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Espresso & Chevron Reveal!

Do you ever have those days when you feel like your waited-forever-for project just isn’t going as planned?  Life throws at you work schedules, crummy weather, and even a dead vehicle (the only one your family of 7 can fit in).  Did I mention we are pretty handy mechanics too? (sigh)That’s the point we’re at right now.  Some of you have asked to see our progress, and here it is at it’s stalled point.

Yes, that’s my hard-working husband! 
So…our project is on hold, but will hopefully be finished by the next weekend.  While I am waiting to finish the stone veneer and exterior painting, I was able to complete the art deco waterfall dressing table I was working on for my client that I mentioned in this previous post.

I ran into the typical waterfall hang-ups that I’ve encountered on every dressing table I’ve done.  You can see the others in my portfolio or in my shop.  The veneer is aged and brittle and if you even think about touching it with a sander it will begin to lift off. 

See the two worn spots on the bottom-left?

Ugh.  Well, after double-checking with my client, she agreed to go ahead and sand away the remaining veneer and left a nice wood-grain, which in the end was a nice oak piece.

espresso & chevron waterfall vanity via Prodigal Pieces

The choice of stain she chose was the Minwax Espresso.  I love the deep dark color you get, and it took 3 coats to achieve the color you see on the finished piece.

The drawers already had gorgeous brass pulls, so those were kept, but the paisley upholstery on the bench had to go.  What better than Cream and Mint Chevron?  Don’t they look great together?

I really do enjoy staining old pieces to see the fullness of wood come back to life again, but I think my favorite method is painting (mixed with stain too!).  Little less elbow grease and less stinky too.

What’s your favorite….stain or paint?

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Espresso & Chevron

We are up to our eyeballs in painting the exterior of our home, plus adding a stone veneer – yikes!!  It’s just me and my husband and our 5 kids looking on.  Needless to say we are exhausted.  One bright moment is that the new rose bush I planted in honor of our daughter (she was born too early and too little to survive – Gabriella Rose) finally bloomed!!

See the chippy paint in the background?  I told you we were busy!

My latest project is a small table that I plan to show you (if I ever get it finished), but I am also working on a art deco waterfall vanity for a client.

This should be a fun project because the client wants an espresso stain and the matching bench to be reupholstered in a chevron print.  I love the contrasting wood grain and gorgeous brass pulls.

What do you think of the paisley print on the bench…hmmm…chevron…much better.

Ever hear of too many irons in the fire?  I have a tendency to take on too much at once, but I do well under pressure too.  I will post pictures of the finished piece – hopefully by next week!

Upcycled Serving Trays from Bar Cart Parts

I just have to say I have the coolest friends and family. They know my #trashure lovin’ heart and vision for other people’s unwanteds. This time around I am sharing how these cast-off Target bar cart parts gets turned into upcycled serving trays. It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday too, so you’ll get to see what my blogger friends have for you too. Hooray!

Target Bar Cart Parts Before Upcycled Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Would you have passed up these bar cart pieces if offered to you? When Mandy sent me the picture of them, I was kinda like…fun! Most often I am up to a good challenge. This caught my interest because Read more

Farmhouse Wall Decor from Upcycled Cupboard Doors

Time for the next installment of my cupboard door stash makeover. Yahoo!! If you have no clue what I’m talking about, head HERE to begin the fun. My gift of cupboard doors is becoming more and more fruitful. I was ready to give away that thrifted metal art, but then I had a light-bulb moment (don’t you just love those?). This pile below is about to get transformed into farmhouse wall decor.

Cupboard Doors & Thrifted Art Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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The light-bulb moment I mentioned was that I realized I had two square cupboard doors in my stash that would work perfectly. My vision was to Read more

Waterfall Hope Chest Restored & Renewed

You know it’s a good day when you head out to an old building that has been bought and renovated and they just, “want the stuff outta here”. Musical words to my ears. I couldn’t resist taking a peek at all they had to offer. Of course, this vintage Art Deco waterfall hope chest caught my eye and I had to bring it home.

Vintage Waterfall Hope Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

To say I’m excited for the young couple I got the chest from is an understatement. They purchased a downtown building in my city that has seen many days and ugly updates. However, they are renovating it back to the original glory it once was. We’re talking uncovering the pressed tin ceiling hiding behind a drop ceiling, old wood Read more

Farmhouse Coffee Table ~ DIY Your Decor

Isn’t it the best when you love to do something to find kindred spirits who love the same things too? That’s how I feel when I get together with my blogger friend for Furniture Fixer Uppers Day. It’s all about sharing what we love and inspiring you. You’ll see their work in a bit, but let me share with you how I took a thrifted (and very dated) table and turned it into a farmhouse coffee table.

Thrifted Coffee Table before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Nothing like a 35% off coupon burning a hole in your pocket, right? I was shopping for different items for my home and kids and spied this table. I quickly gave it a glance then got down on my hands and knees to see if it was solid wood from underneath. Yeah…there is no shame in my game. tsk. Read more

Ethan Allen Table Gone Cottage Chic

Do you ever purchase something because you feel sorry for it? Like, you see it sitting there looking sad, and you don’t need it, but you know you could give it new life? That’s what happened when I spied this Ethan Allen table that someone was selling. I was actually purchasing other items from this person and had them lump it into my sale. Why not, right?

Vintage Ethan Allen Table Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

These classic vintage pieces were made to last and have such fun designs. The only major problem with this one was that the top decal has flaking off, as was the paint over the rest, and it had Read more

Repurposed Coat Rack ~ DIY by a PreTeen

One of my absolute favorite things to do is spend time with my kids. Beyond getting the wonderful opportunity to homeschool them, I can also pass along my trade. All 6 of them are eager to learn and ready to jump on a project when the opportunity arises. Enter in Miss S. She’s not a newbie to the DIY world. You can see her past projects in these posts. Today she is going to show you how she took a thrifted find and turned it into a repurposed coat rack. Woot!

Antiques Sign Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

The story behind this find is related to Miss S’s birthday a few months back. My awesome mom loves to help the kids find Read more

Vintage Vanity Painted a Soft Pink

Do you ever have conversations with someone that leave you saying, “That was really weird”? While perusing Craigslist I came upon this piece advertised as a desk. To me it looked like a vanity without a mirror. I called to inquire and he said he still had it. Sweet! Stay with me as I show you how this “desk” became a vintage vanity painted a soft tea rose pink.

Vintage Vanity Before Makeover |

I continued to ask the seller if there was anything wrong with it and if it was smoke-free. He replied that it was solid as a rock, smoke-free, and would take him quite some time to dismantle it to get it out of his basement. He also said he had another buyer coming to see it first. I said, “Oh, it’s that big?” He replied, “Yes, and you’ll need help to load it.” I went on to ask more questions, but still getting the feeling like something was off. Read more

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