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Kids Play Table Made Modern Farmhouse

It’s that time of the month where my Furniture Fixer Upper friends and I are all eager to share our latest furniture projects. You’ll see what they have for you in a bit. Today, my project is this thrifted kids play table that has seen better days.

Winne the Pooh Kids Play Table Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

When I first passed it at the thrift store I was like…oh…cute. But then two seconds later, I was like OOOH….cute…POTENTIAL! haha. I love when that happens. Read more

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

Kids Learning and Creating DIY Projects

When I was a child I knew I wanted to be a mom. I had no idea what lay in store for me, but let me tell you it is the BEST thing that ever happened to me next to marrying my husband, and foremost becoming a Christian. My gaggle of 6 have taught me things that I never knew. Like how to let go, giving my everything, and joy beyond belief. Even better is that I get to share with them what I know in about life in general, while also teaching them homeschool studies, and my trade. Today I want to touch on how kids learning and creating their own DIY projects benefits all.

It’s not a new topic to most of you that they all love to join me in my trade. We work as a team every day to make this blog possible, and the business what it is. However, if it wasn’t for my family, I couldn’t do what I do. This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned how important it is to pass on trade skills or take time to teach. You can read about all of their work in these posts.

My youngest son, Mr. O., is no newbie to the game either. He’s found pieces on the curb and tackled big projects for a little guy his age. I’ve shown what he can do before with his Clock Face Table and a French Stand. He rules the DIY!

Today is no different. I found this primitive chair at the thrift store and knew it would be a perfect mama-son project. He is ever asking for something to create or work on and this is it. Why is this a good piece? Because (1) it’s small (2) it doesn’t need much work (3) it has resale potential – since he’s trying to build a savings.

Primitive Chair Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

When I told him this would a great project piece for him, he lit up. My kids Read more

Teaching My Kids a Trade

If you follow me on social media, you know I occasionally share pictures of my kids working on their own pieces (yes, I’m one proud mama). Today, I want to take a minute to showcase their work for you because I believe that learning a trade is just as important as book learning.  I am so absolutely blessed to have my kids with me at home, they are my sidekicks, my apprentices, and my biggest fans. I’m getting see them bloom under my teaching.

Of all of my 6 kids, the oldest four are the ones that have worked on items to sell in my shop. All the purchasing of worn out projects is their responsibility, and almost all of the labor involved in recreating that find is theirs too. It’s hard to not jump in and “take over” at times, but they won’t learn if I do!

Take a look at the fruits of their labor. My oldest has done the most makeovers up to this point, with one of his latest being this grain sack 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

We were all so excited for him when it sold in less than an hour of listing it in my shop. It’s fun to work alongside and teach them the skills of earning a living. My hope is that they are learning to appreciate the value of a dollar and that hard work pays off, among other things.

My oldest three have worked alongside each other most of the time. They are Mr. I, Miss C, and Miss S. When I receive a piece of furniture for free, I take turns giving it to them so they can work on it. Here is a table I found on Craigslist free section and gave to my daughter:

Teaching my kids a trade - a long-lasting lesson in life skills by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It was in great shape with wear to the top, and just needing a color change. My son found this Broyhill nightstand at a thrift store and purchased it himself to be his project piece.

Teaching my kids a trade - a long-lasting lesson in life skills by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

They have fun working together, and my yet-to-be-remodeled living room is the catch-all for all our projects.

Teaching my kids a trade - a long-lasting lesson in life skills by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Read more

Teaching Kids Life Skills ~ Apprentices in the Making

Have I ever told you wonderful it is to be the mom of 6 kids? Let me just say – it is FUN!! There is never a dull (or quiet) moment. Not only am I their mother and homeschool teacher, but am also blessed with the opportunity to live vicariously through them. Sharing the things I love is the best gift ever. Teaching kids life skills can be taught at any age. It is such a joy to see their face glowing after they have accomplished something, even the smallest task. To know they did it themselves.

Each one of my children is their own person with a mix of my hubby’s and my personalities (as well as grandparents too!).  Figuring out what makes them tick is a treasure hunt at its best. One of the goals for me and my business is to offer my kiddos a chance to learn how to operate and run the business, hopefully giving them a step up in life.

My oldest and biggest helper as far as furniture is concerned is my son.  Not only does he help me stage photos and move our house around all.the.time., but he also helps retrieve and deliver furniture.  That can be a tough job for a 12 year old! But boy, am I glad I have some spare muscles with him around!

Young Boy Helping with Family Business | prodigalpieces.com

Aside from that, he is an artist and enjoys Read more

Pretend Play Grill from Upcycled Bread Box

I am definitely a kid a heart and love creating for kids. So, of course, when I first spied this stainless steel bread box at the thrift store I had an instant vision. Do you ever do that? I couldn’t get past that it needed to become a pretend play grill. Let’s have some DIY fun!

Thrifted Bread Box Before Upcycle by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

*post contains affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

In the picture below, this was what I saw at the thrift store. I first thought that it actually was a pretend play grill set based on the fact that it was sitting on that cart. Because of that I actually walked past it thinking we didn’t need one of those. However, I came back around to Read more

Upcycled Belts Become Home Decor Accents

Don’t you just love that feeling when you get together with your friends to share an activity that you all enjoy? Today is our reduce, reuse, REFASHION time where my blogger friends and I get together to share with you (our reader friends) our latest upcycling fun. You’ll see their projects in just a bit. For my project, I’ve chosen to show you how to take upcycled belts and turn them into home decor.

Maybe that piques your attention and maybe you also think, “no way.” haha. Either way, let’s have some crafty fun! Read more

DIY Raised Bed Garden for City or Country Folk

It’s no surprise that living in Ohio gives us short growing seasons. Unless, of course, we have a greenhouse or hoop garden. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most out of every day. Gardening can often only be visualized as out in the sprawling country. As beautiful as that sounds (and as much as I’d like that myself) that isn’t an option for many. We like to adhere to the #mowlessgrow more mentality and have parked our DIY raised garden bed smack in our front lawn of our city lot. {{gasp}}

DIY Raised Garden Beds Before Rebuilding | prodigalpieces.com

Now, this doesn’t look so pretty at the moment, does it? About 6-7 years ago we dug up our sod, tilled, amended, and built this DIY raised garden bed with reclaimed barn wood. Our goal was to Read more

DIY 4th of July Sign with Chalkboard Typography

You know I can’t resist when someone offers me some free goodies, especially when they say they’re going to BURN THEM.{{gasp}} If you’ve been following over the last few months, you know I was bestowed with the stash-to-end-all-stashes of cupboard doors. I’m more than halfway through them and am eager to show you how this one is my DIY 4th of July sign.

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

Here’s is the stash I’m referring to… Read more

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