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Repurposed Chalkboard Sign from Curbside Finds

Many of you know each spring my pulse begins to quicken and my plans form on how I’m going to interact with the city spring clean-up. It’s a veritable potluck dream for a junker like me. Problem is, it’s so vast I can’t bring everything home, so I limit myself to only shopping my quadrant when it’s the appropriate time. Here are a couple of #trashure things I picked up just around my block. Do you know what they are? Well, what they’re going to become is a repurposed chalkboard sign – two of them. Woot!

Wooden Stands Before Repurposed Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My first thought was these are a couple of different gentleman’s valets (or butlers), but then I think they looked more like 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

Chalkboard Menu from Repurposed Mirror

Being a junker can have so many perks, but certainly one of the downfalls is having enough room for all that you find. I make a rule that if I bring it home it has to find new purpose within six months, or it doesn’t come home with me. Well, rules are made for breaking, right? That’s because I’ve had this mirror backboard for a few years (before I made my rule) with good intentions of turning it into a chalkboard menu.

Vanity Mirror Backboard before Chalkboard Menu | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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Here’s the story…A couple of years ago, I was out doing my junkin’ rounds during our city-wide spring cleanup and found a broken-to-pieces vanity. Mirrors were all shattered and only one part of the side mirrors were left. This had to have been glorious in its prime.

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Christmas Cupboard Door Projects for Kids

The holiday season is definitely fun for letting our creative side run wild. I love to get my six kids involved in gift making and creating. They all agreed they wanted to inspire you and your kids to get your craft on too. Today we are going to to show you how you can create an upcycled Christmas cupboard door project for any age. We’re all about inspiring you to get have some DIY fun. Join me and my gang for a cupboard adventure!

Salvaged Cupboard Doors Before Makeover by Kids | prodigalpieces.com

What you see above is a selection of cupboard doors that my kids picked out from my stash below. Did you read the story about how I acquired that pile o’ goodness? If not, you can get up to speed HERE.

Salvaged Cupboard Door Stash for Upcycling Projects by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

As soon as we got that wonderful gift of doors Read more

Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel Reveal

Do you hear that? The proverbial angels are singing because we have come to the day that I can finally show you our farmhouse kitchen remodel reveal. It’s been a long time coming and this post definitely won’t be short and will have MANY pictures (no apologies, ahem). So, come along as I take back to our beginning and fill you in on our DIY adventure.

First, let me say a HUGE thank you to my awesome family. JC worked wonders in all aspects of this project. For instance, he took on things he’s never worked on before, all while working many jobs. To our six wonderful kids for being patient as we worked when we could, and for coming along and helping us complete our dream. We couldn’t do it without you! And, for my Lord as I know we couldn’t have done it without Him.

Why the drama you say? It’s just a kitchen, right? Well, to us it’s much more than that. About 3 years ago (2.833 years ago to be exact). While we didn’t work 24/7 on it for that length of time, it still took up much of our free time. And if you know what it’s like being a homeschooling family of 8, that “free time” really doesn’t exist. Also, because of the seasons here, we had to take breaks from it in the summer and work on outdoor projects. In addition, when a vehicle went bad, or overtime at day jobs comes up, we have to stop. So frustrating.

However, we decided it was time to fix a few bugs that were still existing in our home after a quick remodel we did after we moved in. You can see our first post back in 2016 HERE, but I’ll update here as well.

Here is what you would have seen when we bought our home in 2003.

Outdated Kitchen in Before State | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Ranch Home with Carpeted Dining Area "Before" by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

As I mentioned in my first post, Read more

Upcycled Cheese Dome Cloche for Autumn

Seasons change and so does our decor along with it, right? One could easily take a shopping cart and head to the nearest box store and fill up with what’s in stock. However, I love the challenge of creating my own decor from unwanteds, thrifted finds, and incorporating natural elements. To share with you how my mind’s eye works, I’m going to demonstrate what I did with this upcycled cheese dome and a few other cast offs. Let’s have some crafty fun!

Thrifted Cheese Dome & Finds Before Recreation by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What you’re looking at is the aforementioned cheese dome, a large candle pillar, a broken leaf rake handle, and an empty mint tin. Now, before you think I’ve fallen off my proverbial rocker, hang with me. I’m looking to Read more

Repurposed Picture Frame Shelf Shadow Box

On the second Tuesday of each month, my blogger friends and I put together a collection of DIY posts for our Trash to Treasure Transformation fun. What could be better than creating with junk from like-minded gals? You’ll see there projects in a bit. But now, you’ll see that my recent thrift store adventure had me all caught up on these beautiful picture frames. My fun begins with how I turned them into a repurposed picture frame shelf.

Thrifted Picture Frames Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I found these solid wood frames along with the items in my Operation 80’s makeovers, and knew they had potential. They are big and ornate, so that was a no-brainer Read more

Upcycled Plant Caddy Bamboo Side Table

One of my favorite times of the month is here, Trash to Treasure Tuesday! This is a fun day where my blogger friends and I get together a few projects to inspire you. You’ll find their projects at the end of this post. For me today this pair of ornate iron plates are going to become my upcycled plant caddy project.Plant Caddy Bases Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Yet again, my dad comes to the rescue. Apparently these were my mom’s plant caddy’s that had the casters fall off. She was going to throw them away. {{gasp}} Mom!! tsk. As soon as he showed me I replied, “They’re cast iron, Read more

Salvaged Junk Birdhouses ~ #trashure Fun

Having a junk stash is rewarding many times over. It never fails I’ll need some scrap of wood or bit of metal for something and I always find what I need. I’ve been kinda anxious to refresh my stash, so I thought I would take on a project that would not only help me use up some of my #trashure, but also benefit some feathered friends too. Stick around and we’ll create some salvaged junk birdhouses together.

Salvaged Junk Pile to Create Handmade Birdhouses | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comWhat you see above is a smidgen…I mean a SMIDGEN of the stuff I have stashed in my workshop just waiting for new life. When I see a pile like this I get so absolutely giddy because Read more

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