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DIY Boot Rack Storage for Sanity’s Sake

We all have those places that need some…ahem…attention. You know what I’m talkin’ ’bout. Either a clutter spot or drop zone, or just an overall mess. Now this corner of my garage used to have more to it, but it had to go through a change. Let me explain how I got to our DIY boot rack, plus extra storage.

Helmet Storage Mess Before | prodigalpieces.com

A few months back we built a bike shed on the side of our home, just around the corner of our garage. However, we regrettably took it down and instead put up

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How to Stain a Fence the Easy Way

One thing is for sure that I am not a city girl. I was born in the countryside, my heart yearns for the countryside, and one day I aim to be back there…hopefully soon. Until then, I’m trying to make the best of where we are planted and that includes dealing with unsavory issues with those around us. We decided to put up a privacy fence for obvious reasons, and thought we would share how to stain a fence the fast & easy way.

Backyard Before Privacy Fence with DIY Fire Pit by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What you see above is the left side of our back yard and the right side is below.

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DIY Bike Garden Shed Tutorial from Cedar Wood

It’s nothing new that organization keeps a body sane. There’s no hassle with clean-up and definitely saves time and can even keep your investments in a better state. What you’re looking at is a spot that has kinda been an eye-sore to me and my family for a couple of years. I’ve promised to show you our project when it was time to build, so today I’m sharing our DIY bike garden shed. (giveaway alert!)

Outside Bike Storage Before DIY Shed | prodigalpieces.com

Back in 2003 when we moved in, this spot held a small shed that would house trash cans. We never used it for that, but did store other items inside. After a few years it became dilapidated and I took it down. The wood from it became part of my

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Mudroom Update with DIY Storage

Do you ever have one of those projects that just seems like it keeps bugging you that it needs tweaking? Well, one of the best things about our home is the storage. Our home may be on the small side, but it is tweaked out for storage. A favorite feature is our mudroom. Today, I’m going to share (yet another) mudroom update. This is the third time around, but it’s high time we get it right!

Messy Mudroom Before by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Now, don’t go judging me, k? This mess is after I already took apart the stuff in here. To get a true view of

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Painted Fireplace Insert ~ Step-by-Step Tutorial

We may have a sloth’s pace when working on our home, but not by any decision of our own. The key is we get it done. Folks, we are so close to wrapping up our family room remodel that I’m brimming with excitement. For one, it will feel good to be done. Two, I need my house back! haha. Stuffing the contents of the biggest room into the other rooms of your home is not so fun. However, we are appreciating the home we do have. With that, I’m sharing how to update your fireplace insert with a painted fireplace tutorial. Here is said fireplace in question…

Farmhouse Style Sandstone Fireplace Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

That beauty and this room has come a long way from where it started 15 years ago.

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Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel Reveal

Do you hear that? The proverbial angels are singing because we have come to the day that I can finally show you our farmhouse kitchen remodel reveal. It’s been a long time coming and this post definitely won’t be short and will have MANY pictures (no apologies, ahem). So, come along as I take back to our beginning and fill you in on our DIY adventure.

First, let me say a HUGE thank you to my awesome family. JC worked wonders in all aspects of this project. For instance, he took on things he’s never worked on before, all while working many jobs. To our six wonderful kids for being patient as we worked when we could, and for coming along and helping us complete our dream. We couldn’t do it without you! And, for my Lord as I know we couldn’t have done it without Him.

Why the drama you say? It’s just a kitchen, right? Well, to us it’s much more than that. About 3 years ago (2.833 years ago to be exact). While we didn’t work 24/7 on it for that length of time, it still took up much of our free time. And if you know what it’s like being a homeschooling family of 8, that “free time” really doesn’t exist. Also, because of the seasons here, we had to take breaks from it in the summer and work on outdoor projects. In addition, when a vehicle went bad, or overtime at day jobs comes up, we have to stop. So frustrating.

However, we decided it was time to fix a few bugs that were still existing in our home after a quick remodel we did after we moved in. You can see our first post back in 2016Β HERE, but I’ll update here as well.

Here is what you would have seen when we bought our home in 2003.

Outdated Kitchen in Before State | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Ranch Home with Carpeted Dining Area "Before" by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

As I mentioned in my first post,

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DIY Coffered Ceiling with Antique Barn Roof Shingles

The time has come for me to share with you the beginning of our family room remodel and the continuation of how we are making our house our home. There is not doubt that owning a home is an adventure and such a blessing. Never did I think we would be here for 15 years, but happily here we are. My goal today is to share with you yet another journey, update you on our past projects, and invite you to learn how to create your own DIY coffered ceiling. (so many have asked!) Let the fun begin…

Truthfully, I hadn’t intended to post much about our next room adventure until our kitchen was complete. If you are new around here, we are wrapping our our 2.5 year kitchen/dining/laundry remodel that began HERE. We did take last summer off to work on numerous outdoor projects too. What I am able to help with in the kitchen completion has been on pause. So, I decided it is time to jump-start our other room – the family room.

THE BACKSTORY

The story of our journey really began in 2003 when we bought this house and began the first remodel. Here is peek at the family room we saw when we moved in.

Family Room in the Early Before with New Home | prodigalpieces.com

Pine paneling, old Berber carpet, and open fireplace with built-in bookshelves unseen. You can even still see the drop ceiling just above us. Boy, hard to believe my oldest was a toddler and I was expecting our second baby.

Haynes Family in First Home | prodigalpieces.com

God moved mountains for us to be able to purchase this much of a home in the first place. Never in my wildest dreams would I think we could own a home in

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Garden Shed Makeover and Update

When springtime comes, it’s always fun and refreshing time of recovering from winter and watching everything blossom anew. It give us a chance to update and improve so we can sit back and enjoy our summer days to the full. One particular project I’ve been aching to tackle is my garden shed.

Backyard Garden Shed Before Makeover and Update by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

It’s long since needed an update along with repair and some major DIY elbow grease. For the previous owners, it used to be a playhouse for their kids. Apparently they were the coolest kids on the block back in the 70’s because the parents have the shed

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DIY Faux Brick Tutorial ~ Budget Decor

Today’s the day!! I’ve been telling you that I was working hard to not only get some major steps done in our kitchen remodel, but also create a video tutorial so you can do it too. {{applause}} I’m all about brick – old brick, new brick, brick on the walls, brick on the floors…I love it! So, without further adieu, here is my DIY faux brick tutorial and an update to my kitchen.

Create the look of whitewashed (German schmear) brick and spend half the money. Easy video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

*postΒ includes affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

You are not going to believe how EASY this is. Seriously. When you take over 2 years to remodel your kitchen, laundry, and dining, and you’re like me, you tend to…ummm…keep adding to the project. ahem. Did we plan to cut open our doorway in the beginning? NO.