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Fall Pumpkin Button Art ~ Kids CREATE

Do you have any sweet memories related to buttons? I sure do. I remember a tin my mom had full of glorious treats to behold. There were all sorts of colors and shapes, with some even holding memories. As time passed, I now I have my own stash, and also have started my kids with their own as well. Today, my daughter and I are sharing the next episode of our Prodigal Pieces Kids CREATE. This time around we are creating fall pumpkin button art and few other designs too.

Pile of Vintage Buttons | Prodigal Pieces KIDS Create | prodigalpieces.com

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The best part about this project is the sky’s the limit. There’s no need to only make only fall decor, but rather open up your mind to whatever those buttons call you to create. However, since we’re in the thick of harvest season, my daughter and I wanted to do something related to Read more

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

Chalky Finish Paint to Create an Old World Look

Do you love a sweet love story? I do, especially when it has a happy ending. Let me give you some background before I show you how I used chalky finish paint to create an old world look.

A couple of weeks ago, we took our family out for a fun day of hiking, picnics, and all around quality time in honor of one of our daughter’s birthdays. Before we set out on our jaunt, we decided to stop into Goodwill to see if we could find the birthday girl a camera case since she had lost hers at the zoo the week prior.

We were able to find a hot pink case, perfect for a little girl, then after that I decided to quickly make my normal rounds.  I say quickly because although my kids are used to shopping with me, my hubby doesn’t care to treasure hunt, and because I had promised myself no new pieces until I emptied my stash and built the work table I’ve been craving. And that’s when I spied this…

Diamond in the Rough Thrifted Dresser is damaged and missing parts, but with a little TLC, it now showcases an Old World Look by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I literally gasped and said, “Oh no.” I gave a silent point to my husband and I could see his face say, “Here we go again.” Hoping the price tag was too much so that I couldn’t buy it, I crept over that jungle of weight equipment to find it was marked $100. Sigh…thankfully I had a 35% off coupon burning a hole in my pocket. tsk. Guess my work table would have to wait. My hubby agreed this piece was coming home with us. Read more

Painted Entertainment Stand in Hale Navy

It is on a daily basis that I get asked questions either about a project that I have worked on in the past or a person has their own project they’d like some advice on. I’m eager to help and try to be informative. This time around, however, I am able to physically help out a local follower with this piece she had. Her second-hand find is about to become a painted entertainment stand. Check it out.

Entertainment Stand Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

Kathryn contacted me about this entertainment stand via social media per suggestion through some friends of hers. Originally, she asked for Read more

Salvaged Junk Turkey Art Sculpture

Do you know what time it is?!? Trash to Treasure Tuesday is here and I’m a tad bit excited. woot! It’s just a super fun time to share my passion with my blogging friends to inspire you. You’ll see their work in a bit. For today’s fun I dug into my scrap metal stash to take on a project I’ve had in my brain for over a year now. It’s time to create! This #trashure will become a salvaged junk turkey art sculpture. Hang with me…

Salvaged Metal Junk Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com

Call me crazy, but a year ago my youngest son wanted a lamp for his bunk bed. I purchased this one laying up above from a big box store. Sadly, it only lasted a couple of months (no surprise). However, the minute it didn’t work, I Read more

Upcycled Entertainment Center into Child’s Wardrobe

This is what happens when I head into the thrift store looking for a small project to work on. I didn’t find anything but pressed wood junk, and then there’s this big beast. I stop, I stare, I talk to myself. Do you do that? Well, after much discussion with me, myself, and I, I decided to haul this bad boy home. Meet my latest project…an upcycled entertainment center.

Vintage Entertainment Center Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The funny thing is that I have seriously backed off my furniture projects for more reason than one. However, I needed to fulfill a requirement and this would fit the bill. It has damage, but Read more

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