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Grain Sack Table ~ Faux Look Tutorial

Do you love the look of grain sack like I do? Seriously, I could put it on anything and never tire of it. In a minute I am going to share how to make a grain sack table. But first, in times past, I’ve created my own faux grain sack fabric for this antique rocking chair see below.

Create a Faux French Grain Sack Table with Tape and Paint - Let a teenager show you how! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

this sweet little ottoman

Create a Faux French Grain Sack Table with Tape and Paint - Let a teenager show you how! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

…and my own pillows, decor…you get the idea. I love it!

For this post, I’m going to introduce you to my oldest son, Mr. I, so he can show you how easy this method is – that even a teenager can do it. He is one of my six budding apprentices, and has been working alongside me for quite some time. Mr. I enjoys creating his own masterpieces, and selling them in my shop and locally to create a nice savings for himself.

It’s fun to help him find pieces that are deemed worthy of a makeover, and assist here and there, but for the most part, he does all the work. Here’s his latest vintage garage sale find…a solid wood Queen Anne coffee table.

Create a Faux French Grain Sack Table with Tape and Paint - Let a teenager show you how! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

American made and quality cherry wood, but has some water damage and wear to the surface that makes it a good candidate for his project. I do believe this is his largest project so far. Read more

Bureau, Bureau on the Wall

Now, I have never really said this before, but it is very hard for me to paint wooden furniture at times.  I grew up in an absolutely gorgeous log home (a dream home, actually) set in a state park, and I was taught to appreciate wood in its natural state. Once when I was painting a truly gorgeous piece for myself that wasn’t completely made out of wood, I had to keep telling myself, “It’s okay, it’s got some pressed board” over and over again.  Ha! I will say the “pain” has worn off to an extent, but when you see this next piece, you will understand why I can’t bear to paint everything I get. Enter in this gorgeous bureau…

Vintage Bureau Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | Isn’t that inlaid mahogany woodwork just stunning?
Front Face of Vintage Bureau | Prodigal Pieces |
The original owner would never believe this is the same piece he sold me. Take a look at the before…
Damaged Vintage Bureau Top | Prodigal Pieces |
Obviously this piece has been forgotten in some basement with broken pulls, damage to the top, and missing veneer.
Before of Vintage Bureau| Prodigal Pieces |
When I had agreed to purchase this piece having not seen it in person, I was pleasantly surprised to find this desk – hence the bureau name.  The cubbies are so fun!
Inside of Bureau| Prodigal Pieces |
Cue the Mighty Mouse theme song… “Here I come to save the day!” (I know that dates me, but I don’t care. Everything gets better with age. tsk.)

I hit this bad boy with my favorite sander like none other, and it totally paid off.

Bureau Door Before After Comparison | Prodigal Pieces |
 Just swoon-worthy…sigh…
Sanded Down Vintage Bureau | Prodigal Pieces |
My original intent was to stain the top and faces of the drawers and doors, but the top has some peeling veneer at the one edge and was too thin to be saved.
Working on Vintage Bureau | Prodigal Pieces |
I even tried some linseed oil to see how it wood draw it out and it was just too much.  Although it didn’t work for the top, it really emphasized the woodwork on the doors and drawers.
Applying Linseed Oil to Vintage Bureau | Prodigal Pieces |
Vintage Bureau Veneer Damage | Prodigal Pieces |
Not only did the linseed oil draw out the imperfection, but it just didn’t jive with the faces being made of a different wood.
Bureau Ready for Paint | Prodigal Pieces |
So…I painted the top. I am so glad I did because it really set off that mahogany and now your eye is drawn to the faces instead.
Take note of the smaller drawers pictured above.  Like I mentioned earlier, two of the pulls were missing or broken and I didn’t want to replace the entire set because these are the real deal – nice, heavy brass swag pulls that are irreplaceable.
It took me a while to wrap my brain around what to do with those small drawers.  I searched over 4,000 listings on different sites trying to find a similar style or something that would coordinate. Nothing appealed to me.
Then bingo, it came to me what to do (gave myself a head-smack for not thinking of it sooner). I found a couple of antique pulls with back-plates that were the same length as the width of the hole spacing. Score! To fill the holes, I cut some wooden dowel plugs and glued them in, making sure to drill the pull hole before nailing the back-plate on. I’ve done this method before on other pieces, but those were painted.
Cut Dowel Pieces for Bureau| Prodigal Pieces |
Antique Drawer Pull Back Plate| Prodigal Pieces |
Simple enough, right?
Vintage Bureau Before and After| Prodigal Pieces |
Refinished Vintage Bureau Open| Prodigal Pieces |
Side of Vintage Bureau Open | Prodigal Pieces |
Love it?  It has sold from my shop, but there’s always more on the way! *Just a little note about my shop: We do ship and typically are able to give you a rate close to half of what it costs to freight furniture elsewhere.  Just send a message if you’re interested.
Pin and share the makeover love! ♥
Vintage Bureau Gets Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces com
 Now I can at least say I’m a partial wood purist.  Being strictly one or the other is just too boring.  Which are you, painter or purist?
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More makeover goodness like my bureau:

An Antique Vanity Transformation by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
20 Different Table Transformations | Prodigal Pieces |

A Little Bit of This & A Little Bit of That

What have you been up to these days?  Spring cleaning, perhaps? Vacation planning? Or maybe you’ve been in the just-make-it-thru-the day mode?

We had a glorious 70 degree day a couple of days ago and I was anxiously working through my stash (rather my heap in my garage!) and enjoying every bit of sunshine until this little bit did a bad thing…
Nasty Drill Bit Injury Keeps Me On My Toes! by

…while working on one of my projects.  I had set this booger down about 18″ off the ground and in a split second it was bit-side down 3/4″ into the top of my foot.  Yes, it HURT!!!

What are the chances of the lightest side coming down first AND it completely missing my shoe?  Of course, instead of basking in the sun and working on projects, I had to park it indoors.  BUMMER.

The next day was about 15 degrees and 6-10 inches of snow.  I love the northeast.  ahem.

Aside from all of that, I am in the nesting stage of pregnancy which I’m just referring to as “spring cleaning”, so I have an excuse to grab anything that is causing clutter and give it the boot! (My family is all hiding their stuff so it won’t get nabbed!)

I’ve continued in the remaking of the Morris Rocker parts (see more of the upcycle/repurpose here) and this is my latest repurposed sign creation from this…

Vintage Morris Rocker & Cast-Off Vera Bradley Sign into Antiques Sign via Prodigal Pieces
…a cast-off Very Bradley sign, from a local furniture store where I get my shipping supplies,  and a rocker, to this…
Vintage Morris Rocker & Cast-Off Vera Bradley Sign into Antiques Sign via Prodigal Pieces
…a hand-painted “Antiques” sign.  Didn’t they just look like they belonged together?  I have one rocker left, but it’s been broken, so we’ll see what becomes of it.
Here are some other goodies coming out of my shop:
Antique Railroad Boot Container Turned Into Side Table with Hairpin Legs via Prodigal Pieces
An antique railroad container that used to carry men’s rubber boots.  Added hairpin legs and a top… VOILA!  A table with truly unique character.  Don’t you love it?
Been busy with the beeswax again, making these pillar candles to go in these lovely rustic candle holders.
Set of Primitive Handmade Organic Beeswax Pillar Candles via Prodigal Pieces
I don’t know about you, but there is nothing like the sweet, natural fragrance of beeswax and the fulfillment of knowing I’m not polluting my home with paraffins and nasty chemicals as the store-bought kind of candles do.
There are several new items items in shop, like these wonderful vintage pie carriers and…
Antique Pie Carrier Crates Repurpose as Tables via Prodigal Pieces
…you could own your very own pallet clock like the one I created here!  Just stop by my shop.
Hand-painted Pallet Clock via Prodigal Pieces
We’ve also had more birthday festivities around here and I can’t let them go by without gifting a handmade goodie.
Here’s a handmade sling shot with holster and felt ball ammo (from a fellow Etsy shop owner found here) – perfect for the littles! (Tutorial for the slingshot here from my Pinterest pin boards).  I just used some webbing & D-rings for the holster, and whip stitched a felted wool sweater sleeve to hold the ammo.
Handmade Wooden Slingshot with Felted Wool Balls & Holster via Prodigal Pieces
And for the older crowd, how about a nook/kindle case & cover from a vintage book with a pocket for storage on one side and an elasticized side for use.
Gotta love handmade gifts!! (Tutorial here from my Pinterest pin boards)
From totally unloved set of books…
Handmade Nook Kindle Cover Case with Repurposed Vintage Book via Prodigal Pieces
…to perfectly useful nooks!! (had to make it rhyme – tee hee)
Handmade Nook Kindle Cover Case with Repurposed Vintage Book via Prodigal Pieces
Handmade Nook Kindle Cover Case with Repurposed Vintage Book via Prodigal Pieces
Needless to say (as my friends tell me) the moss never had time to grow under my feet!  Life is too short to spend is whittling away on a pointless activity (like T.V., etc.).  It’s too much fun to create and be active!
What have you been up to?  I’d love to hear!!

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