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Creating Layers of Love with Paint and Stain

Do you swoon when you see layers of paint and stain on the side of a barn with time-worn wear, or better yet, on a piece of furniture?  I mean, there’s a story there. That chippy goodness tells the life of that piece, and what travels it’s had – those layers of love.  No, I’m not crazy, but maybe a bit head-over heels with appreciation for the past. Let me show you how I go about creating layers of love.

Those layers  I mentioned above speak to me telling me a bit about each change in life.  For instance, the life of a table could be this: a table was built and stained and sold by the original creator. Then the new owner wore out the top with her kids meals and decided to throw on a coat of white paint to freshen it up. Eventually that same table heads to a garage sale, where a man purchases it to put in his garage and throws on a coat of blue paint because white gets too dirty….you get the idea!

DIY: Creating Time-worn Effect with Layers of Paint by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

When I am blessed enough to have such a piece come across my path, I try to find out as much as I can about it’s history so that when it’s no longer mine I can continue the story.  But…sometimes it’s fun to create my own story by using paint and stain make something appear to have had a history.

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Nectar Mattress Review by My Family of 8

As a mom to 6 children there are a few precious things in the life: my faith, my family, my health…and MY SLEEP. For real though, I am one of those people that can do anything, but if you mess with my sleep, this mama ain’t happy. I can deal with babies at night, kids being up all night sick, and so on no problem. However, I just want a good night of rest on all the other nights, k? So, my first reaction when I got asked to do NECTAR mattress review was…umm…maybe. hahaha. Here I am, along with my gang of 8, to give my honest explanation of my sleeping saga.

One Blogger's Review of the NECTAR Mattress in Full Honesty...seriously. Read the story at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

*post is sponsored by NECTAR Sleep and includes affiliate links. All opinions are the honest truth from yours truly and my family. (see full disclosure)

I never jump into anything blind or recommend something to you without trying it myself first. So before committing to trying something that would affect my health and way of life and report it back to you, I researched. My goal in my health is Read more

Antique Library Table with Fresh New Look

There is little in this life that is more rewarding that sharing things that you love to do with like-minded people. When Trash to Treasure Tuesday rolls around I can’t wait to see what my gal friends have to share with us. Bonus is I get to share too. My subject for this month’s makeover is this antique library table. Aren’t the lines fabulous?

Antique Library Table Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I know I say it all the time, but I had no intention of coming home with this size of a table. My workshop was empty and I was loving it. So, how did it end up with me? Well, I took my kids for a thrift store scavenger hunt – where I give them a list of things to find and they team up to see who can find them first. We needed a break from our schedule and that was a last-minute option.

While they were racing to find their items, I found Read more

Volkswagen Mini BEEP and Hippie Paint Brush Fun

Y’all ready for this? Last week in my antique side table post I mentioned being in a contest this week with four other bloggers. The challenge was to take a set of my favorite Zibra paint brushes and give them and artistic vibe in my choosing. The winner of the contest gets $350 (yep, oodles of smackers!!). Do you think I can do it? With your  help I can. (giveaway for you too!) Here are the brushes I was sent:

Zibra Paint Brushes for Paint Off! | Project by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Inside, this is what you see: the boxed set of the project brushes, whereas the bag of brushes contain some newly created brushes that haven’t hit the market yet. So, that will be fun to give them a test run.

Selection of Brushes for Zibra Paint Off! as shown by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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

Okay…so you see that boxed set…what do you envision? Think for a minute.

Me and my quirky self saw Read more

Thrifted Farmhouse Decor ~ Get the Look for Less

Do you look at pictures in magazines and long for the farmhouse look in your home? Wipe the drool off your chin and head to the thrift store, my friend. There is a plethora of potential waiting for you around the corner – seriously! I have shown you mini-makeovers like this before and I want to continue to do so as so many love them. Here’s is a selection of goodies I nabbed and I’m going to show you how you can turn them into thrifted farmhouse decor for your home.

Thrifted Decor Pile for Farmhouse Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This set may not look like much now, but with a few simple tricks I can make them take on a whole new vibe. Which shall I start with? hmmm…how about the Read more

DIY Crate Wagon ~ Planter, Display, Fun!

It’s truly a sad day when you actually have to throw something cherished away. This was one of my first every trashure finds on my very first city cleanup haul. You’re probably like…what is it?? ha! It was a broken down Conestoga wagon replica that has seen better days. I hated to say goodbye to this thing, but instead of goodbye it was time for new. Let me show you how I re-created this by building my own DIY crate wagon.

Busted Up Wooden Wagon as Inspiration | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You should have seen JC’s face (aka. husband) when I brought this home over 4 years ago. He was of the mind I should have left it there. meh. It was still intact and chippy good with rusted bliss. How could I leave it there? I think he will never full understand me and that’s okay because that translates to MORE FOR ME! Read more

DIY Rolling Laundry Cart ~ Step-by-Step Tutorial

What sane person doesn’t want extra storage in their house, right? I mean, the kind that looks good AND serves a purpose. I know I’m not the only one here tired of plastic bins and tubs scattered about. Check out this thrifted find. I spied it from a mile away because I LOVE BASKETS. This one is about to become a DIY rolling laundry cart. Stay with me now.

Thrifted Basket Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

At first glance, this is pretty and really nothing wrong with it except for the busted/missing leather hinge straps and general wear.

Broken Leather Hinges on Thrifted Basket | prodigalpieces.com

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

It did come with a liner that I had removed and was in the process of cleaning. The shiny, orangey wicker didn’t do it for me and my love of farmhouse style. So…I decided to take it up a notch. As in… Read more

Thrifted Makeovers ~ DIY Budget Decor

When you head the thrift store and get a good haul, it can leave you feeling pretty pumped. That is until you look at all that you brought home and the realization hits you that you brought home a whole lotta potential and now there’s work to be done. For real, right? Today, I’m showing you a few of the items I acquired and how their thrifted makeovers can help make your house your home on a budget.

Thrifted Finds Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Let’s take a look at what I thought was worthy purchases. First, an unfinished stool, a wooden chest, and a corner cabinet. All are solid wood, all are handmade, but all are most definitely 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

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