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Tripod Floor Lamp from Curbside Finds

I feel the need for a trashure makeover coming on! What’s trashure you say? I first wrote about it a few years ago in this post and is put simply: Making treasure out of trash. Or in other words, “One man’s trash is another woman’s treasure”. Hee hee.  Therefore, this Trash to Treasure Tuesday I am sharing how my curbside finds became a tripod floor lamp with some funkified DIY fun. My gal friends are sharing their projects too, so be sure to check them out below.

Back about a year ago, my friend, Mandy, called me after she spied a settee set out for trash. I gave it a brand new look you can read about in this makeover reveal (it’s a good one!). What she didn’t tell me was that there was a whole bunch of goodness along with it! This is what else I snagged.

Curbside Trashure for DIY Projects | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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Bed post turnings became new in this post, 4 x 4’s, a set of Queen Anne legs, a surveyors tripod, lampshade, and a one-legged wonder footstool that I also made over HERE. For now, my focus is on that surveyor’s goodness because I have had it on my brain to turn it into a Read more

Refresh Old Wood Easily (Faux Wood Garage Door Update)

It was almost exactly 3 years ago that I decided to do something drastic. My husband and I took on the exterior of our home in DIY form as we are known to do. He tackled the stone veneer on the front, while I took care of painting the entire house top to bottom (yep, all by my lonesome self). I decided to take our builder grade garage door to a new level and give it a faux wood look. Many have asked, “How has it held up?” So today I’m going to show you the 3 year anniversary reveal, plus give you a few tips on how to refresh old wood with my latest treasure.

If you haven’t read about our garage door makeover, you really should head HERE to not only see it in full, but I also share the steps of how I achieved it so you can too. Here it is in summation:

Before and After of Faux Wood Garage Door with Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Boring before, but oh-so-good after, isn’t it?

Well, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. Here it is 3 years to the day since I first worked on my garage door Read more

Cedar Chest from Trash to Treasure

“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day the neighborhood…” (while Mr. Rogers sings through my head). That is what tune is I sing when I am out junkin’ during our citywide spring cleanup. Do you blame me? I find all sorts of trashure and when I spied this cedar chest amongst the rubble, I felt so bad for it. I thought this is the perfect candidate for our Trash to Treasure Transformation Tuesday. You can see my fellow bloggers work for this fun day in a bit.

Curbside Cedar Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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

When I went up to the cedar chest and opened it, it was full of trash, dead bugs, and …bluck. It had been gorgeously weathered from the elements and was falling apart on the top and bottom.

Damaged Cedar Chest Top | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Side View of Damaged Cedar Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The one good thing this cedar chest had going for it was that the actual cabinet part was still intact and was actually pretty cool. (you’re welcome I removed the old underwear before snapping a picture. hahaha…) Read more

Wooden Storage Bin Building Plans

Do you ever find yourself saying, “I wish I had more storage space”? Finding ways to add more storage space is always in demand, and this DIY tutorial is going to help you create a very versatile piece for your home. The best part is that once you build this wooden storage bin, you will have the ability to recreate it again and again making use of it in ever so many ways.

Easy Step-by Step Plans to Build Your Own Wooden Storage Bin by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

For this project, I am creating a storage bin for my kitchen since we are in the middle of a remodel. I, for one, am tired of having my counter look like this when we are trying to either ripen our fruits or just don’t have anywhere to put our goods. Can you blame me?

This plan is for home use only and not to be redistributed or used to make items for sale. Plans are owned and copyrighted by Prodigal Pieces.

Kitchen Counter Clutter Before Storage Bin | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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Ready to get started building one of your own? You can build this in as many tiers as you want, and even mount it to the wall. Mix it up and add legs or feet to create a different style of bin. Have fun with it!

Here is what you’ll need Read more

Repurposed Farmhouse Metal Art

Who doesn’t love a good thrift store run, right? Recently, I came across a good load and included in it were these two metal farm animals – a cow and a rooster. I have an addiction, not only to farmhouse stuff, but also to quirky metal art and these fit the bill.

Thrifted Metal Cow and Rooster | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

My belief is that these originally came from Hobby Lobby and they are actually lanterns. Each one has a spot where you can insert a votive candle and see the light peeking out of the holes. I had to giggle because the rooster was missing his legs and I thought…what am I going to do with that? My kids loved them and I knew I could find some sort of purpose for them.

In all of my repurposing projects, I head out to my stash and almost instantly something speaks to me. Here is what I dragged in…

Reclaimed Wood for Farmhouse Metal Art | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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What you see is a barn wood plank on the bottom, two leftover table legs from my wooden totes, some luan remnants, a dowel, and a chunk of leftover wood from our clients custom open shelving made from 1800’s beech. Have I intrigued you yet? hee hee hee. Read more

Vintage Typography Acme Cedar Chest

I have a fascination for vintage typography and have a blast adding it to the pieces I work on. It was a goal of mine to do something fun on a chest of drawers, but when I found this cedar chest in a thrift store, I knew just what to do with it.

This thrifted Acme cedar chest had seen better days. Now it's an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Well…this is how I found it.

This thrifted Acme cedar chest had seen better days. Now it's an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Lookin’ pretty rough, isn’t it? Overall it was in structurally good shape, aside from Read more

Art Deco Dressing Table goes Industrial Chic

Today is all about my favorite project of the month – Themed Furniture Makeover Day!! What could be more fun than getting together with a bunch of furniture girls to do what we love? Today’s theme is all about Industrial…I love it. ♥ Normally, I would have done some sort of factory industrial-type build or makeover, but I chose to go a different route, and have a very fun Art Deco piece to show you today.

Enter in this vintage dressing table…

Worn out vintage Art Deco dressing table gets an industrial chic makeover with Modern Masters Metal Effects by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Isn’t she pretty and full of character? Hailing in with a mirror of ginormous proportions (50″ diameter to be exact), and all-over goodness. Read more

Farmhouse Dresser Makeover ~ Rustic & Red

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! In case you missed it, last month’s furniture makeover theme was “words/letters”. My feed sack chair was a fun and funky project that still has me on the hunt for more feed sacks. It’s a must see, trust me. This month’s theme is “RED” – oh yeah.  Time for a farmhouse dresser makeover. Yay!

I like red, especially this time of year. I have no idea why red is associated with Christmas, but it’s such a festive color, so why not? Before I even knew the theme for this month, I had already envisioned my piece as red, so it was an easy decision on which one to make over.

Themed Furniture Makeover Day ~ Rustic Red Farmhouse Cottage Chic Dresser by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
Festive, right? I wanted a rustic, farmhouse dresser and I got what I wanted. Let’s start at the beginning…
Themed Furniture Makeover Day ~ Rustic Red Farmhouse Cottage Chic Dresser by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
This dresser was one of the three pieces that came home with me after the garage sale around the corner I mentioned in my dolled up dresser makeover last week.
 
I will admit the ornate highboy first caught my attention, but this one made me smile.  It has such lovely form and I have a thing for skeleton key holes. There’s such a mystery as to why people thought they needed to lock up their clothes and possessions when most of the time they didn’t even lock their doors.
Themed Furniture Makeover Day ~ Rustic Red Farmhouse Cottage Chic Dresser by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
It would have delighted me to no end to bring this piece back to its original glory. The peeling veneer was just not repairable and the damaged top was far too gone with chunks missing from where a mirror had sat, not to mention the deep stains.
Themed Furniture Makeover Day ~ Rustic Red Farmhouse Cottage Chic Dresser by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
Take a look at the drawers…see how the previous owner tried to nail down the lifting veneer?  Though I don’t like the peeling look, I do like the nail heads.   Yes, I’m funky that way.  tsk.
Themed Furniture Makeover Day ~ Rustic Red Farmhouse Cottage Chic Dresser by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
However, If you take a closer look, you’ll see that the dresser had already had a red coat on at some point, and someone decided to strip it down. That’s probably when the veneer was mostly damaged.
Themed Furniture Makeover Day ~ Rustic Red Farmhouse Cottage Chic Dresser by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
 Since I liked the blonde color of the wood, I decided to try to remove that peeling veneer and see what I got beneath.
If you ever get a piece with veneer that needs removed, just do like I mentioned in my 10 Furniture Refinishing Essentials post.  Soak some bath towels and lay them on overnight or for 8 hours.
Themed Furniture Makeover Day ~ Rustic Red Farmhouse Cottage Chic Dresser by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
That veneer will come off like butter off of a hot knife, I tell ya.  SOOO much easier than scraping and nicking your knuckles.  Ask me how I know.
Once the veneer was removed, I was left with a surface that just needed some sanding TLC.
Themed Furniture Makeover Day ~ Rustic Red Farmhouse Cottage Chic Dresser by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
Can you tell those pulls are not original?  I saw no sense in spending money on trying to locate some authentic pulls, so I took my Rub N’ Buff and gave them an antique feel.  You can find it here: AMACO Rub ‘n Buff Wax Metallic Finish in Ebony
Themed Furniture Makeover Day ~ Rustic Red Farmhouse Cottage Chic Dresser with Rub N Buff by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
Themed Furniture Makeover Day ~ Rustic Red Farmhouse Cottage Chic Dresser with Rub N Buff by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
It’s much more appropriate than bright shiny silver, don’t you think?
Here is the farmhouse dresser ready for a new red look with veneer removed. Sigh… It is already that time of year when I have to paint inside because it’s like January in November now.
Themed Furniture Makeover Day ~ Rustic Red Farmhouse Cottage Chic Dresser by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
I was going after an old worn layered look and to achieve that I used a base coat of green.  My kids would walk by and say, “I thought you were painting red?”  To which I’d reply, “You’ll see.”
Themed Furniture Makeover Day ~ Rustic Red Farmhouse Cottage Chic Dresser by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
When I started the red, my four-year old boy announced, “That doesn’t look too good.”  Ha!  I love the innocence of that age.
Who can blame him?  At first you would think, yick.
After the red coat, I sanded the red down so that the green would peek through and also some of the wood was revealed.  I finished off with a topcoat of a dark hand-rubbed wax.  Now it looks like an old barn finish with it’s deep red color.
Themed Furniture Makeover Day ~ Rustic Red Farmhouse Cottage Chic Dresser by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
Those rustic worm holes and spots where the nails had been just screamed character to me and I love how the core of the drawer is now showing and displaying the story of days gone by.  Nothing done to them except a good coating of linseed oil to draw out the natural color and grain of the mismatched wood.
Themed Furniture Makeover Day ~ Rustic Red Farmhouse Cottage Chic Dresser by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
Here’s a fun split to see the difference.
Themed Furniture Makeover Day ~ Rustic Red Farmhouse Cottage Chic Dresser by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
Since this piece was missing casters, I was able to dig back into my caster stash I was blessed with. I’m so thankful I was able to put this dresser back on its rightful feet.
Themed Furniture Makeover Day ~ Rustic Red Farmhouse Cottage Chic Dresser by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
Ooh, I just love the rustic feel and the red is exactly how I had envisioned it. Now this farmhouse dresser is ready for the holidays and to add that special rustic touch to a farmhouse somewhere.  It actually sold quickly from my shop and is now residing in the Caribbean!
Themed Furniture Makeover Day ~ Rustic Red Farmhouse Cottage Chic Dresser by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.comNow the dresser is in the spirit of the holiday and my heifer head, affectionately named Maybelle, is too.  Moo. You can get one HERE.
Themed Furniture Makeover Day ~ Rustic Red Farmhouse Cottage Chic Dresser with Heifer Head by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
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Rustic Red Farmhouse Dresser Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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Bureau, Bureau on the Wall

Now, I have never really said this before, but it is very hard for me to paint wooden furniture at times.  I grew up in an absolutely gorgeous log home (a dream home, actually) set in a state park, and I was taught to appreciate wood in its natural state. Once when I was painting a truly gorgeous piece for myself that wasn’t completely made out of wood, I had to keep telling myself, “It’s okay, it’s got some pressed board” over and over again.  Ha! I will say the “pain” has worn off to an extent, but when you see this next piece, you will understand why I can’t bear to paint everything I get. Enter in this gorgeous bureau…

Vintage Bureau Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com Isn’t that inlaid mahogany woodwork just stunning?
Front Face of Vintage Bureau | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
The original owner would never believe this is the same piece he sold me. Take a look at the before…
Damaged Vintage Bureau Top | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
Obviously this piece has been forgotten in some basement with broken pulls, damage to the top, and missing veneer.
Before of Vintage Bureau| Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
When I had agreed to purchase this piece having not seen it in person, I was pleasantly surprised to find this desk – hence the bureau name.  The cubbies are so fun!
Inside of Bureau| Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
Cue the Mighty Mouse theme song… “Here I come to save the day!” (I know that dates me, but I don’t care. Everything gets better with age. tsk.)

I hit this bad boy with my favorite sander like none other, and it totally paid off.

Bureau Door Before After Comparison | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
 Just swoon-worthy…sigh…
Sanded Down Vintage Bureau | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
My original intent was to stain the top and faces of the drawers and doors, but the top has some peeling veneer at the one edge and was too thin to be saved.
Working on Vintage Bureau | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
I even tried some linseed oil to see how it wood draw it out and it was just too much.  Although it didn’t work for the top, it really emphasized the woodwork on the doors and drawers.
Applying Linseed Oil to Vintage Bureau | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
Vintage Bureau Veneer Damage | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
Not only did the linseed oil draw out the imperfection, but it just didn’t jive with the faces being made of a different wood.
Bureau Ready for Paint | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
So…I painted the top. I am so glad I did because it really set off that mahogany and now your eye is drawn to the faces instead.
 
Take note of the smaller drawers pictured above.  Like I mentioned earlier, two of the pulls were missing or broken and I didn’t want to replace the entire set because these are the real deal – nice, heavy brass swag pulls that are irreplaceable.
 
It took me a while to wrap my brain around what to do with those small drawers.  I searched over 4,000 listings on different sites trying to find a similar style or something that would coordinate. Nothing appealed to me.
 
Then bingo, it came to me what to do (gave myself a head-smack for not thinking of it sooner). I found a couple of antique pulls with back-plates that were the same length as the width of the hole spacing. Score! To fill the holes, I cut some wooden dowel plugs and glued them in, making sure to drill the pull hole before nailing the back-plate on. I’ve done this method before on other pieces, but those were painted.
Cut Dowel Pieces for Bureau| Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
Antique Drawer Pull Back Plate| Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
Simple enough, right?
Vintage Bureau Before and After| Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
Refinished Vintage Bureau Open| Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
Side of Vintage Bureau Open | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
Love it?  It has sold from my shop, but there’s always more on the way! *Just a little note about my shop: We do ship and typically are able to give you a rate close to half of what it costs to freight furniture elsewhere.  Just send a message if you’re interested.
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Vintage Bureau Gets Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces com
 Now I can at least say I’m a partial wood purist.  Being strictly one or the other is just too boring.  Which are you, painter or purist?
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