.

First up, add some casters back to the empty spots. Thank goodness for a junk stash! I love collecting casters when I’m about and about. They come in so handy. I found four wooden ones to make a set and they add that bit of height my antique chest needs.

Collection of Antique Casters in Old Tool Box by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Enter in this new product by DecoArt. Anything with the word “vintage” gets my attention. Aren’t these colors gorgeous? There are actually 20 different washes available that will make your heart happy.

DecoArt Vintage Effect Wash in Four Colors via Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

For this antique chest makeover I chose to use one of my old standby’s, DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint in Vintage along with the Vintage Effect Wash in White. You can see all my other posts with DecoArt products in these posts.

DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint and Vintage Effect Wash via Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

To get started, I use apply two coats of the chalky finish paint making sure to let it cure between coats. For the next, step, I decided to use the wash to add dimension to the chest. I applied it to the center panels on the sides. Just brush on and use a soft rag to wipe off any excess leaving traces of it behind.

Applying White Vintage Effect Wash by DecoArt by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The beauty of the wash is that it has an additive to give it a longer cure time than paint. Why would we want that? Well, that gives us the chance to work it in to the places we want and take off the excess before it sets up. It makes it so nice to work with. I even added it to the carved parts of the chest and drawer fronts.

Glaing Drawer Fronts with Zibra Paint Brush by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The wash sets up beautifully and then I do a bit of distressing to add time-worn wear. Finally, my antique chest makeover is done. Here is the new look!

Antique Chest Dresser Given New Life by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Much better than the broken down lady I found in the store. I would have loved to have restored all the wood, but there was no doing with all the damage. So instead, I have those gorgeous burled inlays showcasing their gorgeous self.

Glazed Antique Chest Using DecoArt Chalky Finish Paints by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Notice how that Vintage Effect Wash really gave dimension to to all the details? I love it! In case you were wondering, this originally had a mirror and different pulls, but I was able to scrounge out some sets to make this complete from my stash.

Farmhouse Chest Vignette with Limelight Hydrangeas by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

And the side panels make for a sweet statement too, don’t you think?

Whitewashed Antique Chest Dresser with Marble Inlay by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My hydrangeas are in such gorgeous full bloom that I had to bring some in. They look like lace to me…sigh…

Grapevine Basket of Limelight Hydrangeas by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Vignette with Antique Chest, Limelight Hydrangeas, Old Pearl Necklace, and Straw Hat by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.ccom

I do have such fun staging my pieces. Especially with treasures like these. My grandmother-in-law passed not too long ago leaving us wonderful trinkets like that pearl necklace above, and this delicate jewelry box.

Delicate Vintage Jewelry Box by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’m happy to say we have a happy ending for the chest and for me knowing I saved yet another piece from some dismal outcome. Oh, and by the way, I did pass up a Queen Anne vanity that was there too. I just can’t save them all!

If you are in love with this chest, you can find this piece, the paint brushes, and more available in my shop.

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Do pin and share this antique chest made new to inspire others to restore the unloved furniture the find. They may have great bones only needing some TLC.

Beaten down antique chest of drawers made new with DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint and Vintage Effect Wash by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Time for some more fun! You just have to see what my gal friends whipped up for you today. See their posts below. Be inspired!

Furniture Fixer Uppers ~ A Furniture Makeover Group | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Furniture Fixer Uppers July 2017 | prodigalpieces.com

  1. The Interior Frugalista
  2. Just the Woods
  3. Girl in the Garage
  4. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
  5. Petticoat Junktion

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Blanket Chest with Farmhouse Style

Y’all ready for this? It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday! My blogger friends and I love to share with you fantastic projects to inspire you to give DIY a try. My project piece for today is my very own blanket chest. It’s looking kinda shaggy, isn’t it? Let me show you how I took it from shaggy to rustic chic. (aka. #trashure) You’ll get to see my friend’s projects at the end.

Painted Blanket Chest Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

I originally purchased this piece to redo thinking it was wood when I bought it sight unseen. Little did I know it ended up being coated in multiple layers of paint…ugh. If you remember from this post, I promised myself to never buy another painted piece to work on. Read more

DIY Concrete Table ~ Plus DIY Solar Lamps

Are you ready to take your outdoor (or indoor) decor to the next level? I’m here, as promised, to show you how to create the DIY concrete table that we built for our backyard fire pit reveal last week. Plus, I’m also going to share how I create two different solar lamps for a few dollars too. To make things even sweeter, I have yet another giveaway for you to help you get the job done right. So much to share, so let’s get started!

Build this Concrete Table for Less than $30. Easy-to-follow build plans by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The best part about these concrete tables is that they are very versatile. You can size it to meet your needs and they even look wonderful in Read more

Vintage Vanity Painted Tea Rose Pink

Do you ever have conversations with someone that leave you saying, “That was really weird”? While perusing Craigslist I came upon this piece advertised as a desk. To me it looked like a vanity without a mirror. I called to inquire and he said he still had it. Sweet! Stay with me as I show you how this “desk” became a vintage vanity painted a soft tea rose pink.

Vintage Vanity Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

I continued to ask the seller if there was anything wrong with it and if it was smoke-free. He replied that it was solid as a rock, smoke-free, and would take him quite some time to dismantle it to get it out of his basement. He also said he had another buyer coming to see it first. I said, “Oh, it’s that big?” He replied, “Yes, and you’ll need help to load it.” I went on to ask more questions, but still getting the feeling like something was off. Read more

DIY Fire Pit ~ Backyard Budget Decor

It is finally summer and I am so excited!! Why? Because my cabin fever stent is over and my family and I can finally get into our back yard. I have been staring out my windows all winter scheming and planning new and improved ways to make it more hospitable. I’m also about making it easier to care for (can I get an amen?). Today is all about our forlorn fire pit. It has served us well over the last four years, but today is demo time. Follow along as we show you how to create your very own DIY fire pit. pssst…giveaway alert!!

Top View of Messy Fire Pit | prodigalpieces.com

Before we get started, I wanted to give you a bit of history on this fire pit. Four years ago I shared this original post detailing how blessed I was to be able to create it for JC on Father’s Day without spending a dime. All the materials were sourced from Read more

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