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Upcycled Wooden Signs into Farmhouse Decor

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…the wood section of the thrift store is veritable gold mine of sorts. You might be scratching your head at what I mean, but you have to remember all the fun I’ve had with the loot I’ve had. I’m going to have some fun and show you what I did with these upcycled wooden signs. Yeehaw!

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First, before you think I’m needing more coffee (1) I don’t drink coffee, I’m a nut all the time and proud of it. tsk. (2) think about the versatility of wood in general. I mean, wood…one of the most readily available resources we have for creating homes, furniture, and so much more. Read more

Thrifty Makeover of Two Wooden Boxes

Who doesn’t love to find cool boxes to hide their junk in? If you don’t then we can’t be friends. JUST KIDDING! Seriously though, do you see potential in these two? I say they are fantastic candidates for a thrifty makeover. Bring on the DIY fun!

Set of Thrifted Wooden Boxes Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The smaller box on top was given to me by my friend, Mandy. If you haven’t seen all the goodies she’s blessed me with, then you have to take a peek HERE. Read more

Repurposed Candle Sconces from Barn Wood

Mmm…I feel like doing a little junk stash lovin’ today. Do you ever get the itch to create? It sparks exciting times, I tell ya. Especially when it includes junk. aaaahhh yeah. When I found these metal trays all rusty and what not at the thrift store for a quarter, I had to have them. I believe they used to be candle trays, but that didn’t matter to me. I would find them a new purpose. Check out how I turned these cast-offs into some repurposed candle sconces.

Metal Plates Before Repurposed Project | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

To get to my idea to come to fruition, I kept turning them over and those fingers holes looked like the perfect size for candles. How to turn them into one was the next step. I instantly saw this rusty metal being the perfect marriage to some Read more

Wooden Chest Made Farmhouse Chic

My thrifting adventures can surprise me sometimes and that’s what keeps me hungry for the hunt. Does that happen to you? I was out looking for one thing and then found this child’s wooden chest stuffed in the back. It is totally sporting the 1980’s vibe and was begging me to bring it home to revive it back to beauty.

Dark Brown Child's Toy Chest Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The faux front was cute, but those awful plastic knobs were killing me. Overall, it was in really great shape and even had the inside bottom replaced at one time. Oh, and I know that this was a secret weapons retreat as inside was written, “Rex and Tim. Don’t touch. Weapons here.” Rex and Tim better watch out!

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DIY: Reclaimed Wood Fall Harvest Sign

Fall is just around the corner and it’s one of my favorite seasons. For me, living in farm country, it means harvest time! All the wonders of creation performing their grand finale and we get to reap the benefit of such splendor. There’s nothing like a cup of hot cider on a cool fall evening, a hearty pile of pumpkins, or a long hayride with our loved ones. That’s what I envisioned when deciding what to create for this month’s Power Tool Challenge. (there’s all sorts of DIY goodies for you at the bottom of this post!) Here is my treat to you, a fall harvest sign.

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For my project, I wanted a rustic harvest sign that would bring back memories and also create them too.

Want to create rustic decor for the fall season? You can create this DIY harvest sign with only one power tool and this tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Want to create one of your very own? I’ve got the DIY details for you! Just grab your jigsaw, some scrap or new lumber and let’s get to work. Read more

Repurposed Barn Wood Coat Rack

My stash of furniture is dwindling (I’m purging, cleaning, and starting over!) and I’m so happy to have room to work and finally get to create with all my other goodies in my shop. There’s such joy that comes from taking what some would consider trash and turning it into something functional and fun, especially repurposed barn wood

During the this past year’s winter months, I had refinished this Art Deco chest of drawers.

Create a repurposed coat rack using cast off barn wood and furniture pieces by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The original mirror had been broken, which left me with an empty mirror frame. I had a replacement mirror in my stash (gotta love having a stash!), and swapped them out.

Create a repurposed coat rack using cast off barn wood and furniture pieces by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Needless to say, I didn’t throw it away, but it instantly spoke to me. Finally, I’m able to put my envisioned project together with some more bits and pieces from my stash. Read more

Build a Reclaimed Wooden Tote

After just coming off of a long holiday weekend, it can be hard to get back to a normal grind. Sometimes though, I’m aching to do a project and it isn’t long before I’m back at just to get it off my mind, and assure myself I could do what I was scheming.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, everyone needs a stash – a veritable selection of materials to “play” with, whether it be things like fabric, yarn, paint, furniture, or wood. You get the idea. I have a little of each, and this time I headed back to my wood stash.

I have plenty of spare furniture legs I mentioned here, pallet wood from here, barn wood from here, and new wood from Home Depot, my second home. This is only a small sampling of my collection, but plenty for me to play with.

Build a reclaimed wood tote using cast off chippy siding, baby crib parts, and barn wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Build a reclaimed wood tote using cast off chippy siding, baby crib parts, and barn wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

One pile of wood in particular has been calling to me, and that is because my husband can’t stand it’s chippy-ness. A couple of years ago I sent him on an errand that I have somewhat regretted. Read more

Custom Reclaimed Wood Projects

A few weeks ago, I told you about a reclaimed wood resource that I had stumbled upon while on the search for a custom request.  Remember the angels sang that day?

Custom Reclaimed Wood Projects by Prodigal PieceCustom Reclaimed Wood Projects by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Open kitchen shelving and plank top for entertainment center.

What a story lies in this stash.  This is wood from mainly old disassembled barns. In addition, also some salvaged treasure dating back to the 1800’s.  I stood in awe of it all…amazing.

Custom Reclaimed Wood Projects by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Open kitchen shelving and plank top for entertainment center.

One of the projects that fueled our hunt for reclaimed wood, was a custom order for Sara at Sadie Olive.

Sara had been planning to remodel her kitchen by creating a rustic look by removing her upper kitchen cabinets and replacing them with reclaimed wood open shelving.  She wanted to do the same with shelving for her laundry. She also asked us to create a custom planked top for a dry sink she refinished and planned to use as an entertainment center. Read more

Letting Go ~ Knowing When to De-Stash

A few weeks ago I shared with you on the Blogland Tour how my stash of furniture was in need of a de-stashing.

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Just a little don’t you think? (I’m proud enough to watermark it!)

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Letting Go...Knowing When to Say Goodbye to Clutter and Hello to Sanity via http://www.prodiglapieces.com

In working through my treasures, I came across some that I either didn’t have a heart for or would just take too much out of me to revive.

For instance, this dresser was one I found with a gorgeous large mirror while on my city cleanup run.  Solid and sturdy, but just not made well enough to meet my criteria for resale.  Wouldn’t you only want the best associated with your name?

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I was planning to put wire baskets and line that center drawer spot – the drawer was toast.  I had even bought the baskets and fabric, but the dresser just didn’t pass muster…on to Craigslist it goes. $20 for holding it for a year and a half and it’s GONE!

Next is another roadside rescue from city cleanup.  An art deco dressing table sans mirror, badly peeling veneer, warped tops, and damage drawer fronts.

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All fixable, but I’m pretty tuckered right now and even started to work on it. Alas, I decided to throw in the towel and gave it up for free on Craigslist (I love that site!)

Along with the next dressing table comes a funny story.  While out doing my rounds with the city cleanup, I came across an absolutely gorgeous, but torn apart and broken dressing table that had to have been a show-stopper in its prime.

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When put together the center mirror stood 60″ tall and had two adjoining smaller mirrors on either side – w.o.w.

I snatched it up knowing it would be a chore to work on this one…I couldn’t let it go to the dump!

Enter in the funny part…the next day at church our youth pastor came up to me and said that I had taken his daughters vanity and if I could fix it he would love to have me work on it for them.  Mind you, I had just begun my furniture adventures and figured someone would see me at some point being the “trash lady”.  I proudly wear that badge.

Well…after having it sit for over a year, and finding that it would cost me over $200 just to replace the mirrors alone, I decided to let it find a new home.  I did keep the mirror back though for a repurpose coming soon!

Another furniture redeemer drove almost 2 hours and picked up this one and the one before having found my free listing on Craigslist.  Aaahh…purging and feeling good! GONE!

One of my dearest and best friends asked me if I wanted a table to work on. One of the bonuses of doing this business is you get all sorts of hand-me-downs.

At first, I said “No way, I’m overstuffed as it is.”  She even tried to sell it at a garage sale for $25 with no takers.  I didn’t want to see it go to waste so I took it in….for a couple of days.

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I had no room for it and no gumption to work on it.  It was going to have to have the veneer pulled off, all the bug holes filled in that had drilled underneath, the foot repaired, and so on.

Stuck it on Craigslist for free.  A young mother whom I’ve met before came and got it.  One of her children is a special needs child and she wanted to start working on furniture to help earn money while give herself something to take her mind off of the daily stresses.  Perfect for me and perfect for her. GONE!

Next up is a mid century modern dresser that, again, was in my stash for almost 2 years because a lady gave me a deal if I purchased all 4 of her dressers. All the rest are gone except this last beast.

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Broken foot, damaged veneer, but all original pulls and a funky retro design, worth a try, right?  Have I ever told you my life’s motto, “Haste makes waste”? Seriously, I repeatedly tell my children that I have yet to learn that lesson.
Instead of waiting for soaking wet towels to lay on the top overnight, (that’s how you get veneer off) I only waited a couple hours and started to pull off the veneer.
It came off like butter in most parts, but at the back it stuck so I used my paint scraper and well…damaged the boogers out of it.
Wood putty, sanding and even just deciding to paint it as is, did not suffice.  I was so frustrated and so sick of working on my stash that I threw it up for sale on, you guessed it, Craigslist.
Letting Go...Knowing When to Say Goodbye to Clutter and Hello to Sanity via http://www.prodiglapieces.comHappy father buying it for his daughters room, happy me to have it going bye-bye.  Win-win wouldn’t you say?  Really though, I hate to quit and this one irked me to let it go, BUT…its GONE!

Last, but not least for sure, was a set that was supposed to go in our master bedroom when it was finished.  Made by Stanley and solid as they come with original pulls, a gorgeous beveled tri-fold mirror, and a French Provincial flare.

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I was working through all that stash not letting myself quit until I finished and as reward get to work on my own set, something for me and my hubs (I have yet to do that you know!).  We wanted this to be just right.

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Started to work on it with the intention of sanding and staining the tops and painting the bottoms, upholstering the headboard, only to find pressed board under and on the sides of that veneer surface…ummm…no.  We have a vision for our room and we have NEVER had a set of our own and I did not want to paint those tops.

Grrrr.  Not giving in.

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Threw it on Craigslist with hubby in full agreement. It sold.  Hallelujah!  I do believe the angels will sing because my shop will be half empty.  That set has been in there for over a year a bit of regret that it didn’t work out because it’s so pretty. GONE!

Guess I get to shop again…bummer (wicked grin appears). Ooh, what will I find??

Back to Craigslist, auctions, garage sales…you know, a treasure hunt for sure! AND now I can get my shop lights and heater put in place before winter sets in.

Lesson learned: Be sure you are not pregnant before acquiring so much furniture that you will not be able to work on it, thus driving your Type A self and family crazy with clutter.

Nuff said. ahem.

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