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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!

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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?
Don't throw out your old chippy door. Turn it into decor! See how Prodigal Pieces did it at prodigalpieces.comJoin in the chippy love and find that door you’ve been looking for!
In case you’re wondering what I did with that chippy siding, here’s how it’s currently being put to use:
Build a reclaimed wood tote using cast off chippy siding, baby crib parts, and barn wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Can you tell I’m having fun? ♥

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Trashure….Making Treasure Out of Trash

My love for junking can never be quenched, at least I don’t see how.  There are so many ways you can reuse an item, even to the point of dismantling it and putting it back together in a different form.  One man’s trash is another (woman’s) treasure, right?

Trashure: Making Treasure Out of Trash by Prodigal Pieces www.prodiaglpieces.com #prodigalpieces

When I pulled out this particular treasure (or better yet, trashure – treasure from the trash!), I knew exactly what I would do with it. 

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Backyard Fun ~ DIY Style #1 ~ Sand Table

Summer is quickly coming to an end, but there is still plenty of time left to enjoy the beautiful weather and outdoors.  Previously, I had shared with you a couple of backyard projects, the fire pit and my mud bar that were created by using reclaimed materials.  This time, my project is not made with reclaimed wood, but most certainly could be.

Check out one of our favorite backyard projects….the sand table!

DIY Sensory Fun Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Not only was this easy to build, but you could use reclaimed materials as well – decking, fence posts, or even turn a pallet upside down (I would have done that if I would have thought of it sooner!).  We wanted a place where the kids could play without sitting in the sand or creating a community litter box (you know it happens!).  We also wanted it large enough that all our gang could build their sand castles, highways, and sand pies.  Ours measures 50.5″L x 36″W x 24″H.  This table is over 2 years old and is still going strong, even after 5 kids!
DIY Sensory Fun Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesIf you want to build your own, the layout is simple.  The construction is similar to a deck with a frame and decking attached.  Here is a view from below:
DIY Sensory Fun Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesBasic 2×4 frame with decking on top and 4×4’s for the legs, reinforcing with carriage bolts.
DIY Sensory Fun Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
BUT how does the sand stay in, you ask?
Naugahyde!  (Otherwise known as marine grade vinyl.)  You can find it on ebay or in specialty marine stores.  You see, I wanted a table where the sand stays in, but can also have the option of removing the sand so that it can be used with water as well!  {Pump fist – yes!}
DIY Sensory Fun Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
DIY Sensory Fun Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesThe naugahyde is attached with a stapler by folding in the top edge and folding up the corners – no cuts made to the naugahyde at all.  When buying the fabric, just measure the bottom surface, add the height of the walls (4 sides) to your dimensions, plus an inch for folding under.  Just make sure your staples are well-driven in so your little guys don’t catch themselves on it.  You can view my tips here – it’s the same as adding upholstery.  We’ve never had a problem.

As for keeping out the critters, we just use a small tarp and bungees to keep the rain and neighborhood furry friends out.  The main problem you will have is keeping your kids out of it once you get it built!

DIY Sensory Fun Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesThis table nd our mud bar are by far the most used and most loved toys we have.  Your kids will love it!

DIY Sensory Fun Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

DIY Sensory Fun Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesGot questions?  Please feel free to ask – I’d love to help!  We are working on putting together a diagrammed tutorial, so become a follower to get all the details.

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DIY / Tutorials Remodeling Repurposed

Closet Renovation Using Reclaimed Barn Wood

Back in late winter, it was finally time to give my much used and much abused family mud room (walk-in-closet) a closet renovation like its never seen before.  We live in a 1952 ranch home that has some great amenities in it, and this closet is one of them.  It totally suits us because with 6 kids (8 people total) one can quickly accumulate a little bit.  Just take how many coats, shoes, hats, gloves you own and multiply that times eight (don’t forget we live in Ohio which requires 4 seasons worth of apparel)…you get the idea.

 

So here it is.  Let me give you a tour…

DIY Walk-In Closet Makeover with Barn Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces…perfectly vintage river stone linoleum, funky 80’s wood paneling, bare bulb fixture in main section, as well as a pull-string bare bulb fixture above hat shelf (you have to reach up to turn that one on if you are so inclined), 12″ ceiling tile in main ceiling that doesn’t match tile in hat shelf ceiling, no floor trim, outdated closet within closet. I could go on, but I think you’re getting the picture.  Yes, I even added my watermark to actually claim this as mine.

I should have taken a picture of the before I emptied out the tractor trailer truckload amount stuff we had stored in here.  It needed some love, eh?

First, I tore down all the tile along with all the extra things little friends that live in ceilings leave behind. Let’s just say I wore a mask, gloves, and a bandanna on my head.  yick.  All the while, trying to save the trim and anything else that could be reused.

Next for this closet renovation, I decided to wire up the lights so that they both would turn on when you flipped the switch.  In order to do that I had to drill through the beam (shown below) to be able to connect them.  Some genius guy wired the two fixtures separately to our breaker box, which meant one had a pull string. No fun.

DIY Walk-In Closet Makeover with Barn Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesThis was no easy task because the drill bit I had was not long enough to reach all the way through, so I started on one side and then tried to match the hole on the other to connect the two.  I wanted to hide the wiring up above the trim, so I had to drill right against the ceiling. A typical drill doesn’t fit up there very well.

Once I had the hole, I cut the hat shelf light fixture wire and fed it through, then spliced it with our new main ceiling fixture.  Note: before doing any electrical work you need to shut off the breaker for that room!!  ‘In case you’re wondering, no, I didn’t learn the hard way. tsk.

For the ceiling, I used some wood luan panels (thin, smooth ply) we had in our stash that my husband grabbed from his workplace trash pile.  Can you believe they were the exact width of our ceiling…perfect!!  Replaced the trim, but didn’t hang the fixtures until the painting was done.

Then, it was time to put in the built-in shelves to that empty far-right pocket.  Previously, I just stacked big storage tubs there, but this time I wanted shelves for my husband and I to put our shoes/boots.

While typing this, my heart is racing because I did the stupidest thing I have ever done in my entire life.  I have been using our table saw for over 12 years, as well as my husband. I have always given him a hard time about keeping the guard on.  Well…this time I didn’t keep it on. It’s by God’s grace that I did not lose two of my finger tips on my left hand.  Sorry if you’re squeamish, but just warning you they put those the guard there for a reason.

I did severely cut my fingers while catching a piece that flew up off the table – DUH!!!!  Thank the Lord we had just put on a new, clean blade.  I’ve never been so mad at myself or had the pain similar to birthing a child outside of birthing children.  Thank you to the healing power of our bodies, I am am able to type to you now.  This closet will forever remind me of my stupidity, and thankfully I’ve only suffered nerve damage in my tips.

If you know me, I am as stubborn as a mule and continued with my painful fingers to finish that closet because I wanted it done… and not in 3-months-from-now done. NOW.  Just picture me managing a drill with one hand and my other hand wrapped up.  I’m also so stubborn as to not go and get stitches, which I know I should have had done.  ahem.

Here’s the photo I sent to my mother in an email telling her to only open it if she could stand to look…

DIY Walk-In Closet Makeover with Barn Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesShe could have strangled me over the internet once she opened the picture when she got the nerve after a days time.  Ha!

Sorry there are not more pictures of work-in-progress. My injured hand was not going to let me mess with photos.  I did manage to snap a picture of my cute little helper though.

DIY Walk-In Closet Makeover with Barn Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

On to the painting… Yes, you can paint paneling, just make sure to wipe it down and prime with quality primer.  If it’s been stained, you’ll need to use a stain-blocking primer.  Since my closet was so dark, I wanted it white.  I knew it would show me all the dirt that was there, but that’s fine by me…the better I can tell when to clean! And because the rest of the adjoining room was just painted white earlier that previous summer.

We decided to go over top of the linoleum with your basic peel & stick vinyl tile since it was in even and pulling it up would cause pits in the sub floor.  (This is where I had to step out and let hubby take over) We really had hoped to put down ceramic tile, but budget didn’t allow.  We figured we could yank the tile up at a later point.

DIY Walk-In Closet Makeover with Barn Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

DIY Walk-In Closet Makeover with Barn Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesOnce the tile was down, we added the baseboard.

DIY Walk-In Closet Makeover with Barn Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesYou have no idea how excited I was to say goodbye to that river rock linoleum.  When you have 6 kids within two years of each other, there just isn’t time for this type of work, especially when you are a DIYer.

Remember the mismatched accordion type hooks on the wall?  Those had to go.  I needed more hooks and I wanted a rustic look, so I went back to my stash of barn siding that I used from my valances in the adjoining room and my garden.

DIY Walk-In Closet Makeover with Barn Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesCan I just say this closet renovation was the best thing I have added to my house yet.  Each kid has four double hooks to themselves, with a few leftover for bags and such. BONUS: I even got more of my favorite barn wood in my home. cha-ching!

DIY Walk-In Closet Makeover with Barn Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesAaahhhh…tidy at last and bright.  At the flip of a switch I now get 2 lights on at the same time….genius.

I hope you are inspired to give you space a refreshed feel, even on a budget. You can do it! Do pin this closet renovation to inspire others too.

DIY Walk-In Closet Renovation with Barn Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

See the latest update to our space HERE and how we removed the dreaded BOOB LIGHT. ugh.
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Budget Fire Pit from Reclaimed Brick

Welcome back to those returning to see the next installation of the Backyard Fun Series!  If you’re just joining in, you can catch up on the first post about making a Mud Bar. Now the first project was for the kids. (secretly it’s for you so you can catch up on that book you’ve been trying to finish while they’re up to their elbows in fun – ha!) How about something for the family?  For a while, I had wanted a fire pit so my family and I could make memories, just like I did as a kid.  What better than a budget fire pit?  You might be saying…okay, how is that reclaimed?

diy backyard fire pit from reclaimed materials via Prodigal Pieces
If you look closely, there isn’t a single item I had to purchase to make this whole set.  All was found junking. (You can read about my other junking adventures here and here.)

Father’s Day was coming and I was feverishly trying to save up some money to buy brick.  It just wasn’t happening.  While on my city cleanup junking run, I came upon a neighbor of mine as he was putting red brick out for city cleanup.  He even asked me if I wanted his landscaping rocks….of course I do!  God is good!  Do you know I had just enough brick to make this entire set?

diy backyard fire pit from reclaimed materials via Prodigal Pieces
To make the tall table in the picture above, simply stack the brick in a pattern to make it sturdy (3 east-west, 1 north-south, then reverse in next layer).  The other piece holding our roasting sticks is a scrap piece of drainage pipe set on a couple of bricks for stability.
diy backyard fire pit from reclaimed materials via Prodigal Pieces
 I made three different benches using cinder blocks, fence posts, and some scrap 2×4’s…all from city cleanup.  You could use any wood you have on hand.
diy backyard fire pit from reclaimed materials via Prodigal Pieces

To make the pit, lay out the bricks in a size circle you want (mine is about 3ft diameter). Then take sidewalk chalk and trace the outside of the ring.  Remove the bricks temporarily and grab a basic garden shovel (or a sod shovel if you have one…a square nose shovel) and take up the sod.  Then, build your ring to about 3 bricks high, overlapping the seams.diy backyard fire pit from reclaimed materials via Prodigal Pieces

safety note: red brick is fine to use in a fire pit as long as you don’t plan on building large or very hot fires.  It can pop if it gets too hot, so if you plan on building large fires, then you better go to a home improvement store and purchase fire brick.  We’ve used ours for years with no problems, but we only roast small items over small fires.  It’s also safe to place the pit 12-20ft. away from any building.

We also built another low profile table for little ones, and even scored a plastic table – perfect for containing the food items we use.
You can easily make one of these if you know where to look.  Craigslist free items (or put a wanted post), Freecycle (put a wanted post again), city cleanup, and even word of mouth works.  Is there a neighbor who has a pile of unwanted brick from a building project or fallen chimney? Or lumber they would love for someone to take off their hands?diy backyard fire pit from reclaimed materials via Prodigal PiecesDon’t waste any more time or money trying to figure out how to build your very own budget fire pit.  There are materials just waiting to be found!
Budget Backyard Fire Pit from Reclaimed Materials via Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Mud Bar ~ Reclaimed Backyard Kid Fun!

Summer is the best time to be outdoors and what better way to get your kids outside than to build them a Mud Bar.  Yes…I said Mud Bar.  Kids + mud = FUN!!

Build a Mud Bar Play Station out of Reclaimed Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Two of my girls have birthdays a couple weeks apart in late spring.  So, we typically lump them together when it comes to gift giving.  That way they get an even better gift when the money

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DIY: Barn Wood & Bedskirt Valance

As promised in my earlier post for DIY: Barn Wood Shutters for Pallets, I would like to show you how I made my barn wood valance.  It’s really very simple, just a few items needed, but this is a lengthy post to give you all the information you need, so bear with me!

Back winter of 2011, we decided that since we were not able to sell our home and have our country living we so long for, that we would be putting our garden out in our front yard.  We live on a quarter-acre lot and have plenty of room, but our back yard is completely shaded.
We knew we would be going against grain to put one out front, but I am never one to bat an eyelash at being different.  I had in my mind raised beds and knew it had to be made out of a wood that would not leach chemicals into my plants.  We couldn’t swing the cost of redwood, and knew barn wood abounds in our area.  So I decided to post a wanted on Freecycle for barn wood.

God is so good!  We didn’t just get some barn wood, but our pick of a couple of buildings on an old farmstead.  Yes!

The only catch was we had to remove it ourselves… in mid February in Ohio.  Let’s just say my husband and son deserve an award for being ankle deep in snow flying sideways removing barn siding with only a hammer, crowbar, and a screw driver – there was no electric hookup!  Can you believe I had a camera and forgot to take pictures!!  Grrrr!

See the barn wood garden beds?

Back to the valance.  After said garden was built, we had plenty of leftover barn wood to spare and I wanted something to dress up our windows – the ones I knew I would be making shutters for. Now I realize not everyone has access to a homestead barn or even wants to attempt to tear one down. You could use driftwood, fence rails, or even new wood made old.  Check craigslist free section for wood too.

Materials list:

  • length of barn wood to fit your window
  • tape measure
  • chalk
  • hammer
  • hard cut masonry nails, rusted (rusting recipe below)
  • drill & bits
  • screws to mount valance to wall
  • bedskirt or other desired fabric
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • pins
  • desired fabric
Rusting recipe:
  • 1 pint hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  1. In a large plastic bowl, combine all of the ingredients with a plastic spoon.
  2. Place your nails ( or other goodies you want to rust) in the solution. This will foam and bubble over time, so I suggest placing it outside and on cardboard or newspaper. Leave overnight.
  3. Drain off solution. DO NOT RINSE.
  4. With gloves on, place your objects on cardboard or newspaper to dry.

Now onto the valance. First cut the barn wood to the length you need.  You’ll need to take the length of the wood and figure the spacing between the nails you desire.  Mine were 6″ apart.  To figure the layout of the nails, measure the width and find center – write it down.  Your nails will be positioned 1″ in from both ends, so measure your board and subtract 2″ from the total.  Take that subtracted total and divide it up by 6 (or desired nail width).  It make not come up equal, so then you just get close to 6″ (less or more), and then you will be using that number to space your nails 1″ in from either end.

When you get your spacing, mark the board with a piece of chalk.  You will need to drill pilot holes with a bit slightly smaller than the middle size of the nail.  Go ahead and drill through because you can adjust the depth when you hammer them in.
Now for the fabric part. I wanted a simple, rustic, clean window treatment to soften the room, and although I love to crochet, I did not have time to whip up 3 valances.  So I decided to find a king-size bedskirt with crocheted edge since they have 3 sides that would fit my windows.  I rarely buy anything new, so decided to find a used bedskirt, and I found a gorgeous Cath Kidston bedskirt on ebay for very little money.

Some simple sewing skills are necessary to complete the valance.  First, cut off the bedskirt sides to the desired hanging length (mine is 9″, with actual length 8″ + 1″ for top hemmed edge). Then, shorten them to the width of you barn wood piece, but also add about an extra 1.5″ per nail width-wise so that it would have a ruffle effect once hung.

Fold side edge of valance in a half inch, press.  Fold again on itself another half inch, and press to get the finished edge.  Now, fold the top edge of valance half inch down and press with iron. Fold again another half inch and press again.

Stitch down all folded edges 1/8″ from edge starting at the bottom of one side, go up across top folded edge, and the down the other side, ending at the bottom side edge bottom.

With the leftover fabric, I cut 2″ wide strips 13″ long (I had 32 nails to hang on and each needed 2 ties = 64 ties).  Like making bias tape, fold top edge down and press.  Then, fold edges inward to meet in the middle.  Last, fold in on each other again and press.  Do a simple stitch 1/8″ in, down the folded edge.  In the next step, you take 2 of your ties you already made and lay them on top of each other.  Sew them down to the top folded edge, beginning 1″ in from the side edge and about a half inch down from the top folded edge.  Space them the width of the nails plus the extra you added for the ruffle. (my nails were 6″ apart, so my ties were sewn 7.5″ apart)
When you’ve completed attaching the ties all you need to do is mount the barn wood to the wall with your screws, and then hang the valance.  Step back and enjoy how you’ve repurposed barn wood and a bedskirt!
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Kids Repurposed

Repurposed Baby Crib Projects ~ Junkin’ Fun!

Okay…confession time.  Yes, I am the lady that drives around with my son during city spring cleanup and grabs all your junk, all the while wearing a skirt and a glorious smile on my face! I’m all about some repurposed baby crib fun!

You know you want to join me. tsk. If not, can I just say that you are missing out?!

Each year our city has an annual spring cleanup where you can set curbside up to a pickup truck load of unwanteds (some call it trash).  This city-wide dejunking lasts for four weeks – one quadrant at a time. Let me tell you, by the end of the four weeks, I was exhausted and had a garage full of someone elses’ trash.  Yipppeee!!  (You should see my husband’s face when I roll in the driveway.)

Today, I’d to show you just a sample of what I came home with…baby cribs. Now you’re thinking…whaaaat??

At my first stop out on our first day out was this absolutely gorgeous pink baby crib.  This old piece has such character with it’s original paint, time-worn love, and markings.  I knew in a minute I wanted it to be a chalkboard sign for my one-day-brick-and-mortar shop.  But for now it would be used as my garage sale sign.

Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesThankfully, I had a pickup truck this time around because the crib was the type that folds flat lengthwise for storage – it was very long and very heavy.
Guess what, I not only found 1 crib, I found 5! Seriously.
Some of the other sets were just the same in folding design, but the next time I had my suburban and would have to squeeze them in.  I definitely get a workout junking (another reason to join in!). And may I say that everyone should own a suburban or minivan…they can be stuffed to the brim.
To make the easel, all you need is a repurposed baby crib (obviously),a couple of hinges, and a set of locking hardware or a chain to keep it from opening up and falling flat.  You can leave the frame as is or paint to your choosing, then paint the center panel with a chalkboard paint or a flat black paint.  I made my paint, but you can find it at most craft & home improvement stores. Just be sure to lightly sand the area you’re painting to promote adhesion.
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*A little note on the reason for having a hardware stash: When I was getting ready to build my easel, the best part was I already had the hinges and locking hardware in my stash from a curbside folding table that was broken I picked up a year ago.  I had salvaged all the hardware off of it and threw the rest away.  I knew that metal treasure would come in handy someday!
Keep in mind, when you get a complete crib you will have two side rails that are totally useful too.  I’ve used mine to dry my hard-necked garlic.
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The side rails also make a great garden trellis.  I’ve used them to trellis my sugar snap peas, pole beans, cucumbers…for any climbing plant, really.  I have more rails in my shop and will be putting them to use soon.  I can’t wait to show you!

Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesAnother bonus is the hardware you’ll acquire.  When I was building my snack stand, I went to my stash and found these.
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesDo you know what they are?  In the old style cribs, these held the rails at different adjusted levels.  Here’s what I used them for…
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…snack holders on my beverage cooler.  Perfect!  You can learn how to build one for yourself in my tutorial.
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Below are the pictures of the other cribs I snatched up.
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesIt was fun to list these as custom easels in my shop and to see what they would become.
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With a repurposed baby crib chalkboard easel, the possibilities are endless!!
I hope maybe you’ll reconsider throwing out your outgrown baby cribs, even the one’s that are not good for resale.  If you don’t want to build one, then give it away because someone out there can make use of it for sure.
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DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor

We live in Ohio where barn wood abounds and though I can resource it, sometimes it can be expensive because of its growing popularity. Because there’s been so much interest in my barn wood pallet shutters, I thought I would share some more of the projects I made with those same old weathered pallets.

After I made the shutters, I still had a good supply of wood remaining, and I had plans on how to make the most of that wood. The very first thing I wanted to make with them was a clock.

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The clock I wanted to replace has been in our possession since we were married 15 yrs. ago and was the cheapest coordinating Walmart-brand clock we could find (we were newlyweds and college students = no money).  I must say to my amazement, it is still running because I used the works from inside that clock to build this one made from pallet wood!

I basically took four random scrap pieces and lay them together.  I took another two scrap pieces and attached them across the first pieces, making sure to catch all four slats.  I had to make sure to leave enough room between the slats to hold the clockworks.  My ever-helpful hubby routed a spot for me so that the pin of the clockworks could protrude out the front enough to catch the clock hands.  Last, I took my handy jigsaw (one of my favorite tools) and cut out the size circle I had trace on the front of the four slats.
*Don’t you love my mismatched screws…I was not about to run to the store for a couple screws and I love using up my miscellaneous hardware stash.
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To get the stenciled clock face: First, I found the clock face graphic on my favorite free graphics site, The Graphics Fairy found here.  Then, I printed the clock face in the size I wanted (not reversed).  Next, I took an light-colored artists pastel and rubbed all over the back of the clock face print, making sure to cover all the text areas I wanted.
Once I had positioned the graphic where I wanted it on the blank pallet circle, I took a blunt colored pencil (a color that I could see where I had already traced) and traced the clock face numeral outlines and hash marks, pushing firmly to make the pastel transfer to the pallet wood.  Last, I hand-painted the solid numerals and hash marks with an ivory-colored acrylic craft paint.
My original clock hands were black, so I spray painted them white.  Installed the works, attached the hands (don’t forget the battery), and used a very primitive wire mount with which to hang the clock.  Done! 
Had I known I would be sharing this with you, I would have taken pictures of the process when I was making it a year ago – sorry! :o)
My other use-up-the-pallet projects included:
A table centerpiece
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Can you believe I scored over a dozen antique blue Ball Mason jars (quart & pint-sized) from a very generous freecycle lady?  Yes!!  I knew I had to make a centerpiece to display them.  At a later point, that same lady gave me her grandmothers stash of hand-embroidered linens, her own work… a whole grocery-bag full!  Needless to say, I needed no other gifts that year.
A plate rack
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This shelf was made simply by leaving part of the pallet intact and features some of my thrifted finds just using some spray-painted cup hooks.
And there you have it! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
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