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Vintage Corner Writing Desk & Chair Makeover

Friends don’t let friends drive by junk…am I right? Especially when the curbside #trashure is a beauty like this! My friend, Christy, saw this set out for city clean-up on her neighbor’s lawn. She knew that this vintage corner writing desk was unique and something that would catch my fancy. BINGO!

Vintage Corner Writing Desk Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Not only is this have fantastic lines, but plenty of function too. How many of us have a wasted-space corner that this would be perfect for? I’m thankful Christy thought enough of me to Read more

Christmas Cupboard Door Projects for Kids

The holiday season is definitely fun for letting our creative side run wild. I love to get my six kids involved in gift making and creating. They all agreed they wanted to inspire you and your kids to get your craft on too. Today we are going to to show you how you can create an upcycled Christmas cupboard door project for any age. We’re all about inspiring you to get have some DIY fun. Join me and my gang for a cupboard adventure!

Salvaged Cupboard Doors Before Makeover by Kids | prodigalpieces.com

What you see above is a selection of cupboard doors that my kids picked out from my stash below. Did you read the story about how I acquired that pile o’ goodness? If not, you can get up to speed HERE.

Salvaged Cupboard Door Stash for Upcycling Projects by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

As soon as we got that wonderful gift of doors Read more

Repurposed Side Table into Farmhouse Decor

What do I love more than creating with cast-off finds? Working with my kids! Today I am delighted to say that my youngest son, Mr. O, and I not only grabbed this table off of the curb, but that we did as a mother-son team. woot! Follow along as we show you how this repurposed side table became farmhouse decor.

Curbside Table Before | Falling Apart | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Here how the story goes…we live in Ohio and love to be outdoors, but the winters can be long. However, come early spring it’s still cold, but we do get a random warm day (by warm I mean above 30 degrees). So, when one of those days popped up, we did our family Read more

Kids Learning and Creating DIY Projects

When I was a child I knew I wanted to be a mom. I had no idea what lay in store for me, but let me tell you it is the BEST thing that ever happened to me next to marrying my husband, and foremost becoming a Christian. My gaggle of 6 have taught me things that I never knew. Like how to let go, giving my everything, and joy beyond belief. Even better is that I get to share with them what I know in about life in general, while also teaching them homeschool studies, and my trade. Today I want to touch on how kids learning and creating their own DIY projects benefits all.

It’s not a new topic to most of you that they all love to join me in my trade. We work as a team every day to make this blog possible, and the business what it is. However, if it wasn’t for my family, I couldn’t do what I do. This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned how important it is to pass on trade skills or take time to teach. You can read about all of their work in these posts.

My youngest son, Mr. O., is no newbie to the game either. He’s found pieces on the curb and tackled big projects for a little guy his age. I’ve shown what he can do before with his Clock Face Table and a French Stand. He rules the DIY!

Today is no different. I found this primitive chair at the thrift store and knew it would be a perfect mama-son project. He is ever asking for something to create or work on and this is it. Why is this a good piece? Because (1) it’s small (2) it doesn’t need much work (3) it has resale potential – since he’s trying to build a savings.

Primitive Chair Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

When I told him this would a great project piece for him, he lit up. My kids Read more

Repurposed Christmas Trees from Salad Bowls

My heart always races at this time of the month because it’s Trash to Treasure time! Bonus is that Christmas is just around the corner and celebrating our Savior’s birth can’t be beat. My choice for today’s Trashure makeover has a crazy story. Follow along as I show you how I took a set of thrifted salad bowls and made repurposed Christmas trees. So fun!

Set of Thrifted Wooden Salad Bowls Before Repurposing | prodigalpieces.com

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

So, the story goes I spied this set in the thrift store – big surprise, I know. Pretty much anything wooden always makes me go oooh… I picked them up to see if there was any damage and mulled them over. I already had plenty of project pieces at home and didn’t have an ah-ha moment when I first saw them, so I Read more

Outdoor Decor ~ Creating an Inviting Space

Do you know that feeling of complete relaxation…that point that you just don’t want to move or else it will go away? That my friends is how I feel about sinking into my latest treat-to-self family. ahem. Last week I showed you how I’ve been updating our patio decor. This week, take a look at the new beauty that has arrived to my outdoor decor. You don’t know backyard bliss until you have rested in a tufted hammock. Yes, not just any old hammock…a tufted hammock – a veritable mattress on ropes!. I must be dreaming…swoon.

Tufted Hammock by Hatteras Hammocks on DFO Home by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*post is sponsored by DFO Home and contains affiliate links so you can find what I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

You see, our other hammock was feasted upon by mice in our shed. It wouldn’t hold a the weight of  a flea. It had been my oldest daughter’s gift and I felt so bad. My kids loved on this thing like none other and it added such fun to our backyard. I decided to surprise them. tee hee hee.

Damaged Outdoor Hammock | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

In my opinion, our home doesn’t just exist within four walls, but rather also includes the environment we create Read more

Broyhill Saga Dresser ~ Mid Century Modern Update

Happy dance! Today is another fun Furniture Fixer Upper day, where my blogger friends and I get together to share some DIY fun with you. I’m taking the back-burner and letting my oldest son, Mr. I take the helm as he shares with you how he updated with vintage Broyhill Saga dresser. Isn’t it cool?

Vintage Broyhill Saga Dresser Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

I actually had an exact match to this set in a tallboy chest which was a custom request by a client. You can see how it was updated HERE. Not only has this style has always caught my eye for the lines, but also those carved and etched star designs on the front and mirror.

And, when I presented this to my son as a project piece, he was Read more

Queen Anne Table Made New

Here’s the scenario: I walk into the thrift store and take a quick scan of the goods. My path of hunt takes me straight to a leggy gem. Here is the Queen Anne table I spied.

Queen Anne Table Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I quickly open the drawer to find “Broyhill” and dove-tailed drawers. Then, I kneel down to look under and find…yep…solid oak. SCORE!! A quick sniff-check is in order to make sure no nasty odors linger. none. Mentally I make note of the wear on top. Nothing I couldn’t handle, right?

Worn Oak Table Top | prodigalpieces.com

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Nervously I peeked around for the price tag – couldn’t Read more

Repurposed Piano Bench Lap Desk

It’s round three of making use of the pile of goodies my dad found for me either on the curb or at his rental leftovers. To see where I started, first you can visit my repurposed changing table post, and then my side table repair and makeover. Today is all about taking a repurposed piano bench and turning into new useful projects. Let’s get our DIY on!

Curbside Piano Bench before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

So, here’s how the story goes. My oldest, Mr. I, does daily exercise that takes him up and down the street many times. On one of his adventures he came home to tell me there was a piano a few houses down sitting curbside. Me, who has absolutely no room for another piano felt bad, but left it there.

Next day, neighbor comes over to tell me the same thing. I told him the same response that I had no interest in another large piece joining my “collection”, so there it sat. Then the next day my dad came bringing the items I showed in my last post and mentioned the piano. hahaha…see a trend? Well, I didn’t know all this time that there was a bench too, so I had him snag that for me since pickup of trash was that day.

I really hated to see a beautiful instrument go to the trash as I love to play piano and teach my children to do the same. However, I can’t save everything. sigh… The poor set had been left out in the rain Read more

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