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Cedar Chest from Trash to Treasure

“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day the neighborhood…” (while Mr. Rogers sings through my head). That is what tune is I sing when I am out junkin’ during our citywide spring cleanup. Do you blame me? I find all sorts of trashure and when I spied this cedar chest amongst the rubble, I felt so bad for it. I thought this is the perfect candidate for our Trash to Treasure Transformation Tuesday. You can see my fellow bloggers work for this fun day in a bit.

Curbside Cedar Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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

When I went up to the cedar chest and opened it, it was full of trash, dead bugs, and …bluck. It had been gorgeously weathered from the elements and was falling apart on the top and bottom.

Damaged Cedar Chest Top | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Side View of Damaged Cedar Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The one good thing this cedar chest had going for it was that the actual cabinet part was still intact and was actually pretty cool. (you’re welcome I removed the old underwear before snapping a picture. hahaha…) Read more

Clock Face Table ~ A Trash to Treasure Tale

Are you ready for some trashy goodness? Don’t worry, this is a kid-friendly post. I’m talking about trashure – one lady’s trash is a little boy’s treasure. tee hee. Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday where my blogger friends and I show you how we take unwanteds and turn them into new treasures. You’ll see their projects at the end of this post. Scroll down to see a clock face table makeover.Trash to Treasure Transformations by 5 Awesome DIY Bloggers

If you follow me on social media, you would have seen that a few months back my older kids had been working on their own furniture projects and my youngest boy was aching to find a project of his own. His Grandpa had brought over a couple of wooden shelves for him and his older sister to work on, but his broke.

He was so bummed and kept asking me when we could find him something to work on. Then it happened…we were headed in for the evening and he ran up to me excitedly proclaiming that a lady a couple of houses down had just thrown away a chair, or something like it, and it could be his. You can imagine he peaked my interest, so I told him we would check first thing in the morning since it was dark outside.

Do you think he slept in. No siree. He was out of bed lickety-split and we headed down to take a look. I must tell you that he has his mother’s genes. Look at this little gem he found. (notice the angelic light shining! I did not add it – btw.)

Beaten up table set out for trash turned it into a vintage style clock face table. A trash to treasure transformation by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

A little shabby, yes, but full of potential! Read more

Trashure….Making Treasure Out of Trash

My love for junking can never be quenched, at least I don’t see how.  There are so many ways you can reuse an item, even to the point of dismantling it and putting it back together in a different form.  One man’s trash is another (woman’s) treasure, right?

Trashure: Making Treasure Out of Trash by Prodigal Pieces www.prodiaglpieces.com #prodigalpieces

When I pulled out this particular treasure (or better yet, trashure – treasure from the trash!), I knew exactly what I would do with it.  Read more

Dining Set Makeover ~ From Trash to Trashure

Oh what fun it is to be with friends! Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday where my blogger gals and I get together to share our latest makeovers and creations with you to INSPIRE. What you see below is my focus of today’s post – you will see my friends’ posts in a bit. My good friend, Mandy, spotted this entire set on the curb and claimed them for me. Woot! Therefore, you are in for a dining set makeover. Vintage Rose Back Dining Chairs Found on the Curb | prodigalpieces.com

I will be honest that when Mandy sent me the picture of the chairs that she had found asking me if I wanted them…I hesitated. Why? Well, if you’ve followed me for long, you know that I have undoubtedly sworn off Read more

Repurposed Changing Table Cart ~ Trashure

Do you know what time it is?? It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday! The one day each month where my blogger friends and I put together some wonderful transformations for you. My project for the day is turning these pieces of trash (aka. trashure) into a repurposed changing table cart. woot!

Broken Changing Table Before | prodigalpieces.com

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it sure is a blessing when people get you. My parents are always telling me they saw something they thought I would like to work on. They’ve blessed the kids and I a million times over with gift of things they found. My dad own several rental properties and one of the not-so-fun duties is cleaning up after someone who has torn apart his hard work.

Here is the aftermath of one of those instances. Read more

Repurposed Door Mirror ~ Trashure Goodness

Curbside shopping is what I call a trashure hunt – that one’s man’s trash is MY treasure kinda thing. A few years ago I went on my first major trashure adventure with my oldest son and we scored huge. We got desks, dressers, cribs, old wood, and even this old front door with screen and glass insert. Would you have passed it by? Maybe you’ll change your mind when you see what I created for Trash to Treasure Tuesday. This the day where my blogger friends and I share our creations with you. Bring on my repurposed door mirror…and a giveaway for you! {{enter in dramatic music}}

Salvaged Door Before (AKA Trashure) | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You may remember that a few months ago I took the screen door and repurposed it into a chalkboard. The transformation and DIY tutorial are HERE.

Chalkboard Made from Repurposed Screen Door by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This time it’s the main frame’s turn. I’m planning on Read more

Mid Century Nightstand from Curbside Luggage

It’s that time again! The second Tuesday of each month some of my blogger friends and I get together to present to you our latest Trash to Treasure makeovers. It’s certainly one of my favorite times and hope it is for you too! Today’s project is this handmade luggage I found during our spring city cleanup. I’ve been aching to turn it into the vision I had of a Mid Century nightstand. I can’t wait!!

Handmade Wooden Luggage found on the curb gets new life | prodigalpieces.com

First, I have to ask if you would have grabbed it? It is so super cool. Check out the LBJ bumper sticker, and the…ummm…fantastic carpet lining. And get this…the back has Read more

Upcycled Magazine Rack into Book Caddy

I remember as a child that walking into the library was like walking into a gateway of intense adventure. That feeling you get when something fantastic was about to happen. Getting lost in book was the best feeling ever! Of course, as a mother, I’ve passed along the love of books to my children. Sadly though, our public libraries are dwindling, even closing. Today I’m trying to make an effort to bring back life to books. In my quirky kinda way, I’m turning this upcycled magazine rack into a book caddy. Hang with me now…there’s something for you too!

Vintage Magazine Rack Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Not only was this was a hand-painted piece by someone back in 1980, but it was also falling apart. The sides were popping off and the center divider was completely detached. Nothing a little DIY can’t fix, right? Read more

Upcycled Wine Crate Learning Center

Whenever you are out at the thrift store or garage sales, be sure to have your eye out for wooden finds. They can always be made into something new and are some of my favorite creative projects. I was giddy when I spied this gem at the thrift store because of the potential it held. I’m going to turn this into an upcycled wine crate with oodles of fun!

Thrifted Wooden Wine Crate Before | prodigalpieces.com

For the sheer storage potential they have, wooden crates make me giddy. In the past, I’ve used soda pop crates to build this reclaimed stand, or made a super cute Read more

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