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Pretend Play Grill from Upcycled Bread Box

I am definitely a kid a heart and love creating for kids. So, of course, when I first spied this stainless steel bread box at the thrift store I had an instant vision. Do you ever do that? I couldn’t get past that it needed to become a pretend play grill. Let’s have some DIY fun!

Thrifted Bread Box Before Upcycle by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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In the picture below, this was what I saw at the thrift store. I first thought that it actually was a pretend play grill set based on the fact that it was sitting on that cart. Because of that I actually walked past it thinking we didn’t need one of those. However, I came back around to Read more

Wooden Toys ~ It’s Time to Play!

Why does it seem that your children grow right before your very eyes? I mean, precious are the days we have with them. One day their toddling, then the next they’re driving away. sniff, sniff. In order to preserve some of that time, I tend to live vicariously through my children by creating all sorts of toys, especially dolls and wooden toys.

So, for this Trash to Treasure Tuesday (where my blogger friends and I share our thrifty makeovers the second Tuesday of each month) I am showing you how I made some special gifts for my littlest girl.

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

This is my pile of junky goodness of crib spindles and scrap wood that I’ll be turning into some wooden toys.

Scrap Crib Parts and Salvaged Wood Turned Toys by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

First, I’d like to show you a few of the things I’ve made in the past…(mind you I do go overboard, but I don’t care!) hee hee hee Read more

Vintage Rocking Horse Makeovers for Farmhouse Style

Do you ever have a certain item that you can’t resist? For me, that goes without saying. ahem. I have many vices and one of them is a vintage rocking horse…in any size. Small toy-size ones, medium ones for tiny tots, and then there’s ones like THIS.

Vintage Rocking Horse in Attic Before | prodigalpieces.com

I do believe I have never passed one up whether at the flea market or thrift store. Back when my oldest turned two years old, I created one just for him. Even my kids have reworked a few. You can see another I’ve done in this post. They’re just so fun, provide wondrous play, and even make adorable decor for children from 1-99. However, this particular vintage rocking horse has a story.

THE BACKSTORY

I’ve often mentioned my friend, Mandy, and her ministry Paid in Full. I belong to her group on Facebook and like to do what I can to help. She offers items to those who need it for free, but also auctions items off to help offset funding the group needs. When this wooden beauty popped up in my feed, you can bet Read more

Upcycled Entertainment Center into Child’s Wardrobe

This is what happens when I head into the thrift store looking for a small project to work on. I didn’t find anything but pressed wood junk, and then there’s this big beast. I stop, I stare, I talk to myself. Do you do that? Well, after much discussion with me, myself, and I, I decided to haul this bad boy home. Meet my latest project…an upcycled entertainment center.

Vintage Entertainment Center Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The funny thing is that I have seriously backed off my furniture projects for more reason than one. However, I needed to fulfill a requirement and this would fit the bill. It has damage, but Read more

Upcycled Desk into Nightstands ~ DIY Fun

Ooh…do I have a fun makeover for you today. This one is not your typical dress-up-a-piece project, but really a complete metamorphosis. I’m a sucker for the worn down and beaten, and this beauty below is no exception. Hang with me as I turn this upcycled desk into nightstands. {{enter in dramatic music}}

Antique Desk Before Being Made into Nightstands | prodigalpieces.com

A few weeks ago, I told you the story about a lady named Donna, who had recently passed. Her daughters were working through finding homes for her estate items, and I purchased Read more

Kid’s Storage Bench Upcycle ~ DIY Fun

It’s Furniture Fixer Uppers time! This is the day each month my gal friends and I set aside to create furniture projects to inspire you. You’ll see what they created in a bit. Me…well, I am on an 80’s “heart” journey to show you how these pieces that are plentiful at thrift stores and garage sales can be made new. One of these below is about to become a kid’s storage bench.

Vintage Thrift Store Heart Cut-Out Wooden Bins | prodigalpieces.com

While you may think I’m a bit nuts for seeing potential in these hum-drum pieces (or maybe you secretly have a stash of your own as you hold onto the past…haha!), bear with me. You can see Read more

Kids Play Table Made Modern Farmhouse

It’s that time of the month where my Furniture Fixer Upper friends and I are all eager to share our latest furniture projects. You’ll see what they have for you in a bit. Today, my project is this thrifted kids play table that has seen better days.

Winne the Pooh Kids Play Table Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

When I first passed it at the thrift store I was like…oh…cute. But then two seconds later, I was like OOOH….cute…POTENTIAL! haha. I love when that happens. Read more

Upcycled Bookcase Farmers Market

The times that I find most exhilarating is when I have an idea and can’t wait to get it complete. Do you ever do that? I mean, in this instance, I was inspired on first glance of this little cutie at a thrift store. What it would become for sure didn’t hit until I got it home, but there was no doubt in my mind that it would become something new. Yes, I’m quirky, but you’ll understand when you see what I do with my upcycled bookcase. Let the fun begin!

Thrifted Bookcase Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

You may be wondering what I see in this thing, but really, it’s all about function. I adore pieces that can go in most any room. In spite of the wear, this one is made solid enough, but just needs Read more

Child’s Tea Cart from Repurposed End Table

There’s only one thing better than doing what you love, and that’s when you get to do it with other like-minded folks. Today is Furniture Fixer Uppers day and my blogger friends and I have quite the assortment of makeovers for you. My project begins with this thrifted side table and ends with a child’s tea cart. Let the fun begin!

Vintage Side Table Before | prodigalpieces.com

This cutie-patootie table came home with me and it sat for a bit because I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. I had many ideas, but I couldn’t pick one that jumped out at me. I had done one like it before as seen in this table post. Sometimes when I need to decide I will bring the piece in question into my home and just let it Read more

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