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Wooden Storage Bin Building Plans

Do you ever find yourself saying, “I wish I had more storage space”? Finding ways to add more storage space is always in demand, and this DIY tutorial is going to help you create a very versatile piece for your home. The best part is that once you build this wooden storage bin, you will have the ability to recreate it again and again making use of it in ever so many ways.

Easy Step-by Step Plans to Build Your Own Wooden Storage Bin by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

For this project, I am creating a storage bin for my kitchen since we are in the middle of a remodel. I, for one, am tired of having my counter look like this when we are trying to either ripen our fruits or just don’t have anywhere to put our goods. Can you blame me?

This plan is for home use only and not to be redistributed or used to make items for sale. Plans are owned and copyrighted by Prodigal Pieces.

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*this post was also seen on Angie’s List and contains affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too!

Ready to get started building one of your own? You can build this in as many tiers as you want, and even mount it to the wall. Mix it up and add legs or feet to create a different style of bin. Have fun with it!

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DIY Duct Tape Zippered Pouch

It’s high time I take a break from all my furniture makeovers and get my craft on. You have to understand that I ache to create, and it’s been waaaay to long since I’ve “played”. Used to be I would stay up late into the night creating some treasures to greet my kiddos when they woke up the next morning. Now, I’m so busy and have fallen off track. sigh…

Today, I’m getting back on track. My choice of media for my fun – duct tape. Yup. You gotta admit, everyone from young to older(er), can have fun with duct tape. Just look at all the colors and designs there are now…it’s amazing! This stuff has gone from Hillbilly Chrome (as it’s called around here), to Designer’s Dream.

Make a duct tape zippered pouch from repurposed items. Perfect for back-to-school pencil case, baby, beach, snacks, and crafters too! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Such fun colors, and ooooh….the possibilities! When I see some blogger friends getting crafty with it, I knew I had to have my turn. My kids would love it for a homeschool project, and it would get my craft cup full again. Yay!

Here’s what idea struck me as I was laying in bed one night (doesn’t it always happen that way?), a repurposed duct tape zippered pouch perfect for most any occasion. I dare you to say that 3 times fast. hee hee.

Make a duct tape zippered pouch from repurposed items. Perfect for back-to-school pencil case, baby, beach, snacks, and crafters too! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Seriously though, this is a basic craft and so versatile too. This project is simple enough that it can be done by young ones paired with an adult or older child, and completed alone by at least a 7-9 year old and older.

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Why I Love My HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer

There’s no denying that when you find something that makes your life easier and affords you more time for other tasks or pleasures in life, the first thing you want to do is tell others about it so they can benefit too. That, my friends, is what this post is all about. A few weeks ago I shared with you how much I adored my new toy, a paint sprayer called the HomeRight Finish Max , when I worked on this farmhouse dinette set (this post described using paint and poly).

Farmhouse Dining Set Painted with HomeRight Finish Max | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Well, now that summer’s here and I’m able to be outside more doing my work, I’m having a blast (literally!) getting furniture done lickety-split. For instance, I’ve had this baby highchair needing a facelift, and if you’ve ever painted a chair before, you know how un-fun it is to paint spindles.

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Ugh… you’re constantly checking for drips, incessantly brushing hoping for an even coat, right? All these reasons are exactly why I love my HomeRight sprayer. Yay!!

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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).

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 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.
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How sweet it would be to give her back that dresser for her own sweet daughter – in a much improved state for sure.
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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.

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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!
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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?

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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.
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 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!
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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:

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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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All Work and No Play

Just a week ago we entered into a new year and I did a post about different projects I worked on, but I didn’t talk about the behind-the-scenes activities much.  I want to take some time to shed some light on my little part of the world and get personal.

If you haven’t been here before, then you wouldn’t know that I am a homeschooling mom to 6 of the most precious children in the world – not including my little girl and other baby (which I believe was a boy) that are now in heaven.  You can read more about my baby journey here.

As part of our what we call “language lessons”, our homeschool curriculum has the children in grammar grades learn to recite this poem:

Work by Anonymous
Work while you work,
Play while you play,
This is the way
To be happy each day.
 
All that you do,
do with your might,
things done by halves,
are never done right.
This little poem has been on my mind for the last nine months because my life has been a whole lot of work and has had to forget the play part. Before starting my business and blogging, you would never had seen me with a cell phone in hand or, gasp, on Facebook.  I hated the idea of social media and getting techie. I can do all that stuff, but didn’t need it.  I spend most of my days barefoot, without makeup, and creating culinary delights with our whole food lifestyle.
I’ve had to give that up for a time.  It is hard for me not to constantly “talk” about my children and my husband because I love them so much.  I’ve often thought about having a mommy blog, or a foodie blog, etc. because there are so many aspects I’d love to share with you, especially how blessed I am. Obviously, I’ve found a whole new world in blogger land and am feeling this is God’s direction for me.
So, you may be asking, why haven’t I shared more?  Well…this past year put me through trials that were soooo stinkin’ hard.  My pregnancies are not what I would say easy. No, I don’t end up in bed rest each time, but my start to them is very hard physically. Because we had two losses in between our four year old boy and last little girl, this time was particularly scary, but I chose to lean on God throughout it all.
My, now 9 month old, sweetie was supposed to be born at home in our newly renovated bedroom, and be welcomed by all her brothers and sisters, and we were to relish this sweet fleeting time.  God had different plans.
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 Our sweet little bundle came 6 weeks early, which in most cases I could have delivered at home and then been transported to a hospital with babe, if need be. We called our local hospital and they said that unless I was in an emergency delivery state (as in pushing on the way there), they would not let me deliver there.  So, we decided to head to a bigger hospital an hour away since they were more equipped for premature birth.  Let me just say that I had no idea I would be spending the next 3 weeks in a hospital.
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You have to understand that I am a home birth lady (except for my first boy) and minimal intervention is the most glorious part of the experience.  Going to the hospital is a not something I relish, especially to deliver a baby.  Upon arrival they noted that I was 2 days shy of the 34 week mark and because my water had broke prematurely, they thought it better to stop my natural labor so my little one had a couple more days to mature.  I won’t go into too much detail here, but not being allowed to eat nothing but popcicles and ice chips for 2 days will drive a person CRAZY!!! (I had an IV and was getting “nourished”, and I know they had their reasons, I’m glad they did).  I was a bad girl and ate a little bit anyway.  My hubby gave me bits of his food and I ate and drank to a degree because I knew what a long journey I was in for and for sanity’s sake had to do it.
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The view from the first room I was in.

Somehow they messed up my due date and kept me from laboring longer than was necessary, but when it was time to stop the magnesium (that’s used to relax the muscles from contracting) they wanted me to jump into labor.  Baby was fine and I told them that you’ve been telling my body to stop and now you want it to jump-start?  I was getting so much heat for not starting an inducing drug, so much to the point that they told me I had better start labor by this specified time or else….or else what?!  They were patient with me waiting for labor to restart on it’s own, but I got so fed up with being harassed that I gave in to minimal dosages just to stop being bothered (I am absolutely not the norm, so I feel for them). Remember, I’m used to a homebirth with a qualified EMT nurse-midwife, and this is nothing like what I was used to, except that my firstborn was also been in a hospital with a nightmare birth.

Needless to say, when you start that sort of stuff it puts you through a horrible labor, and even though I delivery naturally at home without drugs, this messed up birth was more than I could handle and took an epidural.  I knew the risks of the epidural causing baby to struggle and she did.  Her heart rate jumped all over and they were afraid they’d have to take her by c-section. To say I was angry was an understatement, but I chose that route.

Thankfully, our baby was born without any problem breathing and was doing great.  This particular hospital isn’t equipped so that you can room-in with your baby. The babies are placed in a NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) instead, and my room is in a separate wing.  If I had known that hospital was equipped that way, there is no way I would EVER go there again.  I nurse my babes on demand, co-sleep, and wear them so they get the full heart-to-heart experience and there is no way I can do that in a place where no food was allowed, no bathroom for new mom ( a man had to have built that place), and no phones. Keep in mind that I have 5 children at home who where freaked out because the last time mom left pregnant to go to this same hospital, she came home without our little girl who died upon premature delivery at 21 weeks from a subchorionic hematoma.

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So, why were we in the hospital for 3 weeks??  I really have no idea, except it’s all about numbers and regulations.  She had to reach these specified hurdles in order to qualify to take her car seat test – an hour long sit in a car seat while they watch her stats.  I am thankful for her special care, but some things were unneccesary.

I also strictly nurse (no bottle feeding) and they put her on a 3 hour schedule for feeds (I don’t do schedules!!).  My routine was this: take her out of the incubator and try to get her to nurse, if she was too sleepy I’d hold her until I needed to eat or go to the bathroom (remember I had just delivered a baby!), while out I would take care of calling and try to get a minute of sleep.

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This is my second room during the bonding program – a bonus in all the chaos because I got to stay free and got 3 free meals. Praise God for the wonderful program at this hospital!
This little ray of sunshine would make my day and I would crawl up in to the window sill to soak it all in.
The nurses, by my request, were supposed to let me know if she woke while I was out so that I could nurse her.  Some of them eagerly abided, but for most it is a norm for some of them to not want a parent in there?  Nooo, of course, not. You mess up their schedule and they just want to bottle feed the babies and keep you at a distance.  I can’t tell you the number of times I would go in at the scheduled time to find her screaming or finding her so exhausted to the point she wouldn’t wake up to nurse because she had been screaming and they never called me. How in the world could we get out of there with those crazy issues?
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Because the nurses worked in shifts, there were a few special ladies in there that saw my plight and worked hard to make sure I was notified, and even bent the rules for me.  During that trying time, I got to share with those nurses my faith and about my life, as they shared with me.  I made waves in that NICU because I wasn’t the norm (didn’t really want to create waves, but somebody has to stand their ground!) and I think God put me in there for a reason.  God bless you, my nurse guardians!
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I never once left that hospital during that 3 week time, and for the most part was alone because we had children at home needing care and my husband had to go back to work. I don’t know what hell is really like, but in my mind (a hormonal new mom mind) you couldn’t get any closer. But…I had God. Even though I was “alone” in a massive hospital full of people, I could talk to him and cry to him. I don’t know what I would have done otherwise because not only was I in the NICU, but had never been apart from my kids or husband that long.
This was my first escape to sunshine in the courtyard after the most dreary, nasty cold winter since 1965 we had here in Ohio. It was my absolute therapy.
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This little bird reminded me of a windged fried my kids named Cheepside at home.
To make matters worse, they got so utterly sick when I was gone, and I couldn’t be there to take care of them.  They couldn’t even come to the hospital for fear of passing it to me, or worse, our baby for weeks.  So they didn’t get to see her until we left.  Oh yeah, and our chest freezer died while our frozen goods went to pot, my shop had the best sales ever in that time period, which was a blessing and a nightmare for me to maintain sales from a smart phone that I just received days before this event…I could go on, but you get the idea. You can imagine what my husband was going through.
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Failing the first car seat test.
My little girl failed her first car seat test by doctors decision (although the nurse and I thought she would have been fine), which meant we had to stay another week.  The second test she passed and we were allowed to go home.  I could not believe how soft my car seats were and to see my kids, and to be able to touch them was unreal.
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My 3rd room I was very thankful for because I lost my bonding room and was going to have to leave the hospital due to no room. God worked wonders through the helpful hospital staff. Here I would sit to get my snippet of sun.

Since then, we have been working our tails off to pay the hospital bills we incurred from being there that long, and am thankful is was not as long as others have had to endure.  I have felt as if I’ve had to pay for our daughter to be ours in some ways.  My furniture work is what’s been keeping our heads above water.  We are just shy of being done with those payments and I can tell you it is only by the grace of God we have been able to take care of this debt.

Premature Baby Gives New Take on New Year and God's Promises of What's to Come by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesOver and over again, a piece would sell just in time before we had to make payment.  There was one time we didn’t have a penny for it and I had worked so hard on some furniture, but nothing was selling in time.  It was down to the wire and 2 of them sold in one day and I couldn’t help but shout and praise God for His timing.  Why he waits sometimes is a mystery to me, but I am always needing a patience lesson.
I am enormously blessed to not only have our little girl, but my family.  Things could have went wrong and we lost another baby, but God saw fit to heal my past wounds with this sweet little girl.  No words can express my gratitude.
Premature Baby Gives New Take on New Year and God's Promises of What's to Come by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesMy goal in this coming year is to be more real with you, to share more of what God’s doing in my life so that you can be blessed too.  My brain is forever reeling with ideas, and aching to make my life normal again. I haven’t really been able to do that in so long because furniture needed to be done to generate income.  You can lose a bit of yourself when that happens and it’s easy to lose joy in what you do.
My homeschooling has been lacking zest due to our current circumstances, but that will be remedied soon, my lack of pep in the blogging department is going to change, our diet is going back to healthy, and my business is going to get some much needed changes as well. My bedroom is still not finished and our bathroom is still partially tore up, not to mention our living room needs finished and the entire rest of our house!  sigh.
It will all be done before this summer is over if not before if I have anything to say about it because once that hospital bill is gone, I am going DIY crazy around here and gaining my sanity back.  Maybe you have no idea what it’s like to live in a 1600 sq. ft. home with 8 people, 1 dismantled bath, and furniture everywhere, but amidst it all I’m surrounded by things I love. Kudos to my family for putting up with it all, including a crazy painting wife/mom.
If you’re still reading at this point, I thank you.  My readers are why I do what I do in this blogging world and you have been tremendous support this year.  I urge you to take a minute and consider where you are today in your relationship with your heavenly Father.  Without Him I would have been truly alone in that hospital.  Without Him I would be lost.  Do you need some time to grow closer to God?  I’d love to be an ear for you and a prayer warrior for you if you do!
Let’s make this year a good one!
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Easy Peasy DIY Cloth Diaper Wipes

Screeeeech!  That’s the sound of the brakes being applied and our master bedroom makeover coming to a halt when our baby girl surprised us with an early arrival at 6 weeks ahead of due date. 

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Love those tootsies!!

We were so close to getting done, but haven’t touched it since early March.  Ah well, it will be completed soon enough, but we’ve decided to move it to the back burner and get our garden underway along with several other projects.  

Here is a sneak peek of where we left off…

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I really wholeheartedly believe I instinctively knew baby was coming and began to frantically prepare even though my due date was two months away.  Because of that, one of the things I was able to accomplish in time was making some cloth diaper wipes that we desperately needed. (5 previous baby bums can wear out such things!)

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Yes, we cloth diaper and wouldn’t have it any other way!  Would you want to wear paper pants all day that have been made of processed chemicals causing who knows what irritations?  Not to mention the trash they produce.

Actually, my cloth diapers rarely leak and the disposables almost always allow a breastfed baby to blast out the back…nuff said.

You don’t have to strictly use cloth diapers to use cloth wipes, but either way your baby will appreciate the super-soft cleaning of a homemade wipe as opposed to a stiff (and wickedly frigid) disposable kind.

The wipes I have pictured are two-sided with one being flannel and the other micro-fleece and are serged together.  But really, all you need is micro fleece cut into squares if you want to skip any sewing steps and put them to use.

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To make these easy peasy wipes (either one-sided or two), just grab yourself a thick piece of paper, like cardstock (or cardboard, a cereal box, etc.) and make an 8″ square.  Next, grab a bowl and create a rounded corner using the edge of the bowl. This step is optional, but I like a rounded corner for serging and appearance purposes.  Last, cut out with scissors or you can use a rotary cutter and mat like I did.  Viola!  You’re ready to use the fleece as is or read on for the two-sided version.

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The benefit of the two sides, in my opinion, is that you get the chunky stuff off with one and clean up with the other.   

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So…for the two-sided version, I wanted a total of 16 wipes.  I cut 16 flannel squares and 16 fleece squares so that when they’re paired I end up with 16 total.  Make sense?

Easy Peasy Cloth Diaper Wipes Tutorial via http://www.prodigalpieces.com

Then, either using a serger (I love mine!)or a zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine.  Just place the two fabrics wrong sides facing and stitch together.  What could be easier than that?

Easy Peasy Cloth Diaper Wipes Tutorial via http://www.prodigalpieces.com

What a perfect gift to self and baby, or as a gift to a new mother.  You can even roll them up in a cupcake fashion and stick them in a cute box.

Do you love to get handmade gifts like I do?

Easy Peasy Cloth Diaper Wipes Tutorial via http://www.prodigalpieces.com

Got questions?  Please feel free to ask!

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.
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
*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…
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
…snack holders on my beverage cooler.  Perfect!  You can learn how to build one for yourself in my tutorial.
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
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.
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
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.
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
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