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Vintage Chest Nightstand in Navy Blue

It’s that fun time of the month where my Furniture Fixer Upper friends and I get together to inspire you with our furniture makeovers. Yay! If you saw my post a week ago, you knew my dad brought me a haul of furniture that included a vintage side table in hot mess state that I redid. Now, it’s time for this vintage chest nightstand to shine.

Vintage Chest Nightstand Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What you’re looking at is a solid piece of furniture made by Gordon’s furniture, with beautiful brass hardware and awesome burled veneer. Unfortunately, Read more

French Country Blue ~ My Craigslist Score

You know I love a good furniture makeover, so what could be better than one day a month dedicated to themed furniture makeovers? Wahoo! Today’s theme is FRENCH, and ooh la la, I’m ready to play with my French country blue.

My blogging friends and I have created some wonderful inspiration and eye-candy for you with our French makeovers, so be sure to check out all their fantastic efforts below.

The inspiration for my makeover was this French Provincial set I found a few months back on Craigslist. I originally stuck it in my shop as a custom request, but quickly took it back out when I saw the upcoming theme.

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It’s a Dixie DuBarry set (a coveted design in the furniture world) in great structural shape, but did have some minor flaws like highlighter marking on the tops, marker, crayon, and wear in a couple of spots in random places. Nothing that a new look couldn’t fix. Read more

Furniture Makeover ~ Blue for Baby

It’s always so exciting when a baby is on the way. Our family will be growing in the next few months. Take a breath because I’m not the one who’s expecting. ha! My sister-in-law is expecting their first baby soon, and as far as we know it’s a girl. This new babe will give my 6 kids another cousin to play with, and someone for us to adore and love.  As a gift to my SIL, I offered to refinish a dresser for the baby’s room.  As it turns out, she had already found a dresser style on Pinterest that she loved and was hoping to replicate. Now we have a furniture makeover in the works. woot!

I’ve got to be honest that I had no idea how awesome this whole furniture makeover would turn out.  You see, this month’s themed makeover has the subject, “Inspired By” – meaning to redo a piece of furniture in the styling of another piece we’ve seen on the internet, movie, etc.  I had NO inspiration because I have NO time to peruse such frivolous things like other blogs, Pinterest, and… what’s a movie??

As it turns out, I was thankful to not only be able to give my SIL and her husband this gift, but also to fulfill the themed makeover quota. (she giggles wickedly)

Enter in this gorgeous aqua blue dresser by Sharon at Lilikoi Joy.  You know me and my Craigslist love, not to mention that it’s aqua! (My entire blog post about that color here – yes I LOVE it).

Antique Serpentine Dresser Gets Much Needed Furniture Makeover for Baby with Inspiration by a Blue Beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Sharon scored this piece on Craigslist and did a fantastic job of giving this lovely serpentine dresser a facelift to suit her style.  You just have to head on over to her blog to read the full story.
Antique Serpentine Dresser Gets Much Needed Makeover for Baby with Inspiration by a Blue Beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesWhen my mother-in-law came over for a visit one day, she showed me the picture of the dresser that they had in their garage and was one that my SIL had used in her bedroom as a child.
Antique Serpentine Dresser Gets Much Needed Makeover for Baby with Inspiration by a Blue Beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
How sweet it would be to give her back that dresser for her own sweet daughter – in a much improved state for sure.
Antique Serpentine Dresser Gets Much Needed Makeover for Baby with Inspiration by a Blue Beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
This forlorn dresser was missing a leg, had a broken swag on one of the drawer pulls, and had been painted white so long ago that it looked yellow.

I don’t know about you, but that serpentine style is one of my favorites (I’m talking about that wavy look to the front).  Swoon!

Although this dresser needed some love, it is such a well-built antique and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. After doing a much needed wood putty treatment to the cabinet, I grabbed my best friend, orbital sander, and went to work.  It was hard to not want to yank all that paint off and restore this beauty back to it’s original wood state.  I mean, we’re talking solid oak with a grain to die for.

Once I had given the dresser enough “teeth” for the paint to adhere, I set out working on the pulls.  It was such a shame that only one of them was damaged and we couldn’t put them all back on.  I normally don’t paint solid brass, but since the inspiration dresser had a painted chrome finish to it’s pulls, I went with a brushed nickel paint by Rustoleum instead.  Ouch…I painted antique brass….gulp. That’s a new one for me!  deep breath.  I mean, just look at those escutcheons.  So dainty and ornate.

Antique Serpentine Dresser Gets Much Needed Makeover for Baby with Inspiration by a Blue Beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Antique Serpentine Dresser Gets Much Needed Makeover for Baby with Inspiration by a Blue Beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Since the new nickel paint looked too new, I used my go-to ebony Rub ‘N’ Buff to create a patina on the pulls. This stuff is great, I tell ya!
Antique Serpentine Dresser Gets Much Needed Makeover for Baby with Inspiration by a Blue Beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Back to the dresser, since I was short one pull, I decided to fill the holes in the top two drawers and then drill new holes for a center-mounted pull instead.  I love the glass effect and was able to find some locally.  In addition to that upgrade, I had to repair a back leg so that it could hold a caster again. Thankfully, my in-laws had saved the pieces and I was able to grab yet another caster from that lovely rusty, crusty gift I spoke of here.

On to the fun part.  My SIL was hoping to use the exact same color that Sharon did, but since I already had a similar color in my stash that I used on my Mid-Century Modern set, I used that instead.  Oh yeah… my $7 Home Depot seconds paint wins again!  I brushed on several coats to the sides of the cabinet and drawers, but used a foam roller to get a nice smooth finish to the top.  Yes, it’s that time of year, when snow flies and my house fills with furniture.

Antique Serpentine Dresser Gets Much Needed Makeover for Baby with Inspiration by a Blue Beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
To achieve the glazed look that Sharon used, I whipped out my homemade glaze that I’ve used on my garage door and several other pieces.  I don’t typically buy into the commercial stuff if I can make it myself – I know, I’m funny that way.
Antique Serpentine Dresser Gets Much Needed Makeover for Baby with Inspiration by a Blue Beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
The typical store-bought glazing simply has an ingredient in it that allows you to have more work time before setting.  I’ve got glazing down so that I don’t need to worry about it drying too fast.  Just brush on and then wipe off until you get the desired effect.  No need for a $9 bottle. tsk.
Antique Serpentine Dresser Gets Much Needed Makeover for Baby with Inspiration by a Blue Beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Antique Serpentine Dresser Gets Much Needed Makeover for Baby with Inspiration by a Blue Beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 For extra durability, I gave it a hand-rubbed wax topcoat.  I will be completely honest that the original paint was on there sooo good that I don’t know if I did the new coat justice.  A hindsight was to have either taken the paint all the way down, or used a paint gripping primer instead.  Since the snow is flying here in the northeast, I’m limited on my outdoor time for sanding and I didn’t want to use that highly toxic primer in my home.  So, if my SIL finds that that paint isn’t holding up, I’ve offered to redo it again in the summer.  Stay tuned.

Here it is!  What do you think?

Antique Serpentine Dresser Gets Much Needed Makeover for Baby with Inspiration by a Blue Beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Antique Serpentine Dresser Gets Much Needed Makeover for Baby with Inspiration by a Blue Beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I don’t think they’re twins, but certainly related.
Antique Serpentine Dresser Gets Much Needed Makeover for Baby with Inspiration by a Blue Beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 It’s all good.  I got to play with an antique, my SIL got a new dreser for baby, and I was able to complete my furniture makeover assignment.  YIPPEE!
Antique Serpentine Dresser Gets Much Needed Makeover for Baby with Inspiration by a Blue Beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Antique Serpentine Dresser Gets Much Needed Makeover for Baby with Inspiration by a Blue Beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesBefore you head off, I want to invite you to go check out all these other fantastic “Inspired By” creations by my blogger friends.  It’s fun to see the initial inspiration as well as the reproduction.

Our last few themes have included:

Antique Serpentine Dresser Gets Much Needed Makeover for Baby with Inspiration by a Blue Beauty by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Until next month’s theme! (psst!  It’s going to be all about chairs and I think God has lined up all these next themes just for me!!!  tee hee.)
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Want to see another furniture makeover? Check these out:

Modern Chic Makeover of a Mid Century Modern Dresser Credenza by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comVintage Kroehler Vanity Gets French Country Cottage Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Aqua Blue Table ~ My Favorite Furniture Color

Want to see my favorite aqua blue table makeover? Recently, a client of mine asked for a pair of nightstands to go with a dresser she had purchased from me, and so began the hunt.  I love this part.  I mean, what could be better than shopping for furniture? A new little flea market had opened downtown a few weeks ago and I wanted to stop in and see if they had anything suitable.  They ended up being closed, but when I drove a couple stores down I noticed another place that I had seen before, but never stopped in.

WHOA…when I walked in the door I turned and said to my kids with excitement in my voice, “I really shouldn’t have found this place.” Furniture everywhere, and not your department store stuff. This is old, vintage, and absolutely lovely gems.

The guy had priced things accurately for their worth and no nightstands for my client, but that’s when I saw this beauty.

Table Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
Little lacking in the love department with it’s damaged veneer surface, but oooh the lines and legs of this piece!
Top of Table | Prodigal Pieces
 Can you see the intricate geometric style inlaid pattern?
Damaged Table Top | Prodigal Pieces
If you follow me on social media, I shared this picture with hesitation because I wasn’t sure if I would stick to my intentions of painting.  Most of the time no one wants a stained piece – painted wins out every time.

There’s no way I could paint that gorgeous top, so I sanded it down and refreshed that old stain with a new coating, then finished with several coats of poly.

Refinished Table Top | Prodigal Pieces
Now for the base.  It took me a day to decide if I should paint.  I really love wood, but those hand carved details were just begging to be drawn out. After much fretting, I dove in with my eyes closed and cringing.  Seriously.

Can I just say that I LOVE how it turned out!

Antique Vintage Side Entry Table Gets an Aqua Blue Facelift by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
I’ve already had people asking me about the color I used and the ironic part of this story is, I don’t know. This paint was one of my first scores from Home Depot’s “seconds” stash and I nearly fainted when I saw it. I have added it to the collection I’m creating for one day owning my own line of paint – we’ll see.

I ration this color out for special projects like my Art Deco waterfall dressing table

Antique Vintage Art Deco Waterfall Dressing Table Vanity Gets an Aqua Blue Facelift by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
Antique Vintage Bentwood Rocking Chair Gets an Aqua Blue Facelift with Shabby Chic Crosstitch by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
This little table fit the bill, didn’t it?
Corner of Aqua Blue Table | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
So, what do you think?  I’d love to hear your thoughts….would you have painted or kept it wood?  No regrets here, but curious if you would have done the same.
Antique Vintage Side Entry Table Gets an Aqua Blue Facelift by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
Damaged Table Before and After | Prodigal Pieces
There’s just something about how the paint draws out that woodwork, that wasn’t being showcased with stain.
Distressed Aqua Blue Table by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
Ornate Legs on Side Table by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
While this aqua blue table has already sold from my shop, you can peruse other furniture or request a custom piece done just for you. Now back to the nightstand search.
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Painted Entertainment Stand in Hale Navy

It is on a daily basis that I get asked questions either about a project that I have worked on in the past or a person has their own project they’d like some advice on. I’m eager to help and try to be informative. This time around, however, I am able to physically help out a local follower with this piece she had. Her second-hand find is about to become a painted entertainment stand. Check it out. (giveaway alert!)

Entertainment Stand Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

Kathryn contacted me about this entertainment stand via social media per suggestion through some friends of hers. Originally, she asked for Read more

DIY Farmhouse Sign with Typography

I’d like to introduce you to Bo and Mo, my latest thrift store finds. Why on earth would I bring these home, you say? Well, they’re wooden, cute, and full of potential. Do you see it? This chessboard duo is about to help me show you how to create a DIY farmhouse sign with typography. Oh yeah! {{twangy banjo music begins}}

Wooden Animal Cutouts from the Thrift Store | prodigalpieces.com

Okay, so maybe I’m a little nutty for seeing potential in these two pieces, but you can’t blame me for trying. If you take a closer look, Mo (the cow) is just a wood cutout with a chessboard painted on, plus that snazzy bell necklace. However, Bo, on the other hand, Read more

Farmhouse Fall Vignette from Thrifted Finds

Do you feel a nip in the air? In my part of the country, we are seeing definite signs that autumn is just around the corner. It’s an exciting time of change and thankfulness for the harvest season with all the bounty it has to offer. It also means we can change up our decor to celebrate the season too. I’m excited to share with you how to create a farmhouse fall vignette from thrifted finds. Anyone can do it!

Thrifted Finds for Farmhouse Fall Vignette | prodigalpieces.com
What you see above is a collection of three items I chose to use to start my autumn decor in my home. First is a peg shelf, second is an antique hand drill, and the third a little bushel basket. Two of the three of these things can be found most anywhere, but the third will need Read more

Upcycled Salt & Pepper Set with Junkified Stand

Tell me I’m not alone here…k. I walk into the thrift store to look for one thing, then, of course, the rest of the store calls. (aka. sirens…the kind that beckon you) Am I right? Can I help that 5 sets of these wooden gems were sitting there waiting for me? I think not. I say it’s time for some upcycled salt & pepper sets. Game ON.

Wooden Salt & Pepper Set Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

At this point you may be wondering why on earth I need 5 sets of these? Well, truth be told I don’t. However, isn’t that how thrift shopping works? We buy things we don’t need because Read more

Upcycled Paper Plate Holder into Farmhouse Decor

Would you pass up this little gem? I actually didn’t find it at the thrift store or a garage sale. However, my friend, Mandy, passed it along to me with all the other wooden treasures I’ve been working through over the last few months. See HERE. This will be my first upcycled paper plate holder. I’m ready for some fun!

Vintage Paper Plate Holder Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Doesn’t it look like a good candidate for a makeover? It sure couldn’t hurt to give it a try. Nowadays our society is more “green” and hopefully out of the country blue prim look. tee hee.

After twisting and turning it around a few times I came to a couple of conclusions: (1) I could just Read more

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