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Updated Dresser with Pulls, Paint, & Stain

Do you find stress relief in work? I’m one of those the will clean my house lickety-split when I am one hot mama. hahaha… That’s kinda how I feel about furniture and my creative projects too. There are times when I am downright frazzled and wore to the bone, then when I go get creative my woes are gone. I talk to God during that time and it feels so good. We’ve had some major setbacks in the last few weeks and I decided to take it out on this piece today. Let me show you how I turned it into an updated dresser. PLUS, I have an awesome giveaway for you!

Vintage Dresser Before Updating | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You might be wondering what’s wrong, well we’ve found a pest in the wood we are using for our kitchen countertops. No big deal, just treat and move on, but that set us back 3 weeks finding the source, the solution, and waiting on it to arrive. Then our vehicle had issues and when they were supposed to be fixed the dude who repaired it caused more damage. We even had Read more

Mudroom Makeover ~ Budget-Friendly Improvements

Do you ever leave a project unfinished and it irks you that you never got it done? That’s me, at least when it comes to our mudroom. A few years ago I remodeled that space, but injured myself while doing so. I got done as much as I could and then stopped, planning to get back at it. Well, babies and life happen and time slips away. So…today I’m getting back in there and doing a mudroom makeover. Plus, we have two winners for last week’s giveaway AND kicking off a new giveaway today. Yay!!

First, let’s take a look at this project. This was our mudroom in the true before.

First Look at Dark, Dated Mudroom by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I won’t reiterate what I already wrote about in my other post that has all the juicy details how we got the mudroom to look like this…

Mudroom Makeover with Barn Wood and Budget-Friendly Tips by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Now, remember we are a family of Read more

Vintage Vanity with French Country Cottage Style

Having a bedroom vanity used to be a thing of the times and then they faded out. However, not long ago they have been making a comeback and I love it! I feel they add a useful piece of furniture to your decor while creating that timeless feel. One of my most requested custom pieces from my shop is a vintage vanity. It’s been awhile since I have done one, so today’s the day and it includes a giveaway! (fist pump action going on!)

Vintage Kroehler Vanity Before Whitewashed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*post sponsored by Zibra and Rustic Brands and does contain affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too! (see full disclosure)

Let me introduce you to this gorgeous vintage vanity made by Kroehler. This gem is made of walnut…oh yeah…they don’t make them like this anymore! It has a broken pull and some worn-through wear to the surface, but otherwise is perfect candidate for Read more

Chemical Free Cleaning for Your Vehicle

Having a family of 8 is such a blessing. I take my 6 kids with me to run errands, go on junkin’ adventures, and just have some plain ol’ fun. Our family vehicle is our trustworthy steed that gets a whole lotta lovin’. Back before children my husband and I gave our vehicles a head-to-toe cleaning every two weeks, with a DIY detailing each month. Do you think that happens now? Ahahahahaha…not on your life. But…now with my new tool I am going to get down and dirty and give our ride a chemical free cleaning. Check it out.

The HomeRight AutoRight Steam Cleaning Machine for Chemical-Free Car Care | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*post is sponsored by HomeRight and contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own. (see full disclosure)

Back in the days of yore, my go-to tools for auto cleaning were my bottle of window cleaner, cotton swabs, an old toothbrush, and a rag. It would take me hours to tackle to upholstery, clean the windows and doors, not to mention the carpet. With this AutoRight Steam Machine I can not only get it done faster, but also achieve a chemical free cleaning. Yeehaw! Read more

Affordable Area Rugs to Fit Any Decor

If you know me, then you know I am all about making our house a home affordably. It makes no sense to me to spend big bucks on something when you can get the exact same thing for less elsewhere or make it yourself. Problem is, knowing where to find those deals. That hunt can take time and time is money. Thankfully, I was able to enhance my family room by adding a rug, and I want to share with you the affordable area rugs I found. PLUS, I have a giveaway! eep!

Enter in our family room… this used to be a detached garage. Bet you’ve never seen a garage look so good! If you follow along, you know that last week I shared with you how on a whim I decided to give my fireplace a makeover. The view I’m about to show you is to the left of that same fireplace.

Rustic Farmhouse Family Room Makeover Before | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

In the future, I will show you the true before as a few years ago I did three coats of paint and stain-blocking primer to this room, tore down a drop ceiling, and made my pallet shutters and barnwood & bedskirt valance. (both have tutorials) I even got the entertainment center for free from a guy who was originally going to charge me $100, but told us we could have it if we would take his projection TV’s. Deal! Serious praise is that most everything in this room was received for Read more

It’s About Time ~ JORD Women’s Watch Review

Not often do I get a chance to just take a minute to reflect with you and just step back and relax. I have been trying to look at my year ahead and figure out my goals and where I want to be this time next year. Time is something I always am saying I never have enough of, so when I had the opportunity to review a product by JORD, I excitedly jumped at the chance. Why? Let me explain…

Wooden JORD Women's Watch Review by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*post sponsored by JORD Wood Watches – opinions are all my own (see full disclosure)

I had seen their gorgeous wood watches here and there on various fronts and loved that not only were their products pleasing to the eye, but actually made with life in mind. And…who can resist jewelry made out of wood? This may just make me change my motto, “Tools over jewels”. Read more

Spray Shelter ~ Miracles Do Happen

Every once in a while there will be an invention that comes about that makes us say, “How did I ever do without this?”. To me, tools are worth their weight in gold for they allow us to do all sorts of wonderful things. My latest addition to my arsenal is going to save my marriage (you know what I’m talkin’ about) and my sanity. Here is what my life was like without my new spray shelter.

Spray Paint Mess without Spray Shelter | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*post is sponsored by HomeRight and affiliate links are included so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

I would try to use boxes, sheets, any old thing to try to protect my work area, my yard, etc. Nothing really worked, or if it did was a pain to set up and take down.

Enter in my new toy… 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

Outdoor Decor ~ Creating an Inviting Space

Do you know that feeling of complete relaxation…that point that you just don’t want to move or else it will go away? That my friends is how I feel about sinking into my latest treat-to-self family. ahem. Last week I showed you how I’ve been updating our patio decor. This week, take a look at the new beauty that has arrived to my outdoor decor. You don’t know backyard bliss until you have rested in a tufted hammock. Yes, not just any old hammock…a tufted hammock – a veritable mattress on ropes!. I must be dreaming…swoon.

Tufted Hammock by Hatteras Hammocks on DFO Home by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*post is sponsored by DFO Home and contains affiliate links so you can find what I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

You see, our other hammock was feasted upon by mice in our shed. It wouldn’t hold a the weight of  a flea. It had been my oldest daughter’s gift and I felt so bad. My kids loved on this thing like none other and it added such fun to our backyard. I decided to surprise them. tee hee hee.

Damaged Outdoor Hammock | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

In my opinion, our home doesn’t just exist within four walls, but rather also includes the environment we create around the outside of our home. Today, I want to show you how to easily add to our outdoor decor to make an inviting space with a bit of effort. Since our Themed Furniture Makeover day for this month is all about OUTDOOR, I thought that this sweet little table would be the perfect fit. You’ll get to see what my furniture friends have created for you soon.

Outdoor Table Before Patio Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I’ve mentioned before that whenever we receive a piece of furniture for free, I pass it along to one of my kids. They each take turns and can’t wait to see what arrives next. My youngest son, Mr. O., was the recipient of this plant stand-type table from my mother.

It had seen better days and would fall apart if you picked it up wrong, but it had some potential. See the rust? I love me some rust.

Rusty Patina on Outdoor Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Time for Mr. O to take the lead and get this project started.

Little Boy Working on Outdoor Decor Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This isn’t his first furniture makeover, as he did a clock face table before from a table he found in the trash. That’s what I call trashure.

Vintage Table Set Out for Trash Becomes Faux Clock Face Table by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I only had to guide him here and there with using my drill and bits.

Boy Drilling New Wood for Outdoor Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

We cut new slats from some scrap wood out of my stash using my table saw and miter saw. Once done it was only a matter of assembly and finish work.

Adding New Wood Table Top to Outdoor Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

He did a dry fit to make sure all was good and sanded smooth with my orbital sander.

Boy Sanding Outdoor Table Top | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

We decided to go darker on the color of the wood and used my favorite stain that we’ve also used in several other projects. It’s called Early American by RustOleum. By the way, he had a ventilator on, but I forgot to take a picture of him staining, so we staged this one for a quick fix and forgot the mask. oop!

Boy Staining Table with Early American by RustOleum | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

For a French twist, we added this DecoArt Cafe Paris stencil on top.

Cafe Paris Stencil by DecoArt for Outdoor Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

To seal it all up, we sprayed with this polyurethane for protection.

Spray Polyurethane by Minwax for Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Now, doesn’t it look perfect beside our newest addition? Adding little things like this to your outdoor decor doesn’t have to break the bank.

French Cafe Outdoor Decor Table by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

After all the hard work, I needed to take a break. aaahhh… I’m telling you this tufted hammock found at DFOHome is bliss on earth. We were so happy with our outdoor curtains on our patio makeover, that I knew that would have just the thing I was looking for since they have oodles of styles and choices.

Hatteras Hammocks Tufted Hammock from DFO Home by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Hahaha…while trying to snap this picture, my toddler kept wanting to join me. Who can resist, right? The hammock is perfect for snuggling.

Mama and Baby in Tufted Hammock | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

All of my 6 kids vie for hammock time (even though it easily holds two), but the one who deserved it most today was Mr. O. He worked hard and deserves a break.

Boy Reading Book in Tufted Hammock | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I even served him some lemonade. Summertime is passing by so quickly.

Patio Plant Stand Refresh for Outdoor Decor by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

To make your outdoor decor more fun, I am able to give one of these hammock swings to you as your very own.

Hammock Chair Swing from DFOHome Giveaway by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Want to win? (giveaway is closed) First, head here to pick your swing chair. Next, leave me a comment on how you want to make your outdoor decor more inviting (and do tell my little guy he rocked the table project too).  Winner will be chosen via random.org and announced on Tuesday the 26th and is open to U.S. Residents only. Another bonus is you can receive 10% OFF your entire purchase by using the coupon code: PRODIGAL

Oh, and before I forget, we also decided to make a fun sign with the salvaged wood top. Isn’t it trés chic? It is available in my shop. (SOLD)Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Cafe Paris Reclaimed Wood Sign by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I hope our latest additions have encouraged you to add little touches here and there to make the outside of your home an inviting space. Head to the thrift store and make an unwanted object a focal point by giving it new life. Do pin and share these ideas too! ♥

How to Create and Inviting Outdoor Decor Space by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

For more inspiration, next I’ll be sharing how you add even more to your decor. Head here to get The DIY details.

Outdoor Pillows on a Budget by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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WAIT! Don’t forget to check out these other outdoor decor makeovers for our Themed Furniture Makeover.

Themed Furniture Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

More of my outdoor decor projects:

Indoor / Outdoor DIY Faux Fireplace | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comDIY a Faux Shipping Crate Table by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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