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Farmhouse Bar Stools ~ The Easy Way

I might just be a little bit giddy. I might just be a little bit over-the moon. Why? Because we are finally back at our kitchen remodel that we started in January of 2016…yes, almost 2 years ago!! If you follow me on social media, you’ve seen our trials, but the best place to catch up is here. Today, is Furniture Fixer Uppers day, and my dated stools are about to become farmhouse bar stools. See the end of the post for more fun from my friends!

Bar Stools Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

In our defense, we were plugging along as best we could with JC working his full-time job, plus our business, and me with homeschooling our 6 children, and running Read more

Thrifted Makeovers ~ DIY Budget Decor

When you head the thrift store and get a good haul, it can leave you feeling pretty pumped. That is until you look at all that you brought home and the realization hits you that you brought home a whole lotta potential and now there’s work to be done. For real, right? Today, I’m showing you a few of the items I acquired and how their thrifted makeovers can help make your house your home on a budget.

Thrifted Finds Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Let’s take a look at what I thought was worthy purchases. First, an unfinished stool, a wooden chest, and a corner cabinet. All are solid wood, all are handmade, but all are most definitely Read more

DIY Candlesticks from Repurposed Materials

I have been having a blast making use of all the things that my dad brought to me from various places. First was my repurposed changing table cart, then my farmhouse side table, and next my piano bench lap desk. He knows me all too well, don’t you think? Well, today I’m making use of those couch parts left on the pile of stuff he brought, plus another curbside find from my stash. They’re going to become DIY candlesticks. {{fist pump action!!}}

Reclaimed Wood Turnings Before | prodigalpieces.com

Story goes like this, my dad has rentals and when someone leaves he has to clean out, refresh the home, and get it ready for the next person, right? Well, he gets left with all sorts of messes and one of them was an old couch that had cat yuck all over it. However, he thought that these Read more

Repurposed Piano Bench Lap Desk

It’s round three of making use of the pile of goodies my dad found for me either on the curb or at his rental leftovers. To see where I started, first you can visit my repurposed changing table post, and then my side table repair and makeover. Today is all about taking a repurposed piano bench and turning into new useful projects. Let’s get our DIY on!

Curbside Piano Bench before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

So, here’s how the story goes. My oldest, Mr. I, does daily exercise that takes him up and down the street many times. On one of his adventures he came home to tell me there was a piano a few houses down sitting curbside. Me, who has absolutely no room for another piano felt bad, but left it there.

Next day, neighbor comes over to tell me the same thing. I told him the same response that I had no interest in another large piece joining my “collection”, so there it sat. Then the next day my dad came bringing the items I showed in my last post and mentioned the piano. hahaha…see a trend? Well, I didn’t know all this time that there was a bench too, so I had him snag that for me since pickup of trash was that day.

I really hated to see a beautiful instrument go to the trash as I love to play piano and teach my children to do the same. However, I can’t save everything. sigh… The poor set had been left out in the rain for several days and then looked like this…

Broken Piano Bench and Music Holder from Curbside Piano | prodigalpieces.com

Top of Water Damaged Piano Bench | prodigalpieces.com

Now I have water damage and also time-worn wear like the damaged veneer to fuss with. Not too bad, and certainly salvageable. See where they used tape to hold the veneer in place? hahaha…

Damaged Veneer on Piano Bench | prodigalpieces.com

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Here begins my repurposed piano bench creation. Hang with me now. I sit and stare at this thing trying to decide what to do with it. It’s too long and a bit too short to be a side table. It’s too long to be a vanity bench, and too small to be an entry bench. Hmmm…. I debated on flipping it over to turn it into a dog/cat four poster bed, but didn’t feel that was as functional as it could be. After a few weeks of mulling it over, here’s what I decided to do.

I took off the top and plan to save the legs to make into a vanity bench when I get to work on another one in the future. Then, I began to repair the piano bench top using wood filler, and then my sander to take down the worn finish. Once prepped, I use my Provincial Stain seen in these posts, to give a fresh new look.

Staining Repurposed Piano Bench Top with Provincial Stain | prodigalpieces.com

Once that was dry I used some tape to make a funky design with paint and let that cure. While that was going on, I set about building the rest of my vision. I built a base using miter saw to cut my boards to length. Then using my favorite Kreg Jig and Clamp Trak system along with my jigsaw, I was able to get my pieces to where I needed them to be.

Kreg JIg Pocket Holes and Clamp Trak for Woodworking via Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Time to assemble! These right angle clamps save me a thousand slams to my forehead of frustration as they are like a few extra pairs of hands to allow me to assemble sanely using my drill. hahaha… Aren’t they cool? I actually gifted them to JC for Christmas and we both love using them.

Kreg Jig Clamps for Assembly | prodigalpieces.com


Okay, so now I essentially have built a box and here’s what I did with it.

Build a Folding Lap Desk Using Repurposed Piano Bench and Music Rest by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

That tired piano bench has now been repurposed into a lap desk. Woot!

Upcycled Piano Bench becomes a Lap Desk with Storage by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This was absolute fun for me, like figuring out a puzzle. I had to design this repurposed piano bench based on the pieces I had, and also make it practical for everyday use. Thanks to sites that offer build plans like Ana White, The House of Wood, and many others, I was able to piece together my design.DIY Upcycled Lap Desk from Piano Bench and Music Rest by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

A Folding Lap Desk Created by Prodigal Pieces out of repurposed parts | prodigalpieces.com

It is functional for holding your books, tablets, phones, laptop, …you name it. Then, open it up for storage while not in use.

Inside DIY Folding Lap Desk from Upcycled Materials by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

When you’re done using it, just fold it up and store for the next time you need it. Fun!

Folded Lap Desk Created by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Folding Lap Desk DIY by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Isn’t that fun? So many uses for it and this project spurred on many new ideas and that leaves a wonderful feeling. I love to build and create, especially using reclaimed or repurposed materials.

If you are loving the desk and want it as your own, you can find it available in my shop along with many other goodies. We ship anywhere.

Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Do pin and share this repurposed piano bench because I know there are others out there looking for a new use. What could be better than a lap desk, eh?

A curbside piano bench and music rest become a DIY Folding Lap Desk with Storage created by Larissa at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Up next, I’ll be sharing what I did with the last of the goodies my dad brought over, plus another curbside find. Any guesses before peeking?? Head here to see. Reclaimed Wood Turnings Before | prodigalpieces.com

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More of my projects like this repurposed piano bench:

A cast-off mirror and vintage vanity painted in a Tea Rose Pink for a makeover you don't want to miss. See more at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comDon't throw out your old glass! Turn it into a Coordinating Collection ~ Perfect for Weddings, Parties and more! | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Farmhouse Side Table ~ How to Update Your Look

Earlier this week I showed you I took a curbside changing table my dad salvaged for me and turned it into a cart. I promised I would be back with more of my dad’s haul for me, and today’s the day. Out of the loot below, I’m tackling that table and turning into a farmhouse side table. Let me show you how easy it can be to update your home into the farmhouse style.

Curbside Finds from my Dad | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Okay, so this table is not only showcasing that gorgeous orange stain (insert sarcasm), it is also standing on a broken leg. (aka. hot mess) See the back left?

Side Table Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The top was scratched to oblivion because it is made of pine with a veneer to boot, but was 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

Antique Chest with Washed Finish

Time for some fun! Today is Furniture Fixer Uppers day and you know this is right up my alley, right? I mean, what’s more fun than getting to get creative and share the projects done by my blogger friends? It’s all to inspire you. Today is all about this antique chest I found while thrifting.

Damaged Antique Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This never fails to happen to me. I walk into the store knowing full well that I don’t need another piece to work on and am there on a solitary mission. Then, there it is…a big ol’ sign saying 50% off furniture. Well, any sane person couldn’t ignore that, right? Read more

DIY Garden Arbor with Faux Patina ~ Build Plans

If you are just joining in, we have been working in our back yard this summer giving it a much needed facelift. First, was our DIY compost bin, then our DIY fire pit. Today we are sharing the next stage of our renovations – our DIY garden arbor with play area. It began like this…

Back Yard Wood Pile Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

Yep, a hot mess. Each winter we run through a WHOLE LOTTA firewood. This is our wood pile that is normally full to the brim. However, I snapped this at the beginning of spring when we can break out of our cabin fever and get outside to clean up winter mess. Normally this is covered with a giant tarp, so my kids stick their bikes here to keep them out of the weather as our shed is full too. (next on my hit list)

Since 2003, I have had the pleasure of looking out our dining area and seeing this… Read more

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