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Mid Century Modern Desk Set from Sewing Desk

You know I love a good challenge, right? It seems I often undertake the most hot mess of projects at times and find myself scratching my head as to the why. ahem. Well, today is one of those days, and I know why. Meet this dilapidated sewing desk that is going to become a Mid Century Modern desk set with a cause.

Mid Century Modern Sewing Desk Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

We have: (1) water damage (2) fun carvings into the wood (3) missing veneer (4) legs removed (5) missing knobs (6) and a top that has taken a beating. Oy!

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Vintage Side Table Made New

It’s pretty good feeling when someone brings you a haul of furniture, simply because they believe you can give it new life. My dad presents me with projects because he has faith in my abilities – both my parents do. In his current line of work, many project pieces cross his path and he texts me with potential. Lately, I have turned down items left and right. For some reason, this time I took in a few of them because…well…who could resist? See that vintage side table among the loot?

Stash of Furniture Before | prodigalpieces.com

That, my friends, is today’s project piece. It is begging me (really!) to relieve it from the nightmare it’s stuck in. Oh, and just so you know, I did Read more

Mid Century Modern Bar Cart & DIY Macrame Art

Do you ever find that it take a bit before you realize you crush on a certain object? Like it doesn’t show up until you see a pattern that you notice that’s tell-tale. Well, I apparently have a thing for carts. ahem. Like any and all. I’ve worked on tea carts, built my own carts, and even buy carts for my workshop. So, when I spied this vintage Mid Century modern bar cart at the thrift store, it may have jumped in my cart before anyone else could grab it. tee hee!

Vintage Mid Century Modern Bar Cart Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I know without a doubt that the casters are what draw me in every time. Having mobility with style is so fun, isn’t it? This little gem was missing a few things, but 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

Broyhill Saga Dresser ~ Mid Century Modern Update

Happy dance! Today is another fun Furniture Fixer Upper day, where my blogger friends and I get together to share some DIY fun with you. I’m taking the back-burner and letting my oldest son, Mr. I take the helm as he shares with you how he updated with vintage Broyhill Saga dresser. Isn’t it cool?

Vintage Broyhill Saga Dresser Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

I actually had an exact match to this set in a tallboy chest which was a custom request by a client. You can see how it was updated HERE. Not only has this style has always caught my eye for the lines, but also those carved and etched star designs on the front and mirror.

And, when I presented this to my son as a project piece, he was Read more

Updated Mid Century Modern Dresser

One of the hottest trends in interior design right now is modern farmhouse. We’re not talking about your grandmas farmhouse with beautiful quilts and handmade goodies (a style that has my entire heart), but rather a twist on that style. It offers a rustic charm, but allows for a modern interpretation with clean lines. Today, I’m showing how to take this worn piece to an updated Mid Century Modern dresser.

Vintage Stanley Mid Century Modern Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

When I come across pieces like this I seriously get heart palpitations. I have always loved the lines of Mid Century Modern though I lean towards a rustic farmhouse style in my own home. These pieces were Read more

Update Furniture with these Simple Steps

It’s been a while since I’ve worked on a larger piece of furniture, so it feels good to get back in the saddle again. Often when my husband is making a delivery to cities that are an hour or so away, I always jump on Craigslist to see if there is something in the same area that would be a candidate for a makeover. While delivering the settee I just finished, I had him pick up this Mid Century dresser. I thought this piece would be a perfect candidate to show you how to update furniture in a few easy steps.

Updating and Outdated Dresser | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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This dresser is as solid as they come with a stout design, sturdy dove-tailed drawers, and ornate details. I like the design of this one because it appears to have nine drawers, but actually only has six. Plenty of storage and space in there. The only thing wrong with it was that the finish had been worn (that 1960’s speckled veneer-type finish), and an update would do this brown beast justice. Read more

Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Table

It’s a wonderful thing to have people think of you when they have some sort of item they’d like to part with. Often, in my case, those unwanted pieces are furniture related. My typical protocol is to check it over for quality and resale prowess before taking it on, then I hand it off to one of my six kids. Just like this Mid-Century modern table we were given.

My desire is to show my children how they can take something unwanted and make it new, but also how to make it in this world by earning a living and staying out of debt. You can see more of their work in this post dedicated to their work. This time around, the recipient was my second oldest daughter , Miss S.

Adding a color and a gilded sunburst design to this worn out Mid-Century Modern table gives it new life by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

This table is really awesome and had to have been a statement piece in its day. I found the label and looked up the company. Seems they had some pretty cool stuff!

Adding a color and a gilded sunburst design to this worn out Mid-Century Modern table gives it new life by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Funky design AND  the top swivels – how cool is that? The legs had been damaged and would need repaired, but other than that this is a solid piece that would shine once again.

To say my daughter was stoked, was an understatement. Read more

Mid Century Modern Furniture Color Fun

Last week, I showed you this Mid Century Modern chest of drawers I found on Craigslist. It just needed a little TLC and a pop of color to bring it up-to-date.

Sometimes a vintage Mid Century Modern piece of furniture can use an update. Here is a fantastic way to bring those tired pieces into modern day design by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Much better, right? The makeover stays true to the era while adding a bit of fun.

Sometimes a vintage Mid Century Modern piece of furniture can use an update. Here is a fantastic way to bring those tired pieces into modern day design by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I also mentioned that it wasn’t until after we got the chest home that I saw the owner had just listed the matching credenza. Umm…duh. (sorry. I hate when my kids use that word, but this situation perfectly fits it)Why he didn’t tell us he would be selling it too, I’ll never know, but we went back on the road again to pick up this classic Mid Century Bassett piece.

This tired looking Mid-Century Modern Bassett credenza gets some color fun with a pop of paint. Come see how it's done! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com

This top was the worst part…damage where the mirror had sat, chemical stains that I hoped could be hidden, and oodles of dents and dings. Someone had even made screw holes in the top ends! Read more

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