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Queen Anne Table Made New

Here’s the scenario: I walk into the thrift store and take a quick scan of the goods. My path of hunt takes me straight to a leggy gem. Here is the Queen Anne table I spied. (giveaway alert!)

Queen Anne Table Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I quickly open the drawer to find “Broyhill” and dove-tailed drawers. Then, I kneel down to look under and find…yep…solid oak. SCORE!! A quick sniff-check is in order to make sure no nasty odors linger. none. Mentally I make note of the wear on top. Nothing I couldn’t handle, right?

Worn Oak Table Top | prodigalpieces.com

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Nervously I peeked around for the price tag – couldn’t Read more

Repurposed Piano Bench Lap Desk

It’s round three of making use of the pile of goodies my dad found for me either on the curb or at his rental leftovers. To see where I started, first you can visit my repurposed changing table post, and then my side table repair and makeover. Today is all about taking a repurposed piano bench and turning into new useful projects. Let’s get our DIY on!

Curbside Piano Bench before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

So, here’s how the story goes. My oldest, Mr. I, does daily exercise that takes him up and down the street many times. On one of his adventures he came home to tell me there was a piano a few houses down sitting curbside. Me, who has absolutely no room for another piano felt bad, but left it there.

Next day, neighbor comes over to tell me the same thing. I told him the same response that I had no interest in another large piece joining my “collection”, so there it sat. Then the next day my dad came bringing the items I showed in my last post and mentioned the piano. hahaha…see a trend? Well, I didn’t know all this time that there was a bench too, so I had him snag that for me since pickup of trash was that day.

I really hated to see a beautiful instrument go to the trash as I love to play piano and teach my children to do the same. However, I can’t save everything. sigh… The poor set had been left out in the rain for several days and then looked like this…

Broken Piano Bench and Music Holder from Curbside Piano | prodigalpieces.com

Top of Water Damaged Piano Bench | prodigalpieces.com

Now I have water damage and also time-worn wear like the damaged veneer to fuss with. Not too bad, and certainly salvageable. See where they used tape to hold the veneer in place? hahaha…

Damaged Veneer on Piano Bench | prodigalpieces.com

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Here begins my repurposed piano bench creation. Hang with me now. I sit and stare at this thing trying to decide what to do with it. It’s too long and a bit too short to be a side table. It’s too long to be a vanity bench, and too small to be an entry bench. Hmmm…. I debated on flipping it over to turn it into a dog/cat four poster bed, but didn’t feel that was as functional as it could be. After a few weeks of mulling it over, here’s what I decided to do.

I took off the top and plan to save the legs to make into a vanity bench when I get to work on another one in the future. Then, I began to repair the piano bench top using wood filler, and then my sander to take down the worn finish. Once prepped, I use my Provincial Stain seen in these posts, to give a fresh new look.

Staining Repurposed Piano Bench Top with Provincial Stain | prodigalpieces.com

Once that was dry I used some tape to make a funky design with paint and let that cure. While that was going on, I set about building the rest of my vision. I built a base using miter saw to cut my boards to length. Then using my favorite Kreg Jig and Clamp Trak system along with my jigsaw, I was able to get my pieces to where I needed them to be.

Kreg JIg Pocket Holes and Clamp Trak for Woodworking via Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Time to assemble! These right angle clamps save me a thousand slams to my forehead of frustration as they are like a few extra pairs of hands to allow me to assemble sanely using my drill. hahaha… Aren’t they cool? I actually gifted them to JC for Christmas and we both love using them.

Kreg Jig Clamps for Assembly | prodigalpieces.com


Okay, so now I essentially have built a box and here’s what I did with it.

Build a Folding Lap Desk Using Repurposed Piano Bench and Music Rest by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

That tired piano bench has now been repurposed into a lap desk. Woot!

Upcycled Piano Bench becomes a Lap Desk with Storage by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This was absolute fun for me, like figuring out a puzzle. I had to design this repurposed piano bench based on the pieces I had, and also make it practical for everyday use. Thanks to sites that offer build plans like Ana White, The House of Wood, and many others, I was able to piece together my design.DIY Upcycled Lap Desk from Piano Bench and Music Rest by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

A Folding Lap Desk Created by Prodigal Pieces out of repurposed parts | prodigalpieces.com

It is functional for holding your books, tablets, phones, laptop, …you name it. Then, open it up for storage while not in use.

Inside DIY Folding Lap Desk from Upcycled Materials by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

When you’re done using it, just fold it up and store for the next time you need it. Fun!

Folded Lap Desk Created by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Folding Lap Desk DIY by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Isn’t that fun? So many uses for it and this project spurred on many new ideas and that leaves a wonderful feeling. I love to build and create, especially using reclaimed or repurposed materials.

If you are loving the desk and want it as your own, you can find it available in my shop along with many other goodies. We ship anywhere.

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Do pin and share this repurposed piano bench because I know there are others out there looking for a new use. What could be better than a lap desk, eh?

A curbside piano bench and music rest become a DIY Folding Lap Desk with Storage created by Larissa at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Up next, I’ll be sharing what I did with the last of the goodies my dad brought over, plus another curbside find. Any guesses before peeking?? Head here to see. Reclaimed Wood Turnings Before | prodigalpieces.com

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Farmhouse Side Table ~ How to Update Your Look

Earlier this week I showed you I took a curbside changing table my dad salvaged for me and turned it into a cart. I promised I would be back with more of my dad’s haul for me, and today’s the day. Out of the loot below, I’m tackling that table and turning into a farmhouse side table. Let me show you how easy it can be to update your home into the farmhouse style.

Curbside Finds from my Dad | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Okay, so this table is not only showcasing that gorgeous orange stain (insert sarcasm), it is also standing on a broken leg. (aka. hot mess) See the back left?

Side Table Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The top was scratched to oblivion because it is made of pine with a veneer to boot, but was Read more

DIY Concrete Table ~ Plus DIY Solar Lamps

Are you ready to take your outdoor (or indoor) decor to the next level? I’m here, as promised, to show you how to create the DIY concrete table that we built for our backyard fire pit reveal last week. Plus, I’m also going to share how I create two different solar lamps for a few dollars too. To make things even sweeter, I have yet another giveaway for you to help you get the job done right. So much to share, so let’s get started!

Build this Concrete Table for Less than $30. Easy-to-follow build plans by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The best part about these concrete tables is that they are very versatile. You can size it to meet your needs and they even look wonderful in Read more

Repurposed Cabinet Door Crate

Do you do a spring cleaning each year? For me, it seems like each month is spring with my family of 8 because I’m forever purging and cleaning. ha! Not complaining, just the truth. If I’m cleaning I know I have loved ones around me. Take for instance my workshop, full of goodies ready to become something new. These doors came off of a buffet that my son completed HERE (you seriously have to see it!). We promised to show you this repurposed cabinet door project. Oh, and we have a WINNER for the Zibra prize package!

Cupboard Doors Before Repurposing | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Because these doors had cracks where the hinges were, they became unusable as they were originally intended. However, are they trash? NO WAY. Trashure I say! I recently gave my own kitchen cupboard doors new life by turning them into Read more

Coffee Table Makeover with French Country Style

Do you ever feel like that no matter how hard you try, your good intentions never seem to work out? Here’s my story (and I’m sticking to it): my kids need clothes, right? So, I like to hit garage sales to save money, but it somehow never turns out that way. Why is it they have to stick other things in garage sales that would distract you from intended mission? tsk. Seriously. I was only going to look for clothes and then this coffee table just had to be there.

Garage Sale Find Claw Foot Table | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

*post contains affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too! (see full disclosure)

It was only $20 and it begged for new life. And boy, did I have the darndest time getting that thing to fit in the back of my suburban. Those gorgeous legs just didn’t want to fit! I even borrowed the owners Read more

Sewing Table with Vintage Chic Vibe

Today’s post is kinda funny because it has a story behind it. First, it all started with this table that my parents gave me. I invite you to come read this post on my Facebook page and be sure to read the comments. I’ll fill you in as we go, but in the meantime, I’d like to show you how I turned it into a vintage chic sewing table.

Side Table Before Vintage Chic Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

We have always had modge-podge furniture because I get it second-hand, either by thrifting or handed down. Our last installment of furniture was leather and I was happy to have it, but it didn’t have a vintage feel to it. I thought if I could sell what we had to pay for a set more to my liking, I would have a go at it.

My heart was set on a soft brown leather set with nailhead trim to go with what I wanted Read more

Metallic Paint Makeover ~ A Table Tale

It’s been a while since I’ve done a furniture makeover and with fall on the way I wanted to add some autumn colors to the mix. One of my favorite things to do in the evening is enjoy those gorgeous sunsets that light up the sky. It looks as if the whole event was painted in glory, and boy, does it sparkle like gold. I decided to capture a bit of that color in this vintage Mersman table makeover using metallic paint.

Vintage Mersman Side Table Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*post is sponsored by DecoArt and Michaels Craft Stores.

I am partnering with DecoArt and Michaels Craft Stores to showcase a new line of metallic paints that seriously have me drooling. A girl loves some bling!

New Americana Decor Metallic Paint now available at Michael's Craft Store | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Wouldn’t you say that my project of choice is lacking some spunk? It has potential even though the top is a faux marble type material and it has wear. My vision sees a whole new look that will 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 | www.prodigalpieces.com

*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 | www.prodigalpieces.com

In my opinion, our home doesn’t just exist within four walls, but rather also includes the environment we create around the outside of our home. Today, I want to show you how to easily add to our outdoor decor to make an inviting space with a bit of effort. Since our Themed Furniture Makeover day for this month is all about OUTDOOR, I thought that this sweet little table would be the perfect fit. You’ll get to see what my furniture friends have created for you soon.

Outdoor Table Before Patio Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I’ve mentioned before that whenever we receive a piece of furniture for free, I pass it along to one of my kids. They each take turns and can’t wait to see what arrives next. My youngest son, Mr. O., was the recipient of this plant stand-type table from my mother.

It had seen better days and would fall apart if you picked it up wrong, but it had some potential. See the rust? I love me some rust.

Rusty Patina on Outdoor Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Time for Mr. O to take the lead and get this project started.

Little Boy Working on Outdoor Decor Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This isn’t his first furniture makeover, as he did a clock face table before from a table he found in the trash. That’s what I call trashure.

Vintage Table Set Out for Trash Becomes Faux Clock Face Table by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I only had to guide him here and there with using my drill and bits.

Boy Drilling New Wood for Outdoor Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

We cut new slats from some scrap wood out of my stash using my table saw and miter saw. Once done it was only a matter of assembly and finish work.

Adding New Wood Table Top to Outdoor Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

He did a dry fit to make sure all was good and sanded smooth with my orbital sander.

Boy Sanding Outdoor Table Top | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

We decided to go darker on the color of the wood and used my favorite stain that we’ve also used in several other projects. It’s called Early American by RustOleum. By the way, he had a ventilator on, but I forgot to take a picture of him staining, so we staged this one for a quick fix and forgot the mask. oop!

Boy Staining Table with Early American by RustOleum | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

For a French twist, we added this DecoArt Cafe Paris stencil on top.

Cafe Paris Stencil by DecoArt for Outdoor Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

To seal it all up, we sprayed with this polyurethane for protection.

Spray Polyurethane by Minwax for Table | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Now, doesn’t it look perfect beside our newest addition? Adding little things like this to your outdoor decor doesn’t have to break the bank.

French Cafe Outdoor Decor Table by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

After all the hard work, I needed to take a break. aaahhh… I’m telling you this tufted hammock found at DFOHome is bliss on earth. We were so happy with our outdoor curtains on our patio makeover, that I knew that would have just the thing I was looking for since they have oodles of styles and choices.

Hatteras Hammocks Tufted Hammock from DFO Home by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Hahaha…while trying to snap this picture, my toddler kept wanting to join me. Who can resist, right? The hammock is perfect for snuggling.

Mama and Baby in Tufted Hammock | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

All of my 6 kids vie for hammock time (even though it easily holds two), but the one who deserved it most today was Mr. O. He worked hard and deserves a break.

Boy Reading Book in Tufted Hammock | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I even served him some lemonade. Summertime is passing by so quickly.

Patio Plant Stand Refresh for Outdoor Decor by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

To make your outdoor decor more fun, I am able to give one of these hammock swings to you as your very own.

Hammock Chair Swing from DFOHome Giveaway by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Want to win? (giveaway is closed) First, head here to pick your swing chair. Next, leave me a comment on how you want to make your outdoor decor more inviting (and do tell my little guy he rocked the table project too).  Winner will be chosen via random.org and announced on Tuesday the 26th and is open to U.S. Residents only. Another bonus is you can receive 10% OFF your entire purchase by using the coupon code: PRODIGAL

Oh, and before I forget, we also decided to make a fun sign with the salvaged wood top. Isn’t it trés chic? It is available in my shop. (SOLD)Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Cafe Paris Reclaimed Wood Sign by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I hope our latest additions have encouraged you to add little touches here and there to make the outside of your home an inviting space. Head to the thrift store and make an unwanted object a focal point by giving it new life. Do pin and share these ideas too! ♥

How to Create and Inviting Outdoor Decor Space by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

For more inspiration, next I’ll be sharing how you add even more to your decor. Head here to get The DIY details.

Outdoor Pillows on a Budget by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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WAIT! Don’t forget to check out these other outdoor decor makeovers for our Themed Furniture Makeover.

Themed Furniture Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

More of my outdoor decor projects:

Indoor / Outdoor DIY Faux Fireplace | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comDIY a Faux Shipping Crate Table by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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