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Repurposed Antique Rockers into Funky Floor Lamp

It’s Trash to Treasure Transformation time and I can’t wait to show you how I repurposed antique rocking chair rockers into a floor lamp. Yep. You might be thinking, “Whaaat?”, but let me show you what my crazy ol’ self did. hee hee hee.

Trash to Treasure Transformations by 5 Awesome DIY Bloggers

You see, every 2nd Tuesday of the month, my blogger friends and I have fun taking something cast-off and give it new life (be sure to see below for their projects too!). I choose these two sets of antique rockers I found at a garage sale this past summer for $1.

Pile of Antique Rocking Chair Rockers | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Last week I mentioned this example in my paint a window screen tutorial. I typically use rockers to make my hand-painted signs like this one from my DIY repurposed sign tutorial.

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

But this time around, I envisioned something for all of them because when I was playing around with them after I brought them home, they looked cool like this… Read more

Flea Market Finds ~ An Easy DIY Update

Flea market and garage sale season is in full swing (I call it fleatiquing) and I have to make myself stay home so I won’t overfill my house. Are you that way? I mean, who can pass up a good deal, especially when it’s a matter of pennies?

You can’t go wrong I tell ya, but sometimes a deal can be made better by giving it a quick update with a coat of paint. Some of the things we find may have been glorious at one point, but now they need to be brought up to date.

Enter in this vintage magazine rack and patio table…

With a can of spray paint, you can update those flea market finds in no time. By Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

With a can of spray paint, you can update those flea market finds in no time. By Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

*affiliate links are included so you can find the products I’ve used too! (see full disclosure)

…both in structurally good condition, and only in need of a cleaning and makeover. Let the fun begin!! Read more

Table Transformations ~ 20 Different Styles & Eras

Today I thought it would be fun to take a stroll down memory lane…or table lane. So many pieces of furniture run through my shop and I never get the chance to tell you about each one. I thought it would be fun to focus on tables and show you how my photography and skills have changed in the last two years because we’re always learning and growing, right? Check out my table transformations.

I’ve put together 20 of some of the tables that have come through my shop for a whirl through the past.  Ready?  Let’s go!  *consider yourself warned this is photo heavy!!

20 Different Table Transformations by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodiglpieces

I’m going to start with a library table I happened upon while looking for furniture for the home we had just moved into back in 2003. (I told you I was going waaaay back)

They were having half off on some of the items that had been there too long and I spied this antique pine table. I needed something to occupy our long walls, and though I thought this one was too long, I just had to have it because the price tag was right – $20.

20 Different Table Transformations by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodiglpieces

We made it fit in our living room for several years, but eventually it was hid behind our upright grand piano standing on end. Sad, I know, but we needed the space for other things. It wasn’t until two years ago I decided to give it a makeover because the top was so badly marked up and it needed to go to a new home where it would be loved. Read more

Trifold Vanity Transformation ~ A Makeover to See

Maybe you don’t know this, but all sorts of furniture enters my shop, and most often gets a makeover of some sort, but I rarely have time to make a blog post for each one. This particular piece is a favorite of mine because of its gorgeous stature. Enter in this trifold vanity (or dressing table) found at a local garage sale for $40 with this chest of drawers and this dresser.

An Antique Vanity Transformation by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It wasn’t in too bad of shape structurally and was only missing a matching bench. I found the one pictured here at another garage sale for $3. I love a good find! (tee hee hee) The top had been worn pretty good with chemical stains, but was no major damage to note that couldn’t be repaired with a little wood putty and sanding. Read more

Antique Stereo Turned Sewing Cabinet

The jury is in…the Themed Furniture Makeover Day has become one of my favorite days of the month. Can you blame me? What better than to get down and dirty with furniture AND do it alongside these fantastic ladies who have the same passion. It’s WIN-WIN!  Today it’s all about being “Distressed” – the furniture that is.

About a year and a half ago, I was driving home down our street and noticed what appeared to be a teeny tiny garage sale on the corner.  It basically was a few pieces of furniture and, of course, that caught my eye.  With kids in tow, I pulled over and got out to take a quick peek.

As it turns out, a young man had recently purchase the house and was decluttering some gorgeous antiques. My eyes first went to this ragged looking sideboard. Price tag: $15

Antique Sideboard Scored for $15 Gets Metallic Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Oodles of damage, door beaten in and missing all sorts of stuff, but in otherwise structurally good standing. Cha-Ching!

It wasn’t until a couple of months ago I was able to give it its rightful makeover. Using my Modern Masters English Brown Metallic Paint and a whole lot of TLC it was given new life. Much better, right?

Antique Sideboard Scored for $15 Gets Metallic Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

At second glance I saw this sweet little forlorn stereo cabinet resting on those sweet spindle legs. Price tag: $5

Damaged veneer, busted off back, missing pull, but also structurally sound. Cha-Ching!

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Channel Back Chair ~ An Upholstery Adventure

Today I’m excited to be able to show you a project that has been brewing in my mind for about 2 years, until this month’s themed makeover assignment was “chairs”.  It’s safe to say that to get something done for myself is never at the forefront of my agenda, but this time I FINALLY got a piece of furniture done for me!!  This is my first makeover for myself since my free TV armoire 3 years ago, which brings me to a total of 2 pieces for us. Enter in this vintage channel back chair.

I picked up this sweet piece at a garage sale for $3…eeep!!  It wasn’t something I had planned to tackle at first because I loved that original fabric.  I even tried to clean it – mistake.  It made the color bleed and it looked even worse.  After that, I stuck it in the corner of our bedroom and used it quite frequently.

$3 Garage Sale Channel Back Chair Gets Deconstructed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com

$3 Garage Sale Channel Back Chair Gets Deconstructed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com

$3 Garage Sale Channel Back Chair Gets Deconstructed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com

That gorgeous chenille fabric was so utterly dirty and had been worn with love all over.  See those holes in the seat up above?  The seat was originally tufted and missing several buttons, and my kids and cat also had a hayday with this chair.

$3 Garage Sale Channel Back Chair Gets Deconstructed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com

The back panel was the only part in decent shape.  My kids loved to crawl behind it and rub the raised surface of the fabric because it was so soft.

$3 Garage Sale Channel Back Chair Gets Deconstructed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com

I told my husband that this winter when the snow was flying outside, my little ol’ self was staying inside to work and planning to tackle two chairs.  One of them was this one, a channel back chair. Read more

Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand DIY

A few weeks ago I shared this picture on my social media, asking what did anyone think these items would become. Who knew it would be a repurposed snack & beverage stand? woot!

DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Some had said a light fixture, others a planter or some sort of laundry basket. I guess no one was as crazy as me to think that I could turn all of that into a cooler/ice bucket/snack stand.  tsk. A repurposed snack & beverage stand, of course!
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
You can make one too with a galvanized something (tub, bucket, etc) and a table, a stump, or whatever you want to attach your tub to – be creative!
Materials breakdown:
  1. galvanized tub or bucket
  2. any slat wood – pallets, fencing, etc.
  3. stand, table, stump
  4. Zep toilet bowl cleaner or any industrial strength stuff (Home Depot)>
  5. rubber gloves
  6. screw
  7. rubber washers the size of bolt shaft
  8. bolts & nuts
  9. drill & bits
  10. optional items: small piece of wood for sign, hooks, crib parts, paint, brass tee valve, plumber’s putty
For my repurposed snack & beverage stand, I found my galvanized tub at a garage sale, new-in-box, for $5 – score! Because it was new I decided to make it look old.  Stone Gable has a tutorial already written about how to do the aging process, so head there for all the details.
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
It’s a very simple process and I achieved the aged look in no time at all.
note: Because beverages were going to be placed on the interior, I only aged the exterior.
 
Next, my hubby and I built a platform of pallet wood by using four slat pieces held together by two shorter pieces cut to the width of the four combined. You would need to use however many pieces to fit the base of the tub or bucket.  It’s similar to the same process I use in making my barn wood shutters.
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Since we were using the plant stand, we made sure our four slat pieces were long enough to hold the base of the tub, while the smaller slats fit inside the square top of the stand.  Just adjust your arrangement accordingly.
 
Now to attach the slat top to the repurposed snack & beverage stand…simple enough. Just grab your drill and pre-drill four holes and then attach the top to the stand with four screws long enough to grab the wood, but do not go through.
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

In order to attached the tub to the stand and remain leak-proof, we pre-drilled two holes in the bottom.

DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

Then, using thin bolts long enough to reach through the tub and wood, we added rubber washers on the inside against the head of the bolt.

DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

Because the tub is going to be either filled with ice or water (for an apple dunking fest), I wanted to add a drain to make clean up all the easier – I’m all about that.

There’s a handy gadget at your hardware store called a tee valve.  It’s made of brass and is threads into whatever you’re adding it to, while reverse threaded to allow water to be let out.

DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

I just drilled a hole the same diameter as the large end of the tee and then added a rubber washer before threading on the nut to hold it in place on the inside. (the tee sizes vary, mine was 1/4″ diameter).  A little plumber’s putty helped since my tub has a curved surface.

DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

At this point, the beverage stand looked kind of naked and since I have a funky stash of hardware from past projects and junk runs, I dug through my goods and found these pieces off of a baby crib. You know, the parts that hold the crib rails in an adjustable position….look familiar?

DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

Perfect as a snack holder.

Again, grab that drill and mount the brackets to the base for stability and to the tub so they have something to hold to.

DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
We had to cut off the end of the bolts with hack saw to shorten them up a bit and used a round file to make it safe for hands to reach in.
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

Here is my repurposed snack & beverage stand all finished with a small artistic addition.

DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
A couple of rusty upholstery springs, and eye hooks added to a piece of plywood painted in chalkboard paint, make a fun display, don’t you think?
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.comNow for some goodies to really dress it up for a party!
DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

You should have seen my kids eye-balling that stash of goods because this type of “food” is rarely, if ever, seen in my house.  When I asked them what I should use to take a photo, I suggested popcorn and apple cider.  They obviously won out and sugar it is.DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

I sent my husband to the store to get some root beer in glass bottles to create an old fashioned feel …he comes home with these….plastic.  yick.  He said there weren’t any.  Hmpf.  Next time in the store with my gang, what do we see?  Two whole sections dedicated to GLASS root beer and birch beer. Problem was that it was completely in a different section of the store.  grrr…

As the saying goes, “If you want it done right, you gotta do it yourself”. Ah well.

In the end I did let my kids have a bit, rationing so as to not create the biggest sugar high this side of the planet.  They love it when I create. Me too.

DIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Now go on and give it a try, get funky with it, and send me your project when you’re done!
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Reupholster & Paint a Rocking Chair, Part 3

Welcome back to those who have been following along.  For those who are just joining in, you will want to check out Part 1 and Part 2 to get yourself up to speed. Time to reupholster and see our work firsthand.

Ready to finish?  Here we go!

How to Reupholster & Paint a Rocking Chair by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Remember the batting, padding and old upholstery you saved for later?  Well, you’ll need to grab your stash now.

My rocker needed 2 yards of upholstery weight fabric and 6 yards of Read more

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