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Farmhouse Benches with Grain Sack Stripe

When I head to the thrift store and see country blue and geese with hearts, I instantly have a flashback to 1980’s. My mom definitely added that kind of style to her decor at one point. It’s cute, but totally not my style. My last thrifting visit produced this haul and looked like someone cleaned house. For the next few projects I’m going to be transitioning these pieces into a farmhouse state. Today is all about those country blue benches becoming farmhouse benches.

1980's Thrift Store Finds for Makeover Fun by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I literally laughed out loud when I spied the bench set stacked and hiding in a corner of the store. It was as if they knew how Read more

Deconstructed Ottoman with Feed Sack Upholstery

You know the saying, “birds of a feather flock together”, right? Well, one of the reasons I have fun with what I do is because I have a fantastic group of people who also have that same passion for DIY. Today is Furniture Fixer Uppers time where my blogger friends and I each take on a project with the intent of inspiring you. My project piece is this tired old gal who’s going to help me add a deconstructed ottoman to my home – something I’ve always wanted.

Vintage Ottoman Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

When I spied this at the thrift store, in an instant I knew I wanted it for my home. If you look close, the velvet upholstery was well worn through the the threads on the top. However, I couldn’t Read more

Pet Bed DIY ~ Building Plans & Tutorial

Our family consists of many members, and some of them just happen to have fur. We bring home our beloved furballs and want to give them the best. Because of that, I have created a pet bed that will surely let your cuddle bug know they are loved. Meet Teddy (aka Ted E. Bear).

Miniture Schnauzer Dog Laying on Floor | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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We adopted Teddy when he was 1 ½ years old, since the previous owner had an illness that meant she could no longer care for him as needed. He as been such a loyal, lovable dog. He resides with us 24/7 and is our alarm-barking nut at 9 years of age. Teddy already has a cozy den that he sneaks into where he sleeps, but he is getting older. I wanted to create a snuggly pet bed where he can be with us all the time.

Rustic Farmhouse Grain Sack Style Pet Bed with Plans & Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Once I built his bed, there was no 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 spent 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

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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

Footstool Fun ~ 30 Minute Makeover

Making your house your home doesn’t have to break the bank. Today, it’s all about this sweet little footstool I scored while thrifting. It’s in excellent shape, but seriously needing an update, right?

Thrifted Footstool Before | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

At least those faux brass Queen Anne style legs are something to admire.

Footstool Queen Anne Legs | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I’d like to show you how to makeover this vintage piece in 30 minutes with basic upholstery skills, so that it matches your decor, and adds style and function to your room. Read more

Grain Sack Table ~ Faux Look Tutorial

Do you love the look of grain sack like I do? Seriously, I could put it on anything and never tire of it. In a minute I am going to share how to make a grain sack table. But first, in times past, I’ve created my own faux grain sack fabric for this antique rocking chair see below.

Create a Faux French Grain Sack Table with Tape and Paint - Let a teenager show you how! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

this sweet little ottoman

Create a Faux French Grain Sack Table with Tape and Paint - Let a teenager show you how! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

…and my own pillows, decor…you get the idea. I love it!

For this post, I’m going to introduce you to my oldest son, Mr. I, so he can show you how easy this method is – that even a teenager can do it. He is one of my six budding apprentices, and has been working alongside me for quite some time. Mr. I enjoys creating his own masterpieces, and selling them in my shop and locally to create a nice savings for himself.

It’s fun to help him find pieces that are deemed worthy of a makeover, and assist here and there, but for the most part, he does all the work. Here’s his latest vintage garage sale find…a solid wood Queen Anne coffee table.

Create a Faux French Grain Sack Table with Tape and Paint - Let a teenager show you how! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

American made and quality cherry wood, but has some water damage and wear to the surface that makes it a good candidate for his project. I do believe this is his largest project so far. Read more

Antique Makeover ~ 3 Different Farmhouse Pieces

Finally the weather is cooperating and I can get at some of the projects that have been staring at me ever since last summer.  I had so many plans until I found out I was expecting, and of course that put a hold on LOTS of things. But…I have never been happier to have my 6 kids and am now able to make some headway in my stash. Here’s the antique makeover lineup: a chair, a foot stool, and a wash stand.

Check out my first project…a totally unloved chair.

It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesThis hand-carved beauty was given to me by one of my best friends who thought I could bring it back to life.  It sat for a year waiting for a makeover.

It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesIsn’t that carving great!?

When she gave me the chair I knew right away I wanted to have it done it time by her birthday in May so that I could give her a gift from the profit of selling it.
 
A few days before her birthday, I got to working on it and prayed the whole time that it would sell not only for what I would ask for it, but that it would sell quickly so I could bless her with the gift.
 
I decided to stick to the chair’s original primitive state and just give it a good cleaning.  All the gorgeous piece needed was some linseed oil to bring back the rich wood and some upholstery.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesTo keep the primitive vibe, I used red ticking to upholster the chair, but also decided to do some piecework to the back to give it an extra-special touch.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesWhat do you think?
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
I love it, and guess what…the chair sold within a couple of hours of listing it in my shop!! Praise God for answering my prayer and that I was able to give her such a nice gift, just to use on herself.  *secret* she rarely treats herself to anything, and as a mom of 5, and she needed a treat!  
Up next is a footstool that was being used as a vanity seat at one point when I bought this piece for a custom client.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesIt obviously did NOT match that gorgeous walnut Queen Anne vanity with its pine wood, chunky legs, and awful upholstery. The synthetic red velour was trimmed with decorative upholstery tacks and was just…well…tacky.
queen-anne-dressing-table
Of course, it was replaced with a suitable replacement. Much better, right? You can read about the full transformation here.
Back to the foot stool.  That red fabric was screaming at me to be ripped off and replaced with something a little more primitive as well. Off it came, and I decided to give it a faux grain sack looking using a freezer paper stencil. 
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesUpholstery nails were used to give it an even more rustic feel and left as is.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesIt so fits the stool better, doesn’t it?
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It sold quickly in my shop.  woot!
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Last, but not least is this sad antique oak wash stand.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesFalling apart, missing sides and a bottom, doors in pieces, but oh so full of life…just needing some attention.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesSince I was pregnant at the time I finally started it, it was slow going for a while because I was taking it easy. One day while enjoying a freak day of late winter sun, I was walking through our workshop and injured myself. I knocked this horrific drill bit attachment that went 3/4″ into the top of my foot.  Fun days…yessss.
An Antique Makeover of an Old Oak Wash Stand, a Hand-carved Chair, and stool by http://www.prodigalpieces.com
So it sat partially done because my water broke a couple weeks later, which brings us to May. Antique makeover on pause.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesMy hubby gracefully stepped in and helped me out by cutting a new rail for the side (he is so handy with wood!!), and some side panels out of bead board (wainscoting).
I stained the wainscoting to match the original wash stand, but then wanted to whitewash them to give them a time-worn feel.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
To replace the bottom, I found some perfectly chippy barn siding in my stash that would add character.  I tell ya, everyone needs a stash of wood!
 
My hubby came to the rescue again and replace the bottom for me while I stood by holding my newborn and aching to help.  Aack!  I’m not a someone who is an onlooker…I’m a doer!
 
The doors were missing a couple things and needed glued, but for the most part were in great shape.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesI just cut some piece to match, glued, and then whitewashed them as well to match the rest of the character of the wash stand.  The original pulls were added and viola!
This one would be a keeper for me if I had the room. I love it!
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
It turned out better than I’d hoped.
It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Totally rustic with oodles of character…AND sold from my shop…woot!
So although antiques may be lacking love and falling apart doesn’t mean they should be cast off.  They just need love, right!?
Pin it if you love the antique makeover so other’s can be inspired to give DIY a try too.
 It's Antique Makeover Time with a Chair, a Foot Stool, and an Antique Wash Stand by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Antique Rocking Chair ~ 1800’s Redo

I am the type of person that needs change to keep my brain alive and it’s fun to redo a piece of furniture, a room in my house, etc. and then keep the ball rolling. Sitting still very long is not an option for me, so I am always chomping at the bit. No surprise right? Here’s my latest project and antique rocking chair. To be exact, it’s an 1800’s Cochran Hand-Carved Rocking Chair.

When I first acquired this beauty she was missing her seat.  It once held a tooled leather middle and I really was planning on replacing the seat and tooling it myself. (Yes, I know how to tool a bit)

1800's Rocking Chair Makeover with Grain Sack Seat by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesBut most veg tanned leather (the thick type of leather that is suitable for tooling)is an awful orangish color.  That type of leather can be stained, but I really wanted a light, contrasting appeal.  I just couldn’t see the chair with dark on dark.  I searched and searched for a creamy colored leather to replace the seat, but couldn’t find anything I liked.

Another treasure is that there’s a partial label left under the seat stating it was made by the Cochran Chair Co. Manufacturers of Cochran, Indiana. In my research, I found that the Cochran Chair Co. was in business from 1879 to 1983, and that if the chair was marked, “Cochran, Indiana” it was produced in the 1800’s.  However, if it was marked, “Aurora, Indiana” it was produced in the 1900’s.  Mine is an 1800’s gal.
1800's Rocking Chair Makeover with Grain Sack Seat by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesSo…I decided to do a faux grain sack seat using a cotton canvas stretched across, leaving the rustic nail heads exposed.
1800's Rocking Chair Makeover with Grain Sack Seat by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesTypically, you wouldn’t need any extra support if using the leather, but I decided to reinforce the seat with webbing and added a light cover to the bottom to cover all the fancy work inside.

1800's Rocking Chair Makeover with Grain Sack Seat by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesDid you catch the hand-carved part?  Eeek!!  Oh how I wish the furniture was given the detail and attention it once was bestowed.  Now all you see if particle board junk sitting curbside.  Yick.

1800's Rocking Chair Makeover with Grain Sack Seat by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesCheck out the daintily turned spindles and the absolutely gorgeous patina.

1800's Rocking Chair Makeover with Grain Sack Seat by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I just love how it turned out! Share it if you do too.

1800's Antique Rocking Chair Makeover with Grain Sack Seat by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comThis lovely lady has sold within a couple days in my shop. Hooray!

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