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Reclaimed Game Table from Rocking Chair

Today is Themed Furniture Makeover Day, and is one of my favorite times of the month. Can you blame me? One of my passions are redoing furniture, and the fact that I get to do it along with the best in Blogland, just makes it all the more sweet.

Themed Furniture Makeover Day

ANIMAL is the theme for today, and I have to tell you that my project has been in my brain for two years now…yes, TWO YEARS! I acquired a broken down antique Morris rocker when I needed parts for a custom rocking chair I was working on. (Read the full story here to catch you up to speed)

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Over the years, I’ve used the springs to create Christmas tree toppers, the rockers to make custom signs, and the arm rests for a fun beachy project. I’ve made use of all the parts except the back rest, spindles, and the base. The back rest will be turned into something functional soon, the spindles I am waiting for the holidays to roll around. Here’s the leftover base:

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

There’s a piece of the other broken rocker, a remnant slab of first growth reclaimed wood we used to make these custom kitchen shelves, and the cast iron pieces that adjusted the rocker back. Arent’ they cool?

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

When I turned the leftover base upside down, I saw an animal. The legs looked like a hoofed animal, and what better time to get my rear in gear and do this thing up right than our makeover day? So, here we go…

I start by taking off the pieces that held the rockers on. That is some solid wood, friends!

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Here are the leftover pieces, and I already see something in them, do you? I’ll show you soon…hee hee hee.

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After that, I asked my hubby to jump in and cut me a table top to fit inside the base. Of course, I was photo-bombed by my little one who loves to watch her mama work. I’m getting ready to use my jigsaw to cut out the center by drilling pilot holes.

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Originally, I was planning a deer or moose using those cast iron parts, but somehow my brain kept leaning toward a horse. I made a pattern and then cut it out of that reclaimed wood slab I showed you earlier, again using my jigsaw. (that is one of my absolute favorite tools, and if you’re itching to give one a try, I’ve got a DIY tutorial to get you started!)

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An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After more cutting and building, here is what we came up with…

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

…a game table made from reclaimed parts. Fun, eh? We love chess in our house and whenever I find a board or game pieces while thrifting I snatch them up. I want each of my kids to have their own set. What better, than a chess board complete with storage below?

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Almost all the parts for this piece were reclaimed or found second-hand. I even added on that creepy eye carved piece from my VW bus dresser, and that I mentioned in a this recent post.

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Some baby crib springs for eyes, a broken piece of filigree from a past makeover for the horses’ mane front, and there are those iron pieces that are now a mane. Funky fun, I tell ya!

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I even salvaged the rest of the rocker for a tail. Nothing goes to waste around here!

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

But that’s not all…not only are we chess lovers, but LEGO lovers too. So why not make a reversible game-top, right?

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Can’t beat a good repurpose, and I’m glad this one is out of my brain after two years of holding it in. If you love this game table, you can find it in my shop available for purchase.

I’d love it if you would pin and share!

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Here’s more of my repurposed work:

Don't Throw Out Your Baby's Crib! Repurpose It For Garden, Storage, or a Chalkboard Easel by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Grab that old bowling ball you have lying around and turn it into whimsical fall decor. We've got the DIY! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now don’t head off yet! Come see what my furniture friends have created for the ANIMAL theme. ♥

47 replies on “Reclaimed Game Table from Rocking Chair”

Wow, Larissa! You continuously amaze me. I can’t believe you have done so many things with the pieces of the rocker. I love the new game table, and I would have never thought to make that out of the pieces of the rocker. Love the pics of your sweet kiddos too.

I love, love ,love the table. And the idea of the space to store pieces is genius! The kiddo who gets this will keep it for his kids.

So cool and useful idea. I often throw away broken things like that, but after visiting yur blog I knew what to do with them . We can save a lot of money and the life is more simple.

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