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Footstool Upholstery ~ It really is that easy

One of the questions I often get asked is, “Is upholstery really that hard?” Truth is that no, it isn’t when you have the right tools, lots of practice, and plenty of patience. It’s the kinda thing you can figure out the basic jist of it by diving in. To give you a glimpse of how easy it really can be, I’m taking a pair of thrifted footstools and showing you how to dive into footstool upholstery.

Thrifted Footstools Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Do you see why they need a little…ahem…help? The footstool on the right is a handmade cover that isn’t bad, but just needed some oomph. The footstool on the left was kinda dingy and also could use a lift. That one on the left is the one Read more

Feed Sack Footstool ~ Outdated Gone Farmhouse

Each year my city has a spring clean-up (aka. #trashure hunting supreme) Basically, the city divides up into four quadrants for four weeks and this is the time to get rid of anything you want. Fun part is that people know there are going to be pickers and they set out good stuff too. Let me show you what I mean and how I came about turning this ugly duckling into a feed sack footstool.

Ugly Vintage Stool Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My kids and I headed out to run some errands and while out I needed to stop at the thrift store because I have a desk to refinish that needs a chair. While pulling out of the driveway, I announced that this is the start to our quadrant clean-up and I only allow myself to go junkin’ during that time. Fair is fair, right? However, I wasn’t planning on doing any picking until later in the weekend.

Two seconds after those words came out of my mouth, I spied Read more

Pet Bed DIY ~ Building Plans & Tutorial

Our family consists of many members, and some of them just happen to have fur. We bring home our beloved furballs and want to give them the best. Because of that, I have created a pet bed that will surely let your cuddle bug know they are loved. Meet Teddy (aka Ted E. Bear).

Miniture Schnauzer Dog Laying on Floor | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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We adopted Teddy when he was 1 ½ years old, since the previous owner had an illness that meant she could no longer care for him as needed. He as been such a loyal, lovable dog. He resides with us 24/7 and is our alarm-barking nut at 9 years of age. Teddy already has a cozy den that he sneaks into where he sleeps, but he is getting older. I wanted to create a snuggly pet bed where he can be with us all the time.

Rustic Farmhouse Grain Sack Style Pet Bed with Plans & Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Once I built his bed, there was no Read more

Upholstered Footstool ~ A One-Legged Wonder

Last week in my kitchen remodel update (you have to see how we’re moving along!), I showed you that I would be giving this one-legged wonder a makeover. This was an upholstered footstool I found laying beside the curbside settee that got an upholstery makeover too, so why not this little guy, right?

Curbside Vintage Footstool Gets Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I mean, I couldn’t just leave it there looking dysfunctional and needing some love. I snatched it up along with that settee and the rest of this goodness. See how the tripod became something new HERE.

Collection of Curbside Finds by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

So, I headed to my hardware store and picked up some new legs and brackets and got to work. Read more

Vintage Soda Crate Turned Foot Stool

Are you form-over-function or function-over-form? I am the latter for sure, which is why I have fun creating my functional pieces from repurposed finds. Earlier this week, I showed you how I took several flea market finds and created farmhouse decor, but I also promised to show you what I would do with that vintage soda crate in those finds. Check it out…

Flea Market Finds Farmhouse Wares by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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Certainly that vintage soda crate has potential just as-is. You could use it mounted to the wall as a rustic shelf, you could fill it with your collections on a table top for a vintage display, or even as a planter. But, when over the last few months, I was inspired by a replica of a vintage soda crate foot stool by Decor Steals.

Rustic Foot Stool by Decor Steals | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I thought to myself, “Certainly, I could make that”. tsk.

So, off to my stash of gorgeous legs I went to find me a set, (no made in China stuff here!) and here is what I pulled out. Read more

Rocking Chair Makeovers ~ Best of the Archives

It’s fun to take a stroll down memory lane and every Tuesday this month my blogger friends and I are digging into our archives and pulling out some of our favorite makoevers for Trash to Treasure Transformation Tuesday. For this week, I have decided to focus on some of my favorite rocking chair makeovers, including one in particular.

Best of Trash to Treasure Transformations | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Some of my most coveted custom orders from my shop have been for rocking chairs for new moms or moms-to-be. What a true blessing that is to be able to help someone welcome a new person to the world. So when another request came in for an upholstered rocking chair, I set out to find Read more

Vintage Desk Makeover by Teen Boy

Last week while I was working on my curbside settee makeover, my oldest son had picked a new project for himself to work on as well. He recently reworked a little girls vanity and it sold quickly from my shop, and we were looking for another large piece for him when I spied this vintage desk on Craigslist.

A Craigslist find vintage desk is worn-out and needing a lift. A teenage boy brings it back to being an vintage beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It had been for sale for a little while and I was keeping an eye on it for a potential project for myself. Since I had plenty to work on, I asked my son if he wanted to have a try at it. I contacted the owner and it turned out to be a neighbor two houses down. Small world, eh?

A Craigslist find vintage desk is worn-out and needing a lift. A teenage boy brings it back to being an vintage beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

She was so nice to let us come over and take a peek. I was a bit hesitant to let my son take on the desk because the top had a split in it where the boards had warped and lifted. I didn’t have much time to spare to help him out fixing it, but we decided to take it anyway. Read more

Antique Settee ~ A Curbisde Rescue

Isn’t it swell to have friends in the same mindset as you? The ones that can drive past a pile of trash and see something they know you’ll love. I love friends like that. sniff sniff. My friend and fellow junker, Mandy, was driving home one day and spied this antique settee amidst other goodies on the curb one day. She gave me a quick call and told me she saw something that she thought I would like.  gulp.

Broken Down Antique Settee Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

You bet your lucky stars she peaked my interest. My kids and I love a good trashure hunt, so we hopped in the truck and headed over. Would you have left it sitting curbside? Not me!

The best part is, that wasn’t the only goodies to be found. Here is what else I scored on that run.

Curbside Treasures Found with Antique Settee | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Table legs, bed posts, lumber, a surveyors tripod, lamp shade, footstool, and a bag of garment hangers….POTENTIAL! Read more

Rocker Found Curbside turned Black Beauty

I’m doing a happy dance because today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday! It’s a fun time when I get to join up with my bloggin’ gals to inspire you to see past the junk and find the treasure beneath a thrifted goodie or curbside find. My trashure piece, a Bentwood rocker, was found curbside while on my way home from a garage sale. Check out my haul…

Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Junky heaven, right? From the garage sale and only $10 later, I found some wood turnings, old rusty tools, salvaged rocking chair rockers, a vintage Pfaltzgraff bread plate (sold lightning fast from my shop), and those four hanging flower baskets I turned into lanterns for our patio makeover. (Head on over to check out our patio, it’s full of good stuff!) The turnings became tiered stands, complete with DIY tutorial. And those rockers become a lamp for my family room. Those turnings became tiered stands here. Oh, and the coping saw became a funkified sign – see HERE. whew! Not bad,eh?

This DIY patio design 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

On my way home from that garage sale, the cruddy Bentwood rocker was sitting curbside, so I checked with the owner and he said, “Take it”. tsk. That’s music to my furniture-lovin’ ears.

Outside of being plain ugly, it really was in decent shape. Upholstery was worn and faded, and some puppy had used it for a chew toy.

Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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With a little wood filler and sanding, that damage is easily repaired. Now, in case you didn’t know, I’ve worked on a Bentwood rocking chair before. That one was caned, and totally called out to be embroidered. You can read all about that makeover HERE.

Vintage Bentwood Rocking Chair Gets Embroidered Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Vintage Bentwood Rocking Chair Gets Embroidered Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

For my newest rocker though, it was all about the paint. Knowing how un-fun hand-painting those rockers were last time, I have shied away from snatching up these chairs again until now. I’m not trying to sound commercial, but I absolutely LOVE my HomeRight Finish Max paint sprayer! I’ve used it in on a farmhouse dining table, a highchair, our DIY fireplace, and even the HomeRight Heavy Duty sprayer in our boys’ room makeover (you need to check out those posts, my videos show the proof is in the puddin’!). Seriously, those sprayers are lifesavers in my book.

So, of course, this time I didn’t hesitate to whip out my sprayer to tackle those curvy legs. First coat done in 10 minutes…eep! ♥ And with my HomeRight Rapid Clean, clean up was in 5 minutes. You can’t beat it.

Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After two coats of flat black paint on both top and bottom, I did a coat of Modern Masters satin poly. Just look at that even coat and that glorious shine.

Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I love the damask fabric I found to cover those ugly brown cushions. Now this curbside rocker is a black beauty, don’t you think?

Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Dog chew toy, no more. This curvy lady is now whole again and stealing the show.

Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Funny that you can find these chairs at garage sales, thrift stores, and even curbside. Maybe now you may think twice and grab one for yourself? If you’re not the DIY type, you can find this rocking chair available in MY SHOP. (UPDATE: I decided to donate this chair to a local crisis pregnancy center to help a new mom in need. I love a good #trashure story with a happy ending)

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Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I’d love it if you’d pin and share so that others can look past the trash and see the beauty too!

Curbside Bentwood Rocker turned Black Beauty by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
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More of my trashure makeovers like this Bentwood Rocker:

Hard to believe this antique dressing table was put curbside for city trash cleanup. From curbside to French beauty - a must see by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesA left for trash dumpster dresser gets a makeover taking it from damsel in distress to Boho Chic DIVA. A must see makoever! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now don’t head off yet! Just wait until you see what my Trash to Treasure friends have whipped up for you!

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