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Repurposed Coat Rack ~ DIY by a PreTeen

One of my absolute favorite things to do is spend time with my kids. Beyond getting the wonderful opportunity to homeschool them, I can also pass along my trade. All 6 of them are eager to learn and ready to jump on a project when the opportunity arises. Enter in Miss S. She’s not a newbie to the DIY world. You can see her past projects in these posts. Today she is going to show you how she took a thrifted find and turned it into a repurposed coat rack. Woot!

Antiques Sign Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The story behind this find is related to Miss S’s birthday a few months back. My awesome mom loves to help the kids find 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

Card Catalog from Child’s Chest of Drawers

My coined word is Trashure – one man’s trash is another woman’s treasure. I’ve been using it for ages and first debuted it a few years ago when I found a chest of drawers curbside. Well, today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday, the one day of the month where my blogger friends and I take something worn or dated and make it new. The subject for this month’s makeover is a child’s chest of drawers my daughter found sitting with the trash (aka trashure). We decided to make it into a card catalog. Yup, a whole new look. AND… I have a sweet giveaway for you too!

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

Here’s the story: My gaggle of kids go with me everywhere I go. Yes, even to the grocery store and all errands – we have a blast! This day in particular, as we headed out to get some food essentials, I noticed it was trash day and I turned and told the kids that today would be a good day to keep your eyes peeled for some trashure set out.

At that same exact time I was speaking, one of my daughters, Miss S, said, “Mama, there’s a dresser!” Apparently, I totally missed it as my head was turned to tell them to keep an eye out. I braked and turned around and here is what she found.

Curbside Find Child's Chest of Drawers Before Made into Card Catalog by Prodigal PIeces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*Post is sponsored by HomeRight, product provided by D. Lawless Hardware and includes affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too!

Isn’t it cute? It’s got some damage to the drawers, missing some of the skirt, but really not too bad. I do believe it was handmade at some point and full of charm. Now, we couldn’t let that go into the trash, could we?

I will admit, we found this last November (gulp) and I told her we would get to it as soon as I could. Well…I wasn’t lying and now is the time. Since most people don’t have use for a tiny chest of drawers – this thing is less than 3 feet tall – we decided to give it new life as a vintage card catalog.

Here’s how we got started… Read more

Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Table

It’s a wonderful thing to have people think of you when they have some sort of item they’d like to part with. Often, in my case, those unwanted pieces are furniture related. My typical protocol is to check it over for quality and resale prowess before taking it on, then I hand it off to one of my six kids. Just like this Mid-Century modern table we were given.

My desire is to show my children how they can take something unwanted and make it new, but also how to make it in this world by earning a living and staying out of debt. You can see more of their work in this post dedicated to their work. This time around, the recipient was my second oldest daughter , Miss S.

Adding a color and a gilded sunburst design to this worn out Mid-Century Modern table gives it new life by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

This table is really awesome and had to have been a statement piece in its day. I found the label and looked up the company. Seems they had some pretty cool stuff!

Adding a color and a gilded sunburst design to this worn out Mid-Century Modern table gives it new life by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Funky design AND  the top swivels – how cool is that? The legs had been damaged and would need repaired, but other than that this is a solid piece that would shine once again.

To say my daughter was stoked, was an understatement. 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

Vintage Nesting Tables Updated the Easy Way

You would think by now I would have learned my lesson that there will be true gems that pop out at me at a thrift store. It’s happened time and time again, and this particular time was no different. If you remember in my recent post, I scored an antique library table and refinished it – see in this post. Now it’s time for the other find that followed me home that same day. These vintage nesting tables are too cute to leave behind, right? (giveaway alert!)

Set of Vintage Nesting Tables Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

They were buried under other items for sale in the thrift store and I almost missed them since, as I mentioned in my other post, my kids were doing a thrift store scavenger hunt. I had no intention of coming home with more furniture. But… Read more

Thrifted Candelabras Meet Shabby Chic

You would think that after all these years that I have been doing trashure hunting and fleatiquing I would be used to finding a diamond in the rough, right? Maybe I should be sorta numb by now to coming upon a rare treat. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen and I still get a jolt when I see things like this set of thrifted candelabras while on an errand. (giveaway alert)

Set of Thrifted Candelabras Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Here’s the story as it played out. My kids and I walked into the store and I instantly saw this pair displayed on a table. They were in the middle of the store and I had to wait until some people moved out of the way to be able to get close to them. My brain is saying, “Please don’t see them, I saw them first!” Read more

Rustic Farmhouse Wall Art from Flea Market Finds

Who knew such joy can be found in someone else’s junk, right? I mean, I’m all about trashure and potential seen in the left behind. But… I really get excited when I find a piece with potential. (like do a happy dance excited and look around to make sure no one else will take it or steal my idea. hahaha!) I’m a hoot to shop with, in case you didn’t know. Just ask my 6 kids who join me on every adventure. Take a look at this old barn screen because it’s going to be turned into rustic farmhouse wall art. Fun!

Old Barn Screen Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

If I mention to my kids I’m going thrifting or especially to the flea market, I hear a collaborative, Read more

Industrial Chest of Drawers Redo ~ Rustic Style

When you’re out shopping do you sometimes buy two of something simply because it’s a good deal? I do! Especially when it comes to furniture. A local seller was offering two chests of drawers that were relatively the same size, but differed in appearance. This one below is my subject for today’s makeover. I’m going to show you how I not only repair this piece, but turn it into an industrial chest of drawers. (giveaway alert for my favorite brushes!!)

Vintage Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This particular dresser was looking like it was embarrassed – like it was red in the face. When JC brought it home I wasn’t exactly thrilled to see it as the owner didn’t describe it well. First, there was Read more

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