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DIY Cat Grass Tutorial for Cats, Dogs, & You

I’m taking a break from my huge #trashure haul makeover fun to show you something I’ve been working on. When I see something that not only inspires me, but also is a way to upcycle, I can’t resist seeing it come to fruition. Like many of you, I want my family, including our beloved pets, to be healthy. I’m sharing how I created a DIY cat grass (aka. wheatgrass) planter to enjoy all year long using these hydroponic vases. Hang with me now…

Hydroponic Vases for Forcing Spring Bulbs | prodigalpieces.com

If you’re like me, winter can be a loooong time to wait to see beautiful blooms. Cabin fever really starts to get to get to me around late February to early March. Thankfully, there are ways to stave off my insanity by 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

DIY Rolling Laundry Cart ~ Step-by-Step Tutorial

What sane person doesn’t want extra storage in their house, right? I mean, the kind that looks good AND serves a purpose. I know I’m not the only one here tired of plastic bins and tubs scattered about. Check out this thrifted find. I spied it from a mile away because I LOVE BASKETS. However, this one is about to become a DIY rolling laundry cart. Stay with me now.

Thrifted Basket Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

At first glance, this is pretty and really nothing wrong with it except for the busted/missing leather hinge straps and general wear.

Broken Leather Hinges on Thrifted Basket | prodigalpieces.com

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It did come with a liner that I had removed and was in the process of cleaning. The shiny, orangey wicker didn’t do it for me and my love of farmhouse style. So…I decided to take it up a notch. As in… Read more

Hello Fall Sign with DIY Tutorial

Happy Fall Y’all!! The fall season is here and what better way to kick off this wonderful time of year than with a DIY decor project? Today, I’m going to share with you the step-by-step process to create this Hello Fall sign for your very own.

Create this Hello Fall Sign for your Front Door by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Not only can you welcome your guests in style with this front door decor, but also hang on your wall to celebrate the season. Also, you can see it as I showed on my fireplace makeover.

Rustic Hello Fall Sign with DIY Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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DIY TIME

Ready to get started and make your own Hello Fall sign? First, here is what you’ll need Read more

Grain Sack Table ~ Faux Look Tutorial

Do you love the look of grain sack like I do? Seriously, I could put it on anything and never tire of it. In a minute I am going to share how to make a grain sack table. But first, in times past, I’ve created my own faux grain sack fabric for this antique rocking chair see below.

Create a Faux French Grain Sack Table with Tape and Paint - Let a teenager show you how! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

this sweet little ottoman

Create a Faux French Grain Sack Table with Tape and Paint - Let a teenager show you how! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

…and my own pillows, decor…you get the idea. I love it!

For this post, I’m going to introduce you to my oldest son, Mr. I, so he can show you how easy this method is – that even a teenager can do it. He is one of my six budding apprentices, and has been working alongside me for quite some time. Mr. I enjoys creating his own masterpieces, and selling them in my shop and locally to create a nice savings for himself.

It’s fun to help him find pieces that are deemed worthy of a makeover, and assist here and there, but for the most part, he does all the work. Here’s his latest vintage garage sale find…a solid wood Queen Anne 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

American made and quality cherry wood, but has some water damage and wear to the surface that makes it a good candidate for his project. I do believe this is his largest project so far. Read more

Painted Sign Tutorial ~Easy DIY Technique

Hi. My name is Larissa, and I’m addicted to old signs.  There. I said it. There’s just something about the typography and artistry of old advertisements, name plates, just…whatever. They draw me in, and since it’s hard to find these relics, I like to create my own – especially on cast-off wood. Let me show you how in this simple painted sign tutorial.

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces…especially paired with antique treasures like this single tree!

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Who can resist the time-worn wear and chippy paint, all telling a story of days gone by?

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I’d like to show you the transfer method I use to create signs and furniture. I have oodles of examples of how I use this method on my furniture makeovers seen HERE like this chest.

Thrifted Acme cedar chest is an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Only a couple items needed besides your wood (and an antique anything, if you have something!) to do this painted sign tutorial.

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

  • oil pastels – I mainly use kids pastels (cheap & work just as well), but any will do. You can also use chalk, transfer paper, or graphite paper.DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
  • colored pencil – in a bright color
  • acrylic craft paint – in color desired
  • #5 or #6 round paint brush – you could use any one hand, I prefer these.
  • paint tray or plastic lidDIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
  • Microsoft Word, Photoshop, or similar program
  • printer
  • masking tape, painters’ tape, or similar

First, measure the wood you’re using to get the parameters you need your graphic to fit into.  I typically leave about an inch allowance or greater, depending on the design.

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Next, I lay out my graphic (you can also use a pre-made design or clip art) in a software program.  I used to use Microsoft Word, but now love to use Photoshop.  No need to reverse the image, just print it out as you read it, and tape it together, if needed.

Once your graphic is printed, grab your oil pastel (I like to use the same color as the paint I’m using), and rub the reverse side of the graphic everywhere you want to show up.   To be able to see where to rub, a light box is great (I have a homemade one), but I always use my window since I’m too lazy to drag out my light box. ahem.

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesLast, center and tape in place your graphic with the right side facing you. Then, take your colored pencil and trace firmly all the parts you coated with the pastel.

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesBefore completely removing the paper after you’re done tracing, gently lift up a side to see if you’ve traced every part and make any necessary adjustments.

It should look like this…

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesNow you’re ready to paint!  I think you can figure this part out, so I won’t elaborate on this part.

Seriously, any old wood will do.  See! Here’s part of my stash:

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesHere’s another sign using a vintage Morris rocking chair part and a thrown out Vera Bradley sign made of foam board. (it doesn’t even have to be wood!)

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More projects for you like my painted sign tutorial:

Antique Stereo Repurposed Into Sewing Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesDIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial

Spring is in the air, which means it’s time to create some spring-like decor for the home. What better way than to use a rutic burlap canvas?

DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesI adore burlap because it is such a versatile medium.  Instead of the tree stencil that is featured in the project, I went with a Martha Stewart stencil that included birds, branches, butterflies, and flowers.  (Spring can not come fast enough for me!)

Here’s what you’ll need to do this project:

Michaels & Hometalk Pinterest Party: DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial via Prodigal Pieces
  1. 12″ x 12″ Stretched Burlap Canvas (you could make your own)
  2. Acrylic Paint – I used Folk Art Wrought Iron Acrylic Craft Paint
  3. Foam Pouncer
  4. Paint Tray or a plastic lid
  5. Painters or Masking Tape (optional)
  6. Small Artists Brush (optional)
  7. Stencil of choice
  8. Glue Gun
  9. Embellishments (have fun dressing it up!)
  10. Cotton Ball or Swab
  11. Brown Ink Pad
  12. Scrapbook Paper or Decorative Tags
  13. Coordinating marker, stamps, or computer print out of text, “Spring Song”

Before I started, I cut out a 12″ x 12″ piece of paper and “played” with the stencil to see how I wanted to lay out my design – a sort of dry run at it.  You can skip this step, but it helps to be able to visualize your finished product.

Once you’re happy with the layout, use the tape to help hold the stencil in place (a buggy stencil can really drive you crazy!).

Michaels & Hometalk Pinterest Party: DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial via Prodigal Pieces
Place a small amount of the paint in your paint tray.  Grab your pouncer and load it up, but not too much.  I like to load it and then stomp on a scrap piece of paper or cardboard to even out the paint.
Start pouncing (pressing the pouncer into the stencil), and don’t feel that you have to completely fill it the stencil because leaving it lighter gives it an aged, worn effect.  Be sure not to accidentally pounce in more than one open spot at a time.
TIP: I used a hairdryer to dry the place I just painted before moving on to the next stenciling so that my stencil wouldn’t pick up the wet paint and transfer it to places I didn’t want it.  That’s no fun.
Once you’re happy with the layout of your stenciling, it’s time to grab your embellishments and take it to the next level adding texture and dimension.
Being that I am a vintage lover, I just had to add some vintage items to my project, which included antique lace “flower” (just a small running stitch on one side to gather the center) and some vintage pearl buttons.  Hot glue them on!
I was going for a dogwood effect.  Do you see it?
Michaels & Hometalk Pinterest Party: DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial via Prodigal Pieces
Michaels & Hometalk Pinterest Party: DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial via Prodigal Pieces
Michaels & Hometalk Pinterest Party: DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial via Prodigal Pieces
Next, I used some vintage music sheet paper that I printed at home using all the wonderful free images on Pinterest, and cut out some wings for the birds. (again, creating the dimension and texture while tying in the lace)  Taking a cotton ball, pounce lightly on a brown ink pad and then distress the edges of the wings.
In the next step, I added some scrapbook papers in layers with a top label reading, “Spring Song”.  Seriously, I just went into Word, added some word art in different fonts in the size I wanted and then printed onto a scrap of a manila folder.  I didn’t even cut it out, just tore it to give it a tattered effect.  Pounce the edges with the cotton ball like you did the wings.
Michaels & Hometalk Pinterest Party: DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial via Prodigal Pieces
Last, I wanted to add a rustic feel with some upholstery nails around the outside edge.  You can find these at most hardware stores and some craft stores.  The frame is perfect for the nails because they tend to be long and the frame is nice and thick.
Michaels & Hometalk Pinterest Party: DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial via Prodigal Pieces
Done!
Michaels & Hometalk Pinterest Party: DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial via Prodigal Pieces
Michaels & Hometalk Pinterest Party: DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial via Prodigal Pieces
Now you have a hand-crafted, rustic piece of art to display in your springtime decor.
Have questions?  Feel free to ask.

Upcycled Paper Plate Holder into Farmhouse Decor

Would you pass up this little gem? I actually didn’t find it at the thrift store or a garage sale. However, my friend, Mandy, passed it along to me with all the other wooden treasures I’ve been working through over the last few months. See HERE. This will be my first upcycled paper plate holder. I’m ready for some fun!

Vintage Paper Plate Holder Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Doesn’t it look like a good candidate for a makeover? It sure couldn’t hurt to give it a try. Nowadays our society is more “green” and hopefully out of the country blue prim look. tee hee.

After twisting and turning it around a few times I came to a couple of conclusions: (1) I could just Read more

Upcycled Pallet Twice Over ~ Farmhouse Towel Rack

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last 10 years, it’s no news that pallets have won the world over for their potential. You can see all my pallet projects in these posts HERE to see what I mean. As you can imagine I kinda giggled when I saw this upcycled pallet in the thrift store. Since it’s not my style, I felt the need to purchase it and relieve it from the outdoorsy look.

Handmade Upcycled Pallet Wine Rack Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

It wasn’t until I got it home that not only did someone create a shelf just like the one I created, but they also added a Read more

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