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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 |

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

Upcycled Dresser Mirror Found Curbside

Nothing like getting a text from a friend who is standing out in the freezing rain telling you she found a couple of mirrors set on the curb she thought you would like. Sweet Mandy not only grabbed her wagon to haul them home, but enlisted her husband too. I felt so bad! But…I’m so glad she saw the potential in this gem. Stick around to see what I do with this upcycled dresser mirror. Isn’t it pretty?

Curbside Dresser Mirror Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

I was excited to take a peek at their haul, and when I saw this one I was instantly drawn to the ornate, gilded details it had. If you haven’t seen one of these before, it’s off a Read more

Repurposed Door Mirror ~ Trashure Goodness

Curbside shopping is what I call a trashure hunt – that one’s man’s trash is MY treasure kinda thing. A few years ago I went on my first major trashure adventure with my oldest son and we scored huge. We got desks, dressers, cribs, old wood, and even this old front door with screen and glass insert. Would you have passed it by? Maybe you’ll change your mind when you see what I created for Trash to Treasure Tuesday. This the day where my blogger friends and I share our creations with you. Bring on my repurposed door mirror…and a giveaway for you! {{enter in dramatic music}}

Salvaged Door Before (AKA Trashure) | Prodigal Pieces |

You may remember that a few months ago I took the screen door and repurposed it into a chalkboard. The transformation and DIY tutorial are HERE.

Chalkboard Made from Repurposed Screen Door by Prodigal Pieces |

This time it’s the main frame’s turn. I’m planning on Read more

Faux Aged Mirror from Thrift Store Art

Are you ready to learn a fun new technique today? I am so excited to share this project with you because it’s simple, budget-friendly, and most anyone can do it. Take a look at this wall art I found at the thrift store. It’s not an antique or of any real value because the frame is resin and the art is printed on paperboard. With a little DIY skills I’m going to show you how to turn it into a faux aged mirror without replacing anything.

Thrifted Art Before Faux Mirror Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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I’ve had this frame for some time and was intending on turning into a chalkboard as I have with other projects I’ve created. If you know me, I like to mix it up from time to time, so I held off until an idea struck me. And by golly it did! Read more

Aged Finish Created by using Paint

One of the most often questions I get asked by readers about my work is how I create an aged finish on my pieces. The kind of effect that tells a story of days gone by and looks as though it has been around for years. I recently acquired this vintage mirror with gorgeous ornate carvings from a good friend, and I thought it would be the perfect candidate to show you a quick and effective tutorial.

Ornate Vintage Mirror Before Aged Finish | Prodigal Pieces |

Now, don’t judge me by the mess in the reflection since we are still plugging away at our kitchen remodel, okay? If you want to stay updated on what we’re working on next in our remodel, just follow me on social media via the buttons on my sidebar.

This mirror had wonderful cracks in the carvings here and there and I love to see that for the character and charm alone, but the cowboy red had to go. Because it was missing pieces in several spots, (I don’t mind that at all) paint is one way to unify the piece.

Corner of Ornate Mirror for Aged Finish Treatment | Prodigal Pieces |

To me, this mirror was begging to get the gilded treatment I gave my very first big vanity project and is my favorite thus far.

Art Deco Glam Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

I called this gem My Painted Lady Read more

The Ugly Duckling Dressing Table – My hubby said it was junk

When I found this “desk” (at least that’s what the owner called it, but admitted to it being a vanity since it had the mirror slots) on Craigslist and showed my hubby what he was picking up, he wasn’t too enthralled. Seriously…I have to give my guy 100% credit for going along with me the way he does, AND for trusting my intuition.

When my hubs first picked it up, he didn’t say anything, but later on he told me, “I thought it was junk.”

Who can blame him?  The previous owner said it had been in his family for over 25 years and that he had intended to refinish it, but until then, he used it to build his hobby models on.

The Ugly Duckling Dressing Table Makeover by Prodigal Pieces
Ummm yeah…paint drips and drops all over, gouges, holes drilled all over it, yes, it would appear to be junk…at least to the average person’s eye.
The Ugly Duckling Dressing Table Makeover by Prodigal Pieces
My eye says, “Game ON!”
Grabbed my handy dandy sander and attacked that top like none other.  This is one of those opportunities I mentioned here where I can get my kids involved in the prep work and this was my daughter’s first time sanding. I love it!
The Ugly Duckling Dressing Table Makeover by Prodigal Pieces
Wood putty was a friend to this dressing table and since it needed patched, painting was the only way to go.
So, knowing how I wanted to finish this piece with having sanded most everything to bare bone, I applied an espresso stain to those places so that it could peek out after painting.
The Ugly Duckling Dressing Table Makeover by Prodigal Pieces
Are you ready for the reveal?
Drums please!
The Ugly Duckling Dressing Table Makeover by Prodigal Pieces
Ta Da!!
Ugly Duckling no more.
The Ugly Duckling Dressing Table Makeover by Prodigal Pieces
I wanted to draw out the color of those pulls and accentuate them with a coordinating fabric on the chair (which I grabbed from my furniture stash, by the way). Looks so good, don’t you think?
The Ugly Duckling Dressing Table Makeover by Prodigal Pieces
Aren’t those brass batwing pulls just fabulous?!  I love the patina, so no polishing for these aged beauties.
Now, you may be wondering where did the mirror come into the picture?  Well, we recently bought an antique dresser to use in our upcoming bathroom remodel and I knew I wasn’t going to use it, and thought it went perfectly with the dressing table.
Aaah…now my loving hubby says, “I can’t believe that’s the same piece!”  Tsk. He should know by now that I carry a magic wand in my pocket.  hee hee.
The Ugly Duckling Dressing Table Makeover by Prodigal Pieces
I am happy to say that my ugly duckling was purchased fairly quickly and is in her new home.  I love a happy ending.  sigh…
If you loved this makover, then check out these beauties…
Outdated Vintage Chair Gets Shabby Chic Linen Makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
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