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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

DIY Bike Garden Shed Tutorial from Cedar Wood

It’s nothing new that organization keeps a body sane. There’s no hassle with clean-up and definitely saves time and can even keep your investments in a better state. What you’re looking at is a spot that has kinda been an eye-sore to me and my family for a couple of years. I’ve promised to show you our project when it was time to build, so today I’m sharing our DIY bike garden shed. (giveaway alert!)

Outside Bike Storage Before DIY Shed | prodigalpieces.com

Back in 2003 when we moved in, this spot held a small shed that would house trash cans. We never used it for that, but did store other items inside. After a few years it became dilapidated and I took it down. The wood from it became part of my Read more

Upcycled Footboard into Home & Garden Decor

It’s not a surprise I love a good challenge. This time around, my dad brought me this solitary footboard. I told him I really didn’t have room, but I’d take it. Do you feel an upcycled footboard project coming on? {{dramatic music begins}}

Cast-Off Footboard Before Upcycled Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My sweet father brought this to me in late summer and I tucked it in for the winter hoping for inspiration to hit by spring. Honestly, I had in the back of my brain to just set it out for spring clean-up if nothing came to mind to do with. Funny, not funny, was I missed Read more

Broken Crock Planter ~ Upcycled Garden Fun

One thing’s for sure…nothing goes to waste around here. Yes, I love to upcycle for the fun of it, but also because sending perfectly good things to the landfill is just senseless. The problem is that most folks don’t know potential when they see it. Take this antique gem, for instance. Would you throw it away because of the damage? I say turn it into a broken crock planter. Time for some garden fun!

Antique Red Wing Crock with Broken Bottom Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I don’t know about you, but crocks have my heart and then some. They are totally useful when fully functional for making fermented foods (See my crock pickle recipe HERE). They also make great storage containers, decor accents, and more.

Sometimes unfortunate things happen, like they fall or get cracks. However, there’s no need to send them to the landfill. Read more

DIY Bee Skep from Upcycled Materials

If you’ve been with me for long, you know my dad (and my mom) brings me quite the fun…umm…project pieces. I love it! When he showed me this picture of a couple of grass plant hangers he thought I’d actually plant in. I thought, “Sure, why not.” It couldn’t get past that they reminded me of something. Then later that day it hit me. They looked like antique bee skeps! {{aha moment}} Check out my three DIY bee skep tutorials, plus a bee hotel, using upcycled materials.

Grass Hanging Planters Before Upcycling by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You may be like my dad, my bestie, my husband, and most who have no idea what a bee skep actually is. First, let me say that I was elated thinking I could incorporate these into my garden. I’ve always wanted to keep bees because they’re endangered and we need them to survive. However, since bee-keeping is a science and such a fragile art, I 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

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

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

Repurposed Changing Table Cart ~ Trashure

Do you know what time it is?? It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday! The one day each month where my blogger friends and I put together some wonderful transformations for you. My project for the day is turning these pieces of trash (aka. trashure) into a repurposed changing table cart. woot!

Broken Changing Table Before | prodigalpieces.com

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it sure is a blessing when people get you. My parents are always telling me they saw something they thought I would like to work on. They’ve blessed the kids and I a million times over with gift of things they found. My dad own several rental properties and one of the not-so-fun duties is cleaning up after someone who has torn apart his hard work.

Here is the aftermath of one of those instances. Read more

DIY Garden Arbor with Faux Patina ~ Build Plans

If you are just joining in, we have been working in our back yard this summer giving it a much needed facelift. First, was our DIY compost bin, then our DIY fire pit. Today we are sharing the next stage of our renovations – our DIY garden arbor with play area. It began like this…

Back Yard Wood Pile Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

Yep, a hot mess. Each winter we run through a WHOLE LOTTA firewood. This is our wood pile that is normally full to the brim. However, I snapped this at the beginning of spring when we can break out of our cabin fever and get outside to clean up winter mess. Normally this is covered with a giant tarp, so my kids stick their bikes here to keep them out of the weather as our shed is full too. (next on my hit list)

Since 2003, I have had the pleasure of looking out our dining area and seeing this… Read more

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