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Damaged Veneer is Your Friend…Really

Are you one to shy away when you have a piece of furniture that has damaged veneer? I don’t blame you. Many a times I have run into a project that really had me ready to quit. Last week I showed you a chest of drawers and how I gave it a new look (on the left). This week, I’m going to show you how The Evil Twin got a makeover that gave a me a run for my money. Enter in this soon-to-be farmhouse empire dresser.

Set of Empire Furniture Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces |

Let’s take a closer look.

Farmhouse Empire Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

You can see that the knobs are mismatched on the top and not original, no casters, and worn on top. No biggie, right? Well, the previous owner warned me Read more

Outdoor Decor ~ Creating an Inviting Space

Do you know that feeling of complete relaxation…that point that you just don’t want to move or else it will go away? That my friends is how I feel about sinking into my latest treat-to-self family. ahem. Last week I showed you how I’ve been updating our patio decor. This week, take a look at the new beauty that has arrived to my outdoor decor. You don’t know backyard bliss until you have rested in a tufted hammock. Yes, not just any old hammock…a tufted hammock – a veritable mattress on ropes!. I must be dreaming…swoon.

Tufted Hammock by Hatteras Hammocks on DFO Home by Prodigal Pieces |

*post is sponsored by DFO Home and contains affiliate links so you can find what I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

You see, our other hammock was feasted upon by mice in our shed. It wouldn’t hold a the weight of  a flea. It had been my oldest daughter’s gift and I felt so bad. My kids loved on this thing like none other and it added such fun to our backyard. I decided to surprise them. tee hee hee.

Damaged Outdoor Hammock | Prodigal Pieces |

In my opinion, our home doesn’t just exist within four walls, but rather also includes the environment we create Read more

Budget Fire Pit from Reclaimed Brick

Welcome back to those returning to see the next installation of the Backyard Fun Series!  If you’re just joining in, you can catch up on the first post about making a Mud Bar. Now the first project was for the kids. (secretly it’s for you so you can catch up on that book you’ve been trying to finish while they’re up to their elbows in fun – ha!) How about something for the family?  For a while, I had wanted a fire pit so my family and I could make memories, just like I did as a kid.  What better than a budget fire pit?  You might be saying…okay, how is that reclaimed?

diy backyard fire pit from reclaimed materials via Prodigal Pieces
If you look closely, there isn’t a single item I had to purchase to make this whole set.  All was found junking. (You can read about my other junking adventures here and here.)

Father’s Day was coming and I was feverishly trying to save up some money to buy brick.  It just wasn’t happening.  While on my city cleanup junking run, I came upon a neighbor of mine as he was putting red brick out for city cleanup.  He even asked me if I wanted his landscaping rocks….of course I do!  God is good!  Do you know I had just enough brick to make this entire set?

diy backyard fire pit from reclaimed materials via Prodigal Pieces
To make the tall table in the picture above, simply stack the brick in a pattern to make it sturdy (3 east-west, 1 north-south, then reverse in next layer).  The other piece holding our roasting sticks is a scrap piece of drainage pipe set on a couple of bricks for stability.
diy backyard fire pit from reclaimed materials via Prodigal Pieces
 I made three different benches using cinder blocks, fence posts, and some scrap 2×4’s…all from city cleanup.  You could use any wood you have on hand.
diy backyard fire pit from reclaimed materials via Prodigal Pieces

To make the pit, lay out the bricks in a size circle you want (mine is about 3ft diameter). Then take sidewalk chalk and trace the outside of the ring.  Remove the bricks temporarily and grab a basic garden shovel (or a sod shovel if you have one…a square nose shovel) and take up the sod.  Then, build your ring to about 3 bricks high, overlapping the backyard fire pit from reclaimed materials via Prodigal Pieces

safety note: red brick is fine to use in a fire pit as long as you don’t plan on building large or very hot fires.  It can pop if it gets too hot, so if you plan on building large fires, then you better go to a home improvement store and purchase fire brick.  We’ve used ours for years with no problems, but we only roast small items over small fires.  It’s also safe to place the pit 12-20ft. away from any building.

We also built another low profile table for little ones, and even scored a plastic table – perfect for containing the food items we use.
You can easily make one of these if you know where to look.  Craigslist free items (or put a wanted post), Freecycle (put a wanted post again), city cleanup, and even word of mouth works.  Is there a neighbor who has a pile of unwanted brick from a building project or fallen chimney? Or lumber they would love for someone to take off their hands?diy backyard fire pit from reclaimed materials via Prodigal PiecesDon’t waste any more time or money trying to figure out how to build your very own budget fire pit.  There are materials just waiting to be found!
Budget Backyard Fire Pit from Reclaimed Materials via Prodigal Pieces |

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