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DIY Succulent Centerpiece Planter

If you’ve known me for long, you know that I love anything that grows, and anything old or holding a story. My heart has long since been taken by succulents. So, what better combination for me than succulents and old barn wood? mmm… Today I’m sharing how this set of mini crocks got me started on an adventure to create a DIY succulent centerpiece. Stay with me now…

Set of Mini Crocks from the Thrift Store | prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Aren’t they cute?? I just had to have them. My first thought was to plant succulents in them, but then I decided to do something a little more fun. First, I made these cuties into Read more

DIY Planter for Curb Appeal and Garden Design

Do you know what is one of the simplest ways to add value to your home? Curb appeal. Yep, that first impression you give to the passerby or guest coming to visit, or even a potential buyer. Maybe we all can’t afford to have our home landscaped, but we can sure add things to pump up the outside of our home. Today I’m sharing the newest addition to my curb appeal arsenal with my DIY planter. Two for less than $40!! {{fist pump}} Let me show you how easy it really can be with a new tool. hint: GIVEAWAY involved!

Add curb appeal to your home with this DIY planter with free build plans by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’m just a little stoked to get these done and share them with you as I have had them in my brain for quite some time. From start to finish I got this pair made in day. I’m tickled at how versatile they are for any decor – leave them natural or add your favorite stain or paint. You can even adjust the dimensions to suit your space.

Easy Build DIY Planter with plans by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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

Add Curb Appeal with Planters - Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Ready to become that weekend warrior and 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

Repurposed Planter ~ Patio Decor Refreshed

Summer is in high gear and soon we will be thinking about fall. (gasp…did I just say that?) But now, I am thoroughly enjoying all that summer has to offer. My favorite is especially the outdoor times and all there is to relish. Last week, I shared with you my curbside chest makeover and promised to show you what I would create with this wire holder thingy. After having it for a year trying to decide what to do with it, I finally settled on turning it into a repurposed planter. Yes, a planter.

Wire Holder Finds New Purpose with the Help of Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

So many of you guessed it was a canning jar lifter…nope. It doesn’t hold any of them as the openings are too small. Some suggested a glass holder from the 60’s, and that was my first guess too because of the design and rubber tips. You can see more of the same on Google. But…for the life of me, over a year I couldn’t find a single thrifted glass set to fit in those narrow openings.

I even tried upside down glass insulators…anything! I wasn’t going to give up on this cool thing I paid 25 cents for. tsk. It wasn’t until my friend, Mandy – my fellow curbside picker – found these Read more

Succulent Planter from Broken Bird Feeder

A new day and a new repurposing project for you! Earlier this week, I showed you what I did with a curbside credenza and promised to show you a crafty project today. I am sort-of embarrassed to say it took me nearly a year to finally get this project done (that only took me an hour to do).  If you could be a fly on the wall in my home, you would know why. So…without further adieu, I am showing you how I created a faux succulent planter from a broken bird feeder. (drum roll please…)

Broken Bird Feeder Turned Succulent Planter for Patio by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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Our Patio Reveal

The time has finally come. Are you ready for a tour of our patio makoever? We are!! First, I want to give a huge shout-out to my hubby and kids. Without them this massive undertaking would not have happened. We’ve poured countless hours outside of our normal workload building and creating a family space we can now all enjoy. Second, I would to thank my sponsors, DFO Home and HomeRight. Their awesome products (see previous post for details) have made this makeover even better than imagined.

Let the tour begin! It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t take you back to where it all started…with the hand-me-down patio set my parents gave me. You can read more on the before here.

This DIY patio design with pergola features a rustic and repurposed touches with a harvest table, faux fireplace, and curtains for privacy. All completed by one couple on a budget by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Here’s what we started with…

This DIY patio design with pergola features a rustic and repurposed touches with a harvest table, faux fireplace, and curtains for privacy. All completed by one couple on a budget by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

…and the after…

This DIY patio design with pergola features a rustic and repurposed touches with a harvest table, faux fireplace, and curtains for privacy. All completed by one couple on a budget by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Quite the difference eh? I can’t tell how much more we are using this space now that it’s inviting and family centered. Read more

Patio Makeover – The Before & Nitty Grittys

Have you ever read that sweet child’s story,  “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”? The story goes, “If you give a mouse, a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he’ll probably ask you for a straw”…and so on. It’s a circular tale about a series of events happening all because of a cookie. Our patio makeover is titled, “If You Give a Lady a Patio Set”. Seriously.

If You Give a Lady a Patio Set...this major patio overhaul is the result of receiving a free patio set. With a DIY attitude, we're creating an outdoor room complete with pergola, dining, swing, and living room. Come see! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Last winter my parents said I could have their worn out patio set, and I gladly accepted. It had seen better days, was missing a chair and coffee table that had rotted out, but the couch, other chair and ottoman were still functional…sort of.

If You Give a Lady a Patio Set...this major patio overhaul is the result of receiving a free patio set. With a DIY attitude, we're creating an outdoor room complete with pergola, dining, swing, and living room. Come see! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The back rest of the chair was missing a slat, the ottoman had a rotted leg, and the couch back slats were about to fall out as well. So why would I take these things? If you know me, I just couldn’t let them go to the dump or fire pit.

If You Give a Lady a Patio Set...this major patio overhaul is the result of receiving a free patio set. With a DIY attitude, we're creating an outdoor room complete with pergola, dining, swing, and living room. Come see! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

*post was sponsored by DFOHome and HomeRight, and does contain affiliate links (see full disclosure)

Our current patio had consisted of the mud bar and sand table we built our kids (DIY tutorials if you click on each project), a hand-me-down grill, and a mixed set of curbside patio chairs paired with Freecycle glass table. It served us well for several years and wasn’t planning on replacing unless it fell apart.

So, when my parents offered, I thought, “Why not?”. 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

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