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Deconstructed Ottoman with Feed Sack Upholstery

You know the saying, “birds of a feather flock together”, right? Well, one of the reasons I have fun with what I do is because I have a fantastic group of people who also have that same passion for DIY. Today is Furniture Fixer Uppers time where my blogger friends and I each take on a project with the intent of inspiring you. My project piece is this tired old gal who’s going to help me add a deconstructed ottoman to my home – something I’ve always wanted.

Vintage Ottoman Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

When I spied this at the thrift store, in an instant I knew I wanted it for my home. If you look close, the velvet upholstery was well worn through the the threads on the top. However, I couldn’t Read more

Footstool Upholstery ~ It really is that easy

One of the questions I often get asked is, “Is upholstery really that hard?” Truth is that no, it isn’t when you have the right tools, lots of practice, and plenty of patience. It’s the kinda thing you can figure out the basic jist of it by diving in. To give you a glimpse of how easy it really can be, I’m taking a pair of thrifted footstools and showing you how to dive into footstool upholstery.

Thrifted Footstools Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Do you see why they need a little…ahem…help? The footstool on the right is a handmade cover that isn’t bad, but just needed some oomph. The footstool on the left was kinda dingy and also could use a lift. That one on the left is the one Read more

Channel Back Chair ~ An Upholstery Adventure

Today I’m excited to be able to show you a project that has been brewing in my mind for about 2 years, until this month’s themed makeover assignment was “chairs”.  It’s safe to say that to get something done for myself is never at the forefront of my agenda, but this time I FINALLY got a piece of furniture done for me!!  This is my first makeover for myself since my free TV armoire 3 years ago, which brings me to a total of 2 pieces for us. Enter in this vintage channel back chair.

I picked up this sweet piece at a garage sale for $3…eeep!!  It wasn’t something I had planned to tackle at first because I loved that original fabric.  I even tried to clean it – mistake.  It made the color bleed and it looked even worse.  After that, I stuck it in the corner of our bedroom and used it quite frequently.

$3 Garage Sale Channel Back Chair Gets Deconstructed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com

$3 Garage Sale Channel Back Chair Gets Deconstructed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com

$3 Garage Sale Channel Back Chair Gets Deconstructed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com

That gorgeous chenille fabric was so utterly dirty and had been worn with love all over.  See those holes in the seat up above?  The seat was originally tufted and missing several buttons, and my kids and cat also had a hayday with this chair.

$3 Garage Sale Channel Back Chair Gets Deconstructed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com

The back panel was the only part in decent shape.  My kids loved to crawl behind it and rub the raised surface of the fabric because it was so soft.

$3 Garage Sale Channel Back Chair Gets Deconstructed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com

I told my husband that this winter when the snow was flying outside, my little ol’ self was staying inside to work and planning to tackle two chairs.  One of them was this one, a channel back chair. Read more

French Provincial Desk Set Makeover

Are you in the mood for a furniture makeover? This vintage French Provincial desk is in need of an update to fix the broken and bring a refreshed feel. Let’s get our DIY on! *giveaway alert!!

French Provincial Desk Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

However, before I go any further, I need to give a huge shout-out to my friend, Mandy, who turned this gem over to me. I promised her to do right by her and her ministry. You can see what she does in this past post HERE. She used this desk in her home to create a study space to homeschool her children.

DIY TIME

It’s time for a new look, wouldn’t you say? If you look close, you’ll see a broken drawer pull, chipped up paint, and a sort of jerry-rigged panel fixed to the back to hold the legs on to the rest. Read more

Vintage Piano Bench Makeover to Bedroom Bench

One of the things I like to focus on in my home is function over form. However, it is blissful when they can be melded together. Take for instance this vintage piano bench. Yes, it’s original purpose is for sitting in front of a piano and storing music. Yet, I see a new use in home decor. (giveaway alert!)

Vintage Piano Bench Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The bonus features of this piano bench is that it’s in great condition with the tapered legs, and hinged lid top. Have you seen my other piano bench makeovers? Check them out in these past posts. Read more

Upcycled Leather Pot Holder from Purse

It’s Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION time today! Every last Tuesday of the month I share a new project making use of something we have in our home in a different way. Today, I’m taking an old leather purse and turning it into an upcycled leather pot holder. Check it out…

Thrifted Leather Purse Before Upcycled by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This is a purse I picked up at the thrift store. Yes, I scour the purse section for real leather so I can cut it up. haha. Doesn’t everyone? In the past, I’ve made headbands for my girls, toys, craft parts, and more from cast-off purses.

DIY Leather Headband from Upcycled Leather Purse by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Not only purses, but you can use backpacks, leather coats, and even leather couches. Seriously, you find 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

Girls Vanity Table Set with Bench

You are in for a sweet treat today! Not only are you going to see the makeover of this adorable girls vanity table set. But, also see how my oldest girl works her DIY style. Are you ready for some fun? I am!

Girl's Vanity Table Set Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Amazingly enough, I now have two teen drivers in my home. {{gasp!!}} I am not that old(ish), am I? Sigh… Well, in order for said teens to have wheels, they need money. And, in my mama-lovin’ way, I do what I can to help my kids earn the money they need. My daughter, Miss C, has reworked plenty of furniture in her time (SEE HERE). She is hoping for a project piece to sell to raise said funds.

I hopped online and found this cute girls vanity table set. Thankfully, we both agree it is Read more

Vintage Folding Chairs with Grain Sack Stencil

It often seems that when I find one good thing, I find multiples. And…just like a good junker, I can’t just take one. Nope, I gotta have ’em all. haha. You can understand this makes perfect sense when it comes to the vintage folding chairs, right? I mean, they’re meant to stay together as a family. {{just go with it and affirm. wink, wink}} (giveaway alert!)

Vintage Folding Chairs Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

First, I’d like to brush you up on your vintage folding chairs background (as if you had one). These beauties are made by Louis Rastetter & Sons of the The Solid Kumfort company. Also, it’s crazy that they can date as far back as 1900.

Louis Rastetter & Sons Solid Kumfort Folding Chairs Label | prodigalpieces.com

I believe my set to be around the 1920-30’s based on the harp and design. In addition, they have that Read more

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