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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

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

DIY Butcher Block Cart

Where do you find your inspiration? I get asked many times how I know something should look. Honestly, I don’t have a book of rules I follow, but most often I try to stick to era and function. However, there are times it’s fun to think outside the box. Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday and I’m going to show you how this $1 yard sale find gets turned into a DIY butcher block cart. Stay tuned to see what my blogger friends have for you too.

Scrap Handmade Butcher Block Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’ve often mentioned I have many who lookout for potential projects for me and my parents are one of my best bargain hunters. My mom spied this chunk o’ goodness at a yard sale for $1 and thought I could do something with it. Sweet, huh?!

It looked as though someone Read more

Flea Market Decor from Repurposed Finds

There are few things in life that I really get excited about. One of them is a true trashure hunt. Every so often I head to the flea market, not looking for the obvious, but the stuff that everyone overlooks. Ya know, the junk. Today, you are in for a treat! It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday and I’m going to show you what I do with this pile o’ “junk” by turning into flea market decor. You’ll see what my gal friends are up to at the bottom, so sit back and enjoy.

Flea Market Finds before Repurposed Creations by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

First, I started with this mesh screen. When I find old screens or mesh anything I snatch them up for one purpose… Read more

French Country Armoire Makeover

Last week I showed you this set and started with the mirrored dresser seen HERE to get us started. It went from orangey oak veneer to a look that had many of you surprised how easy it really is to update with no prep work. Yep, it’s that easy. Today, I’m tackling the entertainment center and turning it into a French country armoire.

Vintage Lexington Bedroom Set by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Normally, I try to keep sets like this together, but I have found that every time I do I end up selling them separately since no one wants a set. So, this time I’ve done two completely different looks to the pieces. Last time was all about the dark color, while today I’m going to brighten things up.

This piece has more wear to it than the dresser did. The doors were off a bit, more nicks and dents, but overall heavy and sturdy.

Lexington Entertainment Armoire Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The only prep work I did was to fix those blemishes and then give it a good cleaning. The veneer was in great shape, except for the top where it was peeling. I didn’t do much to that since it will be covered up.

Lexington armoire side view | prodigalpieces.com

Same for the inside, a bit of sanding repair and a good cleaning and we’re good to go. I really debated on taking out the interior of this and turning into something else, but since it was still useful as-is I left it.

Inside vintage Lexington entertaiment armoire | prodigalpieces.com

First order of business in this French country armoire is to freshen up that interior. To do that I used my Manatee Gray to give it a clean feel like I did to my oak blanket chest. Only one coat was needed. Yay! I love this paint.

Painting inside of armoire with Manatee Gray by Dixie Belle | prodigalpieces.com

For the exterior I did the same washed treatment as I did on the matching dresser, but this time used Cotton and my Stubby Brush for a whitewashed effect. That was easy as well since this paint works like a dream. I even left all the hardware on and went over top of it as a glazing effect.

Whitewashing Drawer Pulls on French Country Armoire | prodigalpieces.com

I used the same color paint as I did on my DIY tiered planter seen in this video below:

To stick with the French country armoire I had in mind, I also chose to use a transfer by Iron Orchid Designs like I did on my planters. They are so fun to use! This one is the Gilded Gander Transfer – a huge beauty.

IOD Gilded Gander Transfer via Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

As you can see the transfer had mostly a food description detail to it, and that’s not quite what I’m after. Since these are so versatile, I cut up the transfer into pieces for this project and pieces for a later kitchen related project.

Just rub on as I show in my video above. Then, to fine tune it over the doors, I used my Xacto knife to cut it down.

Cutting IOD Transfer to Fit Doors of Armoire | prodigalpieces.com

Then, it’s done!

Look at this beautiful whitewashed French Country armoire by Prodigal Pieces. Get the DIY details at prodigalpieces.com

French Country Armoire with IOD Gilded Gander Transfer by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This piece went from kinda pretty in orange to ooh, la, la French country chic. It was easy enough that you could do this in your home without having to take your heavy-as-a-semi-truck furniture outside. With a few easy steps you’re done!

Whitewash Technique with IOD Transfer Gave this Dated Piece French Country Flair. Details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The inside of this piece still allows for modern conveniences without sacrificing style. Manatee Gray was the perfect color to brighten the inside, and add a bit of contrast at the same time.

Inside of French Country Entertainminet Armoire with Whitewashed Style by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I think this makes for a sweet armoire for any living space as well as a bedroom. Where would you put it? It’s available for purchase from my shop – we ship most anywhere for half the cost of most. (SOLD)

Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Vintage French Country Entertainment Amoire with Iron Orchid Designs Transfer. Come see how easy it is to get this look at prodigalpieces.com

My goal is to inspire you to give DIY a try. Even it’s as simple as a wash and a little embellishment, it goes a long way! Do pin and share to inspire other too. Thank you!

With NO PREP WORK, this French country armoire was given a new look in a day. Come see how easy it can be with the right tools and technique. Head to Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Up next is Trash to Treasure Tuesday, where my blogger friends and I have fun sharing our creations with you. I’m tackling this pile o’ goodness!

Flea Market Finds before Repurposed Creations by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Reclaimed Barn Beam Bench & Harvey the Bear

I may be nuts, I may be crazy, but I don’t care. When I spy old worn wood, I can’t help but snatch it up and begin to create in my mind. Do you do that too? This pile o’ goodness is my subject for today’s Trash to Treasure day. Part of this is going to become the reclaimed barn beam bench I’ve had in my brain for YEARS. The other is going to be something fun. Stick around to see because there’s something important I want to share with you. Also, you’ll want to see what my blogger friends have created too! (I’m so excited!)

Reclaimed Wood Pile at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Yes, this wood is old, it is full of patina, and oh so much potential. The barn beam pieces are actually the remnants from when we added our barn beam mantel to our family room, oh about four years ago. ahem.  You can see how we added it as a floating mantel to our stone fireplace in this post, and how I updated it all over HERE. Read more

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