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Heat Gun Wood Burning ~ Nordic Wooden Trees DIY

Though many think Christmas is the time to go all out, I say, why wait?  I mean, if you love to decorate, do it all the time. However, I don’t mean having a Christmas tree up all year (unless that floats your boat). What I do mean is decor can look awesome any time. I prefer to use elements that can be tweaked for any season or for any event. Today I’m sharing a new technique with heat gun wood burning. To give you an example, I’ve created this super easy craft for you to make. These Nordic wooden trees that are perfect for Christmas and all year long. All you need is one pine board. Woot!

Basic Pine Board Plank for Nordic Wooden Trees DIY by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You read it right, one pine board and a few extras to make these wonderful, whimsical trees. I’m so excited to show you a technique that I used to get the look of these trees using one of my favorite tools to create heat gun wood burning.

Nordic Wooden Tree Display with Wood Burned Trees. DIY tutorial at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com Read more

Upcycled Christmas Sleigh from Trash Finds

Do you like to take on challenges that get you thinking outside your norm? I do!! That’s half the fun of being a DIY blogger or just an everyday mom. I mean, don’t all mom’s step outside their “box” for their kids? You know it. tsk. I am super excited to share an upcycled Christmas sleigh made from these misfit items below.

Salvaged Parts Before Use to Create Upcycled Christmas Sleigh by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You may be scratching your head at what that is up there, but there’s a backstory to it all. First, the piece of siding was found over a year ago curbside along with the underbed drawers I turned into a farmhouse workbench – one of my favorite builds (see HERE). I have more sweet Read more

Upcycled Christmas Tree from Curbside Table

‘Tis the season for holiday decor! One might not think of someone else’s trash as potential for beautifying your home, however, that just depends on your vision. Right? Take a peek below. I yanked this unlikely pair out of my neighbor’s trash across the street over a couple weeks time. Today I’m turning the tiered table on the right into an upcycled Christmas tree. (giveaway alert!)

Two Tables Found in the Trash | prodigalpieces.com

No worries though, because I’ll get to the table on the left next time. I can’t wait for Trash to Treasure Tuesday!

Okay, so maybe it is a little crazy to gasp when you look out your window on trash day and see a table sitting on top. For me, I’m all about Read more

Repurposed Cupboard Door Jewelry Cabinet

Happy dance goin’ on over here as it’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday! This fun day is for you – to inspire you to give DIY a try. You’ll see my friend’s projects below. Today is all about a fantastic haul I was gifted with recently. You know I never turn down wood, right?  Well, this orphaned cupboard sample crew is about to become a repurposed cupboard door jewelry cabinet. Game ON!

Set of Cupboard Door Samples Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Before I show you what I did with these, first, let me tell you how I came upon them. A huge thanks goes to my friend Sue. She sent me a massage asking if I would like some cupboard doors. Apparently, her son does cabinetry work on the side and had some doors that were new, but had a flaw or two so they couldn’t be used. She mentioned he was going to burn them because he didn’t Read more

Blanket Chest with Farmhouse Style

Y’all ready for this? It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday! My blogger friends and I love to share with you fantastic projects to inspire you to give DIY a try. My project piece for today is my very own blanket chest. It’s looking kinda shaggy, isn’t it? Let me show you how I took it from shaggy to rustic chic. (aka. #trashure) You’ll get to see my friend’s projects at the end.

Painted Blanket Chest Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

I originally purchased this piece to redo thinking it was wood when I bought it sight unseen. Little did I know it ended up being coated in multiple layers of paint…ugh. If you remember from this post, I promised myself to never buy another painted piece to work on. Read more

Repurposed Door Mirror ~ Trashure Goodness

Curbside shopping is what I call a trashure hunt – that one’s man’s trash is MY treasure kinda thing. A few years ago I went on my first major trashure adventure with my oldest son and we scored huge. We got desks, dressers, cribs, old wood, and even this old front door with screen and glass insert. Would you have passed it by? Maybe you’ll change your mind when you see what I created for Trash to Treasure Tuesday. This the day where my blogger friends and I share our creations with you. Bring on my repurposed door mirror…and a giveaway for you! {{enter in dramatic music}}

Salvaged Door Before (AKA Trashure) | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You may remember that a few months ago I took the screen door and repurposed it into a chalkboard. The transformation and DIY tutorial are HERE.

Chalkboard Made from Repurposed Screen Door by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This time it’s the main frame’s turn. I’m planning on Read more

How to Emboss Anything ~ Farmhouse Trash Can

Do you know what time it is? eep! It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday and my gal friends and I are ready to inspire. Each month we get together to share our latest DIY projects with you. I’ll share there’s in a bit. Today, I’m eager to revisit a technique I use often. I’m sharing how to emboss anything: plastic, wood, metal, glass…you get the idea. Meet my hot pink subject.

Thrifted Pink Trash Can Before Farmhouse Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It was just sitting there in all it’s hot pink-ness begging me to give it a makeover. Would you have answered the call?

Also, I am by no means against pink in any form, however, it doesn’t quite match my farmhouse/Nordic/French/cottage/industrial style. And…just so you know, this isn’t the first pink revival I’ve done. Do you remember my pink Read more

Upcycle Old Christmas Decor to Suit Your Home

Maybe the holidays have passed and you’re looking to purge, or maybe it’s time to drag out the decorations and you’re debating on changing it up this year. Either way, don’t pitch or donate your unwanted holiday decor. I’m going to show you one of the ways you can upcycle old Christmas decor into something new for your home. It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday, so stick around to see what my blogger friends have for you too.

Let’s pretend for a minute that this set of cutesy snowman art is no long your fancy. I admit, even I have taken things to the thrift store like this just to be rid of it. However, let’s look at them in a different light.

Thrifted Snowman Christmas Decor Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

At first glance, there’s nothing really wrong with them, and the bonus is Read more

Last-Minute Cleaning for Guests – Chemical Free

I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all been in that panic mode when we find out that guests are coming and our home is nowhere near ready for them to see it. Life happens, especially in a family. No fear! I’m here to share my tips on how to get your house looking like you’ve been cleaning for days, but in reality it’s a last-minute cleaning for the record books. YOU CAN DO THIS!

Last-Minute Cleaning Tips for the Guests on the Way | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

*post sponsored by HomeRight and includes affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

It’s no joke that my house doesn’t stay clean. For the most part, that’s just fine with me as it means my family is here and happily living. However, when folks come over for a visit, I really don’t need them to see that…er… love. ahem. Read more

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