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Simple Christmas Decor ~ Rustic Farmhouse Style

After our Thanksgiving events each year, it has become our family tradition to decorate for Christmas. It mainly stemmed from the fact that this is the only weekend my husband, JC, gets an extra day off. And I figure since I take it down the day after, why not start a bit early. My main goal is for simple Christmas decor and this quilt I found at a garage sale is the key my whole scheme this year.

Worn out Handmade Quilt becomes Upcycled Christmas Decor | Prodigal Pieces |

When I saw it at a garage sale I got excited. I love old handmade quilts! However, I wasn’t to excited when I saw how worn it was with holes everywhere, even burns. I felt the history it had and bought it anyway knowing I could use it for some other purpose. While my original intent was to make things for my shop, I decided to Read more

Corn Husk Pumpkins & Wreath ~ Fireplace Makeover

I’m BAAACK!! In case you didn’t know, I took a blogging break last week to get our homeschooling year off to a good start and get caught up on a few things. That break resulted in our entire family getting a nasty chest cold and myself ending up with a broken toe. So did I get much done? Nope, but we did manage to get our barn wood for our kitchen counters. I share more details in my newsletters, so be sure to sign up. And… there’s  more good news! Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday and I’m all about some corn husk. I know I’m corny. hee hee hee

Basket of Sweet Corn for Crafting by Prodigal Pieces |

Be sure to check out the bottom of the post for what my blogger friends have worked on for you too!

So many people are starting to decorate their homes for the coming fall season and though I hang onto every thread of summer, I decided to go ahead and get some crafting done. I wanted to give you a chance to get some of your own fall decor made before you’re ready to decorate.

Here’s what’s funny…I had no intention to take on my fireplace as a project right now since our family room is next on our agenda. I keep telling myself, “Stay focused…kitchen!” However, when I got it all taken apart here’s what I saw:

Sandstone Fireplace with Barn Beam Mantel Before | Prodigal Pieces |

One blank boring mess. We will be tearing out that carpet and redoing a few things, but my future goal was to freshen up this fireplace when the remodeling was done. Well…my little self saw fit to tackle it now because…I WANTED TO. (laughs wickedly) Read more

Faux Clock DIY ~ Repurposed Fun

I am a mama on a mission – a mission to declutter and make use of everything I can lay my DIY hands on. My home has been overrun by my business (kinda like living in a warehouse) and I need things to be normal, at least somewhat normal – as if living with 6 kids is ever normal. ha! My latest subject for renewal is this Art Deco mirror back that I think will make an awesome faux clock for my mantel. Do you see the potential?

Salvaged Art Deco Mirror Backing Before Repurposing | Prodigal Pieces |

This mirror back was originally going to be used in our boys’ bedroom makeover that had an industrial feel. You can barely see it, but we had already drawn on the word “GULF” as we were going to turn this into a vintage appeal gas station sign. But, we didn’t end up using it, so faux clock it is.

My mantel has been…well…neglected. I haven’t done much to it since my fall design and Christmas, but now it needs a summery makeover, don’t you think?

Rustic Farmhouse Mantel Before Summer Switch | Prodigal Pieces |

Enter in my new faux clock…I love it!

Faux Large Clock DIY by Prodigal Pieces |

The best part about this new faux clock is that it is totally doable with materials found at your local home improvement store. It even has the potential to be a working clock too (see below).

*post contains affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too! (see full disclosure)

Even if you’re not into DIY, but love this faux clock, you can find it available in my shop.

Here is what you need: Read more

Faux Barn Wood Wall Quilt from Vinyl Flooring

Are you into the Christmas spirit yet? Hard not to be with all sorts of wonderful holiday ideas floating around Blogland. Earlier this week I showed you our rustic Christmas mantel for our Home for the Holidays tour. The centerpiece of my design was my DIY barn wood wall quilt.

It's a rustic farmhouse Christmas in our house. From handmade stockings to the DIY wall quilt as a backdrop, it's all about family. | Prodigal Pieces |

Can you guess what I made it out of? Vinyl flooring. Yep! Pick you jaw up off the floor and let’s get to the details of how to create this wonderful faux barn wood wall quilt piece of art yourself.

Create a faux barn wood wall quilt using vinyl flooring with this easy DIY tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | Read more

A Rustic Christmas ~ Home for the Holidays Tour

Nothing beats the wonderful feeling of home at Christmastime. The smells, the sounds, and the overall cheery feeling you get when laying eyes upon a newly decorated home. You can imagine the fun we have in our house with our 6 kids. It is a treasured time that I try to savor at every moment.

Today and tomorrow is our Home for the Holidays Tour – a low-stress look at how my blogger friends and I chose to share our homes decked for the holidays. Come along as I share our family room mantel.

Home for the Holidays Christmas Tour

I don’t think anyone can deny that a mantel demands center stage in a room. They’re grand and so full of decorating potential. Last year, I offered a free printable of our bunting, and this year I was challenged to create something using vinyl plank flooring in the likeness of barn wood. That’s when I came up with this…

It's a rustic farmhouse Christmas in our house. From handmade stockings to the DIY wall quilt as a backdrop, it's all about family. Come see! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces Read more

DIY Faux Fireplace : Indoor or Outdoor

Last week, we revealed the fruits of our labor – our patio makeover. From top to bottom, everything was built or created by us, including our DIY faux fireplace.

Today, we’ve got the step-by-step tutorial for you to create your own custom fireplace. The best part is, this doesn’t have to be just for your outdoor project. Yay! Our DIY fireplace is a simple build that you can add indoors too.

*this project was sponsored by HomeRight and includes affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too!

Our fireplace finished dimensions are 54¼” tall by 50″ wide, but you can adjust this to suit any space. Read more

Inspiration for Mantels – The Fall Ideas Tour

Yesterday kicked off our first day of The Fall Ideas Tour. I was so pleased to be joined by a wonderful group of ladies that seriously rocked the mantel. Head below to start Day Two of the Tour for fall tablescapes.

The Fall Ideas Tour Day One - Mantel Inspiration via Prodigal #prodigalpieces

So much gorgeousness from my fellow bloggers. Just look at all festive fall fun!

Shirley at Housepitality Designs fall mantel got me drooling with her architectural salvaged piece and her blue and white decor.

The Fall Ideas Tour Day One - Mantel Inspiration by Housepitality Designs via Prodigal #prodigalpieces

Lindsay at My Creative Days created her own DIY mantel for a festive display. Read more

A Simple Fall Mantel Display in Neutral Tones

There is so much inspiration for creating a lovely fall vignette in your home by just looking at nature. Achieving that look doesn’t have to break the bank. Your fall mantel can be a budget-friendly display by utilizing natural elements, metals, and reclaimed or found items.

Join me and a fantastic group of bloggers as we take you on a Fall Ideas Tour beginning today with mantels, and lasting all week long. Get ready to be inspired! (Links to tour for each day of the week below)
2015 Fall Ideas Tour from September 21-24 - Come join the fun!

When looking to create my fall mantlescape for this season, I wanted to stray from my typical fall orange-yellow-red color scheme, like I did for this display a couple of years ago. I craved a simple palette that would help me transition into the seasons yet to come.

It all started with this pile of scrap wood pieces that came from our master bedroom remodel that we revealed this past spring.

Create a simple, neutral fall mantelscape with natural elements, metals, and reclaimed items by Prodigal PIeces. #prodigalpieces

When we took down our shelves in our bedroom, I didn’t want to reuse the corbels that were there because they were bulky and took up too much space. So I replaced them with iron brackets instead. Since nothing goes to waste around here, we ended up using those wood corbels for building our window boxes we added this spring as well.  When building the boxes, the original corbels had too large of a profile, so we trimmed them down and left us with that pile above. (Didn’t my hubby do good?)

Create a simple, neutral fall mantelscape with natural elements, metals, and reclaimed items by Prodigal PIeces. #prodigalpieces

I have saved them in a box for over a year, becasuse…well…they were cool looking and I knew I could come up with some good use for them other than our burn pile. There were several ideas that came to mind, but then inspiration struck and here’s what I came up with… Read more

Autumn Inspiration & DIY Floating Mantel

It’s finally September and autumn is just around the corner! Yippee! Do you love fall like I do? I’ve got it so bad that I switch the Christmas song to this season, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year….”

Want to add a floating mantel, but don't know how? It's pretty simple and we've got the DIY for you! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

The colors, harvest time, fall festivals, knowing things are slowing down all make it seem so comforting. My husband tells me that it’s sort of weird I like it because everything is dying. Not so!  Everything is going to sleep and taking a rest, including me!! Tsk.

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 About a year ago, I decided to finally get a mantel put on our fireplace and I knew just what I wanted. A barn beam mantel.  Not a shiny, glamorous looking mantle, but a rustic, roughed up, story-telling mantel. I knew I could find one somewhere in the farm country I live in, so I put a wanted out on Freecycle (willing to pay), Craigslist, etc., and bingo! Freecycle came through and guy had torn down a barn and had all sorts of goodies for me to peruse.

At $4 a foot, this was a steal because no one wants old-looking barn beams, except rare finds like me. ahem. We took the whole family and had a blast because rarely do we get to be out on farm with all its sights, sounds, and animals. It didn’t take long for me to find the perfect beam with perfect imperfections.

A floating mantel was the option we did, which basically means that it doesn’t attach to “legs”, but looks as if it is floating on the wall. Want to do one yourself?  You don’t have to use a barn beam, but anything you want really. It’s pretty simple, but there are a few necessary steps to take to make it safe and secure.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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First, check the codes in your area for installing a mantel. We have a raised hearth, with a fireplace insert, and added 13″ from the top of the insert, putting the top of our mantel at 49″ above the hearth. Once you’ve figured out your height, you will need to find the studs in the wall with a stud finder or other method.

Next, grab a tape measure and mark the spots across the wall, making sure you’ll be landing in a stud at the correct height. Double-check by using a level and chalk line marker to give you a visible guide. Since we are drilling into our bricks, we found a mortar line and used it as a guide.

You will need to know the length of your mantel to figure how many bolts you will need. When you’ve got your measurement you’ll want to use this formula:

  • Find center – mark it with chalk.  Starting from center, measure out 12″ each direction and mark. We used 5 bolts for our 7’4″ beam at 12″ apart, leaving large space at ends because of the openings in our beam.  You could go to the edge.
Once you’ve got your marks, you will need to drill the holes for the sleeves with the hammer drill and 3/4″ bit. Mark your bit with tape at 3″ to make sure you get the accurate depth. Tap the sleeves in with a small sledge until flush with the wall.
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Using the ratchet and appropriate socket, anchor down the lag bolts, leaving 3″ sticking out. Then take your hacksaw or angle grinder and cut the heads off the bolts. This will allow you to slide the mantel onto the bolts easily.
Grab your chalk and rub it on the end of the bolts in the wall. You could measure and mark your mantel on the backside for the bolts, but that can be a little tricky, so we decided to just lift the mantel up to the chalked bolts and press it into them to get the mirror image on the mantel. That way we would know where to drill. Just be precise as can be when pressing the mantel onto the bolts.
Now, drill the mantel, using the 1/2″ drill bit, on the chalk marks you just made on the mantel. Do a dry fit to see if your holes line up. We had to tweak ours just a bit, but for the most part we got it. Our dry run was so hard to remove that we felt it wasn’t necessary to use an epoxy. However, there is any epoxy that is made specifically for wood to metal, just go to your local hardware store and ask.
Mount the mantel and let cure (if using epoxy) and then break out the decorations!!
Ta da!! My hubby did most of the work because this was my Mother’s Day present. I am very pleased to have it!
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My autumn mantel is not yet complete because the local gourds and goods have yet to be harvested, but…lookin’ good so far don’t you think? Become a follower to see updates!
Want to add a floating mantel, but don't know how? It's pretty simple and we've got the DIY for you! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
Don’t you just love the hand-hewn beam with the hand-hewn crossbeam notches? Can you see the hand-drilled holes in the notches? I am in awe of the craftsmanship.
How about you…what do you do to celebrate autumn?
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