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Vintage Chest Nightstand in Navy Blue

It’s that fun time of the month where my Furniture Fixer Upper friends and I get together to inspire you with our furniture makeovers. Yay! If you saw my post a week ago, you knew my dad brought me a haul of furniture that included a vintage side table in hot mess state that I redid. Now, it’s time for this vintage chest nightstand to shine.

Vintage Chest Nightstand Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What you’re looking at is a solid piece of furniture made by Gordon’s furniture, with beautiful brass hardware and awesome burled veneer. Unfortunately, Read more

Vintage Side Table Made New

It’s pretty good feeling when someone brings you a haul of furniture, simply because they believe you can give it new life. My dad presents me with projects because he has faith in my abilities – both my parents do. In his current line of work, many project pieces cross his path and he texts me with potential. I have been turning down items left and right lately, but for some reason, this time I took in a few of them because…well…who could resist? See that vintage side table among the loot?

Stash of Furniture Before | prodigalpieces.com

That, my friends, is today’s project piece that is begging me (really!) to relieve it from the nightmare it’s stuck in. Oh, and just so you know, I did Read more

Vintage Blanket Chest with Folk Art Style

Are you ready for some furniture fun?! I am!! There’s nothing better than sharing your passion with like-minded folk. That’s why Furniture Fixer Uppers Day is one of my favorite times of the month. You’ll see my gal friends projects in a bit, but first I want to introduce you to my vintage blanket chest (aka. dog chew toy). giveaway alert!!

Vintage Blanket Chest Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’m going to be perfectly honest with you that I was mad I bought this. First, to defend myself, I did look at all the possible problems it may have: stink, damage (I was more concerned about the lid), functionality, etc. However, I somehow missed Read more

Upcycled Plant Caddy Bamboo Side Table

One of my favorite times of the month is here, Trash to Treasure Tuesday!Β This is a fun day where my blogger friends and I get together a few projects to inspire you. You’ll find their projects at the end of this post. For me today this pair of ornate iron plates are going to become my upcycled plant caddy project.Plant Caddy Bases Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Yet again, my dad comes to the rescue. Apparently these were my mom’s plant caddy’s that had the casters fall off. She was going to throw them away. {{gasp}} Mom!! tsk. As soon as he showed me I replied, “They’re cast iron, Read more

DIY Bee Skep from Upcycled Materials

If you’ve been with me for long, you know my dad (and my mom) brings me quite the fun…umm…project pieces. I love it! When he showed me this picture of a couple of grass plant hangers he thought I’d actually plant in. I thought, “Sure, why not.” It couldn’t get past that they reminded me of something. Then later that day it hit me. They looked like antique bee skeps! {{aha moment}} Check out my three DIY bee skep tutorials, plus a bee hotel, using upcycled materials.

Grass Hanging Planters Before Upcycling by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You may be like my dad, my bestie, my husband, and most who have no idea what a bee skep actually is. First, let me say that I was elated thinking I could incorporate these into my garden. I’ve always wanted to keep bees because they’re endangered and we need them to survive. However, since bee-keeping is a science and such a fragile art, I Read more

Upcycled Clock ~ Butterfly Wall Art

Don’t you just love a good challenge? My dad has brought me a few winners in the past, but this one was definitely one that made me laugh OUT LOUD. Why? Well…it’s so ugly!! I honestly felt bad for the forgotten babies, but it was time for an upcycled clock makeover, don’t you agree?

Handmade Vintage Clock Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This is one of those, “Bless your heart” projects that are so far gone that it makes you wonder. Someone obviously put some time into this, but it has since been neglected. At this point I say, “Game ON!” and give it Read more

French Provincial Headboard Bench with French Mattress

Sometimes there are projects that you envision in your head the minute you spy something. Maybe that doesn’t always happen, but when it does it is fantastically fun to get it done. That’s what happened to me when I spied this beauty below available online. Did I need a headboard…no. Did I need another project…not really. But…did I want to take this vintage gem and create a French Provincial headboard bench…YES!

Vintage French Provincial Headboard Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

A local lady posted this on Craigslist and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to check it out. The caning alone is what caught my attention, but I’ve always had a heart for Read more

Farmhouse Kitchen Storage Cubby

Gotta love it when friends and family enjoy what you do and even encourage you in your love of #trashure. haha. I mean that. Who else do I know that receives someone else’s junk and gets to play with it? It’s a challenge I welcome, even though at times I want to turn it down because of stash overload. In the case of this shelf below, I felt sorry for it. My dad brought it to me and I just had to give it a shot. Let me show you how I rebuilt it into farmhouse kitchen storage.

Rustic Shelf Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

When he first showed it to me my first thought was, “hot mess”. Even the look on his face told me Read more

Vintage Art Deco Buffet gets Modern Update

Do you know what time it is? It’s Furniture Fixer Uppers time! What fun it is to not only get to work on another project for you, but to be able to do it alongside some of the most awesome DIY gals I know. This vintage Art Deco buffet is my subject for this month’s fun. You’ll see the rest of the awesome projects in a bit. (giveaway alert!)

Vintage Art Deco Buffet Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The functional use of a buffet can’t be denied. They fit easily into almost any room of your home as either a server as intended, or entertainment center, or even retrofitted into a bathroom vanity. This particular one appealed to me for the Read more

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