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Vintage Chest Makeover with Prairie Style

Do you ever find yourself wondering what it was like to live in a certain time period? One era I am sure wondering if I had what it took to survive were the days of prairie life, the 1800’s. Those folks had such determination to make it. While I sit at my desk with a screen full of comfort and ease, I sometimes ache for that simplicity. Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday and I have a vintage chest makeover that I chose to give a touch of prairie style. Be sure to check out below for the other ladies makeovers.

Vintage Chest Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

At first glance you may not notice anything wrong with this chest. However, even though I noticed from the listing photo there were issues, the owner even pointed them out to me on delivery. He said it was his aunt’s chest that was a sorry sight before he got it. If you look at the top drawer, you will notice Read more

DIY Winter Urn Made with Repurposed Materials

It’s not only fun to do trashure work myself (one man’s trash is another one’s treasure), but the best part is having a bunch of friends who love to do the same! Welcome to Trash to Treasure Tuesday where the second Tuesday of each month my blogger friends and I get together to bring you some junkin’ goodness. My project today is to show you how I took some repurposed materials and made them into a DIY winter urn. You’ll see my friend’s projects in a bit.

Urns Ready for Winter Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

What I was after was creating something that would last past Christmas and keep my home decorated for winter. I’m all for less work and more fun, so in order to do that I had to go faux. My mind was set on making use of all of the cast-off Christmas trees available this time of year. When I headed to the thrift store, I was so stoked to find Read more

Tripod Floor Lamp from Curbside Finds

I feel the need for a trashure makeover coming on! What’s trashure you say? I first wrote about it a few years ago in this post and is put simply: Making treasure out of trash. Or in other words, “One man’s trash is another woman’s treasure”. Hee hee.  Therefore, this Trash to Treasure Tuesday I am sharing how my curbside finds became a tripod floor lamp with some funkified DIY fun. My gal friends are sharing their projects too, so be sure to check them out below.

Back about a year ago, my friend, Mandy, called me after she spied a settee set out for trash. I gave it a brand new look you can read about in this makeover reveal (it’s a good one!). What she didn’t tell me was that there was a whole bunch of goodness along with it! This is what else I snagged.

Curbside Trashure for DIY Projects | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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Bed post turnings, 4 x 4’s, a set of Queen Anne legs, a surveyors tripod, lampshade, and a one-legged wonder footstool that I also made over HERE. For now, my focus is on that surveyor’s goodness because I have had it on my brain to turn it into a Read more

Broken Chair Repurposed into Shelf

Put your hands together for Trash to Treasure Tuesday!! This is my favorite time of month where my blogger friends and I get together to show you how we take something that’s been cast-off and give it new life. We’ll get to their projects in a bit (plus a prize for you!), but first let me show you my subject for this month’s makeover. Would you like to see this broken chair repurposed into a shelf?

Broken Chair Before Repurposed Shelf | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

A few years back my best girlfriend said she didn’t have the heart to throw this thing out. Bless her heart because she knew I might like to have a try at it. Ummm…yes. I love a good challenge, and I must admit Read more

Corn Husk Pumpkins & Wreath ~ Fireplace Makeover

I’m BAAACK!! In case you didn’t know, I took a blogging break last week to get our homeschooling year off to a good start and get caught up on a few things. That break resulted in our entire family getting a nasty chest cold and myself ending up with a broken toe. So did I get much done? Nope, but we did manage to get our barn wood for our kitchen counters. I share more details in my newsletters, so be sure to sign up. And… there’s  more good news! Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday and I’m all about some corn husk. I know I’m corny. hee hee hee

Basket of Sweet Corn for Crafting by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Be sure to check out the bottom of the post for what my blogger friends have worked on for you too!

So many people are starting to decorate their homes for the coming fall season and though I hang onto every thread of summer, I decided to go ahead and get some crafting done. I wanted to give you a chance to get some of your own fall decor made before you’re ready to decorate.

Here’s what’s funny…I had no intention to take on my fireplace as a project right now since our family room is next on our agenda. I keep telling myself, “Stay focused…kitchen!” However, when I got it all taken apart here’s what I saw:

Sandstone Fireplace with Barn Beam Mantel Before | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

One blank boring mess. We will be tearing out that carpet and redoing a few things, but my future goal was to freshen up this fireplace when the remodeling was done. Well…my little self saw fit to tackle it now because…I WANTED TO. (laughs wickedly) Read more

Repurposed Screen Door Chalkboard

Mmm…love me some trashure time. When the second Tuesday of the month rolls around, my blood starts pumping because it’s Trash to Treasure time! {{happy dance}} My fellow rethunk junkers and I get together to share with you a makeover of some sort to get you inspired and thinking. The project I have for you today has been in my brain for over 3 years. So I hope you enjoy how I am creating a repurposed screen door chalkboard from this…

Salvaged Door Before (aka Trashure) | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

A few years back my oldest son, Mr. I, and I were out during city clean-up doing our first jaunt together ever and we came upon a house that had a nice long dresser set out. Obviously, that caught my attention so we stopped and began to load. While loading the man of the house brought out a few arched frames. I had no idea what they were for, but I wanted them.

I was in a stupor and I had to have looked like a linebacker ready to tackle the anyone who tried to get them before me. My son and I 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

Card Catalog from Child’s Chest of Drawers

My coined word is Trashure – one man’s trash is another woman’s treasure. I’ve been using it for ages and first debuted it a few years ago when I found a chest of drawers curbside. Well, today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday, the one day of the month where my blogger friends and I take something worn or dated and make it new. The subject for this month’s makeover is a child’s chest of drawers my daughter found sitting with the trash (aka trashure). We decided to make it into a card catalog. Yup, a whole new look. AND… I have a sweet giveaway for you too!

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

Here’s the story: My gaggle of kids go with me everywhere I go. Yes, even to the grocery store and all errands – we have a blast! This day in particular, as we headed out to get some food essentials, I noticed it was trash day and I turned and told the kids that today would be a good day to keep your eyes peeled for some trashure set out.

At that same exact time I was speaking, one of my daughters, Miss S, said, “Mama, there’s a dresser!” Apparently, I totally missed it as my head was turned to tell them to keep an eye out. I braked and turned around and here is what she found.

Curbside Find Child's Chest of Drawers Before Made into Card Catalog by Prodigal PIeces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*Post is sponsored by HomeRight, product provided by D. Lawless Hardware and includes affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too!

Isn’t it cute? It’s got some damage to the drawers, missing some of the skirt, but really not too bad. I do believe it was handmade at some point and full of charm. Now, we couldn’t let that go into the trash, could we?

I will admit, we found this last November (gulp) and I told her we would get to it as soon as I could. Well…I wasn’t lying and now is the time. Since most people don’t have use for a tiny chest of drawers – this thing is less than 3 feet tall – we decided to give it new life as a vintage card catalog.

Here’s how we got started… Read more

Wooden Toys ~ It’s Time to Play!

Why does it seem that your children grow right before your very eyes? I mean, precious are the days we have with them. One day their toddling, then the next they’re driving away. sniff, sniff. In order to preserve some of that time, I tend to live vicariously through my children by creating all sorts of toys, especially dolls and wooden toys.

So, for this Trash to Treasure Tuesday (where my blogger friends and I share our thrifty makeovers the second Tuesday of each month) I am showing you how I made some special gifts for my littlest girl.

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

This is my pile of junky goodness of crib spindles and scrap wood that I’ll be turning into some wooden toys.

Scrap Crib Parts and Salvaged Wood Turned Toys by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

First, I’d like to show you a few of the things I’ve made in the past…(mind you I do go overboard, but I don’t care!) hee hee hee Read more

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