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Nightstand Makeover ~ From Dated to Elegant

Do you ever have one of those moments when you’re either at a garage sale or thrift store and something stops you and makes you say, “Ooooohhh…”? I love when that happens. Take for instance this nightstand I spied. It is the perfect candidate for today’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday – a fun day where my blogger friend’s and I share some project goodness with you. Let’s get busy with this nightstand makeover, and be sure to check out the other projects below.

Vintage Nightstand Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’m calling this a nightstand, but really it is also an end table or side table or pretty much anywhere-you-want-to-put-it table. My oldest daughter, Miss C, was looking for a project since her and her siblings join me in my adventures. You can see her Read more

Custom Furniture by Mixing & Matching

Do you ever find a piece of furniture that you would love to have at a flea market, thrift store or garage sale, but it’s missing something? I mean like you find a desk, but want a vanity, or a vanity without a chair? Don’t let that stop you because I’m going to give you some tips on how to make your very own custom furniture by mixing and matching. Ooh…let the fun begin!

For instance, I had a client, Shelly, contact me who had always wanted a trifold dressing table like this one I did a year or so ago for my shop. You wouldn’t know that the bench wasn’t original to it, but I found them on different occasions. (story HERE)

An Antique Vanity Transformation by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

As I began my search for a dressing table like this one, I always find dressing tables (or vanities) without a chair or bench. Here is the one I found and she liked.

Vintage Queen Anne Trifold Vanity Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The vanity had some missing veneer, and had some chemical and highlighter stains, but was solid as a rock, not to mention that gorgeous mirror! Read more

Distressed Dresser Farmhouse Makeover

Typically when I speak of a distressed dresser, you would think that I am referring to the effect I am using to create a finished product. In this instance, however, the term “distressed dresser” is referring to the state that this antique was in when it came into my possession. Pretty distressed, don’t you think?

Distressed Dresser Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*post is sponsored by Rustic Brands and contains affiliate links of products I love. (see full disclosure)

When the previous owners contacted me to see if I had any interest in it, I was eager to see what it looked like in person. The best part is that they knew something like this was right up my alley. This tired piece showcases snaggle-tooth veneer, missing trim and accents, mismatched knobs…

Dresser Face with Veneer Damage and Missing Parts | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

…and a whole lotta damage to the top. Read more

Wooden Chest Made Farmhouse Chic

My thrifting adventures can surprise me sometimes and that’s what keeps me hungry for the hunt. Does that happen to you? I was out looking for one thing and then found this child’s wooden chest stuffed in the back. It is totally sporting the 1980’s vibe and was begging me to bring it home to revive it back to beauty.

Dark Brown Child's Toy Chest Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The faux front was cute, but those awful plastic knobs were killing me. Overall, it was in really great shape and even had the inside bottom replaced at one time. Oh, and I know that this was a secret weapons retreat as inside was written, “Rex and Tim. Don’t touch. Weapons here.” Rex and Tim better watch out!

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Shabby Chic Details

It’s been a while since I’ve done my own furniture makeover since I just recently helped my son and both of my daughters with their furniture makeovers. It’s not like I haven’t been busy or anything. tsk. One piece that I have finished for a custom order is this Art Deco chest of drawers that has gotten a shabby chic detailing. Yup, it’s not a BEEP, but very similar to my Dumpster Diva.

Art Deco Chest of Drawers Before Shabby Chic Details | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This lovely piece came from a client, Ruby, who allowed me to share the story of her chest of drawers. Back in 1954, Ruby’s parents bought the entire set for her. It had weathered a small flood, and this is the remaining piece left. She used it in her parent’s house until she married, and then her mother continued to use it until her death in 1991. So, in reality, it has been hers for 61 years. Ruby has decided to give it new life to suit her shabby chic love. How fun is that?!

The chest is in great shape, but has a few cosmetic problems, as well as some structural issues – all totally repairable with Read more

Art Deco Chest with a French Twist

Do you ever make a vow or promise to yourself and then for some reason decide to break it? sigh… I just did and I always ask myself…”Why did I do that??” Enter in this Art Deco chest…

My vow was this: to never, EVER, under any circumstances will I buy another piece of furniture to work on THAT IS PAINTED.

Look at what I bought (yes, actually paid for) off of Craigslist.

Blue Art Deco Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Isn’t it cute? You know I’m a sucker for these waterfall pieces, especially since the first vanity I did had me hooked. I only spent a bit for this Art Deco chest. However, keep in mind, free and cheap mean work. nuff said.

Many on Instagram saw this and said, “I like the blue!” So do I (cause you know I’m all about blue), but someone else painted this and there are flaws. For instance, the top of the chest has cracked veneer underneath, the paint job was so-so, and more was wrong like the broken casters, etc.

Damaged Veneer on Vintage Art Deco Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Otherwise though, this is a solid piece with not only dove-tailed drawer face joints, but also those dove tails at the back.

Antique Drawer Dove Tails on Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*affiliate links are included in this post so you can find the products I love too! (see full disclosure)

They just don’t make them like this anymore – which is why I had a regression in my vow. Do you blame me? These are the sort of things that make my heart go pitter-pat.

Sooo…I started out using my sander to see how those veneer cracks would hold up. Low and behold what I figured would happen did. Read more

My Vintage Sideboard Refreshed

Our kitchen remodel is going strong and it’s time to make some changes. One of the pieces in our kitchen is my vintage sideboard. I have had this handsome server for several years and hadn’t had the time to give it a makeover. My personal things always come last. tsk. So, for today’s Themed Furniture Makeover, which the topic is CHOCOLATE, I decided it was high time to get ‘er done.

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

Since we have 6 kids (and homeschool), our table space is somewhat limited. We have our custom farmhouse table that I recently refinished (you can see it HERE), but at one point I bought a Duncan Phyfe extension table hoping to enlarge our seating capacity. The table was a no-go due to our dining area dimensions, so I sold it. But… I kept the matching sideboard.

Vintage Duncan Phyfe Sideboard Makeover Before | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Over the years, it has held our homeschool materials and served us well. I would sit and daydream…”One day I will finally give you the makeover you deserve”. Read more

Whitewashed (or Limewashed) Wood

There is something to be said when an effect is achieved simply and creates stunning impact. One of the appealing methods for me is creating whitewashed (or limewashed) wood. Today is Themed Furniture Makeover Day and it’s all about Shades of White. I’d say whitewashed (or limewashed) wood is a perfect fit, wouldn’t you? Be sure to see what all of the other ladies have created for you later in the post.

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

Over the years, I have whitewashed many pieces of furniture and it is still one of my favorite ways to age a piece and create dimension. The subject for my project today is my very own farmhouse dining table. We were gifted our table from my husband’s employer Osborne Wood Products, when we both graduated college. To say I was excited was an understatement. I got to choose the wood, the legs, and the finish…eep! Rough part is that 15 years later , our table has made it through 6 children, but is in need of a makeover. (did I just say 15 YEARS ago I graduated college? wow.) I was so eager to get started that I forgot to take a true “before” picture, but here it is…

Farmhouse Table Before Whitewashed | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The skirt and legs removed and ready for a facelift. It has been loved on, wouldn’t you say? Read more

Vintage Dressing Table French Country Makeover

There’s no mistaking that I am drawn to dressing tables and vanities. They’re so unique and full of elegance. At some point they have fallen to the wayside as far as being a piece of furniture on demand, but they are quickly making a come-back as a much desired addition to the bedroom decor. I can see why. They’re functional as a desk, mirror for morning makeovers, and a fun place for a lady to call her own.

It wasn’t too long ago that I acquired this vintage dressing table off of Craigslist, and it actually ended up being sold by a friend and neighbor from just around the block. Although it may look like an antique, it’s really a Mid Century Modern piece made to look as if it is has been around for ages. Quality made with dove-tailed drawers and gorgeous veneer, this dark beauty was in great shape for the most part, but did have some wear and missing parts.

Vintage Dressing Table Gets a French Country Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Vintage Dressing Table Gets a French Country Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The overall finish had held up well on top, but what really struck me was that the pulls were plastic. Really? Did they have to go there on this beautiful piece? Some were busted, of course, and I knew that this girl needed some new jewelry (aka. hardware) Read more

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