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Creating Layers of Love with Paint and Stain

Do you swoon when you see layers of paint and stain on the side of a barn with time-worn wear, or better yet, on a piece of furniture?  I mean, there’s a story there. That chippy goodness tells the life of that piece, and what travels it’s had – those layers of love.  No, I’m not crazy, but maybe a bit head-over heels with appreciation for the past. Let me show you how I go about creating layers of love.

Those layers  I mentioned above speak to me telling me a bit about each change in life.  For instance, the life of a table could be this: a table was built and stained and sold by the original creator. Then the new owner wore out the top with her kids meals and decided to throw on a coat of white paint to freshen it up. Eventually that same table heads to a garage sale, where a man purchases it to put in his garage and throws on a coat of blue paint because white gets too dirty….you get the idea!

DIY: Creating Time-worn Effect with Layers of Paint by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

When I am blessed enough to have such a piece come across my path, I try to find out as much as I can about it’s history so that when it’s no longer mine I can continue the story.  But…sometimes it’s fun to create my own story by using paint and stain make something appear to have had a history.

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Mid Century Modern Dresser Makeover

My style is typically French farmhouse / shabby chic / cottage, but I seriously dig the lines and design of the Mid Century Modern era, like the console and Brasilia chest of drawers I’ve done. When my kids are watching flashback episodes of The Brady Bunch or Benji, etc. I’m gazing at the wonderful furniture that is featured.  Do you do that? Let me show you my Mid Century Modern dresser makeover in honor of those awesome times.

While doing my typically fun searches on Craigslist I came across this funkified bedroom dresser set.
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Apparently, someone was cleaning out an estate from a family member and wanted to “get rid of this ugly furniture” – translated in junker lingo, “SCORE!”.
I love to hear that type of statement coming from a seller and I try to put on my poker face and play the game. Most times I feel bad that they don’t know what gem they have, but in the end it’s win-win. They get rid of their “junk” and I get to play. tee hee. This set was in excellent shape, but, of course, the top surfaces had the most wear. All the dove-tailed drawers worked smoothly and were in great condition.
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
I grabbed my handy orbital sander and went to town. The top of the console dresser was so worn that the finish came off so easily.
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Funny note: A giant headache with a nine drawer dresser is figuring out where the drawers are supposed to go after you take them out. This previous owner has a genius moment and numbered the frame and drawers at some point. THANK YOU!
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Since the drawers were in excellent shape, I decided to sand and refinish them with a dark stain and poly topcoat. I found the manufacturer stamp on the bottom that read, “Japan, June 8, 1961”, another part of the story.
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
One of my favorite aspects of the MCM style is the lack of drawer pulls. Innovation and creativity were used to make these pieces function with ease. This set was no different with the inset places for a finger-grab hold. To draw attention to that detail, I painted with a white semi-gloss.
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
For the cabinet, I went to my handy dandy stash and pulled another favorite “seconds” paint of mine. Can’t beat paying $7 for a gorgeous blue semi-gloss from Home Depot.  I love it…sigh.
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Not sure what could be better about this Mid Century Modern dresser makeover than the offset mirror. It’s funky, different, unique and I’m all about that.
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Since this is a set, I wanted to stage them together and lack the wall space to do so (I’m working on a remedy for that!). I originally set them in front of my garage as I’ve done with other pieces, but it just didn’t do them any justice.  So, I decided to play in Photoshop and create a faux setting. I’m selling this set in my shop (SOLD) and wanted to present them in a clean way as the pieces themselves are a clean design.
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Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Vintage MCM Mid Century Modern Dresser Set from Craigslist Gets Blue Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
What do you think? Would you have listed them with the garage, the brick, or the tweaked version? I think it’s fun to change it up! Do pin and share this Mid Century Modern dresser makeover to inspire others to give DIY a try.
Vintage Mid Century Modern Dresser Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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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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“The Other” Purple Chair Makeover

Let me introduce you to my other purple lady, the one on the right. She has fantastic curves, tufted design, and itchy, scratchy, indoor/outdoor carpet-like upholstery.  Wait….those things don’t go together, right?

Outdated Upholstered Chair gets Linen & Rose French Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
 Can I just say that this chair was so uncomfortable that not one of my 6 kids, my husband, or me, wanted to sit on either one of them with thin clothes or bare flesh touching that fabric…ouch! No wonder someone sold them.  It was time for a chair makeover.
Outdated Upholstered Chair gets Linen & Rose French Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
This pair had completely different lines and spoke to me in different vibes.  The one on the left looked to be farmhouse girl, while the other just screamed, “Dress me up please!”  You didn’t know furniture can speak did you?  tsk.  
I saved the best for last with this pair.  The farmhouse girl got her feedsack makeover last week and caused quite a stir among some folks on Hometalk’s Facebook page where it was featured.  Don’t get me wrong, the majority of people have rave reviews, but boy were there some haters.  And I quote, “Oh no, no, no” or how about, “Oh good Lord.”  Really?
I found that most of those naysayers were older women who must have not had anything to do but criticize.  It was a fun time of banter though.  As one Facebooker said, “I liken it to knowing you’ve reached the top when Weird Al Yankovic makes a song about you.”  I have arrived.  

That chair was even featured on Miss Mustard Seed’s blog…eeek!
Back to the curvy lady…  ooh, it was such fun taking off that upholstery.  I have to give credit to the last upholsterer because my hands looked like I had been in a fight with an angry wet cat.  That upholstery was not going to shift! Not to mention my back was speaking volumes as well.  (or could it be I’m getting older…nah)
Outdated Upholstered Chair gets Linen & Rose French Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
 Even my youngest boy had a blast yanking off that welting.
Outdated Upholstered Chair gets Linen & Rose French Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
 When he was done, he was huffing and puffing and declared, “I’m bigger now.  I think I’m going to be as strong as Dada.  I think I’m even going to be as strong as Dabio”.  Hahahaha…ever watch Wild Kratts on PBS?  Dabio is a make-fun character of Fabio.  You have to see it.  That kid cracks me up!

Once down to bear bones it was time to dress up this fancy lady.
Outdated Upholstered Chair gets Linen & Rose French Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
Outdated Upholstered Chair gets Linen & Rose French Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
 I’ve always had a thing for linen.  It’s such a soft, natural fiber fabric and all I could envision was linen for this piece.  Mixing it up with a pretty rose fabric just gave it a little more feminine appeal, don’t you think?
Outdated Upholstered Chair gets Linen & Rose French Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
 Aside from the buttoned up back, my favorite part of this chair is the kidney shaped seat.  
Outdated Upholstered Chair gets Linen & Rose French Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
 See the coordinating welting?
Outdated Upholstered Chair gets Linen & Rose French Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
 I seriously wanted this chair for my bedroom, but I already have one…sigh. 

How about that carved leg design?  I accented it by highlighting with a light beige color.
Outdated Upholstered Chair gets Linen & Rose French Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
 Now, every lady has to look good from the backside, so I dressed her up proper.
Outdated Upholstered Chair gets Linen & Rose French Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com Don’t you just love this mix of fabrics?  I am happy to say that this lovely beauty was up for sale in my shop and was purchased within an hour or so.  A happy ending.
Outdated Upholstered Chair gets Linen & Rose French Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
If you loved this makeover, I’d tickle me if you shared!

Outdated Upholstered Chair gets Linen & Rose French Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com

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Vintage Chair Gets Feed Sack Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesOutdated 1980's Dining Set Gets Farmhouse Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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.

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


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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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

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.  

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

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

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

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

Broyhill Brasilia Loses Its Flower Power

Have you ever heard of a Broyhill Brasilia? You will now. True story: A few weeks ago I was in a nearby city and was looking for a chair to pair with a vanity.  I had never been in this particular thrift store that had relocated to an old empty mall, and had heard it was a great place to hit.

I had avoided stopping there in the past, knowing that my stash was full and it’s so hard to resist a deal, but I needed a chair, right?  You would be proud.  I did so good.  Walked right past an awesome desk, some French style tables, and even was ready to walk back out. Then I saw it.

Draw dropping to the floor with a squeal (I really did squeal out loud and the man nearby looked queerly at me).  Here was what I would not be leaving without, even if I had to drag it home.

Thrifted Broyhill Brasilia Loses Its Flower Power by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I signaled my kids to find a store associate pronto, but of course no one was to be found.   Sigh…isn’t that always the case?
As the know-a-find-when-you-see-it-mother, I told the older kids to stand by it while I tracked down an associate.  You see, my kids are trained.  Not only did they stay by it, but the circled it with their back facing it, as if guarding it with their life.  Good kids.
Finally found a lady and she told me she had stuck it out. $30.
Sold.
45 min. was the allowed time once you purchase a piece of furniture to pick it up and they would NOT help load.  Problem:  How does one get a dresser that size in their suburban with 6 kids on board and lives a half hour away?
Cram it in!!
Okay.  Let’s pause for a minute.  You might be wondering why in the world am I going nuts at an ugly brown beast covered in stickers??

Thrifted Broyhill Brasilia Loses Its Flower Power by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesThis, my friends, is a Broyhill Brasilia.  A highly coveted and collected Mid Century Modern line of American furniture designed by Oscar Niemeyer during the 1960’s.  In original condition, it’s valued in the thousand dollar range.

Thrifted Broyhill Brasilia Loses Its Flower Power by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesThis purple beauty was my very first custom order for another Brasilia I had in my stash years ago.

Thrifted Broyhill Brasilia Chest of Drawers Loses Its Flower Power with Makeover by http://www.prodigalpieces.com
So… let’s just say, my gang and I made memories bringing this beauty home.
Obviously the stickers were the first to go.

Thrifted Broyhill Brasilia Loses Its Flower Power by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces I cleaned it up and stuck in my shop as a custom listing.

Thrifted Broyhill Brasilia Loses Its Flower Power by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It needed love and it takes creativity to imagine away that wear and tear it had. I waited a week and then recreated the Brasilia how I thought best. I’m so patient. tee hee.

Ta da!  With a little sanding and some paint, I stuck it in my shop with a new look and it sold in a couple hours. *insert the song “Happy” here*

Thrifted Broyhill Brasilia Loses Its Flower Power by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesSee…it’s smiling at me, saying “Thank you!”

Thrifted Broyhill Brasilia Loses Its Flower Power by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Lesson: Don’t look too quickly when you’re out and about.  Look for labels and quality markings. You just might find a flower power beauty of your own.
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The Ugly Duckling Dressing Table – My hubby said it was junk

When I found this “desk” (at least that’s what the owner called it, but admitted to it being a vanity since it had the mirror slots) on Craigslist and showed my hubby what he was picking up, he wasn’t too enthralled. Seriously…I have to give my guy 100% credit for going along with me the way he does, AND for trusting my intuition.

When my hubs first picked it up, he didn’t say anything, but later on he told me, “I thought it was junk.”

Who can blame him?  The previous owner said it had been in his family for over 25 years and that he had intended to refinish it, but until then, he used it to build his hobby models on.

The Ugly Duckling Dressing Table Makeover by Prodigal Pieces  http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Ummm yeah…paint drips and drops all over, gouges, holes drilled all over it, yes, it would appear to be junk…at least to the average person’s eye.
The Ugly Duckling Dressing Table Makeover by Prodigal Pieces  http://www.prodigalpieces.com
My eye says, “Game ON!”
Grabbed my handy dandy sander and attacked that top like none other.  This is one of those opportunities I mentioned here where I can get my kids involved in the prep work and this was my daughter’s first time sanding. I love it!
The Ugly Duckling Dressing Table Makeover by Prodigal Pieces  http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Wood putty was a friend to this dressing table and since it needed patched, painting was the only way to go.
So, knowing how I wanted to finish this piece with having sanded most everything to bare bone, I applied an espresso stain to those places so that it could peek out after painting.
The Ugly Duckling Dressing Table Makeover by Prodigal Pieces  http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Are you ready for the reveal?
Drums please!
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Ta Da!!
Ugly Duckling no more.
The Ugly Duckling Dressing Table Makeover by Prodigal Pieces  http://www.prodigalpieces.com
I wanted to draw out the color of those pulls and accentuate them with a coordinating fabric on the chair (which I grabbed from my furniture stash, by the way). Looks so good, don’t you think?
The Ugly Duckling Dressing Table Makeover by Prodigal Pieces  http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Aren’t those brass batwing pulls just fabulous?!  I love the patina, so no polishing for these aged beauties.
Now, you may be wondering where did the mirror come into the picture?  Well, we recently bought an antique dresser to use in our upcoming bathroom remodel and I knew I wasn’t going to use it, and thought it went perfectly with the dressing table.
Aaah…now my loving hubby says, “I can’t believe that’s the same piece!”  Tsk. He should know by now that I carry a magic wand in my pocket.  hee hee.
The Ugly Duckling Dressing Table Makeover by Prodigal Pieces  http://www.prodigalpieces.com
I am happy to say that my ugly duckling was purchased fairly quickly and is in her new home.  I love a happy ending.  sigh…
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Vintage Dressing Table Makeover ~ For the Love of Red

I have to admit that I promised my hubby, my family, AND myself that no more furniture was to enter into my possession until I cleaned out my workshop. BUT…. (there’s always a but, right?) pieces just have a way of finding me and beckon me to purchase them.  Is it my fault they’re feeling unloved?  tsk. Enter in this vintage dressing table…

Vintage Art Deco dressing table gets a licorice stick red makover for a custom client. A fun twist to a classic piece! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Vintage Art Deco dressing table gets a licorice stick red makover for a custom client. A fun twist to a classic piece! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
With a mirror of 42″ diameter, solid wood construction (it was heavy!), and a fab flair, this gorgeous piece wanted a new home. (This one is much like my painted ladyzinc vanity, and industrial vanity)
 
My client lives in the southern part of the U.S. and wanted a showcase vintage dressing table for her room.  She said red and we did RED!
Vintage Art Deco dressing table gets a licorice stick red makover for a custom client. A fun twist to a classic piece! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
My oldest daughter and I had fun staging this one!
Vintage Art Deco dressing table gets a licorice stick red makover for a custom client. A fun twist to a classic piece! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesLicorice Stick gloss red to be exact. Only minor sanding and a bit of veneer repair was needed as prep work.
 
Confession time:  I am typically not your average electronic device user and put off owning a cell phone f.o.r.e.v.e.r.  BUT… (there’s that but again!) I had to invest in one for my business sake and it has really made things easier.  For instance, I went to purchase the fabric she requested and it wasn’t in stock.  Took a picture of another very similar fabric and sent her the picture.  It was either that fabric or wait 2 weeks to get the table.  She responded in minutes and said, “go ahead!”.  Whew.  Normally, I would have driven a half hour home, corresponded in email, and then headed back to the store. Aaah…so much better.
I love the fabric I found because it adds that added punch of contrast to the vintage dressing table, don’t you think?!
Vintage Art Deco dressing table gets a licorice stick red makover for a custom client. A fun twist to a classic piece! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Here’s a look at the befores and afters…

Vintage Art Deco dressing table gets a licorice stick red makover for a custom client. A fun twist to a classic piece! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Vintage Art Deco dressing table gets a licorice stick red makover for a custom client. A fun twist to a classic piece! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesIsn’t it fun?!  I love what I do and that my client fell in love with it.

If you’re interested in a custom piece, just send me an email or head to my shop a let me know what you’re looking for.

I’d love it if you would pin and share my vintage dressing table makeover.(because it’s fun!!)

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