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Mid Century Modern Chest ~ White and Wood

What would you say if someone offered you this Mid Century Modern chest for free?

Vintage Mid Century Modern Mengel Chest of Drawers Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Yell, SCORE! I live vicariously, can you tell? Of course I accepted this awesome gift sight unseen from some local peeps who knew I had a furniture fetish. This is a classic piece made by Mengel and has a design style that is out of this world. Seriously! If you don’t believe me, Google it. (that’s what we do nowadays, right?)

Mid Century Modern Mengel Logo in Chest of Drawers | Prodigal Pieces |

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This is by far one of the Read more

Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Table

It’s a wonderful thing to have people think of you when they have some sort of item they’d like to part with. Often, in my case, those unwanted pieces are furniture related. My typical protocol is to check it over for quality and resale prowess before taking it on, then I hand it off to one of my six kids. Just like this Mid-Century modern table we were given.

My desire is to show my children how they can take something unwanted and make it new, but also how to make it in this world by earning a living and staying out of debt. You can see more of their work in this post dedicated to their work. This time around, the recipient was my second oldest daughter , Miss S.

Adding a color and a gilded sunburst design to this worn out Mid-Century Modern table gives it new life by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

This table is really awesome and had to have been a statement piece in its day. I found the label and looked up the company. Seems they had some pretty cool stuff!

Adding a color and a gilded sunburst design to this worn out Mid-Century Modern table gives it new life by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Funky design AND  the top swivels – how cool is that? The legs had been damaged and would need repaired, but other than that this is a solid piece that would shine once again.

To say my daughter was stoked, was an understatement. Read more

Industrial Vibe Added to a FREE Trunk

Every second Tuesday of the month, a group of my blogger friends and I get together to share our Trash to Treasure Transformations. Wahoo! So be sure to check out their projects at this bottom of this post. Now, I have an industrial makeover for you today!

Trash to Treasure Transformations by 5 Awesome DIY Bloggers

My project was sort of a no-brainer. The other day, my son and I went to pick up a desk for him to work on, which just happened to be two houses down. (how weird is that?) While there and talking to the awesome lady who was selling the desk, she offered me this handmade trunk.

After receiving this handmade trunk for free, all it needed was some hardware and industrial touches to give it some kick by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

It’s a handmade storage trunk that she said was in her house when she bought it. It was missing the hardware and she gave it a white coat of paint. And if you know me, I don’t pass up FREE very often. tsk. Read more

Garage Sale Freebie to Volkswagen Bus

Early this past spring, I was on the hunt for furniture for our girls room makeover. They had a mish-mosh of pieces that didn’t coordinate and needed more space. When I spied a local garage sale had a vintage French Provincial set, I hopped on over. (Bedroom makeover coming soon!) Turns out a good friend was helping her family with the sale and showed me this dresser. I instantly knew it would make a fantastic Volkswagen …oh yessss…

A garage sale freebie Art Deco water dresser gets a sweet Volkswagen Bus makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

This is an Art Deco waterfall chest of drawers. It was marked $5 and she told me I could have it for FREE because it was junk. (Thank you, Julie!) Again, my brain says, “Bring it on!” Am I crazy? Maybe, but life is more fun that way.

So, now I have two Art Deco chest of drawers (or tall boys) awaiting new life and my first pick to work on was the second one. Read more

Blessings Before Words are Spoken – My Antique Pew

I don’t know about you, but I can’t tell you the number of times that I have received a heart’s desire and I haven’t even brought it before God.  You know, that something we would so love to have, but isn’t terribly practical, is too expensive, or just plain silly to want it. Has that ever happened to you? For me it was the desire for an antique pew.

A few months ago, I was longing to change up my decor, but not really wanting to spend a penny.  My answer to that is always “sell what you got to pay for what you want”.  It’s a win-win way to do it.  I mean, you get rid of something that you’re tired of and replace it with something you’d like to have, right?

I had a wicker bench that I had bought at Goodwill for $12. Score! It was a natural color with hunter green accents, and matching cushion. Over time, my kids had worn the cushion cover so much that I had to sewn a new one, but the entire set was still in great shape.
We used that bench as a place to sit and take off shoes, carry on a conversation while dinner was cooking, and a time-out spot for unruly children. ahem. I decided to sell my wicker bench and got $30 for on Craigslist (YES, $30 after 5 years of use and only paying $12 originally…LOVE it!!)
Not that I needed one, but I seriously was searching for an old pew to replace that wicker bench. I came across an antique chippy white beauty on Craigslist for only $20 and I quickly called up the owner and set a time for pick up.
It was very primitive and plain, and about 5 ft. long. Having been stood up before, I always call before I leave to meet someone because ain’t nobody got time for that. Guess what, the man’s wife had sold the pew without him even knowing it. I was crushed. I really don’t get too fussy about things, but for some reason the tears flowed a bit because I thought I would never find another within my budget and has a few other stresses at that time. It was like the icing on the cake…know what I mean?
So…I don’t usually request items on Freecycle, but rather offer my things instead.  This time, I requested that if anyone had a church pew they were willing to sell or trade for, I’d love to have it.  I figured I’d get no response or an offer for a modern-looking oak type – boring.
Do you know my expectations were met beyond what I could have ever asked for?
How to use linseed oil to revive weathered and worn wood by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesCan you believe I got this for FREE!!  Imagine the stories it could tell…
The super-nice lady had bought it at auction and brought it home, only to be face-down in the mud for years in her yard.  AAAAGGH!!
I graciously accepted this free item sight-unseen, having no idea what I would be getting.  I did know that she fostered children, and as a surprise, I decided to give them a Little Tykes climber we had to say thank you.
When my husband returned home after picking up the pew, and backed in the driveway, I was a bit nervous because I had no idea what I’d be getting.
Needless to say I was floored! Even in its ugly state this 7 ft. beauty made my heart swell with thankfulness.
Antique Pew is Weathered and Worn | Prodigal Pieces |
So sad this gorgeous piece had been left for so long covered in dirt and animal hair, but it has potential! Just look at those intricate carvings….drooling…
Side of Weathered Antique Pew | Prodigal Pieces |
All it needs is a little TLC and it will be looking soooo good.
Caring for Weathered Wood with Linseed Oil | Prodigal Pieces |
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After a good cleaning, you can believe that the wood was so absolutely parched and needed moisturizing. That’s when Linseed Oil (boiled linseed oil, to be exact) comes to the rescue!!  I love how a basic oil can create such a beautiful restoration in minutes. Just grab some gloves and a soft rag and rub in generous amount in the direction of the grain. You will see results in seconds. Then, after you’ve allowed the oil to soak, just take a clean rag and wipe off any excess.
Refresh Weathered Wood with Linseed Oil | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comIt’s best to let the linseed oil really “cure”in a garage or other covered space because that stuff is stinky! But once you see the results of a simple application, you can’t deny its awesomeness.
Hand Carved Details of Antique Pew | Prodigal Pieces |
Restore Weathered Wood with Linseed Oil | Prodigal Pieces |
Hard to believe the previous owners’ animals had chewed on it and it was left for dead, but I didn’t care…still gorgeous!
The back is almost better than the front…look at the intricate ironwork.
Ornate Ironwork on Antique Pew | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comThe hymnal holder along with the offering envelope holder (which I believe was added at a later point).
Ornate Ironwork on Antique Pew | Prodigal Pieces | At first, I had no idea as to what the circular piece of iron would have been used for.  My mother thought maybe a place for a lady to stick her gloves or to hang a parasol/umbrella.
Then, I asked around and got my answer from a Facebook group member, Angela Bell Wittrock: I WAS used for a parasol, umbrella or a cane. My mother was RIGHT! (aren’t they always?) You can read more about the history here.
Antique Pew Revived with Linseed Oil | Prodigal Pieces |
Amazing difference, isn’t it?
Linseed Oil Can be Used to Restore Old Wood | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comLinseed Oil can Revive Old Wood | Prodigal Pieces |
Needless to say, I was happily blessed and believe that God loves to give us the desires of our heart.  Even when the request never passes over our lips.
The first pew I cried over paled in comparison to this one.  So feeble to get upset – lesson learned!  My mother likes to call these instances “God winks”. Perfect description, don’t you think?
Gorgeous Antique Pew Restored with Linseed Oil | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comHow about you?  Have you had any sweet pleasure presented to you when you least expected it?  We’d love you to share and bless others.
If you found this restoration of my antique pew helpful, do pin and share!How to use linseed oil to revive weathered and worn wood by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
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