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Upcycled Paper Plate Holder into Farmhouse Decor

Would you pass up this little gem? I actually didn’t find it at the thrift store or a garage sale. However, my friend, Mandy, passed it along to me with all the other wooden treasures I’ve been working through over the last few months. See HERE. This will be my first upcycled paper plate holder. I’m ready for some fun!

Vintage Paper Plate Holder Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Doesn’t it look like a good candidate for a makeover? It sure couldn’t hurt to give it a try. Nowadays our society is more “green” and hopefully out of the country blue prim look. tee hee.

After twisting and turning it around a few times I came to a couple of conclusions: (1) I could just Read more

French Script Vase ~ Thrifty Update

Do you love to create your own decor or maybe are looking for inspiration how to change up your home on a budget? It most certainly can be done because I am proof. {{high five!!}} Even if I had the biggest budget ever, (which believe me I don’t) I would still be decorating with my own handmade/found style. Why? Because ain’t nobody gonna make me decorate box-store style. tsk. Take for instance the basic wood vase. It’s a blank slate that I’m going to turn into a French script vase. Let the fun begin!

Thrifted Wooden Vase Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’m assuming most would have walked right past this at the thrift store. It’s bland, boring, and lacking some ooh, la, la. That’s where I come in and Read more

Botanical Print Serving Tray Upcycled

You know you’re a little quirky when even your kids are wondering what you’re going to do with THAT. haha! Yes, I’m a true sucker for the dated and forlorn. Especially when it looks like this checkerboard wall art. You read that right…wall art. Well, it isn’t going to stay wall art any longer, but rather become a botanical print serving tray. Do you see it?

Thrifted Checkerboard Wall Art Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

While this piece was hand-crafted in Sri Lanka, it has had it’s fair share of time to shine and I’m ready to Read more

Upcycled Drawer Fronts Made into Decor

If you have been following along with me over the last few months, you know I have the stash to end all stashes in cupboard doors. Well, at the same time I acquired the doors, I also received this dandy pile of drawer fronts. They totally have potential, don’t they? I mean, they’re good wood and perfect for making something fun. I’d like to show you how I chose to use my upcycled drawer fronts.Upcycled Drawer Fronts Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What you’re looking at is a pile of mostly solid wood with one MDF drawer front (the white one). My self-inflicted goal was to Read more

Flea Market Decor from Repurposed Finds

There are few things in life that I really get excited about. One of them is a true trashure hunt. Every so often I head to the flea market, not looking for the obvious, but the stuff that everyone overlooks. Ya know, the junk. Today, you are in for a treat! It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday and I’m going to show you what I do with this pile o’ “junk” by turning into flea market decor. You’ll see what my gal friends are up to at the bottom, so sit back and enjoy.

Flea Market Finds before Repurposed Creations by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

First, I started with this mesh screen. When I find old screens or mesh anything I snatch them up for one purpose… Read more

Grain Sack Table ~ Faux Look Tutorial

Do you love the look of grain sack like I do? Seriously, I could put it on anything and never tire of it. In a minute I am going to share how to make a grain sack table. But first, in times past, I’ve created my own faux grain sack fabric for this antique rocking chair see below.

Create a Faux French Grain Sack Table with Tape and Paint - Let a teenager show you how! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

this sweet little ottoman

Create a Faux French Grain Sack Table with Tape and Paint - Let a teenager show you how! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

…and my own pillows, decor…you get the idea. I love it!

For this post, I’m going to introduce you to my oldest son, Mr. I, so he can show you how easy this method is – that even a teenager can do it. He is one of my six budding apprentices, and has been working alongside me for quite some time. Mr. I enjoys creating his own masterpieces, and selling them in my shop and locally to create a nice savings for himself.

It’s fun to help him find pieces that are deemed worthy of a makeover, and assist here and there, but for the most part, he does all the work. Here’s his latest vintage garage sale find…a solid wood Queen Anne coffee table.

Create a Faux French Grain Sack Table with Tape and Paint - Let a teenager show you how! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

American made and quality cherry wood, but has some water damage and wear to the surface that makes it a good candidate for his project. I do believe this is his largest project so far. Read more

Patriotic Bunting from Thrift Store Fabric

Do you ever say to yourself that you’re going to complete a project and yet, another year goes by? Then one day you finally pull up your boot straps and say, “No more excuses!!” My friends, I had been wanting to do this project for a couple of years now, but just couldn’t get it done for different reasons. I know, yada, yada, yada, but life happens, right? (like running a home business, homeschooling 6 kids, etc)

One reason was because our new baby threw a kink in the works when we had a NICU stay, the other was because I had nowhere to hang a patriotic bunting. Good reason, right? Last summer my husband was finally able to build the flower boxes for our home after the exterior got a facelift. That is, all except the front two. We didn’t get to complete the front set until this summer since we had to replace our windows last fall, and they had their debut a couple of weeks ago.

So here I am. Finally there is no excuse. With my coupon in hand, I headed to a local thrift store to snatch up some Independence Day goodness. (Yes, I even have coupons for the thrift store – ha!)

DIY Patriotic Fourth of July Bunting made from Thrifted Fabric - Celebrate Independance Day Thrifted Style by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

There was plenty of red, white, and blue fabric in the form of sheets, curtains, and remnants. Can you believe I was able to snag all that I needed plus tons more for less than $4? SCORE! I bought a king size sheet, a 12 foot long fabric remnant that looked like a tea stained tie-dye, and a few denim curtains that had been sun-faded (perfect for the time-worn effect I was after). Read more

Repurposed Christmas Crafts & FREE Printable Banner

I know I’m not the only one that gets crafty this time of year, and I’m having a blast! From snowmen and skates to wreaths and tree toppers…sing with me, “Oh what fun is to craft the repurposed Christmas season away…hey!” sorry, got carried away…ahem.

Repurposed Christmas Crafting & FREE Printable "Jesus Is The Reason" Banner by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces #prodigalpieces
Here’s a peek at my table I set up every year. It’s nice to keep the mess all contained, right? No one can craft without making a mess – it wouldn’t be fun any other way.
Repurposed Ice Skates by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces #prodigalpieces

Most often what I craft for is my shop, so it’s fun to think about who might purchase my creation and it truly amazes me that it will become part of their home in some part of the world.

CRAFTING FUN

Here’s what I’ve been up to. Read more

Antique Makeover ~ 3 Different Farmhouse Pieces

Finally the weather is cooperating and I can get at some of the projects that have been staring at me ever since last summer.  I had so many plans until I found out I was expecting, and of course that put a hold on LOTS of things. But…I have never been happier to have my 6 kids and am now able to make some headway in my stash. Here’s the antique makeover lineup: a chair, a foot stool, and a wash stand.

Check out my first project…a totally unloved chair.

It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesThis hand-carved beauty was given to me by one of my best friends who thought I could bring it back to life.  It sat for a year waiting for a makeover.

It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesIsn’t that carving great!?

When she gave me the chair I knew right away I wanted to have it done it time by her birthday in May so that I could give her a gift from the profit of selling it.
 
A few days before her birthday, I got to working on it and prayed the whole time that it would sell not only for what I would ask for it, but that it would sell quickly so I could bless her with the gift.
 
I decided to stick to the chair’s original primitive state and just give it a good cleaning.  All the gorgeous piece needed was some linseed oil to bring back the rich wood and some upholstery.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesTo keep the primitive vibe, I used red ticking to upholster the chair, but also decided to do some piecework to the back to give it an extra-special touch.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesWhat do you think?
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
I love it, and guess what…the chair sold within a couple of hours of listing it in my shop!! Praise God for answering my prayer and that I was able to give her such a nice gift, just to use on herself.  *secret* she rarely treats herself to anything, and as a mom of 5, and she needed a treat!  
Up next is a footstool that was being used as a vanity seat at one point when I bought this piece for a custom client.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesIt obviously did NOT match that gorgeous walnut Queen Anne vanity with its pine wood, chunky legs, and awful upholstery. The synthetic red velour was trimmed with decorative upholstery tacks and was just…well…tacky.
queen-anne-dressing-table
Of course, it was replaced with a suitable replacement. Much better, right? You can read about the full transformation here.
Back to the foot stool.  That red fabric was screaming at me to be ripped off and replaced with something a little more primitive as well. Off it came, and I decided to give it a faux grain sack looking using a freezer paper stencil. 
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesUpholstery nails were used to give it an even more rustic feel and left as is.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesIt so fits the stool better, doesn’t it?
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It sold quickly in my shop.  woot!
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Last, but not least is this sad antique oak wash stand.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesFalling apart, missing sides and a bottom, doors in pieces, but oh so full of life…just needing some attention.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesSince I was pregnant at the time I finally started it, it was slow going for a while because I was taking it easy. One day while enjoying a freak day of late winter sun, I was walking through our workshop and injured myself. I knocked this horrific drill bit attachment that went 3/4″ into the top of my foot.  Fun days…yessss.
An Antique Makeover of an Old Oak Wash Stand, a Hand-carved Chair, and stool by http://www.prodigalpieces.com
So it sat partially done because my water broke a couple weeks later, which brings us to May. Antique makeover on pause.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesMy hubby gracefully stepped in and helped me out by cutting a new rail for the side (he is so handy with wood!!), and some side panels out of bead board (wainscoting).
I stained the wainscoting to match the original wash stand, but then wanted to whitewash them to give them a time-worn feel.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
To replace the bottom, I found some perfectly chippy barn siding in my stash that would add character.  I tell ya, everyone needs a stash of wood!
 
My hubby came to the rescue again and replace the bottom for me while I stood by holding my newborn and aching to help.  Aack!  I’m not a someone who is an onlooker…I’m a doer!
 
The doors were missing a couple things and needed glued, but for the most part were in great shape.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesI just cut some piece to match, glued, and then whitewashed them as well to match the rest of the character of the wash stand.  The original pulls were added and viola!
This one would be a keeper for me if I had the room. I love it!
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It turned out better than I’d hoped.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Totally rustic with oodles of character…AND sold from my shop…woot!
So although antiques may be lacking love and falling apart doesn’t mean they should be cast off.  They just need love, right!?
Pin it if you love the antique makeover so other’s can be inspired to give DIY a try too.
 It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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