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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, but 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 | prodigalpieces.com

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 Read more

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.

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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. Read more

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 (plus a prize for you!), but 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 | www.prodigalpieces.com

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 Read more

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 www.prodigalpieces.com

$3 Garage Sale Channel Back Chair Gets Deconstructed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com

$3 Garage Sale Channel Back Chair Gets Deconstructed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com

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.

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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 www.prodigalpieces.com

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. Read more

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?!

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.  

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An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #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 www.prodigalpieces.com
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…
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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!
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An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I love a happy ending, don’t you?

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 www.prodigalpieces.com #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 www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesIsn’t that carving great!?

When she gave me the chair I knew right away I wanted to have it done it time by her birthday in May so that I could give her a gift from the profit of selling it.
 
A few days before her birthday, I got to working on it and prayed the whole time that it would sell not only for what I would ask for it, but that it would sell quickly so I could bless her with the gift.
 
I decided to stick to the chair’s original primitive state and just give it a good cleaning.  All the gorgeous piece needed was some linseed oil to bring back the rich wood and some upholstery.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesTo keep the primitive vibe, I used red ticking to upholster the chair, but also decided to do some piecework to the back to give it an extra-special touch.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesWhat do you think?
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
I love it, and guess what…the chair sold within a couple of hours of listing it in my shop!! Praise God for answering my prayer and that I was able to give her such a nice gift, just to use on herself.  *secret* she rarely treats herself to anything, and as a mom of 5, and she needed a treat!  
Up next is a footstool that was being used as a vanity seat at one point when I bought this piece for a custom client.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesIt obviously did NOT match that gorgeous walnut Queen Anne vanity with its pine wood, chunky legs, and awful upholstery. The synthetic red velour was trimmed with decorative upholstery tacks and was just…well…tacky.
queen-anne-dressing-table
Of course, it was replaced with a suitable replacement. Much better, right? You can read about the full transformation here.
Back to the foot stool.  That red fabric was screaming at me to be ripped off and replaced with something a little more primitive as well. Off it came, and I decided to give it a faux grain sack looking using a freezer paper stencil. 
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesUpholstery nails were used to give it an even more rustic feel and left as is.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesIt so fits the stool better, doesn’t it?
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It sold quickly in my shop.  woot!
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Last, but not least is this sad antique oak wash stand.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesFalling apart, missing sides and a bottom, doors in pieces, but oh so full of life…just needing some attention.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesSince I was pregnant at the time I finally started it, it was slow going for a while because I was taking it easy. One day while enjoying a freak day of late winter sun, I was walking through our workshop and injured myself. I knocked this horrific drill bit attachment that went 3/4″ into the top of my foot.  Fun days…yessss.
An Antique Makeover of an Old Oak Wash Stand, a Hand-carved Chair, and stool by http://www.prodigalpieces.com
So it sat partially done because my water broke a couple weeks later, which brings us to May. Antique makeover on pause.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesMy hubby gracefully stepped in and helped me out by cutting a new rail for the side (he is so handy with wood!!), and some side panels out of bead board (wainscoting).
I stained the wainscoting to match the original wash stand, but then wanted to whitewash them to give them a time-worn feel.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
To replace the bottom, I found some perfectly chippy barn siding in my stash that would add character.  I tell ya, everyone needs a stash of wood!
 
My hubby came to the rescue again and replace the bottom for me while I stood by holding my newborn and aching to help.  Aack!  I’m not a someone who is an onlooker…I’m a doer!
 
The doors were missing a couple things and needed glued, but for the most part were in great shape.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesI just cut some piece to match, glued, and then whitewashed them as well to match the rest of the character of the wash stand.  The original pulls were added and viola!
This one would be a keeper for me if I had the room. I love it!
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It turned out better than I’d hoped.
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Totally rustic with oodles of character…AND sold from my shop…woot!
So although antiques may be lacking love and falling apart doesn’t mean they should be cast off.  They just need love, right!?
Pin it if you love the antique makeover so other’s can be inspired to give DIY a try too.
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How to Reupholster & Paint a Rocking Chair, Part 2

Join in as we learn how to reupholster and paint a rocking chair from being only an oldie to a goodie.  If you’re just joining the 3-part series, be sure to check out part 1 here.

How to Reupholster & Paint a Vintage Piece of Furniture by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
Time to paint!I decided to use CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White chalk paint.  I’ve used it on this table with great success.  You can always make your own using this recipe:

1 1/2 c. paint (you can use flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss)

  • 1/2 c. hot water
  • 1/2 c. plaster of paris
note: I use this recipe all the time and it works great, but plaster of paris will leave a grit in your paint that will need to be lightly sanded off.  You really do not want to use this recipe long term, as plaster of paris should not be inhaled.  I am looking into Websters Chalk Paint Powder, which allows you to mix your own, just like plaster of paris, but is not toxic.  Be sure if you use the plaster of paris, to wear a mask.

When putting the paint on there’s no need to worry about being neat, all the haphazard extra touches will be hidden by the upholstery.  So have some fun!reupholster a rocking chair part 2 via Prodigal Pieces

This is typical for furniture that has had either a mahogany or cherry finish.

reupholster a rocking chair part 2 via Prodigal Pieces

Nothing that a little stain blocker, like Kilz, can’t handle.   (I love this stuff!) I went ahead and coated the whole chair just to be safe, and then went back to the chalk paint.

 
After two coats of chalk paint, I used Minwax paste wax, using a little of natural and dark to give it a time-worn effect.  Make sure to do this in a well-ventilated area and use gloves suited for chemical use.I am in the process of finding a cost-effective (or at least less stinky) wax that will give me the finish I so love. I have my eye on a couple products, but if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear about them!
reupholster a rocking chair part 2 via Prodigal Pieces
Typically, I like to distress my pieces, and if you distress chalk paint in the raw it tends to come off a little too easily.  I like more control, so I distress after my first coat of wax has set for about 10 min. and I’ve buffed it with a soft cotton cloth to a wonderful lustre.
Last, I added a second coat of wax to more durability to the rocker.  You could even do a third, which I’ve done on some pieces.
Now comes the upholstery in the next post, Part 3, when you can see your chair is really coming together!  Don’t miss out, become a follower to get the last of this 3-part series.
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Upholster & Paint a Rocking Chair, Part 1

I hope everyone had a better Independence Day than we did.  4 out of 5 of my children had a very high fever over the holiday weekend, so we basically stayed home and missed everything.  Big bummer – no fireworks, no picnics and no sleep.  But at least, at last we are back on our feet! One thing I did get accomplished was to give an antique rocker a face lift.  I will not claim to be a professional, but am a self-taught furniture upholster fanatic.  My great uncle and grandfather were in the business, and although I never was able to glean from him, I just claim it’s in my blood.

I found this lovely curvaceous chair at a garage sale and the lady told me it was her grandmothers’ chair.  She hated to part with it because it was so comfortable, but as a newlywed consolidating furniture, only so much could stay.

The existing tapestry fabric had sort of a tribal flare it, but it was old, dirty and the wood finish needed some love.

Follow along as I take this chair…

reupholster a rocking chair part 1 via Prodigal Pieces
 …and transform it into this (sneak peek).

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