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Repurposed Louver Door Wall Art

Do you ever have one of those projects that keeps taunting you? Like, when you walk by it keeps begging you to do something and even whispers, “Why are you taking so long??” That’s when I want to scream back at it and say, “I haven’t decided on THE BEST use yet! sigh… However, ladies and gents, today is a momentous day, not because of what I created, but that I finally got time to do it. Now, let me show you what I did with this repurposed louver door set that had been staring me down for months, if not years.

Leftover Louver Doors Before Repurposing by Prodigal Pieces |

If you’ve been around for a bit, almost a year ago exactly, I showed you what I created with the upper half of this door set. Remember my kitchen island cart? You can read the full post over here. Read more

Broken Chair Repair & How to Update

Call me crazy, call me nuts…whatever you want to say, because I am probably one of few that will actually pay for a broken chair. haha. Well, it was looking so good until I saw the missing parts, but my soft heart said, “Meh, what’s a little DIY that can’t fix this?” So here I sits with my project before me looking all sad. I aim to show you how to handle a broken chair repair and update it while you’re at it. See what I mean with this gem?

Broken Chair Before |

It looks good enough, but if you look closely you’ll see more of what I’m talking about. When I picked it out in the store, I sat on it, wiggled my hiney, and it held Read more

Home Decor Storage from Thrift Store Finds

One of the things I often hear from you, my readers, is they just don’t have the budget to make their house into the home they like, or they lack vision to make something old or outdated into something new. That’s where I come in. My goal in my blog is to take away those worries and inspire you to at least try. My own budget is so small you need a microscope to see it. As for vision, that comes easy to me and why I share. Today, I’m here to not show so much a grand makeover, but hoping to show you how you can get the look you’re after for less. Take for instance, this box used for home decor storage.

Thrifted Storage Box Before Makeover |

This could easily be something you already own and maybe you’re ready for a new look.  Shopping your home is the cheapest way to change it up. However, your local thrift store, estate sales, garage sales, and flea markets (even online markets) are brimming with possibilities. Oh, and don’t forget the curb! So much Read more

DIY Decor from Thrifted Finds

In my neck of the woods, thrifting is a sport. You have the daily divers, the grab-it-and-goers, and the first-timers (the ones looking either completely lost or in total awe). If you don’t watch your cart, someone will take your things out of it…seriously. haha! I think it fantastic that places like this are available for dropping off unwanteds as well as finding that #trashure I’m after. Ya know…one man’s trash is another one’s treasure kinda thing. Today, I’m creating some DIY decor from thrifted finds and show you how.

Thrifted Finds Before Repourposed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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What I grabbed was a wooden bin, a Boyds Bear Tapestry wall art, and a French perfume ad with hook. Most people when they see what’s in my cart look at me funny, but Read more

Antique Library Table with Fresh New Look

There is little in this life that is more rewarding that sharing things that you love to do with like-minded people. When Trash to Treasure Tuesday rolls around I can’t wait to see what my gal friends have to share with us. Bonus is I get to share too. My subject for this month’s makeover is this antique library table. Aren’t the lines fabulous?

Antique Library Table Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

I know I say it all the time, but I had no intention of coming home with this size of a table. My workshop was empty and I was loving it. So, how did it end up with me? Well, I took my kids for a thrift store scavenger hunt – where I give them a list of things to find and they team up to see who can find them first. We needed a break from our schedule and that was a last-minute option.

While they were racing to find their items, I found Read more

Fleur de Lis Wall Art ~ From Thrifted to Fabulous

It’s a new day and time for a new project, right? It is pure delight to get to share with you each time inspiration hits. This particular time,however, was a bit of a struggle to get to the end result, but I’m glad I stuck to it. A few months back I had this haul from the thrift store. Some I kept, some I gave away, and some I redid for my shop, like that footstool seen HERE. Today, I’m keeping my promise to some of you to do something with that Fleur de Lis wall art on the bench there. It only took me 8 months to get to them! haha.

Thrift Store Loot | Prodigal Pieces |

Here’s a closer look at that Fleur de Lis wall art. It’s an imported metal set that is bent up a bit and has a few dings here and there, but otherwise fine. I felt just needed cleaning up and a new lease on life.

Set of Metal Fleur de Lis Wall Art from the Thrift Store |

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I was hanging onto these to save as cold weather project and now it the perfect time. First, I kinda liked their dark color, but felt a change would be nice too. My original goal was to use my Patina Paint to create a weathered look to it, but that didn’t go quite as planned. Here’s what happened…the patina paint is awesome. It can take ANYTHING it turn it into an aged-to-perfection piece. You can see it in action in my video below as well as the end result in our DIY Arbor Tutorial.

I started out using the special primer so that my patina wouldn’t eventually eat through my metal. It’s easy to apply and works wonderfully.

Applying Patina Paint Primer by Dixie Belle |

Next, I applied the Iron Paint in two coats and sprayed with my patina spray. It’s at this point I realized I should have used a different metal paint in order for there to be more of a contrast. My vision wasn’t popping like I had hoped. To remedy that I decided to use a soft green “patina-ish” color to top the patina paint.

Painting Scrollwork on Fleur de Lis Wall Art |

This wasn’t looking bad, but I just didn’t get that satisfied feeling that I normally do. It just needed something. I decided to skip my idea for patina and switch to a time-worn effect while still playing with the patina action going on . I added some Crackle Medium to spots I wanted to age, just like I did on my Cedar Chest Makeover (full tutorial how to use it here). Love this stuff!

Applying Crackle to Fleur de Lis Wall Art |

Once the crackle was dry I applied Drop Cloth color paint – see the instant crackle?

Creating Crackle Effect on Fleur de Lis |

Once the first coat was dry, I did another light coat and let cure. The cool thing is the patina was bleeding through the paint as I had hoped. To give it more dimension, I used my Brown Wax to make those painted details I added earlier really pop.

I just love how they came out!

Rustic Chic Fireplace Mantel Display with DIY Fleur de Lis Wall Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

French Farmhouse Style Fleur de Lis Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces |

They’ve got that little bit of rustic, paired with the timeless Fleur de Lis design that I love. You can see a bit of that aqua color I painted peeking out, a bit of patina action still going on, and an embossed look as all those designs I painted pop out.

Large White FLeur de Lis with Rustic Chic Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Distressed Rustic Chic Fleur de Lis Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces |

Even David can’t take his eye off them. He thinks they’re cool. hahahaha!! This dude is my thrifted bust I only found because my toddler pointed him out and started to giggle. I almost walked right by him. Good score, girl!

Thrifted David Bust on Farmhouse Chic Mantel by Prodigal Pieces |

My Fleur de Lis wall art is among other trashure finds, like my candle stick tutorial here and my broken ladder creations here.

French Farmhouse Mantel with Rustic Finds and Fleur de Lis by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

I prefer my home to be filled with the things I create rather than coming from a box store. It makes a story that is unique to me and my family and is even a budget savvy way to be. I would do it even if I had ample money to spare. There’s nothing better than making your house your home yourself.

Collected Thrifted Items Make for a Rustic Farmhouse Chic Mantel Display. See more at Prodigal Pieces |

French Fleur de Lis Display on Rustic Farmhouse Mantel by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

While this set of Fleur de Lis wall art looks good on my mantel, I’m parting with it as I have another mantel design in my mind to share with you soon. You can purchase this set along with many other of my creations and finds in my shop. (SOLD)

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My goal is always to inspire you to see past the obvious and grab hold of the potential that is there. Do pin and share to inspire others to give DIY a try even when things don’t go as planned. Trying is key!

Who knew a thrifted set of Fleur de Lis wall art could look so good?! Get all the DIY details at Prodigal Pieces |

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Beanie Baby Shelf Repurposed Twice Over

It’s a new day and a new project on the way! When you’re at the thrift store to you ever spy something that seems to sit there for months and then you start to feel sorry for it? Sometimes I cave and buy it hoping to give it new life. That’s what happened when I kept seeing this beanie baby shelf.

Thrifted Beanie Baby Shelf Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Now, I will be honest…I can’t stand the beanie baby craze, so I apologize to all of you who love them. They are cute, but I could never fathom having dozens of them. I call them dust catchers. Okay, so there’s that. hahaha.

This is a well made shelf, but no one wanted it for obvious reasons. I decided to have fun with this and recreate it all together. Consider yourself warned that I tend Read more

Heat Gun Wood Burning ~ Nordic Wooden Trees DIY

Though many think Christmas is the time to go all out, I say, why wait?  I mean, if you love to decorate, do it all the time. However, I don’t mean having a Christmas tree up all year (unless that floats your boat). What I do mean is decor can look awesome any time. I prefer to use elements that can be tweaked for any season or for any event. Today I’m sharing a new technique with heat gun wood burning. To give you an example, I’ve created this super easy craft for you to make. These Nordic wooden trees that are perfect for Christmas and all year long. All you need is one pine board. Woot!

Basic Pine Board Plank for Nordic Wooden Trees DIY by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

You read it right, one pine board and a few extras to make these wonderful, whimsical trees. I’m so excited to show you a technique that I used to get the look of these trees using one of my favorite tools to create heat gun wood burning.

Nordic Wooden Tree Display with Wood Burned Trees. DIY tutorial at Prodigal Pieces | Read more

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decor ~ DIY Style

Have you ever been stuck in the position of having guests over for the holidays and you didn’t know they were coming until the last minute? {{raises hand}} Nothing like a quick panic to set you squirming not only to get your home clean, but looking good too. I’m here to help! Grab that dusty old picture sitting in the garage and give it a whole new purpose. This project is all about budget-savvy fun for everyone. Let me show you how to create some last-minute Thanksgiving decor (or any day decor) using this thrifted wall art below.

Thrifted Wall Art Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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This project is super simple and will make a lovely part of your holiday decor. The best part is that it can be used for Read more

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