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Kitchen Island Cart from Repurposed Materials

Do you ever feel the need to just purge and start fresh? That’s my life story. hahaha… I seem to be ever battling the need to destash my stash. People mean well when they give me stuff and I usually have a soft heart and take it. Then what…I store it forever and work like a mule trying to stay afloat. I’m not complaining, but have decided that this entire month is dedicated to tackling my workshop. No more furniture coming in (unless custom requested), no more anything until it is done. First up, I’m taking these louver doors and turning them into a repurposed kitchen island cart. Woot!

Old Louver Doors Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Notice the loot surrounding them. See what I mean? An awesome local friend gave these to me along with a chest of drawers (see the makeover HERE) and a dresser (thank you, Becky!). I have a thing for shutters and knew I could find some use for them. But…it’s already been over a year and they need Read more

Faux Crate Drawers ~ Farmhouse Kitchen Update

You guys!! My family and I have been working so hard in our kitchen remodel while trying to keep up with life. (It happens, ya know.) I’m very excited to share with you the latest that we’ve been working on. For today’s post, I’ve had this project in my brain since FOREVER, and to see it finally come to fruition is wonderful. I’m going to show you how I took our boring builder grade kitchen drawers and turned them into faux crate drawers.

For those of you just joining in, I invite you to check out where we started from HERE, and then our last update HERE.

So…my email subscribers got to see this first, but here is how our ceiling looks now. *if you want to be in on the know, sign up for my newsletters either sign up in the sidebar on computer, or at the bottom of the page on mobile.

Farmhouse Beadboard Coffered Ceiling in Kitchen by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

We love how much more bright and light our kitchen is without the faux beams we had originally. We’ve added recessed lighting to our kitchen, and new fixtures to our laundry, as well as updated our hot wiring mess.

Whomever wired this house is, well…scary! Our panel is a mish-mosh of connections that don’t make sense and my husband has spent his last four weekends in our attic roasting like a turkey fixing it all. That whole thing has eaten up our precious time, but we want to make it right. He even found a live wire just sitting up there – ask him how he knows. ahem.

While he’s doing that, I’ve been up to some repurposed fun. Enter in my kitchen drawers…

Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel Continues with the Drawers | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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DIY Farmhouse Lighting ~ Kitchen Remodel Continues

Our kitchen remodel is going strong despite some setbacks that have been happening in our family, like continued mandatory overtime for my husband and our car breaking down (we are our own mechanics). We even had to say goodbye to my husband’s grandmother. No worries though, we are at peace with everything as God has richly blessed us, but it has certainly slowed us down. Such is life, right? So, I’d like to show you what I have been able to get done. My farmhouse lighting!!

Upcycled Wooden Farmhouse Clamp as Wall Sconce by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

First, to catch you up to speed, I suggest you check out where we started, our flooring reveal and window treatments. So much goodness going on! I am super-excited to show you how I took these antique wooden clamps and turned them into sconces in our dining area. And I even made some funky industrial style farmhouse lighting above our kitchen table. Nothing like a good repurpose to get your blood pumping.

Antique Farmhouse Wooden Clamps Repurposed by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*Electrical materials for farmhouse lighting provided by Snake Head Vintage affiliate links are included and giveaway sponsored by Catching Fireflies.

I spied a large assortment of these antique clamps at a flea market and snatched up a handful of them. These are the two smallest and I also have three large ones. My brain was reeling with ideas when I saw them, but when the lightbulb went off (get it? what a pun!) to use them in our remodel, I was so stoked.

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Storage Bins from Repurposed Kitchen Cabinets

Anyone here love storage bins like I do? We are in the middle of our kitchen remodel and a few weeks ago I showed you what I did with a few of the cabinets I had pulled out, like this flower trough…

Repurposed Valance Flower Centerpiece by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

…and this chalkboard.

Message Center Created from Repurposed Kitchen Cabinets by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Even my latest project using the cabinet doors.

Repurposed Cabinet Doors into DIY Storage Box by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I promised that I would show you what I would do with the rest of my junk stash, and this shelf that flanked my sink area is next on the hit list. It looks to me like storage bins. Do you see it?

Kitchen Shelf Before Repurposed Storage Bins | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*affiliate links included in this post so you can find the products I love to use too!

So, I head to my scrap pile that is singing to me, “Here I come to save the day!” and Read more

Budget Window Treatments & Kitchen Update

Y’all have been so patiently waiting for my kitchen update and today’s the day! We started a month and a half ago and have been working harder than ever before to get this project done, but as with everything DIY, there are hang-ups that happen. I’m so excited to share my husband’s hard work on our gorgeous floor and a secret to getting budget window treatments for your home. Yay!

To catch some of you up to speed, you can read all about the start of our kitchen remodel HERE, and this is our starting point when we bought our home in 2003.

Outdated Kitchen Remodel with New Flooring by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This is where we left off before starting our latest remodel…

Kitchen Remodel Before by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

…with our old vinyl floors…

Worn Out Vinyl Flooring by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

When we bought the home, the dining area had been converted from a screened in porch and we took out a wall to the two rooms could flow. With that there was a transition in the floors that was not very good, and there were 4 different layers of old flooring to deal with.

Repairing Transition from Two Kitchen Floors | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*this post was sponsored by Floor & Decor and eFaucets and does contain affiliate links. 

We had to build up the one floor to match the plane of the other and that was no easy task because it also had another three transitions into our laundry area. What a chore! Read more

Repurposed Kitchen Cabinets into Home Decor

We are currently in kitchen demo mode and what better way to participate in Trash to Treasure Tuesday than by creating something with my repurposed kitchen cabinets , right? My friends and I love to take unwanted items and turn them into something new, so be sure to check out the rest of their projects later in the post too!

Trash to Treasure Tuedays - Thrifted Makeover Fun | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

So, the other day I was as giddy as a kid in a candy store because I got to yank out some of my upper kitchen cabinets for our remodel. (You can read about our remodel HERE) We are finishing up the flooring and will be moving on to counters, sink, and bar soon. I’m excited!!

Removing Kitchen Cabinets for Remodel | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Once I was done giving myself a workout, here is what was left…

Pile of Discarded Kitchen Cabinets for Repurpose by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com Read more

Choosing Kitchen Flooring ~ Our Remodel Begins

Have you ever been told,”The grass doesn’t grow under your feet”? Well, that is true for me and my husband. We are always working on something, like my post demonstrated on Monday. Now that “something” is our kitchen. {{applause}} I am so absolutely excited to begin this venture that started a few years ago. Today, I want to show you the before(s) – yes, plural because there’s more than one –  and we’re going to focus on our kitchen flooring. Looking to do your kitchen too? We are sharing our tips on how you can choose the right kitchen flooring to suit your style and budget.

If you want to get caught up to speed on the rest of our home remodel, you can visit our master bedroom, bathroom, boys’ room, and patio. Let us know what you think while you’re there!

Our story begins in 2003 when we bought our house with one kid in tow and another on the way. This is what we saw in the kitchen…

Outdated Kitchen Remodel with New Flooring by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

…yes, this is before we had a digital camera – I’m dating myself. ahem. We’ve got dark cabinets, linoleum, white laminate, and a whole lotta 80’s going on. If you were to do a 180° turn, you’d see the dining area.

Ranch Home with Carpeted Dining Area "Before" by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This used to be a screened in porch at one time, hence the outdoor light fixture and faux door where the exterior door used to be. This berber carpet ran down the steps connected to our family room and could also be found in our bathroom. yuck.

We wanted to open up the space and create more of a unified room, so we took out the wall on the left and  Read more

French Country Armoire Makeover

Last week I showed you this set and started with the mirrored dresser seen HERE to get us started. It went from orangey oak veneer to a look that had many of you surprised how easy it really is to update with no prep work. Yep, it’s that easy. Today, I’m tackling the entertainment center and turning it into a French country armoire.

Vintage Lexington Bedroom Set by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Normally, I try to keep sets like this together, but I have found that every time I do I end up selling them separately since no one wants a set. So, this time I’ve done two completely different looks to the pieces. Last time was all about the dark color, while today I’m going to brighten things up.

This piece has more wear to it than the dresser did. The doors were off a bit, more nicks and dents, but overall heavy and sturdy.

Lexington Entertainment Armoire Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The only prep work I did was to fix those blemishes and then give it a good cleaning. The veneer was in great shape, except for the top where it was peeling. I didn’t do much to that since it will be covered up.

Lexington armoire side view | prodigalpieces.com

Same for the inside, a bit of sanding repair and a good cleaning and we’re good to go. I really debated on taking out the interior of this and turning into something else, but since it was still useful as-is I left it.

Inside vintage Lexington entertaiment armoire | prodigalpieces.com

First order of business in this French country armoire is to freshen up that interior. To do that I used my Manatee Gray to give it a clean feel like I did to my oak blanket chest. Only one coat was needed. Yay! I love this paint.

Painting inside of armoire with Manatee Gray by Dixie Belle | prodigalpieces.com

For the exterior I did the same washed treatment as I did on the matching dresser, but this time used Cotton and my Stubby Brush for a whitewashed effect. That was easy as well since this paint works like a dream. I even left all the hardware on and went over top of it as a glazing effect.

Whitewashing Drawer Pulls on French Country Armoire | prodigalpieces.com

I used the same color paint as I did on my DIY tiered planter seen in this video below:

To stick with the French country armoire I had in mind, I also chose to use a transfer by Iron Orchid Designs like I did on my planters. They are so fun to use! This one is the Gilded Gander Transfer – a huge beauty.

IOD Gilded Gander Transfer via Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

As you can see the transfer had mostly a food description detail to it, and that’s not quite what I’m after. Since these are so versatile, I cut up the transfer into pieces for this project and pieces for a later kitchen related project.

Just rub on as I show in my video above. Then, to fine tune it over the doors, I used my Xacto knife to cut it down.

Cutting IOD Transfer to Fit Doors of Armoire | prodigalpieces.com

Then, it’s done!

Look at this beautiful whitewashed French Country armoire by Prodigal Pieces. Get the DIY details at prodigalpieces.com

French Country Armoire with IOD Gilded Gander Transfer by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This piece went from kinda pretty in orange to ooh, la, la French country chic. It was easy enough that you could do this in your home without having to take your heavy-as-a-semi-truck furniture outside. With a few easy steps you’re done!

Whitewash Technique with IOD Transfer Gave this Dated Piece French Country Flair. Details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The inside of this piece still allows for modern conveniences without sacrificing style. Manatee Gray was the perfect color to brighten the inside, and add a bit of contrast at the same time.

Inside of French Country Entertainminet Armoire with Whitewashed Style by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I think this makes for a sweet armoire for any living space as well as a bedroom. Where would you put it? It’s available for purchase from my shop – we ship most anywhere for half the cost of most.

Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Vintage French Country Entertainment Amoire with Iron Orchid Designs Transfer. Come see how easy it is to get this look at prodigalpieces.com

My goal is to inspire you to give DIY a try. Even it’s as simple as a wash and a little embellishment, it goes a long way! Do pin and share to inspire other too. Thank you!

With NO PREP WORK, this French country armoire was given a new look in a day. Come see how easy it can be with the right tools and technique. Head to Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Up next is Trash to Treasure Tuesday, where my blogger friends and I have fun sharing our creations with you. I’m tackling this pile o’ goodness!

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

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My Story of Determination ~ So Close to Amazing

Do you ever encounter that one person that brings light wherever they go? You know what I mean.,they are forever happy and you know it comes from the inside. That’s how it was for me when I first encountered KariAnne of Thistlewood Farm. What a ray of sunshine she is and I am delighted to share her book with you today: So Close to Amazing. In order to show love to KariAnne, myself and a bunch of bloggers are sharing our stories of life, laughter, sadness, and reality in this DIY world. Won’t you find a cozy spot and stay awhile to hear my story?

Finding strength thru faith and relying on God in the hard times. by Larissa Haynes of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Before I get started telling my tale, I want to tell you a little about KariAnne’s hilariously written reality take on events in her life that brought her so close to amazing. I laughed, I cried, and saw bits of my life crisscrossing the same paths that she encountered. That’s a good feeling to know you’re not the only nut that has had various Read more

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