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Shabby Chic Wall Art with French Graphic

Well…let’s just say part of this thrift store find got my heart pumping while others…not so much. Can you see why? You know I love me a fun makeover challenge and I couldn’t pass this one up. Since leopard print and lions aren’t my thang, I’m going to show you how I create shabby chic wall art from this mirror.

Thrifted Mirror Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

If you can get your eyeballs to look past that awful print on the mirror, you’ll cast your eyes on that gorgeous frame. {{commence swooning}} Never-mind the lion. tsk. Read more

DIY Raised Bed Garden for City or Country Folk

It’s no surprise that living in Ohio gives us short growing seasons. Unless, of course, we have a greenhouse or hoop garden. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most out of every day. Gardening can often only be visualized as out in the sprawling country. As beautiful as that sounds (and as much as I’d like that myself) that isn’t an option for many. We like to adhere to the #mowlessgrow more mentality and have parked our DIY raised garden bed smack in our front lawn of our city lot. {{gasp}}

DIY Raised Garden Beds Before Rebuilding | prodigalpieces.com

Now, this doesn’t look so pretty at the moment, does it? About 6-7 years ago we dug up our sod, tilled, amended, and built this DIY raised garden bed with reclaimed barn wood. Our goal was to Read more

Mother’s Day Flower Basket Video Tutorial

Each year when spring rolls around I get excited because it was on Mother’s Day six years ago that I began my blogging adventure. I’ll be having a 6 year blogiversary party soon! Who knew where it would lead me, but the adventure has been grand. Today, I want to show a easy and affordable way to create a DIY Mother’s Day flower basket for mom’s everywhere…or just as an “I Love You” gift or gift to self. tee hee.

Thrifted Baskets Before Mother's Day Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What you see above is collection of thrifted, hand-me-down baskets, as well as the Amish-made wooden buckets I carry in my shop. All of these are perfect for creating a special Read more

Garden Shed Makeover and Update

When springtime comes, it’s always fun and refreshing time of recovering from winter and watching everything blossom anew. It give us a chance to update and improve so we can sit back and enjoy our summer days to the full. One particular project I’ve been aching to tackle is my garden shed.

Backyard Garden Shed Before Makeover and Update by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

It’s long since needed an update along with repair and some major DIY elbow grease. For the previous owners, it used to be a playhouse for their kids. Apparently they were the coolest kids on the block back in the 70’s because the parents have the shed Read more

Antique Chest of Drawers ~ Hand-Painted Florals

It’s been a fun run or making over the stash of furniture I purchased from a storage unit. If you need to catch up, you can see the previous pieces here: (1) Mid Century Modern dresser (2) antique dresser (3) waterfall chest. Now it’s time for the last piece from that haul of goodies. Needless to say I also have more from other places, but…here is an antique chest of drawers that looks like a match to the dresser I have in my bedroom. Isn’t it a beauty?

Antique Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

These classic pieces were built solid and will stand the test of time. That is, except their veneer. I always get disheartened to see one flaking away, but this chest was seriously parched and so very Read more

Reclaimed Wood Planter Box ~ Farmhouse Style Decor

Sometimes a girl’s gotta do something for herself, right? I mean, let’s face it. I’m a mom to 6 amazing kids with a business and blog. More often than not I put myself to the side to tend to others. For a few years now I have been saving, no, hoarding (even dreaming) about this wood below. This is a story how this curbside trashure was turned into my reclaimed wood planter box.

Reclaimed Oak Barn Siding Before | prodigalpieces.com

There’s no doubt that the average joe would have walked right by this wood. It’s broken, it’s cracked, dirty, and even has worm holes all over it. Only silly ol’ me would see it then quickly make sure Read more

Repurposed Changing Table Potting Bench

One thing I can’t resist is a good trashure find (ya know, one man’s trash is another woman’s treasure?). City clean-up was held recently and I mentioned how I was a good girl until I saw this haul. The next day was Sunday and on the way to church I spied something elseΒ face down on the ground. I was surprised no one wanted it, but I drove on to get to church. On my way home, however, I had no problem getting out in my good clothes and shovingΒ it in my car. Meet my new project – a repurposed changing table.

Curbside Changing Table Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Since I was really puzzled why it hadn’t been picked up yet, I gave it a good look before I decided to claim it. All I saw was missing Read more

Farmhouse Tools Become Rustic Decor

One of my favorite things to do is take unwanteds and give them new purpose. You can imagine my excitement when I got to hook up with several of my favorite DIY bloggers to bring you Trash to Treasure Transformations. Yay! It’s a monthly challenge to see what thrifted or yard sale finds we choose to giveΒ new life. I’m all about some farmhouse decor. mmmm….

Trash to Treasure Transformations by 5 Awesome DIY Bloggers

I know you’re going to love this series! Let me show you what I chose to work with. Rusty objects are somewhat of an addiction for me, and when I had a chance to snatch up a box of farmhouse tools, insulators, and what-nots, I jumped on it.

Rusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Any guesses as to what these are? I know you see a piece of chain, but do you know what the hooks are for? They are hay bale hooks – a farmer would have one in each hand and grab up a hay bale with them and stack or load the bails in a much easier fashion. Pretty cool, huh? That round piece with holes in it is a bit of a mystery to me. It’s embossed with a serial number and I believe was part of a tractor.

So, what would you do with this rusty goodness? Well, I dug into my stash of reclaimed wood and pulled out some pieces that I thought would suit my project. Read more

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