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French Script Vase ~ Thrifty Update

Do you love to create your own decor or maybe are looking for inspiration how to change up your home on a budget? It most certainly can be done because I am proof. {{high five!!}} Even if I had the biggest budget ever, (which believe me I don’t) I would still be decorating with my own handmade/found style. Why? Because ain’t nobody gonna make me decorate box-store style. tsk. Take for instance the basic wood vase. It’s a blank slate that I’m going to turn into a French script vase. Let the fun begin!

Thrifted Wooden Vase Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’m assuming most would have walked right past this at the thrift store. It’s bland, boring, and lacking some ooh, la, la. That’s where I come in and Read more

Paint Layering Technique ~ French Relief Wall Art

While I’m always raving about the wood section of the thrift store, there certainly are other haunts that are a must-see too. For instance, these two plaques were in the home decor section and jumped right in my cart…really. tsk. How about I show you my vision for them by demonstrating my paint layering technique? Game on.

Thrifted Plaques Wall Art Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

So…would you grabbed them? To be honest, the color reminded me of a moss covered garden art, which isn’t all that bad…for a garden. However, I had a better idea. I felt they Read more

Damaged Table Top Repair & Update

How many times do we give up a beloved piece of furniture because it has damage? Probably more than we like to admit. Maybe we just don’t want to fuss with it, or maybe we just don’t know how to fix it. I want to show you a simple damaged table top repair that will allow you to save that lovingly worn piece and maybe even grab the next one you see at the thrift store.

Take this small half-circle table I found, for instance.

Damaged Table Before Simple Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

At first glance it sure is cute and looks in great shape. The wear is primarily to the top with heavy scuffs on the edge and water damage and scratches to the top. Read more

French Provincial Headboard Bench with French Mattress

Sometimes there are projects that you envision in your head the minute you spy something. Maybe that doesn’t always happen, but when it does it is fantastically fun to get it done. That’s what happened to me when I spied this beauty below.. Did I need a headboard…no. Did I need another project…not really. But…did I want to take this vintage gem and create a French Provincial headboard bench…YES!

Vintage French Provincial Headboard Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

A local lady posted this on Craigslist and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to check it out. The caning alone is what caught my attention, but I’ve always had a heart for Read more

Fleur de Lis Wall Art ~ From Thrifted to Fabulous

It’s a new day and time for a new project, right? It is pure delight to get to share with you each time inspiration hits. This particular time,however, was a bit of a struggle to get to the end result, but I’m glad I stuck to it. A few months back I had this haul from the thrift store. Some I kept, some I gave away, and some I redid for my shop, like that footstool seen HERE. Today, I’m keeping my promise to some of you to do something with that Fleur de Lis wall art on the bench there. It only took me 8 months to get to them! haha.

Thrift Store Loot | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Here’s a closer look at that Fleur de Lis wall art. It’s an imported metal set that is bent up a bit and has a few dings here and there, but Read more

DIY Tiered Planter with French Graphics

Do you have a green thumb? No worries if not because my project today will be perfect for fresh or faux displays. It’s all about getting crafty and I’m here to show you how in my latest video. We’re going to take our gardening to new heights by creating a DIY tiered planter that will give you the option to add French flair.

Larissa Haynes of Prodigal Pieces shows you how to create a DIY tiered planter in a day. Come see at prodigalpieces.com

The best part about this entire project is it can be tweaked to your liking in oodles of ways. For this purpose, I am going to demonstrate an aged French finish in my latest video. As a result, you will see the options are limitless. Yay!

Whitewashed French Pot Planter with Video Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

*post contains affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

First, here are the basic supplies you will need Read more

Waterfall Buffet with a French Twist

There is nothing in the world that makes a mama more proud than to see their child succeed. I have 6 children, all of which are my treasures and bring such joy. Not only are they fun, but are showing my my hard work and love is paying off. My oldest son has done many projects of his own with much success. Today, he is taking this waterfall buffet and giving it a French twist. Check it out.

Antique Waterfall Buffet Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Mr I., like the rest of my kids, are building up a savings. Generally, when I get a free piece of furniture I give it to them and they take turns making them over. Also, they purchase their own project pieces based on my suggestions to sell for the savings. You see my kids projects in this collection of posts.

In this case, Mr I. decided to purchase two Read more

Vintage Tea Cart Refreshed

A couple posts ago I mentioned that I had been on the hunt for a chair to go with a desk, but somehow came home with much more. ahem. That’s what happens when you hit the thrift stores. We have a few locally and I’m ever so thankful. However, what ends up jumping in my truck? Not a chair that I needed. Oh no. An adorable vintage tea cart. tsk. Does this ever happen to you? (please say yes so I know I’m not alone, k?) This is perfect for today’s Furniture Fixer Uppers! You’ll see more in a minute and have a chance to WIN.

Vintage Tea Cart Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Can you blame me? I love tea carts and have had several in my possession over the years, but this one just won out as my favorite. Though to look at it you may think, meh.

Tea Set Storage on Vintage Tea Cart | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

It is made out of simple pine and has that super dark stain to hide the Read more

Art Deco Chest with a French Twist

Do you ever make a vow or promise to yourself and then for some reason decide to break it? sigh… I just did and I always ask myself…”Why did I do that??” Enter in this Art Deco chest…

My vow was this: to never, EVER, under any circumstances will I buy another piece of furniture to work on THAT IS PAINTED.

Look at what I bought (yes, actually paid for) off of Craigslist.

Blue Art Deco Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Isn’t it cute? You know I’m a sucker for these waterfall pieces, especially since the first vanity I did had me hooked. I only spentย a bit for this Art Deco chest. However, keep in mind, free and cheap mean work. nuff said.

Many on Instagram saw this and said, “I like the blue!” So do I (cause you know I’m all about blue), but someone else painted this and there are flaws. For instance, the top of the chest has cracked veneer underneath, the paint job was so-so, and more was wrong like the broken casters, etc.

Damaged Veneer on Vintage Art Deco Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Otherwise though, this is a solid piece with not only dove-tailed drawer face joints, but also those dove tails at the back.

Antique Drawer Dove Tails on Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*affiliate links are included in this post so you can find the products I love too! (see full disclosure)

They just don’t make them like this anymore – which is why I had a regression in my vow. Do you blame me? These are the sort of things that make my heart go pitter-pat.

Sooo…I started out using my sander to see how those veneer cracks would hold up. Low and behold what I figured would happen did. Read more

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