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Dresser Updated to Prairie Charm with Milk Paint

We’ve been crazy busy around here working on finishing up our patio makeover, complete with pergola, but I found some time to give this Craigslist find dresser a sweet makeover.

What do you think of the…well…ummm…ORANGE. It’s sort of a pumpkin color, so it suits the season, but just a tad too much for such a sweet piece. Mind you, it would look great if set up in a room to suit it, but I see it needing some prairie charm.

Goodbye 1980's orange and hellow prairie charm. An outdate dresser gets a new look with milk paint and pulls. Come see! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

What inspired me to work on this dresser was having the chance for the first time EVER to use milk paint (gasp). Yes, I have never had my brush in milk paint and I was so eager to have a go at it. Read more

Paint Layering Technique ~ French Relief Wall Art

While I’m always raving about the wood section of the thrift store, there certainly are other haunts that are a must-see too. For instance, these two plaques were in the home decor section and jumped right in my cart…really. tsk. How about I show you my vision for them by demonstrating my paint layering technique? Game on.

Thrifted Plaques Wall Art Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

So…would you grabbed them? To be honest, the color reminded me of a moss covered garden art, which isn’t all that bad…for a garden. However, I had a better idea. I felt they Read more

Farmhouse Drop-Leaf Coffee Table with Typography

Last, but not least, it’s time for Round 5 of my #trashure curbside haul makeover fun. Yay!! I’ve worked through those other 4 projects with much fun. However, today is all about that little coffee table getting transformed into a farmhouse drop-leaf coffee table with whimsy.

Curbside Haul #4 Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

To catch you up to speed you can see the other projects listed below:

  1. Antique Pie Crust Table
  2. Hunting Scene Shelf
  3. Farmhouse Chest of Drawers
  4. Grain Sack Antique Chairs

Vintage Drop-Leaf Table Found Curbside by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

As you can see, this table is in sturdy shape.  The leaves function as they should, for the most part Read more

Farmhouse Chest of Drawers from the Curb

It’s time for Round 3 of my #trashure curbside haul. To catch you up to speed, this is the pile I scored from one person’s yard during our spring city cleanup. I’ve already made over that pie crust table and dog shelf. It’s time to tackle that awfully painted piece and turn it into a farmhouse chest of drawers for our Trash to Treasure fun.

Round 2 of #Trashure transformations by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Stay tuned for more at prodigalpieces.com

If you remember, I asked JC (aka. husband) which piece he would have left on the curb. He said the chest. {{gasp}} In spite of the obvious, I replied that it was the Read more

Upcycled Wall Clock Fun Times Two

While maybe at times I pass up on cast-offs that cross my path, the one thing I can assuredly say I can’t resist is wood. The wood can be old, worn, beaten down, and even just like these two broken tiered stands, just needing new life.  They are my dynamic duo about to get a brand new life as an upcycled wall clock. Woot!

Vintage Broken Tiered Stands Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You may be wondering how I came upon such beauty. Well, the story goes that I was feverishly trying to wrap up our kitchen remodel reveal when my friend, Mandy, sent me a message asking if I wanted to take a peek at her Read more

DIY Antique Store Sign with Video Tutorial

When the second Tuesday of each month rolls around I get super excited to get started on my Trash to Treasure project. Can you blame me that I find it fun to work with ladies of the same heart for repurposing and recreating? I think not. tee hee. You’ll see their projects in a bit. Today I can’t wait to share with you a fun new creation using this wood I dug out of the clearance bin. Would you believe I’m going to turn it into a DIY antique store sign? Let the fun begin!

Raw Pine Tongue and Groove Planks for DIY Antique Store Sign | prodigalpieces.com

If you don’t already, I seriously suggest you check out the misfit clearance bin at your local home improvement store. I get some of the best project wood there. These pine tongue & groove  carisiding boards were a complete score for me because (1) I needed it to patch my 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 ane are handmade. However, they are most definitely Read more

Damaged Veneer is Your Friend…Really

Are you one to shy away when you have a piece of furniture that has damaged veneer? I don’t blame you. Many a times I have run into a project that really had me ready to quit. Last week I showed you a chest of drawers and how I gave it a new look (on the left). This week, I’m going to show you how The Evil Twin got a makeover that gave a me a run for my money. Enter in this soon-to-be farmhouse empire dresser.

Set of Empire Furniture Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Let’s take a closer look.

Farmhouse Empire Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

You can see that the knobs are mismatched on the top and not original, no casters, and worn on top. No biggie, right? Well, the previous owner warned me Read more

Farmhouse Desk Rescue

I was born on a farm and I live in farm country, so you can best bet I was tickled to see that our Themed Furniture Makeover Day was going to be all about FARMHOUSE. Yee Haw! I have had oodles of things going on that should have kept me from joining up this month, but I didn’t want to miss out because I had the perfect project I had been aching to work on. Meet my farmhouse desk straight from the farm…literally.

Damaged Antique Desk Before | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I saw this desk listed by a local lady who owned an antique shop and called to inquire. She told me it had some damage with nicks and such, but it was in good structural shape. So, I sent my hubby to pick it up and he said it had been stored in her barn for quite some time. This is what I found…

Antique Desk has Damaged Top | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Ummm….that’s more than the “little bit of damage” she mentioned. Read more

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