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Distressed Dresser Farmhouse Makeover

Typically when I speak of a distressed dresser, you would think that I am referring to the effect I am using to create a finished product. In this instance, however, the term “distressed dresser” is referring to the state that this antique was in when it came into my possession. Pretty distressed, don’t you think?

Distressed Dresser Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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When the previous owners contacted me to see if I had any interest in it, I was eager to see what it looked like in person. The best part is that they knew something like this was right up my alley. This tired piece showcases snaggle-tooth veneer, missing trim and accents, mismatched knobs…

Dresser Face with Veneer Damage and Missing Parts | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

…and a whole lotta damage to the top. Read more

Wet Distress – The Easy Way

Who’s up for a furniture makeover? You may be saying to yourself…nah…it’s too much work. After what I show you today, you may change your mind. Earlier this week, I showed you this chest of drawers and I would like to use it to show you how to wet distress.

Featured Wet Distress Tutorial | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Okay, now you’re saying I’m off my rocker, right? Not too long ago, I showed you how to distress with petroleum jelly. If that isn’t simple enough, then you’ll love this method.

First, take a look at this piece I found a the thrift store. I went in looking for something else, but couldn’t leave without this loveliness in my possession. When I snatched the price tag off to take it to the register, I noticed a lady looking distraught. The distraught lady spoke to the saleslady and then the saleslady looked at me Read more

Chalky Finish Paint to Create an Old World Look

Do you love a sweet love story? I do, especially when it has a happy ending. Let me give you some background before I show you how I used chalky finish paint to create an old world look.

A couple of weeks ago, we took our family out for a fun day of hiking, picnics, and all around quality time in honor of one of our daughter’s birthdays. Before we set out on our jaunt, we decided to stop into Goodwill to see if we could find the birthday girl a camera case since she had lost hers at the zoo the week prior.

We were able to find a hot pink case, perfect for a little girl, then after that I decided to quickly make my normal rounds.  I say quickly because although my kids are used to shopping with me, my hubby doesn’t care to treasure hunt, and because I had promised myself no new pieces until I emptied my stash and built the work table I’ve been craving. And that’s when I spied this…

Diamond in the Rough Thrifted Dresser is damaged and missing parts, but with a little TLC, it now showcases an Old World Look by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I literally gasped and said, “Oh no.” I gave a silent point to my husband and I could see his face say, “Here we go again.” Hoping the price tag was too much so that I couldn’t buy it, I crept over that jungle of weight equipment to find it was marked $100. Sigh…thankfully I had a 35% off coupon burning a hole in my pocket. tsk. Guess my work table would have to wait. My hubby agreed this piece was coming home with us. Read more

Farmhouse Bench DIY ~ Rustic or Modern Style

I’m all about DIY and certainly saving a penny or two, but can you believe this rustic farmhouse bench was made for less than $20?! Today, I’ve got a sweet tutorial for you on how to build this farmhouse bench, and how to finish it in two different ways.

Build A Farmhouse Bench for Less than $20 - DIY Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Since I live in the heart of farm country where reclaimed barn wood abounds, it’s easy for me to locate some old barn wood.  However, for most of you, that resource isn’t always available and you desire to add the farmhouse look to your home. So, for fun, my hubby and I  are going to show you how to take your typical box store pine and turn it into a rustic and functional farmhouse style bench that can be placed in your entry, mudroom, bedroom…the possibilities are endless! Read more

Pottery Barn Trunk Knock-Off {Themed Makeover}

Nothing like a new challenge and build to get the blood flowing. Today is Themed Furniture Makeover Day, and I have a sweet project for you! This month’s theme is “Pottery Barn Inspired” – it could be anything furniture-related either being transformed or newly created in Pottery Barn style.  I wanted to go DIY mode this time around because I’ve had the itch to get outside (now that it’s above 20 degrees) and use my tools. yesssss….

While perusing the Pottery Barn website for the first time, I was drawn to their rustic trunks. I honestly don’t care for new looking furniture because I want it to have a story. This Josefa Trunk caught my eye with its rustic appeal. I like the red version, but the white….swoon!

Pottery Barn Josefa Trunk Knock-Off by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Source: Pottery Barn Josefa Trunk

Pottery Barn recreated this trunk based on a similar one they had found in an antique store. I love the character it has along with its function. As a mom of 6, almost all my furniture has to perform a function, it cannot just be pretty, right? Maybe one day I’ll be one of those grandmas with white carpet, coffee tables for the grandkids to finger up, and running around with a dust buster sucking up all the crumbs….I’ll love it!

So off to Home Depot we go, and with kids in tow it’s always a fun time. Read more

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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More projects like my aqua blue table makeover:

Get the Farmhouse Chic Look with this Tutorial by Larissa at Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comA Cedar Chest Found in the Trash Becomes Industrial Style Decor in this Farmhouse Bedroom by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

My Modern Masters Metallic Paint Review

Back a few months ago, I was the winner of the Modern Masters prize for being their 5000th “like” on Facebook.  Boy, was I excited! I mean I love to paint, especially furniture that needs love, so of course I was giddy to receive $250 of product of my choosing.  You can read all about my Modern Masters metallic paint treasure here.

Modern Masters Metallic Paints | prodigalpieces.com
At the time, I was pregnant and it was the dead of winter (like -12 degree highs), so I wasn’t doing much furniture.  I looked over to my stash to ponder which piece would be blessed enough to receive the makeover.
I had just picked one out and it was warming up, but then baby came 6 weeks early.  Surprise!!  So happy to have her with us.

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Upholstered Rocking Chair Redo

When I found my first upholstered rocking chair face down, curbside, and broken, I had no idea how popular my rockers would become. Today, I’m sharing this makeover for our Trash to Treasure Transformation Tuesday, so be sure to check out all the projects at the end by my blogger friends.

Best of Trash to Treasure Transformations | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This first one was a gorgeous antique with swan’s head arm rests and intricate carvings.  My husband perfectly remade the back leg, and I upholstered the chair,  making it as good as new.  The original finish was already perfectly distressed and needed nothing.

Curbside Rocking Chair Repair and Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

My next rocking chair was from a garage sale where the curves are what beckoned me to bring it home and rescue it from the fabric it was wearing.

How to Upholster a Rocking Chair by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comUsing this rocker, I wrote tutorials on how to reupholster & paint a rocking chair.  Check them out if you’d like to know some basics!

This particular rocker sold within a couple of hours of being listed in my shop, and I have had over 20 requests for another.  So, I am constantly looking for another candidate because there are a ton of mommies-to-be that are asking for one.

Do you know how hard it is to find an antique upholstered rocking chair?  If I was looking for a solid wood one, no problem.  The upholstered part is the key because every mom knows how much a soft, comfy chair is needed to rock that new baby in.

After getting another request, I went on a hunt and found this beauty on Craigslist.

Art Deco Rocking Chair Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comThe original fabric was faded and worn, but was gorgeous in its own right with the Art Deco design.  The spindles were the draw for me, and most importantly my client loved them too.

The story behind this rocker is the lady who owned it bought it from an estate sale from a grand home in her neighborhood.  Although she owned several rockers, this one was her favorite because her colicky son would only be calmed by the rocking of this chair.  You see, the rockers are smaller, creating a shorter rock, which soothed the baby like none other.  She even said she would have strapped it to her car and taken it everywhere with her if she could.

He’s in college now and it was time for this chair to belong for a new little one and the mommy-to-be.

Time for the face lift!

Deconstructed Art Deco Rocking Chair Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comA couple of broken springs, but overall just needed some love.  So I replaced the webbing and burlap, and gave it some antique white chalk paint topped with a hand-rubbed wax.

Painted Vintage Rocking Chair During Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Back of Art Deco Rocking Chair by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comDon’t you just love how distressing brings out the detail?

Distressing Rocking Chair Frame by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comNext, came the springs.  Originally, tried to find replacements online and even asked on Freecycle, but time was sparse. I went ahead and purchased new. Do you know as soon as I placed my order I received a response from a lady on Freecycle with a rocker that had the exact size springs I needed.  Isn’t that the way it always works?

Oh well. If you’re looking for how to replace coil springs in the seat of a chair, you need to check out the tutorials from Design Sponge on how to construct coil seats.  The seat was better than it ever was by the time I was done.

Reseating Art Deco Rocking Chair Seat Springs by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Let me just say I had hard time getting my rear end out of that chair once it was done.  With the new springs, foam padding, and batting, it was soooo comfy!!

Here it is!

Ikat Art Deco Rocking Chair by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I love the blue Ikat fabric and the white frame just freshens up the entire look of the chair. Don’t you think?

Back of Ikat Upholstered Rocking Chair by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comTha the reproduction Ikat fabric chosen by my client was gorgeous and here’s what she said:

 “We got the chair yesterday and everything is seriously perfect!” 

One more look at the change…

Before and After of Upholstered Rocking Chair by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com…aah…so much better. Funny thing is I found out I was expecting our sixth baby, and had no idea the roller coaster ride I was about to be on. Amazing how life changes.

Pin if you loved this makeover!♥

Art Deco Rocking Chair Gets a Modern Ikat Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Not long after I refinished this rocker, I found another candidate with this vintage Bentwood rocking chair and gave it an embroidered twist.

Outdated Bentwood Rocking Chair Gets Embroidered Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I currently have another upholstered rocking chair awaiting a makeover in my stash. Hmmm…what will it become?? Follow along to see. Sign up for my newsletter to get updates, my FREE Furniture Buying Guide, plus a discount to my shop.

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More makeovers like my upholstered rocking chair:

Antique Stereo Repurposed Into Sewing Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesDiamond in the Rough Thrifted Dresser with an Old World Look by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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