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Budget Farmhouse Decor ~ Thrift Store Fun

One of my true delights on my blog is when you all leave me comments and feedback on my work. Sometimes it can feel like I’m talking to the air and I only get lots of love when I do a giveaway, so I wholeheartedly love to hear from you! It seems that many of you love when I take a collected thrifted assortment and give them each a makeover. Today, I have a new lot for you. This motley crew is about to become an example of how to create budget farmhouse decor.

Wooden Thrift Store Items Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

So…I have to ask. Would any of these appeal to you if you spied them in the thrift store. Very often I say that the wood section is one of my Read more

Farmhouse Kitchen Canisters DIY Style

There’s no doubt that we all have those projects that go sour and we’d rather not mention. Am I right? Ya know, the “just-donate-it-to-the-thrift-store-while-in-super-sleuth-mode” kinda project. I will be the first to confess I’ve given away projects I would have rather thrown in a lake. So, for some reason I felt bad for this set found at the thrift store.  Hang with me as I turn them into a fun set of farmhouse kitchen canisters. yahoo!

Thrifted Kitchen Canisters Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

My first thought upon seeing them was, “Pinterest fail…bwahahaha”. However, that morphed into, “Well, they tried.” Me and my pitying self always Read more

Footstool Fun ~ 30 Minute Makeover

Making your house your home doesn’t have to break the bank. Today, it’s all about this sweet little footstool I scored while thrifting. It’s in excellent shape, but seriously needing an update, right?

Thrifted Footstool Before | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

At least those faux brass Queen Anne style legs are something to admire.

Footstool Queen Anne Legs | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I’d like to show you how to makeover this vintage piece in 30 minutes with basic upholstery skills, so that it matches your decor, and adds style and function to your room. Read more

Table Transformations ~ 20 Different Styles & Eras

Today I thought it would be fun to take a stroll down memory lane…or table lane. So many pieces of furniture run through my shop and I never get the chance to tell you about each one. I thought it would be fun to focus on tables and show you how my photography and skills have changed in the last two years because we’re always learning and growing, right? Check out my table transformations.

I’ve put together 20 of some of the tables that have come through my shop for a whirl through the past.  Ready?  Let’s go!  *consider yourself warned this is photo heavy!!

20 Different Table Transformations by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodiglpieces

I’m going to start with a library table I happened upon while looking for furniture for the home we had just moved into back in 2003. (I told you I was going waaaay back)

They were having half off on some of the items that had been there too long and I spied this antique pine table. I needed something to occupy our long walls, and though I thought this one was too long, I just had to have it because the price tag was right – $20.

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We made it fit in our living room for several years, but eventually it was hid behind our upright grand piano standing on end. Sad, I know, but we needed the space for other things. It wasn’t until two years ago I decided to give it a makeover because the top was so badly marked up and it needed to go to a new home where it would be loved. Read more

Creating Layers of Love with Paint and Stain

Do you swoon when you see layers of paint and stain on the side of a barn with time-worn wear, or better yet, on a piece of furniture?  I mean, there’s a story there. That chippy goodness tells the life of that piece, and what travels it’s had – those layers of love.  No, I’m not crazy, but maybe a bit head-over heels with appreciation for the past. Let me show you how I go about creating layers of love.

Those layers  I mentioned above speak to me telling me a bit about each change in life.  For instance, the life of a table could be this: a table was built and stained and sold by the original creator. Then the new owner wore out the top with her kids meals and decided to throw on a coat of white paint to freshen it up. Eventually that same table heads to a garage sale, where a man purchases it to put in his garage and throws on a coat of blue paint because white gets too dirty….you get the idea!

DIY: Creating Time-worn Effect with Layers of Paint by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

When I am blessed enough to have such a piece come across my path, I try to find out as much as I can about it’s history so that when it’s no longer mine I can continue the story.  But…sometimes it’s fun to create my own story by using paint and stain make something appear to have had a history.

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Broyhill Brasilia Loses Its Flower Power

Have you ever heard of a Broyhill Brasilia? You will now. True story: A few weeks ago I was in a nearby city and was looking for a chair to pair with a vanity.  I had never been in this particular thrift store that had relocated to an old empty mall, and had heard it was a great place to hit.

I had avoided stopping there in the past, knowing that my stash was full and it’s so hard to resist a deal, but I needed a chair, right?  You would be proud.  I did so good.  Walked right past an awesome desk, some French style tables, and even was ready to walk back out. Then I saw it.

Draw dropping to the floor with a squeal (I really did squeal out loud and the man nearby looked queerly at me).  Here was what I would not be leaving without, even if I had to drag it home.

Thrifted Broyhill Brasilia Loses Its Flower Power by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I signaled my kids to find a store associate pronto, but of course no one was to be found.   Sigh…isn’t that always the case?
As the know-a-find-when-you-see-it-mother, I told the older kids to stand by it while I tracked down an associate.  You see, my kids are trained.  Not only did they stay by it, but the circled it with their back facing it, as if guarding it with their life.  Good kids.
Finally found a lady and she told me she had stuck it out. $30.
Sold.
45 min. was the allowed time once you purchase a piece of furniture to pick it up and they would NOT help load.  Problem:  How does one get a dresser that size in their suburban with 6 kids on board and lives a half hour away?
Cram it in!!
Okay.  Let’s pause for a minute.  You might be wondering why in the world am I going nuts at an ugly brown beast covered in stickers??

Thrifted Broyhill Brasilia Loses Its Flower Power by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesThis, my friends, is a Broyhill Brasilia.  A highly coveted and collected Mid Century Modern line of American furniture designed by Oscar Niemeyer during the 1960’s.  In original condition, it’s valued in the thousand dollar range.

Thrifted Broyhill Brasilia Loses Its Flower Power by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesThis purple beauty was my very first custom order for another Brasilia I had in my stash years ago.

Thrifted Broyhill Brasilia Chest of Drawers Loses Its Flower Power with Makeover by http://www.prodigalpieces.com
So… let’s just say, my gang and I made memories bringing this beauty home.
Obviously the stickers were the first to go.

Thrifted Broyhill Brasilia Loses Its Flower Power by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces I cleaned it up and stuck in my shop as a custom listing.

Thrifted Broyhill Brasilia Loses Its Flower Power by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It needed love and it takes creativity to imagine away that wear and tear it had. I waited a week and then recreated the Brasilia how I thought best. I’m so patient. tee hee.

Ta da!  With a little sanding and some paint, I stuck it in my shop with a new look and it sold in a couple hours. *insert the song “Happy” here*

Thrifted Broyhill Brasilia Loses Its Flower Power by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesSee…it’s smiling at me, saying “Thank you!”

Thrifted Broyhill Brasilia Loses Its Flower Power by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Lesson: Don’t look too quickly when you’re out and about.  Look for labels and quality markings. You just might find a flower power beauty of your own.
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More Mid Century fun like this Broyhill Brasilia:

Thrift Store Bassett Credenza get a Modern Makeover by Prodigal Pieces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
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Messenger Bag with Graphics Fairy Fun and a Thrifted Twist

It’s birthday season in our home, which means beginning in January we have one birthday a month until June when there is two celebrations.  This year will be different since I am expecting in early May, so we’ll have two in May and two in June.  I am completely anxious for spring!!

Much like Christmas (and my Handmade Holiday series), birthday time around here means homemade or purposeful gifts.

My youngest boy is so wanting to be like his older brother, so I decided to give him a messenger bag just like his brother’s…

DIY Messenger Bag with Graphics Fairy Applique by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces…with all the fixings to go bird watching – a favorite pastime in my family.

DIY Messenger Bag with Graphics Fairy Applique by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesI will never deny that I am a thrifty person and this project is not exception. After all, Thomas Edison said it best, “The scope of thrift is limitless.”  My kind of man.

All the materials for this bag came from second-hand purchases or were made at home, (minus the velcro & thread).  Just time and creativity were all that were needed.

The basic pattern idea came from One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric! I changed it to suit my liking and redesigned it a bit to meet the needs I had in mind. There are also scads of ideas on Pinterest.

I like boxed-corner bags for their ability to open wide and stand on their own when using a sturdy fabric.

DIY Messenger Bag with Graphics Fairy Applique by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesI found all the fabric at Goodwill ($1 a yard minus my 20% off coupon = cheap!)and it was brand new denim, pinstripe blue, and sort of stretch cotton canvas for the lining – all found at different times.  Never miss an opportunity to peruse the aisles of fabric for great finds!

DIY Messenger Bag with Graphics Fairy Applique by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

DIY Messenger Bag with Graphics Fairy Applique by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

See how it sits up all by itself so that my toddler-turned-big-boy can reach in for his equipment.  I added a cut of thin foam to line the base which adds to the sturdiness.

Now for the fun bird graphic.  Did you know there is no need to buy the expensive inkjet fabric sheets and that you can make your own?

DIY Messenger Bag with Graphics Fairy Applique by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesSee the tutorial here at Infarrantly Creative.

DIY Messenger Bag with Graphics Fairy Applique by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesWith the idea of giving my little guy a bird-watching bag, I wanted to add that theme to the outside, but definitely my style is vintage, so off to my all-time favorite graphics site, The Graphics Fairy for this adorable yellow bird image.

Vintage Yellow Bird Graphic Clip Art by The Graphics Fairy via Prodigal Pieces
Just follow the instructions for printing, cut out the graphic (I used pinking shears), and stitch on the awesome image.
DIY Messenger Bag with Graphics Fairy Applique by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesOne last tidbit.  I never throw anything that purpose away and it always pays off.  I couldn’t find, for the life of me, a sliding adjustable clip for the strap at JoAnns or ANYWHERE!  I didn’t have time to order it online, so I went to my stash of deconstructed purses, which includes all sort of hardware, and found exactly what I needed.  A cast-off dog collar I found in my yard.
DIY Messenger Bag with Graphics Fairy Applique by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesYou see, my neighbor has an escape artist husky dog that chews out of the collar in a matter of hours and left this one in my yard.  It had the exact hardware I needed – bingo!! I love it when things work out like that.
Here’s my little guy’s gift in it’s entirety:
  • Messenger Bag
  • Canvas Sun Hat – found new at thrift store – 80 cents
  • Binoculars – $10 at Walmart
  • Journal – $1 at dollar store
  • Vintage Audubon Bird Call – $1 + shipping on ebay (I love these little things!)
  • Audubon Plush Bird – from JoAnn with 40% off coupon

DIY Messenger Bag with Graphics Fairy Applique by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I’m not sure which he liked more out of the set, but he can’t wait to take it out and put it to use…just like his big brother.

DIY Messenger Bag with Graphics Fairy Applique by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

DIY Messenger Bag with Graphics Fairy Applique by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Got questions?  I’d love to help you if you need it!

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Some more stitching eye candy for you!
Handmade Feedsack, Linen, and Leather Purse by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesVintage Chair Gets Feed Sack Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Shabby Little Makeover ~ Upcycled Nightstand

Thrift stores, the most veritable potpourri of possibilities there are.  I love them! Sure, one could easily walk in and say it’s a bunch of junk, but it takes a more creative eye to see the potential just oozing everywhere. Enter my $3 shabby, thrifty find.  A small stack of drawers labeled by the employees as a nightstand.  I knew better.  This was half of an antique vanity that still had purpose even without the rest of it.  (see that routed edge in the upper side where the table piece would have rested)

A $3 thrifted side of a vanity becomes a sweet shabby chic piece with wallpaper and The Graphics Fairy by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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All this little shabby lovely needed was some dressing up!

I filled that ridge with wood filler and sanded it smooth with my sander.  I also added a piece of wood corner round to recreate the surface edge that had been cut out to receive the mirror. Last, I used my favorite Dremel tool to rebuild it.

You can also see the veneer was lifting at the bottom of the side, which easily is repaired by taking a utility knife making a straight slit, gently lift and add some wood glue, clamp, and let dry.

Now, I could have just painted and been done, but I wanted to add a touch of pizazz. Have you seen the textured paintable wallpaper that looks like pressed tin?

I love that stuff and have used it to do our ceilings, our kitchen, and even in this tea cart makeover.  It is so versatile and can be painted copper, zinc, any metallic finish or leave as is.
Another one of my favorite things to do is hand paint, so I wanted to give it a try on a smaller piece of furniture with a pretty detailed graphic.
 I used this image from Karen at The Graphics Fairy (if you haven’t been to her site yet, you are so missing out!) and some charcoal gray paint to dress up the top.
Patisserie French Graphic from The Graphics Fairy via Prodigal Pieces
Here she is…my shabby little makeover.
A $3 thrifted side of a vanity becomes a sweet shabby chic piece with wallpaper and The Graphics Fairy by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
I first tried using a Modge Podge method with a homemade version and it worked, but wasn’t quite dark enough, so I used the same method I used in my pallet clock and repurposed painted sign tutorial.
My go-to method is oil pastels for the varied colors, but you can also use chalk. You could even use graphite paper or transfer paper too.  I just used what I had on hand.  Ihave used the pastels for very large graphics as well as small and I use Photoshop to enlarge it.
For extra durability, I used a layer of wallpaper paste and placed two pieces of scrap wallpaper on the sides.
A $3 thrifted side of a vanity becomes a sweet shabby chic piece with wallpaper and The Graphics Fairy by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 A couple coats of white homemade chalk paint, some distressing, and a couple coats of wax.
A $3 thrifted side of a vanity becomes a sweet shabby chic piece with wallpaper and The Graphics Fairy by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Once this little beauty was listed in my shop, it sold within 3 hours. Yippee!!
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A $3 thrifted side of a vanity becomes a sweet shabby chic piece with wallpaper and The Graphics Fairy by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
One more look…
A $3 thrifted side of a vanity becomes a sweet shabby chic piece with wallpaper and The Graphics Fairy by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
So next time you’re in a thrift store or garage sale, even, don’t do a quick look, but take your time and have fun reinventing items in your head.  What could that certain item be in another form?  Have fun!
Do pin and share to see past the shabby and see the potential that lies. ♥
A $3 thrifted side of a vanity becomes a sweet shabby chic piece with wallpaper and The Graphics Fairy by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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