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Hello Fall Sign with DIY Tutorial

Happy Fall Y’all!! The fall season is here and what better way to kick off this wonderful time of year than with a DIY decor project? Today, I’m going to share with you the step-by-step process to create this Hello Fall sign for your very own.

Create this Hello Fall Sign for your Front Door by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Welcome your guests in style with this front door decor or hang on your wall to celebrate the season as I showed on my fireplace makeover.

Rustic Hello Fall Sign with DIY Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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Ready to get started and make your own Hello Fall sign? Here is what you’ll need Read more

Repurposed Farmhouse Metal Art

Who doesn’t love a good thrift store run, right? Recently, I came across a good load and included in it were these two metal farm animals – a cow and a rooster. I have an addiction, not only to farmhouse stuff, but also to quirky metal art and these fit the bill.

Thrifted Metal Cow and Rooster | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

My belief is that these originally came from Hobby Lobby and they are actually lanterns. Each one has a spot where you can insert a votive candle and see the light peeking out of the holes. I had to giggle because the rooster was missing his legs and I thought…what am I going to do with that? My kids loved them and I knew I could find some sort of purpose for them.

In all of my repurposing projects, I head out to my stash and almost instantly something speaks to me. Here is what I dragged in…

Reclaimed Wood for Farmhouse Metal Art | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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What you see is a barn wood plank on the bottom, two leftover table legs from my wooden totes, some luan remnants, a dowel, and a chunk of leftover wood from our clients custom open shelving made from 1800’s beech. Have I intrigued you yet? hee hee hee. Read more

Garden Decor from Curbside Picket Fence

Spring is in the air and is just around the corner. eep! For me, that makes me think garden and garden decor , curb appeal, and CITY CLEAN-UP!! Seriously, what a great time of year and there is trashure to be found. Last year, however, I was a good girl and stayed home, that is until my neighbor told me about a “desk” around the corner that I gave some French oh, la la. And then there are things like these cute picket fences.

Curbside Garden Picket Fence found Curbside by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

They’re perfect for the Trash to Treasure Tuesday my blogger friends and I host every second Tuesday of the month, so be sure to check out their projects at the end of the post. AND for more fun, come on over to Instagram for your chance to win a HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer. You know I love mine and you can see why HERE and HERE.

Trash to Treasure Tuedays - Thrifted Makeover Fun | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Today’s story goes like this…I was headed home from church and trying to keep my eyes on the road while there were mounds of trashure just calling my name. Then I saw a Mid-Century dinette set a lady was in the process of setting out and she had these little pickets. Read more

How to Paint on a Window Screen

It’s fun to think outside the box and look at things in a different light, especially when you can find a new use for something considered useless. One of the junk items I tend to collect are old screen from barns, sheds, and the like. Today, I am going to show you how to paint on a window screen and turn it into whimsical decor.

How to Paint on a Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

In my fleatiquing adventures, I often find this style of window screen that once was used in a barn or some other primitive structure.

Reclaimed Barn Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

It can expand to twice its size and is a total blank slate for a new purpose. In the past, I’ve used screens to create wall art for my shop, like this “JOY” sign.

Antique Window Screen Holiday Wall Art | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

When I found the screen for this project at a flea market back in early summer, I snatched it up knowing it had potential. I knew I wanted to create a sign with it and I decided to do it in the likeness of my repurposed Vera Bradley sign paired with an antique rocker.

 Repurposed Vera Bradly Sign & Antique Rocker | Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Want to give it a try? Just grab any old screen or make a new one to look old, you can even do your house screens and doors. Check out this video on how painted screens are used in daily life…so cool!

Ready? Let’s get started!

First, measure the inside dimensions of your screen from edge to edge. Once you have those parameters, head to my DIY sign tutorial. You are going to create the sign graphic you will be using in Photoshop or Microsoft Word (or whatever program you would normally use to create a graphic). Have fun with it…use it to display your favorite quote, or scenery, an animal, or even in the likeness of an old sign like I am doing. (You could also use a Silhouette to create a stencil and do the same thing – I’ve hear those things rock!)

Once you have your sign graphic created and printed out, place it on the back side of the screen you are going to paint and tape to secure.

Preparing Graphic for Painting on Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Flip your screen over and this is what you will see.

Printed Graphic Layout on Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

You will need two basic acrylic paints: a white and a black, along with an artist’s brush. My favorite brush is a round #5

DecoArt Black & White Acrylic Paint | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The next step is to paint over the words with the white paint. This part was fun and stress-free because it’s hard to mess up the lettering. Just make sure you are not clogging those screen holes – either blow through the screen if it clogs or use a toothpick to poke the clog clear. Lightly dip your brush in and apply. Less is more in this instance.

Painting on a Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I went over my letters two times with a white and then decided it looked too flat, so I added some shadowing using my black paint once the white is dry.

Adding Shadows to Window Screen Text | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

See how it makes the letters pop out? Fun!

I’m loving the rustic, primitive feel of it, and can’t wait to snatch up more screens while I’m out fleatiquing.

Vintage Sign Painted Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Nothing like adding unique decor to your home…you won’t find this in a department store. woot woot! If you’re not into DIY or just plain love my sign, you can find it available in my shop. (SOLD, but I have others!)

Antiques Bought & Sold Window Screen Sign | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I hope you’ve enjoyed this simple project on how to paint a window screen. I would love it if you would pin and share to inspire others to look at cast-offs in a different light. ♥

How to Paint on a Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Next up is Trash to Treasure Tuesday (say that five times fast!) I will be showing you what I make with these…hee hee hee. Head HERE TO SEE.

Broken Antique Rocking Chair Rockers Repurposed | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
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More repurposed DIY’s like painted window screen:

Build a Bathtub Tray Using Reclaimed or New Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.comIndoor / Outdoor DIY Faux Fireplace | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Repurposed Direction Sign

Lately, I’ve been trying to get a few projects done for our own home that I’ve had on my brain. Sometimes it seems like my head is going to explode and it feels good to work on something and be able to mark it off my list. I’ve always admired the whimsy of bathroom directional sign – a sort of vintage here-you-go sign. Check out my repurposed direction…hee hee.

Well, I’ve been making a point to work through my stash bit by bit and get creative and here is what I pulled out as possible repurposed direction sign candidates.

Bits and pieces of reclaimed parts fit perfectly together to make a rustic bathroom directional sign by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

A wood turning, a small single tree (for a goat?), a rusty old coping saw, and a leftover piece of my treadle sewing machine table. I decided to use my rusty saw and sewing machine part (that funky piece of wood). Read more

Thankful Sign ~ DIY with Rope and Wood

Thanksgiving is not the only time of year would should give thanks for all of our blessings. In hopes to keep my mind on what to be thankful for, I have a fun DIY Thankful sign for you. It’s all about some wood and rope. Woot!

Make Your Own Thanksgiving (or Anytime) Thankful Sign with Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

It’s a simple build that you can create with reclaimed wood, and can even be built from new wood. This project is versatile and can be changed up to suit your decor – paint it, change the word…do whatever you feel. The mini chalkboards make this thankful sign unique since it can be changed as you see fit. Have fun with it! Read more

DIY: Reclaimed Wood Fall Harvest Sign

Fall is just around the corner and it’s one of my favorite seasons. For me, living in farm country, it means harvest time! All the wonders of creation performing their grand finale and we get to reap the benefit of such splendor. There’s nothing like a cup of hot cider on a cool fall evening, a hearty pile of pumpkins, or a long hayride with our loved ones. That’s what I envisioned when deciding what to create for this month’s Power Tool Challenge. (there’s all sorts of DIY goodies for you at the bottom of this post!) Here is my treat to you, a fall harvest sign.

power-tool-fall-challenge

For my project, I wanted a rustic harvest sign that would bring back memories and also create them too.

Want to create rustic decor for the fall season? You can create this DIY harvest sign with only one power tool and this tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Want to create one of your very own? I’ve got the DIY details for you! Just grab your jigsaw, some scrap or new lumber and let’s get to work. Read more

Painted Sign Tutorial ~Easy DIY Technique

Hi. My name is Larissa, and I’m addicted to old signs.  There. I said it. There’s just something about the typography and artistry of old advertisements, name plates, just…whatever. They draw me in, and since it’s hard to find these relics, I like to create my own – especially on cast-off wood. Let me show you how in this simple painted sign tutorial.

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces…especially paired with antique treasures like this single tree!

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Who can resist the time-worn wear and chippy paint, all telling a story of days gone by?

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I’d like to show you the transfer method I use to create signs and furniture. I have oodles of examples of how I use this method on my furniture makeovers seen HERE like this chest.

Thrifted Acme cedar chest is an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Only a couple items needed besides your wood (and an antique anything, if you have something!) to do this painted sign tutorial.

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

  • oil pastels – I mainly use kids pastels (cheap & work just as well), but any will do. You can also use chalk, transfer paper, or graphite paper.DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
  • colored pencil – in a bright color
  • acrylic craft paint – in color desired
  • #5 or #6 round paint brush – you could use any one hand, I prefer these.
  • paint tray or plastic lidDIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
  • Microsoft Word, Photoshop, or similar program
  • printer
  • masking tape, painters’ tape, or similar

First, measure the wood you’re using to get the parameters you need your graphic to fit into.  I typically leave about an inch allowance or greater, depending on the design.

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Next, I lay out my graphic (you can also use a pre-made design or clip art) in a software program.  I used to use Microsoft Word, but now love to use Photoshop.  No need to reverse the image, just print it out as you read it, and tape it together, if needed.

Once your graphic is printed, grab your oil pastel (I like to use the same color as the paint I’m using), and rub the reverse side of the graphic everywhere you want to show up.   To be able to see where to rub, a light box is great (I have a homemade one), but I always use my window since I’m too lazy to drag out my light box. ahem.

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesLast, center and tape in place your graphic with the right side facing you. Then, take your colored pencil and trace firmly all the parts you coated with the pastel.

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesBefore completely removing the paper after you’re done tracing, gently lift up a side to see if you’ve traced every part and make any necessary adjustments.

It should look like this…

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesNow you’re ready to paint!  I think you can figure this part out, so I won’t elaborate on this part.

Seriously, any old wood will do.  See! Here’s part of my stash:

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesHere’s another sign using a vintage Morris rocking chair part and a thrown out Vera Bradley sign made of foam board. (it doesn’t even have to be wood!)

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesGot questions?  Just let me know! To get these DIY tips and tricks in your inbox, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. You’ll get your FREE Furniture Buying Checklist and special discount to my shop

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Antique Stereo Repurposed Into Sewing Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesDIY Repurposed Snack & Beverage Stand Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Repurposed Baby Crib Projects ~ Junkin’ Fun!

Okay…confession time.  Yes, I am the lady that drives around with my son during city spring cleanup and grabs all your junk, all the while wearing a skirt and a glorious smile on my face! I’m all about some repurposed baby crib fun!

You know you want to join me. tsk. If not, can I just say that you are missing out?!

Each year our city has an annual spring cleanup where you can set curbside up to a pickup truck load of unwanteds (some call it trash).  This city-wide dejunking lasts for four weeks – one quadrant at a time. Let me tell you, by the end of the four weeks, I was exhausted and had a garage full of someone elses’ trash.  Yipppeee!!  (You should see my husband’s face when I roll in the driveway.)

Today, I’d to show you just a sample of what I came home with…baby cribs. Now you’re thinking…whaaaat??

At my first stop out on our first day out was this absolutely gorgeous pink baby crib.  This old piece has such character with it’s original paint, time-worn love, and markings.  I knew in a minute I wanted it to be a chalkboard sign for my one-day-brick-and-mortar shop.  But for now it would be used as my garage sale sign.

Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesThankfully, I had a pickup truck this time around because the crib was the type that folds flat lengthwise for storage – it was very long and very heavy.
Guess what, I not only found 1 crib, I found 5! Seriously.
Some of the other sets were just the same in folding design, but the next time I had my suburban and would have to squeeze them in.  I definitely get a workout junking (another reason to join in!). And may I say that everyone should own a suburban or minivan…they can be stuffed to the brim.
To make the easel, all you need is a repurposed baby crib (obviously),a couple of hinges, and a set of locking hardware or a chain to keep it from opening up and falling flat.  You can leave the frame as is or paint to your choosing, then paint the center panel with a chalkboard paint or a flat black paint.  I made my paint, but you can find it at most craft & home improvement stores. Just be sure to lightly sand the area you’re painting to promote adhesion.
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
*A little note on the reason for having a hardware stash: When I was getting ready to build my easel, the best part was I already had the hinges and locking hardware in my stash from a curbside folding table that was broken I picked up a year ago.  I had salvaged all the hardware off of it and threw the rest away.  I knew that metal treasure would come in handy someday!
Keep in mind, when you get a complete crib you will have two side rails that are totally useful too.  I’ve used mine to dry my hard-necked garlic.
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The side rails also make a great garden trellis.  I’ve used them to trellis my sugar snap peas, pole beans, cucumbers…for any climbing plant, really.  I have more rails in my shop and will be putting them to use soon.  I can’t wait to show you!

Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesAnother bonus is the hardware you’ll acquire.  When I was building my snack stand, I went to my stash and found these.
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesDo you know what they are?  In the old style cribs, these held the rails at different adjusted levels.  Here’s what I used them for…
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
…snack holders on my beverage cooler.  Perfect!  You can learn how to build one for yourself in my tutorial.
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Below are the pictures of the other cribs I snatched up.
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesIt was fun to list these as custom easels in my shop and to see what they would become.
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
With a repurposed baby crib chalkboard easel, the possibilities are endless!!
I hope maybe you’ll reconsider throwing out your outgrown baby cribs, even the one’s that are not good for resale.  If you don’t want to build one, then give it away because someone out there can make use of it for sure.
Repupose Your Baby's Crib Into a Chalkboard Easel, Garden Trellis, Drying Rack & More! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Have any questions?  Please feel free to send me an email! To get these DIY tips & tricks in your inbox, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. PLUS, you will get your FREE Furniture Buying Checklist and special discount to my shop. Until next time!

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Handmade Feedsack, Linen, and Leather Purse by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesRepurposed Industrial Style Sewing Storage by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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