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Upcycled Storage & Wall Art from Bedrails

Tackling a spot in your home that needs a thorough cleaning can feel so good, doesn’t it? Kinda like therapy in and of its own. We have the opportunity to get rid of naturally occurring filth like dirt and dust, but then also really evaluate what exists in that space. Once such area I consistently tackle is my workshop. It’s full of dirt and sawdust for sure, but also oodles of potential – of things yet to be. Here is what I chose to work on today from my constant cleaning spot. Do you know what they are? Well, they’re going to become upcycled storage and some DIY wall art. Woot!

Bed Rails Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Okay, so I told you what they’re going to become. Any guesses as to what they are? A friend gave them to me and told me they were off her beds used as bed rails for kids. I will admit I had a totally different plan for them initially, but I like what I came up with secondhand better.

First, I took those pieces with spindles in it and decided to create the upcycled storage. I grabbed some wood from my stash and cut it to length using my miter saw.

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Miter Saw to Cut Wood | prodigalpieces.com

Yes, I jerry-rigged a sheet around my saw to catch the sawdust that I am perpetually cleaning up. It saves me oodles of time! A dust collector is high on my list of wants for my workshop. One day it will happen…trust me!

Then, I gave those few slats of wood a couple coats of paint with my Palm Pro brush. While those were curing I sprayed the spindled rails with a Pure Gold.

Painting Wood Shelves with Zibra Palm Pro | prodigalpieces.com

To assemble my vision, I really wanted to use only items from my stash, so instead of running to the hardware store for conduit straps, I made my own. I’ve had these metal straps I yanked off a curbside chair ages ago and they have come in handy for things like my funky junk coat rack seen HERE.

Scrap Metal for Hardware | prodigalpieces.com

I simply cut the metal to length with my tin snips, drilled holes, and bent to the shape desired to go around those spindles.

Scrap Metal Braces for Upcycled Storage | prodigalpieces.com

Before I show you the finished upcycled storage, let me show you what I did with the rest. What remains to create with are these wood slats that were part of the bed rails.

Bed Rail Slats Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com

They instantly spoke to me to become wall art with that slot notched out of them. So, again I used my miter saw to cut them to length and miter the corners.

Mitered Corners of Frame | prodigalpieces.com

Then I cut some hardboard that I use often to make chalkboards and such as seen in these posts. That stuff is one of my must haves in my stash. Viola! I have a blank slate.

Wall Art in the Raw | prodigalpieces.com

This was my dry fit, so to get done what I envisioned, I took it apart and sprayed the frames with Antique Brass and painted the hardboard with the same white as the wood slats above.

Then, it was time for the art. I wanted to do a fun metallic effect to go with all the metal colors I was using. I’m all about patina, so I used my Patina Paint in Copper to create my design.

Painting Copper Tub Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The key to using this awesome stuff is to add the Patina Spray in Green (and a bit of Blue Patina Spray) while the second coat is still wet. What happens is that actual metal in the paint interacts with the corrosive spray to give you instant patina. You can see it in action in the video below I created to add patina to our garden arbor.

Using Dixie Belle Paint Patina Spray to Create Copper Patina by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Once all is dried, everything is set in place to show you.

Modern Chic Bathroom with Upcycled Storage and DIY Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Repurposed Towel Rack for Modern Chic Boho Bathroom Decor from Bed Rails by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of my visions for these cast-offs. The upcycled storage can be used as towel rack as I’m showing, or for most any thing really…plants, toys, collectibles…you name it!

Repurposed Bathroom Storage for Towels, TP and more in a Modern Chic Bath by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Bed Rails Turned Modern Chic Towel Rack by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Plenty of storage for bath essentials and the design has the modern boho vibe that I have come to love. My DIY conduit straps worked out awesome to hold it all into place. All this was created from scrap in my stash…how awesome is that?!

Boho Style Storage for Bathroom and More by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

And who doesn’t love a cute place to stick a plant?

Terra Cotta Plants Stand from Upcycled Bed Rails by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My DIY wall art up above was fun to create and make. Those rails were perfect for making frames for both of my art pieces.

Boho Chic Bathroom with DIY Copper Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The copper paint and brass metallic paints keep with the same theme I’m after with the upcycled storage. Hard to tell in the pics of the patina, but I think you get the idea.

DIY Copper Wall Art made from Upcycled Bed Rails by Prodigal Pieces | prodiglapieces.com

Upcycled Modern Chic Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What is even better is that the naturally occurring patina will continue to age over time. Isn’t that so cool?!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these couple creations of mine. If you’d love to make them your own, they are available in my online shop.

Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Boho Chic Bathroom Decor with Copper Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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This is so cool! upcycled storage and DIY wall art all created from some cast-off bed rails. Perfect modern boho chic decor! See the details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Potty Chair Makeover ~ Talking Toddler Style

Are you ready for this? DISCLAIMER: This post contains potty talk. If you have ever had a child, you know what I’m talking about. Just wanted to be upfront and everyone is on the same page. hee hee hee. Now, doesn’t every good mother scout the curb when they are walking their kids home? I mean, who would pass up the opportunity to carry this home? Yep, that’s a potty chair and we gonna have a potty chair makeover today, folks.

Vintage Potty Chair Found Curbside | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What kid wouldn’t love this little gem with the built-in TP holder and book rack? It’s like a little throne or something. I actually spied this this night before on an evening walk with my kids. We had to walk back that way the next day to go to our homeschool gym class and figured if it was still there I would grab it before the trash truck did.

The owner was sitting outside and we are acquainted, so I asked Read more

Farmhouse Style Decor ~ How to add it to your home

You know I love me some farmhouse style decor. Do I live on a farm? No. Do I want to live on a farm? YES. Funny thing is I was born on a farm (and act like it too – ha!) and lived in rural life until I left the nest. So many of us adore the simplicity of farmhouse decor, but don’t live on a farm. However, we don’t have to wait for that “farm in the sky” to have it.  Whether it’s good ol’ fashioned farmhouse or modern farmhouse, you can get the look for less. Let me show you what I mean. (I have a video for you!)

Want to add farmhouse style decor to your home, but lack a big budget? It's easier than you think. Come see at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

First, let me say that country living is in my bones and one day I will get there whether here or in heaven. God hasn’t seen fit to bless me with that opportunity yet, so I am making the most of my blessings.

Some of the ways I have incorporated my passion into my home is by Read more

DIY Storage from Repurposed Cupboard Doors

Mama on a mission here! I am a driven person, if you haven’t figured that out yet. mwahaha…and my workshop is getting an overhaul like noneother. Destashing the stash feels oh so good (and makes room for new, of course. tsk). I have had a small set of cupboard doors left over from from this pile of kitchen remodel goodness since forever and they finally are getting new life today. Time for some DIY storage!

Pile of Repurposed Goods Before DIY Storage | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Now, aside from the cupboard doors, you see a pair of bin pulls I yanked off a cheapie chest of drawers, and a pair of sofa legs from a curbside haul. So, I bet you’re now like…weird. hahaha… Read more

Top 10 Makeovers of 2015

As this past year flashes by and we are already a few days into 2016, I wanted to take a minute to look at my year in review and share my Top 10 Makeovers of 2015. Fun, right? It is amazing to see God working in my life and of my family. I want to share the blessings with you and offer you a surprise for helping me out with a little something later on.

Let’s get this party started!!

Top 10 Makeovers of 2015 | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Crazy as this sounds, my #1 top viewed post of 2015 was not a makeover, but a tip. Yep, a last-minute, grab-my-camera, and why-not-share-my-quirky-habit type of post. My “Natural Ant Control with Grits” post blew up and was by far number one. I guess I’m not the only one with the pesky little critters each spring.

Stop the Ants! Natural Ant Control Using GRITS | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

A bit of controversy arose about my post and several naysayers appeared, but I tell ya, it works. Whether it kills them or just feeds them so they don’t come in…I don’t care. I like ants, just not in my home, right?

The #2 post was none other than Read more

Repurposed Direction Sign

Lately, I’ve been trying to get a few projects done for our own home that I’ve had on my brain. Sometimes it seems like my head is going to explode and it feels good to work on something and be able to mark it off my list. I’ve always admired the whimsy of bathroom directional sign – a sort of vintage here-you-go sign. Check out my repurposed direction…hee hee.

Well, I’ve been making a point to work through my stash bit by bit and get creative and here is what I pulled out as possible repurposed direction sign candidates.

Bits and pieces of reclaimed parts fit perfectly together to make a rustic bathroom directional sign by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

A wood turning, a small single tree (for a goat?), a rusty old coping saw, and a leftover piece of my treadle sewing machine table. I decided to use my rusty saw and sewing machine part (that funky piece of wood). Read more

Farmhouse Bathroom Remodel Reveal

Today’s the day! WAHOO! Yes, I’m excited and yes, I can show you the final product of all our work in our one and only bathroom.

Now, for those of you just stopping in, I’d like to take a minute to catch you up to speed. My family and I are remodeling our house (again) and our latest project was our master bedroom, and sort of at the same time our soon-to-be farmhouse bathroom over the last year (while also having babies and a grand ol’ time).

When we bought our home in 2003, this is what the bathroom looked like. In case you’re wondering, this is a scanned and uploaded photo, so you could get the full effect. Now I am really dating myself. ahem.

Budget-Friendly Farmhouse Style Bathroom Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Cast iron green bathtub with matching green commode, glass shower doors, 3″ creamy white square tiles on the bottom and 1″ white with gold square tiles on top. Berber carpet on the floor, clear corrugated plexiglass type drop ceiling, an indoor/outdoor light complete with outlet attached, and a single mirrored medicine cabinet. Oh yeah, total room for improvement.

First makeover included painting upper tiles dark maroon and the ceiling panels and grids white, added green floor tile, plus mirror and light fixtures, and took out the shower doors.

Second makeover, yanked out the tub and toilet for new fiberglass tub with surround, and put in new floor tile. (another uber old scanned picture)

Budget-Friendly DIY Farmhouse Style Bathroom Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It wasn’t until a couple years later I painted the upper tile a soft green and changed up the decor. This picture shows after we already tore down the ceiling and getting into gutting it from top to bottom.

Budget-Friendly Farmhouse Style Bathroom Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Third times a charm, right? tsk.

Budget-Friendly DIY Farmhouse Style Bathroom Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Well, this time was for good because we needed to replace that window and we wanted a clean start, a GIGANTIC do over. All the details about the start of our project, including how we got a massively heavy tub in there are here, and the latest upgrades are all here. Take a minute and catch up…it’s a good read.

Are you ready? We are!!

Budget-Friendly DIY Farmhouse Style Bathroom Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Read more

Farmhouse Bathroom Remodel Update

Last September (has it really been that long??), we began gutting our solitary water closet for our family of 8. And you know that when you have 6 little bladders walking around that getting a job done quickly can become nearly impossible. Well, here we are at the end of spring and we’re finally wrapping up our farmhouse bathroom remodel. Mind you, we have also just completed our master bedroom remodel too. Time flies when you’re making a mess, right?

Here is where we left off last time…

1950's Bathroom Remodel by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

We replaced our worn out fiberglass tub with a new Kohler cast iron tub found on Craigslist for $250. This beauty only had a small nick in the bottom left corner of the skirt from transportation, which made it deemed unworthy to the owner. SCORE FOR US!

The one and only thing we were not replacing in this room was the commode because we had just replaced it a couple of years prior. Otherwise, everything had got to go!

From the ceiling down the floor all was removed. (feel free to read all about our initial gutting to catch up to speed…I’ll wait.)

First up (literally) was the ceiling. Since our bathroom is a tiny room, we wanted to one panel of 4′ x 8′ beadboard stuck up there with a sort of coffered effect.

Installing Beadboard Coffered Ceiling by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

With some basic pine and trim and a fresh coat of white paint, we have a new ceiling that is stylin’.

Once our tub was in, we used a classic subway tile for the surround. Read more

30+ Cotton Crafts & Storage Ideas

Ever since my DIY tutorial for cotton branches went crazy, I’ve been on the lookout for cotton crafts and projects wherever I go. Since one of my regular places to hang is Hometalk, I decided to curate a board all about cotton.

30+ Cotton Crafts & Storage Ideas on Hometalk by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

 

Just look at all that cottony goodness!  You’ve got 40 fantastic DIY projects all in one place.  Here are some examples, a gorgeous farmhouse wreath…

30+ Cotton Crafts & Storage Ideas on Hometalk by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Courtesy of Cottage in the Oaks

…functional bathroom storage…

Courtesy of Liz Marie Blog

…and whimsical decor.

30+ Cotton Crafts & Storage Ideas on Hometalk by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Courtesy of Lana Jane Fox

Don’t forget yours truly has a video tutorial for you to make your own cotton branches.

DIY Farmhouse Cotton Branches by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Come on over and check out all the projects my board has to offer.  See you there!

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