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Vintage Folding Chairs with Grain Sack Stencil

It often seems that when I find one good thing, I find multiples. And…just like a good junker, I can’t just take one. Nope, I gotta have ’em all. haha. You can understand this makes perfect sense when it comes to the vintage folding chairs, right? I mean, they’re meant to stay together as a family. {{just go with it and affirm. wink, wink}} (giveaway alert!)

Vintage Folding Chairs Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

First, I’d like to brush you up on your vintage folding chairs background (as if you had one). These beauties are made by Louis Rastetter & Sons of the The Solid Kumfort company. Also, it’s crazy that they can date as far back as 1900.

Louis Rastetter & Sons Solid Kumfort Folding Chairs Label |

I believe my set to be around the 1920-30’s based on the harp and design. In addition, they have that

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Vintage Industrial Office Chair Reupholstered

It’s that time again where my Trash to Treasure buddies and I put together a whole slew of inspiration for you the first Tuesday of each month . I’m excited! Not only do I get to share with you again, but this time it’s something for ME. It’s not often I get to work on a project for myself, so pardon me for being a little giddy. tee hee. Today, my goal is to give my vintage industrial office chair a makeover like none other.

Industrial Desk Chair Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

First, let me tell you the back story behind this chair. I wrote about it back in one of my very early blog posts

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Broken Chair Repair & How to Update

Call me crazy, call me nuts…whatever you want to say, because I am probably one of few that will actually pay for a broken chair. haha. Well, it was looking so good until I saw the missing parts. However, my soft heart said, “Meh, what’s a little DIY that can’t fix this?” So here I sits with my project before me looking all sad. I aim to show you how to handle a broken chair repair and update it while you’re at it. See what I mean with this gem?

Broken Chair Before |

It looks good enough, but if you look closely you’ll see more of what I’m talking about. When I picked it out in the store, I sat on it, wiggled my hiney, and it held

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Antique Clamp Chair Made with Barn Wood

Sometimes it can be hard to let go of things. Especially things that have sentimental value. For me it was this 12′ wooden ladder that my dad had loaned us when we bought our first home. I remember as a child using it in my parent’s home to decorate our 20’+ Christmas trees in our living room while using a broom to string lights. Or dangling from it  to play with my siblings. Problem is, when my husband and I got possession of it, it fell in disrepair. ugh. It had to be outside for various reasons and it rotted away. Today it becomes something more. Let me show you how I made an antique clamp chair using this ladder for parts.

Old Wooden Ladder Salvaged for Parts | Prodigal Pieces |

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I suppose most people would just pitch or burn this thing, but I couldn’t do it. Too many memories and I felt as though I failed my dad. I dragged it up to he front of my house and used my jig saw to cut it into salvageable pieces late last summer. The promise to myself was to make use of this bit by bit and create some new memories.

Enter in this pair of antique clamps that I found at a local flea market.

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Broken Chair Repurposed into Shelf

Put your hands together for Trash to Treasure Tuesday!! This is my favorite time of month where my blogger friends and I get together to show you how we take something that’s been cast-off and give it new life. We’ll get to their projects in a bit. First,  let me show you my subject for this month’s makeover. Would you like to see this broken chair repurposed into a shelf?

Broken Chair Before Repurposed Shelf | Prodigal Pieces |

A few years back my best girlfriend said she didn’t have the heart to throw this thing out. Bless her heart because she knew I might like to have a try at it. Ummm…yes. I love a good challenge, and I must admit

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Channel Back Chair ~ An Upholstery Adventure

Today I’m excited to be able to show you a project that has been brewing in my mind for about 2 years, until this month’s themed makeover assignment was “chairs”.  It’s safe to say that to get something done for myself is never at the forefront of my agenda, but this time I FINALLY got a piece of furniture done for me!!  This is my first makeover for myself since my free TV armoire 3 years ago, which brings me to a total of 2 pieces for us. Enter in this vintage channel back chair.

I picked up this sweet piece at a garage sale for $3…eeep!!  It wasn’t something I had planned to tackle at first because I loved that original fabric.  I even tried to clean it – mistake.  It made the color bleed and it looked even worse.  After that, I stuck it in the corner of our bedroom and used it quite frequently.

$3 Garage Sale Channel Back Chair Gets Deconstructed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces

$3 Garage Sale Channel Back Chair Gets Deconstructed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces

$3 Garage Sale Channel Back Chair Gets Deconstructed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces

That gorgeous chenille fabric was so utterly dirty and had been worn with love all over.  See those holes in the seat up above?  The seat was originally tufted and missing several buttons, and my kids and cat also had a hayday with this chair.

$3 Garage Sale Channel Back Chair Gets Deconstructed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces

The back panel was the only part in decent shape.  My kids loved to crawl behind it and rub the raised surface of the fabric because it was so soft.

$3 Garage Sale Channel Back Chair Gets Deconstructed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces

I told my husband that this winter when the snow was flying outside, my little ol’ self was staying inside to work and planning to tackle two chairs.  One of them was this one, a channel back chair.

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Vintage Feed Sack Chair {Themed Makeover Day}

Sometimes my projects are in my head and sound good to me, but I never quite know how they’re going to turn out.  It’s sort of fun that way, especially when it all gels together.  Here’s is one of those types of projects. Meet my feed sack chair."Vintage

Want the full story? Let’s go back to the beginning.
A couple of weeks ago, I had my four girls with me and we were headed to pick up our weekly milk supply from a local farmer and then headed on to a flea market.  We were all excited to find treasures that day.
Down the back country road we headed to get our milk, and then I spotted a “Garage Sale” sign.  Uh oh. I don’t stop at every one of these (though I would if I could), but I knew since this was off the beaten path there could possibly be a steal.  When driving with a 6 mo. old baby, you have only a limited amount of non-fuss time and I really didn’t know if I should stop.  It could mean diaper changes, nursing time…you know the routine.  Plus, my girls didn’t want to miss out on the flea market.  What to do, what to do?!

An Antique Desk Makeover

Rarely do I keep furniture for me.  In fact, several of the pieces in my home that I had purchased years ago for myself are still awaiting their face-lift.  Hopefully, that will soon be remedied as we continue to remodel our home.  My treat-to-self is that once that room is completed, I can add the finishing touch of finally redoing whatever furniture belongs in there.

One of the rooms we are intending to remodel is our front living room, which would include a little office space for my husband and I.  Back in my post about my garage mess stash, there was a little gem peeking out at you.

An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

I found the antique desk on Craigslist almost 2 years ago and the chair was curbside during city cleanup.  

An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

I had tucked this sweet desk away intending to use it as my desk for my computer and office space. 

While working through my stash, I wouldn’t let myself touch anything that would be for me until I had worked on everything else first.  Motivation.

But, silly me should have known that there’s always another gem around the corner. tsk.  I found a fantastic industrial oak desk (which I will reveal later) that is larger and has more storage for what I needed, so… I decided to sell my sweet little find.

An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

The desk’s structure was in awesome shape and I just loved that carved braided edge.  However the veneer was missing in large chunks on several of the drawer fronts, so that had to go.  With the help of my little man (who gets paid per pull, by the way), the drawers were prepped for refinishing.

An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

In my post, 10 Furniture Refinishing Essentials, I offered advice on how to remove veneer in the easiest way possible.  After using the method of soaking the drawer fronts with a towel overnight, the veneer peeled off like butter off of hot toast.

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Once the veneer was removed it leaves the surface rough, which was easily remedied by sanding them down to give me a fresh smooth surface to work with.

Since I knew I wanted to distress them a bit after painting, I stained them with a dark color so that it could peek through the paint.

Now for that gorgeous top…swoon!  I would have loved to refinish the whole piece and stain, but since that veneer was missing the only choice was to paint.

You have to admit that paint with stain really rocks!

An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Can you believe the chair was out in the trash?  That splat detail (that curved part of the back) is fantastic and I love how it accentuates the same shape and design of the original brass pulls on the desk.  

An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Truth be told, I originally intended to use a different fabric for the seat and was trying to mix a paint color that would coordinate – fail.  The paint color I ended up with I actually like better, and when I went to my fabric stash after I finished the desk, I couldn’t believe I had a fabric that would match perfectly.  eek! I love it when that happens.

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Enter in sellers remorse….do I sell it? …it’s just so lovely..hmmm…maybe I can keep it?  This is one of the downfalls of this biz, if there is one.  Not having enough room to keep everything you like can make one turn into a hoarder. I’m definitely a purger – just ask my kids.  

I couldn’t be more happy with the way it turned out.  You can imagine that it didn’t last long in my shop.  One of my all-time best fans is Diane, and I’m super-excited it got a wonderful home with her.  She even redecorated around the desk, and better yet, I just finished a custom dresser-turned-entertainment stand for the same room as her desk.  

Maybe I’ll show you the dresser transformation if you ask. :o)

An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces
Okay…you asked.   My client wanted a similar, but not identical color, so I mixed up a different color and here’s how it looks before…
An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
previous owner’s photo
She didn’t want the mirror, so it’s mine for the taking, and the veneer was damaged so that needed removed.  Overall, I couldn’t have been more happy with how it turned out.  She loved it too!
An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

I love a happy ending, don’t you?

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Antique Makeover ~ 3 Different Farmhouse Pieces

Finally the weather is cooperating and I can get at some of the projects that have been staring at me ever since last summer.  I had so many plans until I found out I was expecting, and of course that put a hold on LOTS of things. But…I have never been happier to have my 6 kids and am now able to make some headway in my stash. Here’s the antique makeover lineup: a chair, a foot stool, and a wash stand.

Check out my first project…a totally unloved chair.

It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesThis hand-carved beauty was given to me by one of my best friends who thought I could bring it back to life.  It sat for a year waiting for a makeover.

It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesIsn’t that carving great!?