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Distress Paint with Petroleum Jelly

Earlier this week I showed you this vintage chest of drawers and promised you a makeover. I thought it would be fun to use this piece to show you how to easily distress paint to create texture and a feel of days gone by.

Vintage Chest of Drawers Before Aqua Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This chest of drawers had me drawn in when I first spied the legs, the height, and also the rose carved border along the bottom. It didn’t originally have casters, but I grabbed a few from my stash and stuck them on – already the chest improved. The drawers have damage and the previous owner had made some repairs that I was impressed with. The top was in great shape as well, but didn’t quite match the stain of the rest because it is a veneer with a different grain.

Top of Vintage Chest of Drawers for Distressing | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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You know me and my love for a wood and paint combination like I just recently did with the other chest, so I decided to give the wood a fresh look. Out comes my sander and away we go! Read more

Repurposed Wall Clock into Swiss Medical Kit

As I promised last week, I have a fun upcycle for you today using a curbside find that my friend junkin’ friend, Mandy, spied for me. She was driving home and saw that a neighbor had placed this table on the curb and she knew that my furniture lovin’ heart might be interested in the table. I quickly agreed and she said, “Do you want the clock too?” At first I thought nah, but I’m a sucker for old clocks so I said, “Sure”, all the while thinking to myself, “What are you doing? You don’t need any more junk!” And so begins the adventure of my repurposed wall clock.

Curbside Find Farmhouse Table and Wall Clock | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The table went to a needy family since I found it wasn’t a solid wood. Let me just say, if I knew more about clocks I would have loved to restore this vintage Linden clock with all its Made in Japan goodness. I had a blast getting it to “dong” on the hour. I didn’t have a key to keep it in time, so my efforts were futile.

Vintage Clock Found Curbside Before Repurposing | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

When I stopped to really look at it and see the potential, I instantly knew what it was going to become Read more

Shabby Chic Details

It’s been a while since I’ve done my own furniture makeover since I just recently helped my son and both of my daughters with their furniture makeovers. It’s not like I haven’t been busy or anything. tsk. One piece that I have finished for a custom order is this Art Deco chest of drawers that has gotten a shabby chic detailing. Yup, it’s not a BEEP, but very similar to my Dumpster Diva.

Art Deco Chest of Drawers Before Shabby Chic Details | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This lovely piece came from a client, Ruby, who allowed me to share the story of her chest of drawers. Back in 1954, Ruby’s parents bought the entire set for her. It had weathered a small flood, and this is the remaining piece left. She used it in her parent’s house until she married, and then her mother continued to use it until her death in 1991. So, in reality, it has been hers for 61 years. Ruby has decided to give it new life to suit her shabby chic love. How fun is that?!

The chest is in great shape, but has a few cosmetic problems, as well as some structural issues – all totally repairable with Read more

Art Deco Chest with a French Twist

Do you ever make a vow or promise to yourself and then for some reason decide to break it? sigh… I just did and I always ask myself…”Why did I do that??” Enter in this Art Deco chest…

My vow was this: to never, EVER, under any circumstances will I buy another piece of furniture to work on THAT IS PAINTED.

Look at what I bought (yes, actually paid for) off of Craigslist.

Blue Art Deco Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Isn’t it cute? You know I’m a sucker for these waterfall pieces, especially since the first vanity I did had me hooked. I only spent a bit for this Art Deco chest. However, keep in mind, free and cheap mean work. nuff said.

Many on Instagram saw this and said, “I like the blue!” So do I (cause you know I’m all about blue), but someone else painted this and there are flaws. For instance, the top of the chest has cracked veneer underneath, the paint job was so-so, and more was wrong like the broken casters, etc.

Damaged Veneer on Vintage Art Deco Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Otherwise though, this is a solid piece with not only dove-tailed drawer face joints, but also those dove tails at the back.

Antique Drawer Dove Tails on Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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They just don’t make them like this anymore – which is why I had a regression in my vow. Do you blame me? These are the sort of things that make my heart go pitter-pat.

Sooo…I started out using my sander to see how those veneer cracks would hold up. Low and behold what I figured would happen did. Read more

Thrifted Vanity Set ~ Swap It Like It’s Hot

Woot! Woot! I’m excited because today I am taking part in the Swap It Like It’s Hot blog party where a huge group of 40 bloggers have an annual swap for some thrifted finds costing $10 or less. I send some goodies to a friend, while someone sends some to me, and we all get to see what each person does with them. Isn’t that fun?! Check out how I made a thrifted vanity set.

Swap It Like It's Hot Wednesday Challenge | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Here’s what I got from fellow DIY blogger, Erin Spain

Assortment of Thrift Store Finds for #SwapItLikeItsHot Challenge | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Vintage Reader's Digest Game Box | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Hmm…now at first you make think that’s some pretty boring stuff, but I see potential. This collected assortments has sort of a general theme running through it, so I do the next best thing to bring it all together into a thrifted vanity set…PAINT. tee hee hee. Read more

Buffet Makeover ~ A Night & Day Difference

Earlier this week in my upholstered footstool post, I told you I would show you the after of a vintage buffet I was doing some custom work on. It seems once my own sideboard(or you can call it a buffet) was refinished, it caused quite a stir. As soon as my own buffet sold from my shop, I have had the blessing of receiving several requests for custom work, and thought it would be fun to share it with you today.

Vintage Custom Buffet Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

At first glance, you may think to yourself, “There’s nothing wrong with this buffet.” But, upon closer observation, if you look at the top you’ll see something.

Damaged Top of Vintage Buffet | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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Being that I don’t know the full story, my best guess is that someone tried to refinish the top, but quit. I mean, there’s no topcoat and the wood was dry. Not to mention look at those awful stain strokes. {{gasp}}.

My client was after a piece to help her family celebrate the holidays, and also an accent piece to match their dinette set which was cherry wood mixed with black paint. Naturally she wanted something to compliment her decor and  match her current furniture. Sounds good to me! Read more

Repurposed Farmhouse Metal Art

Who doesn’t love a good thrift store run, right? Recently, I came across a good load and included in it were these two metal farm animals – a cow and a rooster. I have an addiction, not only to farmhouse stuff, but also to quirky metal art and these fit the bill.

Thrifted Metal Cow and Rooster | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

My belief is that these originally came from Hobby Lobby and they are actually lanterns. Each one has a spot where you can insert a votive candle and see the light peeking out of the holes. I had to giggle because the rooster was missing his legs and I thought…what am I going to do with that? My kids loved them and I knew I could find some sort of purpose for them.

In all of my repurposing projects, I head out to my stash and almost instantly something speaks to me. Here is what I dragged in…

Reclaimed Wood for Farmhouse Metal Art | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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What you see is a barn wood plank on the bottom, two leftover table legs from my wooden totes, some luan remnants, a dowel, and a chunk of leftover wood from our clients custom open shelving made from 1800’s beech. Have I intrigued you yet? hee hee hee. Read more

Emboss Furniture with Stencils

Whether it’s embossed glass, paper, metal, or wood, I have always been intrigued by that design element. I love to create that effect in my artwork whenever possible. So it may not surprise you that I also emboss furniture too. It is so absolutely easy and only take a few basic materials. Let me show you what I did with this worn out jewelry armoire.

Vintage Jewelry Armoire Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The story behind this piece goes like this: I went to pick up an antique nightstand from a guy that I had just spoke with the night before. While on my way there with kids in tow, my oldest began to feel ill. I didn’t want to go back home and stand the guy up, so we headed over anyway with my oldest’s permission.

Turns out the guy sold the nightstand before I got there (me not happy at all) Read more

China Cabinet Makeover with Wallpaper

In all of my furniture adventures, I have yet had the opportunity to work on a china cabinet. Ya know, those big brown beasts from days of old? Seriously, they can be pretty cool when done right and I wanted a chance at this one I found on Craigslist.

Vintage China Cabinet Before Wallpaper Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

What a beast to move though! You can imagine the look I got from my husband. ahem. Anyhoo, it came into my possession and quickly got dismantled. Aren’t the details fantastic?

Before you give the “no, don’t paint it” thought. This isn’t entirely solid wood, but rather that 1960’s style with the speckled finish onto a veneer much like this dresser I recently did. This china cabinet was looking tired with its damaged backing and superficial wear, which could all be relieved with an update. The carvings, trim and doors are solid though, which makes this a wonderful piece. Read more

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