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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decor ~ DIY Style

Have you ever been stuck in the position of having guests over for the holidays and you didn’t know they were coming until the last minute? {{raises hand}} Nothing like a quick panic to set you squirming not only to get your home clean, but looking good too. I’m here to help! Grab that dusty old picture sitting in the garage and give it a whole new purpose. This project is all about budget-savvy fun for everyone. Let me show you how to create some last-minute Thanksgiving decor (or any day decor) using this thrifted wall art below. (giveaway alert!)

Thrifted Wall Art Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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This project is super simple and will make a lovely part of your holiday decor. The best part is that it can be used for Read more

DIY Butcher Block Cart

Where do you find your inspiration? I get asked many times how I know something should look. Honestly, I don’t have a book of rules I follow, but most often I try to stick to era and function. However, there are times it’s fun to think outside the box. Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday and I’m going to show you how this $1 yard sale find gets turned into a DIY butcher block cart. Stay tuned to see what my blogger friends have for you too.

Scrap Handmade Butcher Block Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’ve often mentioned I have many who lookout for potential projects for me and my parents are one of my best bargain hunters. My mom spied this chunk o’ goodness at a yard sale for $1 and thought I could do something with it. Sweet, huh?!

It looked as though someone Read more

DIY Charging Station from Thrifted Box

Call me quirky, but I find it a thousand times more fun to make my own decor rather than to go out and buy it. Two reasons (1) it’s kinda like therapy (2) ain’t nobody gonna have one like it – tee hee. When I spied this little box at the thrift store, I saw the potential had to became a DIY charging station. Stay with me now.

Thrifted Wood Box Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

It’s nothing more than a pine box, but there is potential right there. The features that I like: the size, the drawer, and the overall design with open top. The box was missing Read more

Upcycled Storage & Wall Art from Bedrails

Tackling a spot in your home that needs a thorough cleaning can feel so good, doesn’t it? Kinda like therapy in and of its own. We have the opportunity to get rid of naturally occurring filth like dirt and dust, but then also really evaluate what exists in that space. Once such area I consistently tackle is my workshop. It’s full of dirt and sawdust for sure, but also oodles of potential – of things yet to be. Here is what I chose to work on today from my constant cleaning spot. Do you know what they are? Well, they’re going to become upcycled storage and some DIY wall art. Woot!

Bed Rails Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Okay, so I told you what they’re going to become. Any guesses as to what they are? A friend gave them to me and told me they were off her beds used as bed rails for kids. I will admit I had a totally different plan for them initially, but I like what I came up with secondhand better.

First, I took those pieces with spindles in it and decided to create the upcycled storage. I grabbed some wood from my stash and cut it to length using my miter saw.

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Miter Saw to Cut Wood | prodigalpieces.com

Yes, I jerry-rigged a sheet around my saw to catch the sawdust that I am perpetually cleaning up. It saves me oodles of time! A dust collector is high on my list of wants for my workshop. One day it will happen…trust me!

Then, I gave those few slats of wood a couple coats of paint with my Palm Pro brush. While those were curing I sprayed the spindled rails with a Pure Gold.

Painting Wood Shelves with Zibra Palm Pro | prodigalpieces.com

To assemble my vision, I really wanted to use only items from my stash, so instead of running to the hardware store for conduit straps, I made my own. I’ve had these metal straps I yanked off a curbside chair ages ago and they have come in handy for things like my funky junk coat rack seen HERE.

Scrap Metal for Hardware | prodigalpieces.com

I simply cut the metal to length with my tin snips, drilled holes, and bent to the shape desired to go around those spindles.

Scrap Metal Braces for Upcycled Storage | prodigalpieces.com

Before I show you the finished upcycled storage, let me show you what I did with the rest. What remains to create with are these wood slats that were part of the bed rails.

Bed Rail Slats Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com

They instantly spoke to me to become wall art with that slot notched out of them. So, again I used my miter saw to cut them to length and miter the corners.

Mitered Corners of Frame | prodigalpieces.com

Then I cut some hardboard that I use often to make chalkboards and such as seen in these posts. That stuff is one of my must haves in my stash. Viola! I have a blank slate.

Wall Art in the Raw | prodigalpieces.com

This was my dry fit, so to get done what I envisioned, I took it apart and sprayed the frames with Antique Brass and painted the hardboard with the same white as the wood slats above.

Then, it was time for the art. I wanted to do a fun metallic effect to go with all the metal colors I was using. I’m all about patina, so I used my Patina Paint in Copper to create my design.

Painting Copper Tub Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The key to using this awesome stuff is to add the Patina Spray in Green (and a bit of Blue Patina Spray) while the second coat is still wet. What happens is that actual metal in the paint interacts with the corrosive spray to give you instant patina. You can see it in action in the video below I created to add patina to our garden arbor.

Using Dixie Belle Paint Patina Spray to Create Copper Patina by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Once all is dried, everything is set in place to show you.

Modern Chic Bathroom with Upcycled Storage and DIY Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Repurposed Towel Rack for Modern Chic Boho Bathroom Decor from Bed Rails by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of my visions for these cast-offs. The upcycled storage can be used as towel rack as I’m showing, or for most any thing really…plants, toys, collectibles…you name it!

Repurposed Bathroom Storage for Towels, TP and more in a Modern Chic Bath by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Bed Rails Turned Modern Chic Towel Rack by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Plenty of storage for bath essentials and the design has the modern boho vibe that I have come to love. My DIY conduit straps worked out awesome to hold it all into place. All this was created from scrap in my stash…how awesome is that?!

Boho Style Storage for Bathroom and More by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

And who doesn’t love a cute place to stick a plant?

Terra Cotta Plants Stand from Upcycled Bed Rails by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My DIY wall art up above was fun to create and make. Those rails were perfect for making frames for both of my art pieces.

Boho Chic Bathroom with DIY Copper Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The copper paint and brass metallic paints keep with the same theme I’m after with the upcycled storage. Hard to tell in the pics of the patina, but I think you get the idea.

DIY Copper Wall Art made from Upcycled Bed Rails by Prodigal Pieces | prodiglapieces.com

Upcycled Modern Chic Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What is even better is that the naturally occurring patina will continue to age over time. Isn’t that so cool?!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these couple creations of mine. If you’d love to make them your own, they are available in my online shop.

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Boho Chic Bathroom Decor with Copper Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Do pin and share to inspire others to create some upcycled storage or DIY wall art for their home. You may not know what cool stuff you have lurking in the corner!

This is so cool! upcycled storage and DIY wall art all created from some cast-off bed rails. Perfect modern boho chic decor! See the details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Make your house your home by creating DIY storage out of repurposed materials. Come see how Prodigal Pieces did it here at prodigalpieces.comThrifted Military Ammo Box Repurposed Storage by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Flea Market Decor from Repurposed Finds

There are few things in life that I really get excited about. One of them is a true trashure hunt. Every so often I head to the flea market, not looking for the obvious, but the stuff that everyone overlooks. Ya know, the junk. Today, you are in for a treat! It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday and I’m going to show you what I do with this pile o’ “junk” by turning into flea market decor. You’ll see what my gal friends are up to at the bottom, so sit back and enjoy.

Flea Market Finds before Repurposed Creations by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

First, I started with this mesh screen. When I find old screens or mesh anything I snatch them up for one purpose… Read more

DIY Rolling Laundry Cart ~ Step-by-Step Tutorial

What sane person doesn’t want extra storage in their house, right? I mean, the kind that looks good AND serves a purpose. I know I’m not the only one here tired of plastic bins and tubs scattered about. Check out this thrifted find. I spied it from a mile away because I LOVE BASKETS. This one is about to become a DIY rolling laundry cart. Stay with me now.

Thrifted Basket Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

At first glance, this is pretty and really nothing wrong with it except for the busted/missing leather hinge straps and general wear.

Broken Leather Hinges on Thrifted Basket | prodigalpieces.com

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It did come with a liner that I had removed and was in the process of cleaning. The shiny, orangey wicker didn’t do it for me and my love of farmhouse style. So…I decided to take it up a notch. As in… Read more

Thrifted Makeovers ~ DIY Budget Decor

When you head the thrift store and get a good haul, it can leave you feeling pretty pumped. That is until you look at all that you brought home and the realization hits you that you brought home a whole lotta potential and now there’s work to be done. For real, right? Today, I’m showing you a few of the items I acquired and how their thrifted makeovers can help make your house your home on a budget.

Thrifted Finds Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Let’s take a look at what I thought was worthy purchases. First, an unfinished stool, a wooden chest, and a corner cabinet. All are solid wood, all are handmade, but all are most definitely 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

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