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Repurposed Cabinet Door Crate

Do you do a spring cleaning each year? For me, it seems like each month is spring with my family of 8 because I’m forever purging and cleaning. ha! Not complaining, just the truth. If I’m cleaning I know I have loved ones around me. Take for instance my workshop, full of goodies ready to become something new. These doors came off of a buffet that my son completed HERE (you seriously have to see it!). We promised to show you this repurposed cabinet door project. Oh, and we have a WINNER for the Zibra prize package!

Cupboard Doors Before Repurposing | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Because these doors had cracks where the hinges were, they became unusable as they were originally intended. However, are they trash? NO WAY. Trashure I say! I recently gave my own kitchen cupboard doors new life by turning them into Read more

Apothecary Cabinet Makeover ~ A Trashure Story

I love my husband, JC, with all my heart and then some. He is my best friend and confidant, but he is also my polar opposite in many ways. Like they say, opposites attract, right? He is the reason that this forlorn piece of furniture is my subject for today’s Furniture Fixer Upper fun. Thankfully, I can laugh and have a go at making this into an apothecary cabinet. Stay with me, I’ll explain below. Oh, and be sure to read through to see the furniture makeover goodness from my friends too.

Filing Cabinet Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

JC had one job to do. Mind you he works full-time, is the one who ships everything for me from my shop, furniture and all, and is our main dude in our remodeling adventures. So, I guess he deserves a little slack, but…this happens A LOT.  I asked him to stop by and pick up this “filing cabinet” (as the lady described), but only bring it home if it was solid wood and would hold my files. ahem…does it look like solid wood to you? 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?

Vintage Oak Desk Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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

Sewing Table with Vintage Chic Vibe

Today’s post is kinda funny because it has a story behind it. First, it all started with this table that my parents gave me. I invite you to come read this post on my Facebook page and be sure to read the comments. I’ll fill you in as we go, but in the meantime, I’d like to show you how I turned it into a vintage chic sewing table.

Side Table Before Vintage Chic Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

We have always had modge-podge furniture because I get it second-hand, either by thrifting or handed down. Our last installment of furniture was leather and I was happy to have it, but it didn’t have a vintage feel to it. I thought if I could sell what we had to pay for a set more to my liking, I would have a go at it.

My heart was set on a soft brown leather set with nailhead trim to go with what I wanted Read more

Cedar Chest from Trash to Treasure

“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day the neighborhood…” (while Mr. Rogers sings through my head). That is what tune is I sing when I am out junkin’ during our citywide spring cleanup. Do you blame me? I find all sorts of trashure and when I spied this cedar chest amongst the rubble, I felt so bad for it. I thought this is the perfect candidate for our Trash to Treasure Transformation Tuesday. You can see my fellow bloggers work for this fun day in a bit.

Curbside Cedar Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Trash to Treasure Tuedays - Thrifted Makeover Fun | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

When I went up to the cedar chest and opened it, it was full of trash, dead bugs, and …bluck. It had been gorgeously weathered from the elements and was falling apart on the top and bottom.

Damaged Cedar Chest Top | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Side View of Damaged Cedar Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The one good thing this cedar chest had going for it was that the actual cabinet part was still intact and was actually pretty cool. (you’re welcome I removed the old underwear before snapping a picture. hahaha…) Read more

Vintage Dresser Features Industrial Vibe

Earlier this week I showed you how I took miniature curbside picket fence and turned it into garden decor. In that post, I showed you this vintage dresser I had picked up on Craigslist. To say it’s dated would be an understatement, right?

Vintage Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Made of mixed woods with a veneer-type top and sides, and also has oak drawer fronts and face. This is certainly a solid piece, BUT… it has the look of “update me please!!”

Top of Outdated Vintage Dresser | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comWhat made me pay attention to this particular piece was the drawer fronts (not those medieval bull ring pulls). The drawers looked like crates to me. Don’t you think? Read more

Outdated Dresser to Classic Vintage

It’s always fun to take a vintage piece of furniture that has seen better days and tweak it a bit by staying true to its era. That’s where this outdated dresser comes into play.

Vintage Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

My oldest daughter was looking for a piece of furniture to work on and we found this sweet piece on Craigslist, and thankfully it wasn’t too far away from us. It has great bones with only wear to the face and top.

Top of Dresser with Damage | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I have taught my daughter how to prep a piece by making any repairs and sanding, as she did in her makeover I mentioned in this older post. I can’t tell you enough how rewarding to see my efforts pay off to her benefit.

Teen Girl Giving Vintage Dresser a Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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When trying to decided what type of finish she would do, we knew it was going to be all about the knobs. The original ones were lacking character and this dresser needed something to make it pop. Read more

Industrial Vibe Added to a FREE Trunk

Every second Tuesday of the month, a group of my blogger friends and I get together to share our Trash to Treasure Transformations. Wahoo! So be sure to check out their projects at this bottom of this post. Now, I have an industrial makeover for you today!

Trash to Treasure Transformations by 5 Awesome DIY Bloggers

My project was sort of a no-brainer. The other day, my son and I went to pick up a desk for him to work on, which just happened to be two houses down. (how weird is that?) While there and talking to the awesome lady who was selling the desk, she offered me this handmade trunk.

After receiving this handmade trunk for free, all it needed was some hardware and industrial touches to give it some kick by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It’s a handmade storage trunk that she said was in her house when she bought it. It was missing the hardware and she gave it a white coat of paint. And if you know me, I don’t pass up FREE very often. tsk. Read more

Vintage Typography Acme Cedar Chest

I have a fascination for vintage typography and have a blast adding it to the pieces I work on. It was a goal of mine to do something fun on a chest of drawers, but when I found this cedar chest in a thrift store, I knew just what to do with it.

This thrifted Acme cedar chest had seen better days. Now it's an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Well…this is how I found it.

This thrifted Acme cedar chest had seen better days. Now it's an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Lookin’ pretty rough, isn’t it? Overall it was in structurally good shape, aside from a couple of feet that were damaged.

This thrifted Acme cedar chest had seen better days. Now it's an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Really though, there’s oodles of potential, minus the busted foot. We’re talking about an Acme Chest made of red cedar. Solid build with real copper hardware = SCORE!! Goodwill had just set it out and it was meant to be mine with my 35% off coupon. tee hee hee.

This thrifted Acme cedar chest had seen better days. Now it's an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Even my littlest was enjoying scoping out our new find.

This thrifted Acme cedar chest had seen better days. Now it's an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Here’s what I found out after searching about this company:

“The Acme Chest Company of South Bend Indiana, originally founded in the early 1900’s, then on July the 4th, 1916 the plant was destroyed by a fire caused by fireworks. The company could not afford to rebuild, so was forced to close and never made another chest. Chest manufacturing was the primary business and their motto was ‘An Acme must make well or we will.’”

So cool, isn’t it? (not the fire…the story. tsk)

This month’s Themed Furniture Makeover Day theme is BLACK. This chest was perfect for the makeover. (my heart beats fast when I know I have a good one!)

After NINE 80 grit sanding pads later (yes, NINE!), I finally got down past that gunk on top and saw the beauty that lie beneath.

Sanded Down Cedar Chest by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This thrifted Acme cedar chest had seen better days. Now it's an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I wasn’t about to cover up that gorgeous grain, so I used boiled linseed oil, just like I did to revive my antique church pew.

This thrifted Acme cedar chest had seen better days. Now it's an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

No better way to bring out the rich color of the wood and accent the grain. Just look at the difference.

This thrifted Acme cedar chest had seen better days. Now it's an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Once dry, I painted the base of the chest with two coats of DecoArt Chalky Finish in Carbon. I was pleased as punch to also topcoat it with my own furniture wax I mentioned in this French themed makeover. Then, it was time for my fun. tee hee hee.

I wanted to revive this piece with a little bit of history using a vintage typography advertisement. Using my transfer method, I put the image on and hand-painted in the details. This is my therapy. ♥

This thrifted Acme cedar chest had seen better days. Now it's an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Without further ado, I’d like you to meet my vintage industrial typography chest…

This thrifted Acme cedar chest had seen better days. Now it's an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Doesn’t it look sweet up against that faux brick wallpaper we recently used in our boy’s bedroom makeover?

This thrifted Acme cedar chest had seen better days. Now it's an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I am so stoked with the outcome of this one. It’s fun, functional, and creates that awe of days gone by I was after, don’t you think?

The black accentuates those awesome knots in the cedar, and how about that copper hardware? swoon…

This thrifted Acme cedar chest had seen better days. Now it's an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

This thrifted Acme cedar chest had seen better days. Now it's an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I don’t know about you, but wouldn’t it be fun to see your mailman looking that dapper?

This thrifted Acme cedar chest had seen better days. Now it's an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I think I will cry when it sells, but alas, this sweet piece is available in my shop. (update: SOLD!!) sniff, sniff. Then it just give me an excuse to find another, right? (psst…there are other black beauties in there too…go see!)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this makeover (and the vintage typography). I would love it if you pinned and shared. Don’t forget to scroll down and check out the other black beauties my furniture friends have for you!

This thrifted Acme cedar chest had seen better days. Now it's an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Up next… A fun project for you! Grab your DIY attitude and come on over HERE.

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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