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Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas & Resources #3 – Wooden Gifts

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and I hope you find time to really focus and be thankful for all of your blessings.  Each year has ups and downs and the fact I’m still here should count for something!

Celebrating Christmas comes once a year (although we should celebrate the birth of our Savior all year long), and I love to try to make it so absolutely special for my family.

Because we make our gifts, it’s always fun to get my husband & kids involved, and work on projects together.  Our favorite medium by far is WOOD.

Last week I shared Natural Bath & Body Gifts with recipes.

Ready for some woody fun?

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My gang loves to give each other gifts, and instead of buying things for them to give each other, we encourage them to make the gifts they give.  This usually entails working with them to create the gift, and that’s perfect for us to get to spend some quality time together.

My oldest son amazed me at the gifts he made for his siblings:

A Peg Bead Counter – just some dowel, beads, and a block of wood. Most all of the supplies can be found at your local craft store.

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This was given to his younger brother who was two at the time, but all of us have had fun not only stacking the beads, but making creative games with it too.
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A Spool Stacker – using a simple wooden box, dowel, balsa wood, and spools with matching scrapbook paper.  Again, these can all be found at your local crafts supply. (Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and even JoAnn)
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This is my favorite that he made.  It’s so stinking cute and educational.  My four year old girl just loves it.
The only added piece was a routed pine block that we also drilled to hold the dowels while the game was in use.  The top was drawn on with a brown sharpie marker after using a transfer method I discuss here.
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Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Travel Tic Tac Toe & Tricky Triangle – wooden wheel pegs and a block of wood all kept in a basic drawstring canvas bag.
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Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
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Travel games are great for anyone in the family and these will encourage brain stimulation more than any smartphone could do.
I had a blast making these clothespin dolls with canvas backgrounds mounted on dowels using yet another wood box and added woodden accessorices. Amazon sells a kit online.
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Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
A simple felt lining to keep the pieces from rattling around inside and create a customized look.
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 The dresses were made using a small amount of scrap fabric from my stash.
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 You can find a tutorial on how to make those dolls from Going Sew Crazy and more ideas on my Pinterest board.
Need somewhere to store all good stuff after the present rush is over?  You can build your own under-bed storage or use an unwanted drawer and just add casters.
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 These drawers are under my boys bed and we did them in a horizontal design, but under our 3 girls bed we flipped the layout to a vertical design to fit all 3.
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Just add a drawer pull and embellish as you wish using paint or a wood-burning tool.
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 Thankfully, we were able to salvage a large stack of chipboard from my husband’s workplace dump pile to line the bottom and create dividers that can slide out if needed.  I’m seriously making some extra storage for myself under our own bed.  We never get the fun stuff.  hmpf.
Now onto some bigger projects…
A dreamy tree house with handmade bendy dolls, woodland creatures and accessories – using pine plywood, rocks and some imagination.
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 This water well was made by making a sawdust clay and then adding stones.  I love it.
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Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Isn’t that owl adorable?  I cut all the animals with a jigsaw because we didn’t have our scroll saw at the time, then hand-painted with acrylics.Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 When I made this (all by myself – woot!) it was hard to stop from adding more and more.  Can you tell I would have loved to have one as a kid?  I live vicariously through my children.  wink. wink.
This set is over 4 yrs. old and has been loved on to no end.  It really was an easy project, even with making the dolls, furniture, and the forest creatures compared to the large-scale dollhouses we made for our daughters.
A must-have tool for this project is a Dremel – can I just say I LOVE MY DREMEL!!  I’ve got a more advanced style, but you can find a basic set on Amazon.
Although I could keep showing you some other projects we’ve worked on, none surpasses the kitchen in our wood category.
We never really use patterns, and this project was no different.  Just some basic supplies, hinges, dowel, wood knobs, a steel bowl and creativity.
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 We used a 3/4″ birch ply from Home Depot, and most everything else came from a salvaged items, like a broken closet rod dowel, leftover bead board, and wood scraps.
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Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 I’ll show you how to stock your kitchen next time will all sorts of glorious felt food.  I bought those tins in the clearance aisle at JoAnn, so this was really made for pennies compare to buying retail.
That’s it for now and I hope you’ve become inspired to give wooden gifts a try. They last forever and are so versatile.
Many blessings to you and your family this holiday season!
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Shabby Little Makeover ~ Upcycled Nightstand

Thrift stores, the most veritable potpourri of possibilities there are.  I love them! Sure, one could easily walk in and say it’s a bunch of junk, but it takes a more creative eye to see the potential just oozing everywhere. Enter my $3 shabby, thrifty find.  A small stack of drawers labeled by the employees as a nightstand.  I knew better.  This was half of an antique vanity that still had purpose even without the rest of it.  (see that routed edge in the upper side where the table piece would have rested)

A $3 thrifted side of a vanity becomes a sweet shabby chic piece with wallpaper and The Graphics Fairy by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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All this little shabby lovely needed was some dressing up!
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Feeling the Autumn Love?

Has the autumn weather hit your area yet?  We are having an unusually warm October here in the midwest, and you can bet I’ll take it!!

The leaves are starting to fall, our garden is slowly going to sleep, and wood splitting is in full force.

Creating a fall front door using repurposed and curbside finds says "Welcome Home" by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Creating a fall front door using repurposed and curbside finds says "Welcome Home" by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Gotta love the scent of fresh split wood. I can feel the winter warmth already.

Creating a fall front door using repurposed and curbside finds says "Welcome Home" by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Seeing that pile just makes me want to start up a fire and grab a cup of cocoa.  Mmmmm….
And that doesn’t stop me from feeling like continuing to add more fall decorations. I had been wanting to do a corn husk wreath for some time and even had the husks sitting aside for a good month till I finally got to them.
Here’s what I came up with:
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See what I mean?  Not a normal fall here.  That sun has been so bright and is always out – you won’t hear a lick of a complaint from me!

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To make this wreath, I just hot-glued the corn husks (free) to my curbside find grapevine wreath (free – you wouldn’t believe how many people throw away perfectly good grapevine wreaths!), added a rusty crusty tart tin from a thrift store find ($.25), and a bit of jute webbing as a hanger (already had on hand from my rockers here and here).  Added a bit of hand painting, and… Voila!

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I love its simplicity and welcoming feeling.

Creating a fall front door using repurposed and curbside finds says "Welcome Home" by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Even better is my favorite perennial, Autumn Joy, mixed with some Chrysanthemums.  Not to mention some gourds all atop a curbside find chair – perfect!  Can you believe I also got the autumn-colored chevron handmade curbside throw too? tsk.tsk.tsk.

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Sigh…fall is here and I’m lovin’ every minute. (I may not be saying that after I’ve raked the yard 12 times and have blisters to prove it.. ahem).

How about you?  Still finding ways to incorporate autumn into your home?

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Blessings Before Words are Spoken – My Antique Pew

I don’t know about you, but I can’t tell you the number of times that I have received a heart’s desire and I haven’t even brought it before God.  You know, that something we would so love to have, but isn’t terribly practical, is too expensive, or just plain silly to want it. Has that ever happened to you? For me it was the desire for an antique pew.

A few months ago, I was longing to change up my decor, but not really wanting to spend a penny.  My answer to that is always “sell what you got to pay for what you want”.  It’s a win-win way to do it.  I mean, you get rid of something that you’re tired of and replace it with something you’d like to have, right?

I had a wicker bench that I had bought at Goodwill for $12. Score! It was a natural color with hunter green accents, and matching cushion. Over time, my kids had worn the cushion cover so much that I had to sewn a new one, but the entire set was still in great shape.
We used that bench as a place to sit and take off shoes, carry on a conversation while dinner was cooking, and a time-out spot for unruly children. ahem. I decided to sell my wicker bench and got $30 for on Craigslist (YES, $30 after 5 years of use and only paying $12 originally…LOVE it!!)
 
Not that I needed one, but I seriously was searching for an old pew to replace that wicker bench. I came across an antique chippy white beauty on Craigslist for only $20 and I quickly called up the owner and set a time for pick up.
It was very primitive and plain, and about 5 ft. long. Having been stood up before, I always call before I leave to meet someone because ain’t nobody got time for that. Guess what, the man’s wife had sold the pew without him even knowing it. I was crushed. I really don’t get too fussy about things, but for some reason the tears flowed a bit because I thought I would never find another within my budget and has a few other stresses at that time. It was like the icing on the cake…know what I mean?
 
So…I don’t usually request items on Freecycle, but rather offer my things instead.  This time, I requested that if anyone had a church pew they were willing to sell or trade for, I’d love to have it.  I figured I’d get no response or an offer for a modern-looking oak type – boring.
 
Do you know my expectations were met beyond what I could have ever asked for?
How to use linseed oil to revive weathered and worn wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesCan you believe I got this for FREE!!  Imagine the stories it could tell…
 
The super-nice lady had bought it at auction and brought it home, only to be face-down in the mud for years in her yard.  AAAAGGH!!
 
I graciously accepted this free item sight-unseen, having no idea what I would be getting.  I did know that she fostered children, and as a surprise, I decided to give them a Little Tykes climber we had to say thank you.
When my husband returned home after picking up the pew, and backed in the driveway, I was a bit nervous because I had no idea what I’d be getting.
Needless to say I was floored! Even in its ugly state this 7 ft. beauty made my heart swell with thankfulness.
Antique Pew is Weathered and Worn | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
So sad this gorgeous piece had been left for so long covered in dirt and animal hair, but it has potential! Just look at those intricate carvings….drooling…
Side of Weathered Antique Pew | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
All it needs is a little TLC and it will be looking soooo good.
Caring for Weathered Wood with Linseed Oil | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
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After a good cleaning, you can believe that the wood was so absolutely parched and needed moisturizing. That’s when Linseed Oil (boiled linseed oil, to be exact) comes to the rescue!!  I love how a basic oil can create such a beautiful restoration in minutes. Just grab some gloves and a soft rag and rub in generous amount in the direction of the grain. You will see results in seconds. Then, after you’ve allowed the oil to soak, just take a clean rag and wipe off any excess.
Refresh Weathered Wood with Linseed Oil | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comIt’s best to let the linseed oil really “cure”in a garage or other covered space because that stuff is stinky! But once you see the results of a simple application, you can’t deny its awesomeness.
Hand Carved Details of Antique Pew | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
Restore Weathered Wood with Linseed Oil | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
Hard to believe the previous owners’ animals had chewed on it and it was left for dead, but I didn’t care…still gorgeous!
The back is almost better than the front…look at the intricate ironwork.
Ornate Ironwork on Antique Pew | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comThe hymnal holder along with the offering envelope holder (which I believe was added at a later point).
Ornate Ironwork on Antique Pew | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com At first, I had no idea as to what the circular piece of iron would have been used for.  My mother thought maybe a place for a lady to stick her gloves or to hang a parasol/umbrella.
Then, I asked around and got my answer from a Facebook group member, Angela Bell Wittrock: I WAS used for a parasol, umbrella or a cane. My mother was RIGHT! (aren’t they always?) You can read more about the history here.
Antique Pew Revived with Linseed Oil | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
Amazing difference, isn’t it?
Linseed Oil Can be Used to Restore Old Wood | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comLinseed Oil can Revive Old Wood | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
Needless to say, I was happily blessed and believe that God loves to give us the desires of our heart.  Even when the request never passes over our lips.
The first pew I cried over paled in comparison to this one.  So feeble to get upset – lesson learned!  My mother likes to call these instances “God winks”. Perfect description, don’t you think?
Gorgeous Antique Pew Restored with Linseed Oil | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comHow about you?  Have you had any sweet pleasure presented to you when you least expected it?  We’d love you to share and bless others.
If you found this restoration of my antique pew helpful, do pin and share!How to use linseed oil to revive weathered and worn wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
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Upholstered Rocking Chair Redo

When I found my first upholstered rocking chair face down, curbside, and broken, I had no idea how popular my rockers would become.

This first one was a gorgeous antique with swan’s head arm rests and intricate carvings.  My husband perfectly remade the back leg, and I upholstered the chair,  making it as good as new.  The original finish is already perfectly distressed and needed nothing.

Curbside Rocking Chair Repair and Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

NEXT

My next rocking chair was from a garage sale where the curves are what beckoned me to bring it home and rescue it from the fabric it was wearing.

How to Upholster a Rocking Chair by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comUsing this rocker, I wrote tutorials on how to reupholster & paint a rocking chair.  Check them out if you’d like to know some basics!

This particular rocker sold within a couple of hours of being listed in my shop, and I have had over 20 requests for another.  So, I am constantly looking for another candidate because there are a ton of mommies-to-be that are asking for one.

Do you know how hard it is to find an antique upholstered rocking chair?  If I was looking for a solid wood one, no problem.  The upholstered part is the key. Every mom knows how important a soft, comfy chair is a need to rock that new baby in.

DIY TIME

After getting another request, I went on a hunt and found this beauty on Craigslist.

Art Deco Rocking Chair Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comThe original fabric was faded and worn, but was gorgeous in its own right with the Art Deco design.  The spindles were the draw for me, and most importantly my client loved them too.

The story behind this rocker is the lady who owned it bought it from an estate sale from a grand home in her neighborhood.  Although she owned several rockers, this one was her favorite because her colicky son would only be calmed by the rocking of this chair.  You see, the rockers are smaller, creating a shorter rock, which soothed the baby like none other.  She even said she would have strapped it to her car and taken it everywhere with her if she could.

He’s in college now and it was time for this chair to belong for a new little one and the mommy-to-be.

REPAIRS

Time for the face lift!

Deconstructed Art Deco Rocking Chair Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comA couple of broken springs, but overall just needed some love.  So I replaced the webbing and burlap, and gave it some antique white chalk paint topped with a hand-rubbed wax.

Painted Vintage Rocking Chair During Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Back of Art Deco Rocking Chair by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comDon’t you just love how distressing brings out the detail?

Distressing Rocking Chair Frame by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comNext, came the springs.  Originally, tried to find replacements online and even asked on Freecycle, but time was sparse. I went ahead and purchased new. Do you know as soon as I placed my order I received a response from a lady on Freecycle with a rocker that had the exact size springs I needed.  Isn’t that the way it always works?

Oh well. If you’re looking for how to replace coil springs in the seat of a chair, you need to check out the tutorials from Design Sponge on how to construct coil seats.  The seat is better than ever now that its done.

Reseating Art Deco Rocking Chair Seat Springs by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Let me just say I have hard time getting my rear end out of that chair.  With the new springs, foam padding, and batting, it was soooo comfy!!

THE REVEAL

Here it is all spiffed up and ready for the new mommy-to-be.

Ikat Art Deco Rocking Chair by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I love the blue Ikat fabric and the white frame just freshens up the entire look of the chair. Don’t you think?

Back of Ikat Upholstered Rocking Chair by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comI am so excited that the reproduction Ikat fabric chosen by my client was gorgeous. Here’s what she said:

 “We got the chair yesterday and everything is seriously perfect!” 

One more look at the change…

Before and After of Upholstered Rocking Chair by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com…aah…so much better. However, funny thing is I found out I am expecting our sixth baby at this time. I had no idea the roller coaster ride I was about to be on. Amazing how life changes.

In addition, pin if you loved this upholstered rocker makeover.♥

Art Deco Rocking Chair Gets a Modern Ikat Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Not long after I refinished this rocker, I found another candidate with this vintage Bentwood rocking chair and gave it an embroidered twist.

Outdated Bentwood Rocking Chair Gets Embroidered Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I currently have another upholstered rocking chair awaiting a makeover in my stash. Hmmm…what will it become?? Follow along to see. Sign up for my newsletter to get updates, my FREE Furniture Buying Guide, plus a discount to my shop.

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Potential…Do You See It?

One of my latest custom orders was for another antique upholstered rocking chair for a mommy-to-be, and it needed some seat springs replaced.  (You can view my 3-step tutorial on how to reupholster a rocking chair here.)

I asked on Freecycle if anyone had any seat springs from an antique chair. I waited a day, but I had to get to started on the rocker, so went ahead and purchased new.  Having new springs was good, but I had to try to make them work with the framing that the chair currently had or else I would have to rebuild the whole bottom.

Wouldn’t you know that the next day (after I just spent a chunk of change on supplies to replace the springs), a nice lady replied to my request that she had a broken rocker that I could use for parts.  grrrr.

Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

 An old Morris rocker – solid oak with awesome turnings, adjustable back, horsehair cushions, and plenty of springs that were exactly the same size I had needed.  Not really fixable unless you replaced the entire frame that had been cracked and broken in various spots. Oh well.  I was super-happy to have it anyway because who knows when I’ll need parts, right?
Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Getting rid of something because it’s broken just doesn’t happen around here, and most people would ask, “Now what are you going to do with a broken rocking chair?”  Tsk.
Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Do you see the potential?  I don’t want to give away my ideas on reusing this beauty (not yet), but wanted you to think of what could be done with this chair….or it’s parts. Hmmmm.  Any repurposed ideas?
Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
In addition to the freebie, my hubby has come along side the don’t-let-things-go-to-waste philosophy and he has scored almost a dozen of these absolutely fabulous solid pallets made of cherry.  Yes!  Cherry!  I die.
Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
He gets a big smooch and I get the goods. Win – win, right?  Really though, he loves wood and respects it, so this was fun for him to begin to plan projects and dream – he’s a great woodworker.  How about you?  What would you do with them?  You can see my other trashure (trash into treasure) on this post.
Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
We originally were going to use them to replace our counter tops, but since I found some solid oak doors junking instead, we are going to put the pallets to a different use…we think.  What would you use them for?
So, here’s some food for thought: Not only can something be functional as is, but what else could it be?  How about yourself, do you lack the foresight to see what you could be?  We all have glorious potential and just need to look at ourselves a little differently to get the head-smacking realization that takes us to a new level.  God has gifted us all and it’s just a matter of tapping into those gifts.
Go ahead.  Take a look at your potential and challenge yourself to think outside of your norm.  Did I think I would be a homeschooling mother to 6 children with a business and a blog?  Nope.  But, am very glad I am and that I took chances to be one.
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Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
UPDATE: I’ve made use of those springs, the arms, the rocker, and the base, just click on each word to see! The back and spindles are coming soon…
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Autumn Inspiration & DIY Floating Mantel

It’s finally September and autumn is just around the corner! Yippee! Do you love fall like I do? I’ve got it so bad that I switch the Christmas song to this season, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year….”

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The colors, harvest time, fall festivals, knowing things are slowing down all make it seem so comforting. My husband tells me that it’s sort of weird I like it because everything is dying. Not so!  Everything is going to sleep and taking a rest, including me!! Tsk.

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 About a year ago, I decided to finally get a mantel put on our fireplace and I knew just what I wanted. A barn beam mantel.  Not a shiny, glamorous looking mantle, but a rustic, roughed up, story-telling mantel. I knew I could find one somewhere in the farm country I live in, so I put a wanted out on Freecycle (willing to pay), Craigslist, etc., and bingo! Freecycle came through and guy had torn down a barn and had all sorts of goodies for me to peruse.

At $4 a foot, this was a steal because no one wants old-looking barn beams, except rare finds like me. ahem. We took the whole family and had a blast because rarely do we get to be out on farm with all its sights, sounds, and animals. It didn’t take long for me to find the perfect beam with perfect imperfections.

A floating mantel was the option we did, which basically means that it doesn’t attach to “legs”, but looks as if it is floating on the wall. Want to do one yourself?  You don’t have to use a barn beam, but anything you want really. It’s pretty simple, but there are a few necessary steps to take to make it safe and secure.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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First, check the codes in your area for installing a mantel. We have a raised hearth, with a fireplace insert, and added 13″ from the top of the insert, putting the top of our mantel at 49″ above the hearth. Once you’ve figured out your height, you will need to find the studs in the wall with a stud finder or other method.

Next, grab a tape measure and mark the spots across the wall, making sure you’ll be landing in a stud at the correct height. Double-check by using a level and chalk line marker to give you a visible guide. Since we are drilling into our bricks, we found a mortar line and used it as a guide.

You will need to know the length of your mantel to figure how many bolts you will need. When you’ve got your measurement you’ll want to use this formula:

  • Find center – mark it with chalk.  Starting from center, measure out 12″ each direction and mark. We used 5 bolts for our 7’4″ beam at 12″ apart, leaving large space at ends because of the openings in our beam.  You could go to the edge.
Once you’ve got your marks, you will need to drill the holes for the sleeves with the hammer drill and 3/4″ bit. Mark your bit with tape at 3″ to make sure you get the accurate depth. Tap the sleeves in with a small sledge until flush with the wall.
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Using the ratchet and appropriate socket, anchor down the lag bolts, leaving 3″ sticking out. Then take your hacksaw or angle grinder and cut the heads off the bolts. This will allow you to slide the mantel onto the bolts easily.
Grab your chalk and rub it on the end of the bolts in the wall. You could measure and mark your mantel on the backside for the bolts, but that can be a little tricky, so we decided to just lift the mantel up to the chalked bolts and press it into them to get the mirror image on the mantel. That way we would know where to drill. Just be precise as can be when pressing the mantel onto the bolts.
Now, drill the mantel, using the 1/2″ drill bit, on the chalk marks you just made on the mantel. Do a dry fit to see if your holes line up. We had to tweak ours just a bit, but for the most part we got it. Our dry run was so hard to remove that we felt it wasn’t necessary to use an epoxy. However, there is any epoxy that is made specifically for wood to metal, just go to your local hardware store and ask.
Mount the mantel and let cure (if using epoxy) and then break out the decorations!!
Ta da!! My hubby did most of the work because this was my Mother’s Day present. I am very pleased to have it!
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My autumn mantel is not yet complete because the local gourds and goods have yet to be harvested, but…lookin’ good so far don’t you think? Become a follower to see updates!
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Don’t you just love the hand-hewn beam with the hand-hewn crossbeam notches? Can you see the hand-drilled holes in the notches? I am in awe of the craftsmanship.
How about you…what do you do to celebrate autumn?
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Chippy Door Turned Into Fabulous Decor

Have you ever seen a chippy door laying in the trash or out curbside after neighbors remodel?  Snatch it up, I say!!  Okay, so I’ve well-established I love junking, and if you didn’t know that yet, you can read more about it in my pallet adventures or my trashure finds (that’s treasure out of trash…don’t you love my word?).

A lovely lady on Craigslist had posted that a wall needed removed from their back lot, I guess the demolition crew got bored and left one wall laying on the ground. So, of course I sent my willing hubby to salvage what he could of that awesome chippy siding – isn’t he great?! In the background of the photo was a solid wood paneled door that screamed, “Take me, take me!”

I asked the lady if the door came with the wall, and she paused…then said, ” That is a piece of junk. It’s not good for anything.” I replied, “Okay, but can I have it?” “Sure”, she said, while I’m sure questioning in her head why in the word I would want a piece of junk. All the while in my head I’m screaming, “SCORE!”  I did a happy dance and my husband wanted to check my temperature. tsk.

Here’s my beauty!

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Don’t you just love the character?

Antique chippy white door becomes functional decor with the addition of barn beam pegs by Prodigal Pieces. www.prodigalpieces.com

This chippy door sat in my garage until the right idea came to me and I had finished painting the paneling in the room it was to go in.  Again, on craigslist, another lady was selling some old barn beam pegs for $5.  I went to go check them out and found them to be more rough than I thought, or at least not enough in good condition to use them for what I had originally had in mind.  I told her that I would have to pass because they might crumble if I cut them.  She said, “Oh, well, in that case you can have them for $1”.  No problem.

So…the happy ending to my story is that the door and barn beam pegs would have a happy meeting and become a centerpiece to my room.

Antique chippy white door becomes functional decor with the addition of barn beam pegs by Prodigal Pieces. www.prodigalpieces.comWant to make one?  Here’s how.

I’m completely positive that you will have horrible trouble trying to locate antique barn beam pegs, so what to do?  Just grab some tree branches similar in diameter, or better yet cut one long branch with similar diameter throughout and then cut them to a 7″ length.  Take all the bark off with a knife and leave them in the raw, that will create a more rustic effect.  Hey, even leave a little bark on for even more dimension.

You could even use a store-bought dowel rod and beat it like crazy with a hammer, score with a knife to create hand-chiseled look, then do a wash with a brown paint to give it texture. To make the wash, just take a small amount of brown paint and add a bit of water.  Wipe it on, then wipe it back off until you get an uneven effect.

Next, grab your drill and a hole saw bit the same diameter of your branch or dowel, and mark where you want your pegs to be.  Drill through on one side.

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You won’t be able to go completely through because your drill bit won’t reach, so using the pilot hole the bit created, just turn the door over and finish the hole from the rear.

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Just tap the pegs in, they should be snug if you used the right bit.  I didn’t glue or secure mine because I wanted the option of flipping the door when the mood hit me.

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My chippy door changes through the seasons with its decorations.  During winter & Christmas I use a crochet scarf with some ice skates, and a pair of child’s knitted mittens that are connected to keep them from getting lost. During spring and summer, I like to feature beautiful blooms drying.

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I even use it in most of my shop’s photos as a backdrop.  When I sold my very first piece to a photographer, she said she’d love to have it, but I told her it was priceless.
What do you think?
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In case you’re wondering what I did with that chippy siding, here’s how it’s currently being put to use:
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Can you tell I’m having fun? ♥

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