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DIY Farmhouse Sign with Typography

I’d like to introduce you to Bo and Mo, my latest thrift store finds. Why on earth would I bring these home, you say? Well, they’re wooden, cute, and full of potential. Do you see it? This chessboard duo is about to help me show you how to create a DIY farmhouse sign with typography. Oh yeah! {{twangy banjo music begins}}

Wooden Animal Cutouts from the Thrift Store |

Okay, so maybe I’m a little nutty for seeing potential in these two pieces, but you can’t blame me for trying. If you take a closer look, Mo (the cow) is just a wood cutout with a chessboard painted on, plus that snazzy bell necklace. However, Bo, on the other hand, Read more

DIY Welcome Sign Coat Rack ~ Upcycled Decor

So many times I get asked how I am able to decorate on a tiny budget. Well, the answer lies in making use of what I have or what is affordable. Shopping your home is definitely the easiest, most economical way to change up your decor. Let’s pretend today that you already own this Americana wall art below, but you want a more modern look. It’s about to become a DIY welcome sign coat rack. Hang with me now…

Thrifted Americana Wall Art Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Just for the record, I think this art is cute and well done. However, it is made of solid wood and Read more

DIY Antique Store Sign with Video Tutorial

When the second Tuesday of each month rolls around I get super excited to get started on my Trash to Treasure project. Can you blame me that I find it fun to work with ladies of the same heart for repurposing and recreating? I think not. tee hee. You’ll see their projects in a bit. Today I can’t wait to share with you a fun new creation using this wood I dug out of the clearance bin. Would you believe I’m going to turn it into a DIY antique store sign? Let the fun begin!

Raw Pine Tongue and Groove Planks for DIY Antique Store Sign |

If you don’t already, I seriously suggest you check out the misfit clearance bin at your local home improvement store. I get some of the best project wood there. These pine tongue & groove  carisiding boards were a complete score for me because (1) I needed it to patch my Read more

DIY Harvest Time Sign for Autumn

Do you ever make a mistake with a project and want to just throw it out the door? Well, I do make mistakes and this time, particularly, I couldn’t throw it out. It’s wood! So instead of burning this wood round that gave me fits, I decided to turn it into something new. Check out how I created a DIY harvest time sign for the beginning of our autumn season.

Broken Wood Round Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Truth be told, I broke this thing when I was building a pedestal table out of a broken hall tree. You can read all about that HERE. What happened was when I was tapping the top on, I Read more

Repurposed Chalkboard Sign from Curbside Finds

Many of you know each spring my pulse begins to quicken and my plans form on how I’m going to interact with the city spring clean-up. It’s a veritable potluck dream for a junker like me. Problem is, it’s so vast I can’t bring everything home, so I limit myself to only shopping my quadrant when it’s the appropriate time. Here are a couple of #trashure things I picked up just around my block. Do you know what they are? Well, what they’re going to become is a repurposed chalkboard sign – two of them. Woot!

Wooden Stands Before Repurposed Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

My first thought was these are a couple of different gentleman’s valets (or butlers), but then I think they looked more like Read more

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 |

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 |

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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 |

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 |

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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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces #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 |

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

Printed Graphic Layout on Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |
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Until next time!

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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 |

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