2014 – What a Year!

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It amazes me that it’s possible for time to fly faster, or so it seems.  At this time last year, I was expecting our 6th child and looking forward to the new year, 2014, to welcome our sweet addition to our family. While I could write a whole post about that, I’m going to focus on projects and learning experiences I’ve been blessed to have.

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Being pregnant can put a slight crimp on your work, especially if it’s furniture refinishing, right?  So, at the start of the year, I was trying to keep it light and warm (we live in northeast Ohio and last winter knocked our socks off).

This antique rocker was only missing it’s seat, and I decided to give it a grain-sack touch to give it a unique flair.  The hand-carved woodwork alone was something to see.

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces  Featuring an Antiuqe Rocking Chair with Feed Sack Makeover www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

One of my favorite Mid Century Modern pieces has such a fun story behind it, which in part is because I was pregnant.  You’ll have to read how I found this gorgeous piece curbside, got it home, and gave it new life.

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces  Featuring a Curbside MCM Dresser Makeover www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Aside from furniture, I love to sew, craft, crochet…you name it.  My youngest boy has his birthday in January is this was therapy for me to be able to get back to my sewing machine to make his gift.  You can make one too if you head here.

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring a DIY Messenger Bag with Graphics Fairy www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

A sure-fire hit post was my vintage Bentwood rocking chair that I gave a fun, shabby chic twist to by doing some handwork in the caning using wool yarn. This was one of those pieces I wish I could have kept, but I can’t tell you how many times I run across this style of chair and know I could do another.

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring a Bentwood Rocker Makeover with Embroidery www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

A highlight of my bleak winter time was being a featured blogger at the Michael’s & Hometalk Pinterest Party.  Though it was blasting winter outside, I still had fun getting connected with the folks at Michael’s and getting paid to craft.  What could be better than that?!

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring a Michaels/Hometalk Pinterest Party www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

This gave me the chance to create a fun and easy burlap craft project that you can make too!

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring a DIY Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Another highlight was a blogger friend introduced herself to me, and because I went to visit her page and decided to enter her giveaway, I won $250 of Modern Masters paint for being their 5,000th like on Facebook!  There could not be a better prize for someone who works on furniture.  I was SO EXCITED!!

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring a Prize from Modern Masters www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring a Prize from Modern Masters www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Winning that prize has led me to some gorgeous pieces, like this table found here.  You just have to see the before!

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring a Table Makeover with Modern Masters www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

With the looming baby time and knowing I wanted to deliver my babe at home – this time in my own bedroom, we took on the renovation of our master bedroom.  Why is it when you start a “simple” project, it always leads to more than you bargained for?

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring a DIY Farmhouse Bedroom www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring a DIY Farmhouse Bedroom www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces


We had hoped to have this room finished well enough in advance for me to deliver in there, but nooooo, not only did the project take longer because of the DIYness of it, but babe came 6 weeks early with a 3 week stay in the NICU. We are happy to have her no matter when or where she came. 

I’m slightly embarrassed to say that our room is still NOT done.  But, by golly before spring comes it will be, even if I have to skip sleep (which is a norm with a new baby anyway).

Here’ s a sneak peek of the progress.

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring a DIY Farmhouse Bedroom www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces


Just before my little girl arrived, I was able to get some repurposed projects done, as well as some beach related furniture.  My parents are snow birds (they head south for the winter) and gave me the inspiration for these projects

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring a Repurposed Beach Sign www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I mean, when it’s -12 outside and they send you pictures of palm trees and complain of the unusually warm weather their having, you just want to mentally get away and SCREAM for sun!  Can I get an amen?

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring a Coastal Coffee Table Makeover www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

This was also my first year of blogging as of May 2014, and I celebrated with a giveaway.  That milestone was exciting, but not as much as the fact that I finally received that little “R” with a circle next to my business name.  Having that major transition happen led me to re-branding and finding a better niche with my logo.

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Much better right?

A couple other big highlights were having my barn wood shutters included in the “All Things Windows Week” over at Remodelaholic…

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring DIY Barn Wood Shutters at Remodelaholic www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

…my feed sack chair being featured at Miss Mustard Seed…

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring a Feed Sack Chair at Miss Mustard Seed www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Designer Insights by Terry’s Blinds featured me in their new series.  That was fun! Head on over to read more.

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring an Interview with Designer Insights www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Here are few furniture projects that were my favorites in the second half of the year aside from my feed sack chair:

Antique Bureau Makeover

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring an Antique Bureau Makeover www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Ugly Duckling Dressing Table

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring an Ugly Duckling Dressing Table Makeover www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Broyhill Brasilia Loses it’s Flower Power

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring a Broyhill Brasilia Makeover www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Antique Desk Makeover

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring an Antique Desk Makeover www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Shabby Chic Chair

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring a Shabby Chic Chair Makeover www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Dolled Up Dresser

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring an Antique Highboy Dresser Makeover www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Rustic & Red

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring a Rustic Red Dresser Makeover www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My Favorite Furniture Color – Aqua

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring a Ornate Side Table Makeover www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring a MCM Mid Century Modern Makeover www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

If you’d like to have a go at refinishing furniture, I’ve shared with you my 10 Furniture Refinishing Essentials.

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring 10 Furniture Refinishing Essentials www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My shop has always got pieces I’d like to keep and none stick out in my mind as much as this antique freight crate turned side table.  I had two different ones and should have kept one of them!!

Repurposed Antique Freight Shipping Crate turned into Side Table with Hairpin Legs & Storage by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces


And also shared how I make my hand-painted signs with a tutorial.

2014 - A Year in Review by Prodigal Pieces Featuring a DIY Hand Painted Repurposed Sign Tutorial www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

This is a sampling of my year and doesn’t even include all the pieces that have come and gone in my Etsy shop.  Don’t miss out and become a follower of my shop or on social media!

Well…ladies and gents, it’s been a good year and filled with so many blessings. Thank you for being a part of my life, my blog, my extended “family”.  I wish you the best in the next year, 2015, and pray that you will find peace and happiness in all you do.  On to the new year!!

Happy New Year! 
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4 Comments

  • Jessica Cramer

    You have had quite a year! I can’t believe you have done so much while having a new baby! You are one amazing mom! Happy New Year!

    December 29, 2014 at 6:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa Prodigal Pieces

      Hahaha…I think I’m nuts. :o) I wouldn’t want to do this past year over, but am glad I’m still kickin’ and enjoying my family. Happy New Year to you too!
      ~ Larissa

      December 29, 2014 at 10:14 pm Reply
  • Marie Blackburn

    You’ve done some amazing work Larissa and I’ve enjoyed following you in 2014. Your feed sack chair and MCM pieces are some of my favorites. Wishing you a Happy, Healthy, Creative New Year!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    December 31, 2014 at 4:56 pm Reply
  • Cathy

    You are one busy and talented lady! I am exhausted just reading everything you have done this year! I love your furniture and design style and your photos are amazing. Blessings for a wonderful 2015!

    January 3, 2015 at 2:27 pm Reply
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