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Upcycled Dresser & Mirror Made New

You know you are loved when your friends bring you gifts like this…right? Mandy is always getting her hands on some sweet finds and she set aside this mirror saying it had my name written all over it. What do you think? Well, I gladly accepted, though I wasn’t sure if I should. Check out how I created an upcycled dresser with this mirror that makes it look like they belong together.Cast-off Dresser Mirror Upcycled by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’ll never deny I’m a sucker for mirrors in all shapes and sizes. They add light and depth to a room, but can be reworked in many ways. The size of this one kinda limited its repurposing capabilities, but you know I’m game to try.

My first thought was to find a dresser suitable and if that didn’t work out, I’d find a new use for it. Well, within 5 minutes of looking online, I found this antique gem right in my 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

Child’s Rocking Chair Makeover ~ Farmhouse Style

One of my favorite posts each month is our Furniture Fixer Upper time. Nothing better than doing what you love with those of the same mind. Better yet, I get to share it with you! This month’s project is this totally dated child’s rocking chair I found at the thrift store.

Vintage Child's Rocking Chair Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I literally laughed out loud when I saw this and then went, “awww…poor thing”. I kid you not that I believe every 80’s kid I know had this upholstery in their home at one time or another. Am I right?! hahaha!! 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

Mid Century Nightstand from Curbside Luggage

It’s that time again! The second Tuesday of each month some of my blogger friends and I get together to present to you our latest Trash to Treasure makeovers. It’s certainly one of my favorite times and hope it is for you too! Today’s project is this handmade luggage I found during our spring city cleanup. I’ve been aching to turn it into the vision I had of a Mid Century nightstand. I can’t wait!!

Handmade Wooden Luggage found on the curb gets new life | prodigalpieces.com

First, I have to ask if you would have grabbed it? It is so super cool. Check out the LBJ bumper sticker, and the…ummm…fantastic carpet lining. And get this…the back has Read more

Upcycled Magazine Rack into Book Caddy

I remember as a child that walking into the library was like walking into a gateway of intense adventure. That feeling you get when something fantastic was about to happen. Getting lost in book was the best feeling ever! Of course, as a mother, I’ve passed along the love of books to my children. Sadly though, our public libraries are dwindling, even closing. Today I’m trying to make an effort to bring back life to books. In my quirky kinda way, I’m turning this upcycled magazine rack into a book caddy. Hang with me now…there’s something for you too!

Vintage Magazine Rack Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Not only was this was a hand-painted piece by someone back in 1980, but it was also falling apart. The sides were popping off and the center divider was completely detached. Nothing a little DIY can’t fix, right? Read more

Vintage Art Deco Buffet gets Modern Update

Do you know what time it is? It’s Furniture Fixer Uppers time! What fun it is to not only get to work on another project for you, but to be able to do it alongside some of the most awesome DIY gals I know. This vintage Art Deco buffet is my subject for this month’s fun. You’ll see the rest of the awesome projects in a bit. (giveaway alert!)

Vintage Art Deco Buffet Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The functional use of a buffet can’t be denied. They fit easily into almost any room of your home as either a server as intended, or entertainment center, or even retrofitted into a bathroom vanity. This particular one appealed to me for the Read more

Musical Jewelry Box Mini Dresser Makeover

Do you have rubber-necker syndrome when you’re out hunting for #trashure? You know…when you walk by something that first catches your eye, but you don’t feel the pull to go get it until you walk away? It happens even to the best of us. This is how the story begins for this vintage musical jewelry box that also happens to be a mini dresser. Isn’t it sweet?!

Mini Dresser Music Box Before | prodigalpieces.com

The first time I saw it I said to my kids, “Isn’t that cute?” It was sitting on the top back shelf and I left it there. Why? Well…first, my cart was nearly full and I didn’t really need Read more

Repurposed Cutting Boards ~ DIY Fun

One of the classic pieces used in farmhouse style is the wooden cutting boards, particularly antique ones. However, modern day style cutting boards still get used and wore out, but maybe aren’t quite in a good state to use in your decor. Today, I’d like to show how I gave these repurposed cutting boards a whole new lease on life. Let’s get our DIY on, shall we? {{high five}}

Worn Out Cutting Board about to get new life | prodigalpieces.com

As I mentioned earlier this week in my doll cradle post, wooden items at the thrift store or garage sales are always some of the first things I peruse. It’s a veritable potluck of potential. First, let’s start with this small one you see Read more

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