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Two Desks Means Double the Fun!

It feels so good when my junkin’ days pay off like this one did.  Do you ever have that happen to you…I mean, when you head out and score a piece that doesn’t really need touched or is exactly what you needed?Double-whamo desks in this instance.

While out doing the city-clean up run, I was ready to make a right-handed turn on a Y-shaped intersection when I glanced to the left to check for oncoming traffic…there it was.  Perfectly retro desk!!!

Vintage Mid Century Modern Desk Found Curbside by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
I peeled back around and turned on my hazard lights, since there was no side-street parking and didn’t have a care in the world who I was annoying as I snatched up this cutie.
Don’t you just love the original green paint?
vintage green desk found junking via Prodigal Pieces
Or how about the perfect condition wood top?
vintage green desk found junking via Prodigal Pieces
This was perfect for my 3 girls bedroom – they had so been longing for a place to sit a write in their journals.  I snatched up the chair at a garage sale for $3!
Even better was this jewel…a vintage Smith Corona electric typewriter!! GASP! It was curbside with its original case, key, ribbons, instructions, and even those little white-out tabs. God is good!
vintage Smith Corona electric typewriter found junking via Prodigal Pieces
They just love pretending to be the American Girl, Kit. And well…it’s just so much fun! I remind them that the blue beauty is mine, but they can borrow it for now.  I’m such a good mom, eh? hahaha
vintage Smith Corona electric typewriter found junking via Prodigal Pieces
On to the next goodie…

My son and I headed out for the third weekend of city-cleanup and on our first stop picked up this desk.  It was complete with glass top, at least it had a glass top. We loaded it up and leaned the glass on the side of the desk.

painted desk found junking via Prodigal Pieces

We also scored this mirror at the same stop which I put up front…

antique etched mirror found junking via Prodigal Pieces…not taking any chances with that beauty.

Just after we loaded up, we headed down a slightly curved street when CRASH!!! The drawers had come out of the desk and smashed into the glass, completely busting it up.  We seriously were turning at a snail’s pace, but that was all it took.

painted desk found junking via Prodigal Pieces
You should have seen the look on our faces when it happened.  I busted out laughing and said to my son, “Dada is not going to be happy about that!” Needless to say, that stopped our trip and we turned home to clean up the mess.

Word to the wise: Turn drawer side of said furniture to the outside before loading glass.  Uugh.

This desk was my answer to my prayers of needing a sewing desk to replace the tiny one I sold months earlier.  I couldn’t find a single one anywhere that was what I needed.

painted desk found junking via Prodigal Pieces
I even scored this retro office chair in my neighbor’s trash – totally a rubber-neck experience.  Saw it and flipped my vehicle around quick. as. a. flash.
painted desk found junking via Prodigal Pieces
 The desk is a solid piece, but had tons of deep scratches to the top.  After some wood putty and sanding, it was as good as new.
painted desk found junking via Prodigal Pieces
 I put a dark gray chalk paint top with a whitewash on the sides. Spray painted the pulls an oil-rubbed bronze, and bam!  I got a sewing desk.  Yipppeee for me!
painted desk found junking via Prodigal Pieces
 I LOVE junking!!! Not only did I get these awesome desks, but I had fun and that’s what it’s all about. Can I get an amen?

How about you….and good treasure hunts lately?

 

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DIY / Tutorials Furniture Home Decor Repurposed Woodworking

Potential…Do You See It?

One of my latest custom orders was for another antique upholstered rocking chair for a mommy-to-be, and it needed some seat springs replaced.  (You can view my 3-step tutorial on how to reupholster a rocking chair here.)

I asked on Freecycle if anyone had any seat springs from an antique chair. I waited a day, but I had to get to started on the rocker, so went ahead and purchased new.  Having new springs was good, but I had to try to make them work with the framing that the chair currently had or else I would have to rebuild the whole bottom.

Wouldn’t you know that the next day (after I just spent a chunk of change on supplies to replace the springs), a nice lady replied to my request that she had a broken rocker that I could use for parts.  grrrr.

Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

 An old Morris rocker – solid oak with awesome turnings, adjustable back, horsehair cushions, and plenty of springs that were exactly the same size I had needed.  Not really fixable unless you replaced the entire frame that had been cracked and broken in various spots. Oh well.  I was super-happy to have it anyway because who knows when I’ll need parts, right?
Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Getting rid of something because it’s broken just doesn’t happen around here, and most people would ask, “Now what are you going to do with a broken rocking chair?”  Tsk.
Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Do you see the potential?  I don’t want to give away my ideas on reusing this beauty (not yet), but wanted you to think of what could be done with this chair….or it’s parts. Hmmmm.  Any repurposed ideas?
Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
In addition to the freebie, my hubby has come along side the don’t-let-things-go-to-waste philosophy and he has scored almost a dozen of these absolutely fabulous solid pallets made of cherry.  Yes!  Cherry!  I die.
Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
He gets a big smooch and I get the goods. Win – win, right?  Really though, he loves wood and respects it, so this was fun for him to begin to plan projects and dream – he’s a great woodworker.  How about you?  What would you do with them?  You can see my other trashure (trash into treasure) on this post.
Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
We originally were going to use them to replace our counter tops, but since I found some solid oak doors junking instead, we are going to put the pallets to a different use…we think.  What would you use them for?
So, here’s some food for thought: Not only can something be functional as is, but what else could it be?  How about yourself, do you lack the foresight to see what you could be?  We all have glorious potential and just need to look at ourselves a little differently to get the head-smacking realization that takes us to a new level.  God has gifted us all and it’s just a matter of tapping into those gifts.
Go ahead.  Take a look at your potential and challenge yourself to think outside of your norm.  Did I think I would be a homeschooling mother to 6 children with a business and a blog?  Nope.  But, am very glad I am and that I took chances to be one.
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Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
UPDATE: I’ve made use of those springs, the arms, the rocker, and the base, just click on each word to see! The back and spindles are coming soon…
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Create a repurposed coat rack using cast off barn wood and furniture pieces by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesRusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
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Chippy Door Turned Into Fabulous Decor

Have you ever seen a chippy door laying in the trash or out curbside after neighbors remodel?  Snatch it up, I say!!  Okay, so I’ve well-established I love junking, and if you didn’t know that yet, you can read more about it in my pallet adventures or my trashure finds (that’s treasure out of trash…don’t you love my word?).

A lovely lady on Craigslist had posted that a wall needed removed from their back lot, I guess the demolition crew got bored and left one wall laying on the ground. So, of course I sent my willing hubby to salvage what he could of that awesome chippy siding – isn’t he great?! In the background of the photo was a solid wood paneled door that screamed, “Take me, take me!”

I asked the lady if the door came with the wall, and she paused…then said, ” That is a piece of junk. It’s not good for anything.” I replied, “Okay, but can I have it?” “Sure”, she said, while I’m sure questioning in her head why in the word I would want a piece of junk. All the while in my head I’m screaming, “SCORE!”  I did a happy dance and my husband wanted to check my temperature. tsk.

Here’s my beauty!

Antique chippy white door becomes functional decor with the addition of barn beam pegs by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Don’t you just love the character?

Antique chippy white door becomes functional decor with the addition of barn beam pegs by Prodigal Pieces. www.prodigalpieces.com

This chippy door sat in my garage until the right idea came to me and I had finished painting the paneling in the room it was to go in.  Again, on craigslist, another lady was selling some old barn beam pegs for $5.  I went to go check them out and found them to be more rough than I thought, or at least not enough in good condition to use them for what I had originally had in mind.  I told her that I would have to pass because they might crumble if I cut them.  She said, “Oh, well, in that case you can have them for $1”.  No problem.

So…the happy ending to my story is that the door and barn beam pegs would have a happy meeting and become a centerpiece to my room.

Antique chippy white door becomes functional decor with the addition of barn beam pegs by Prodigal Pieces. www.prodigalpieces.comWant to make one?  Here’s how.

I’m completely positive that you will have horrible trouble trying to locate antique barn beam pegs, so what to do?  Just grab some tree branches similar in diameter, or better yet cut one long branch with similar diameter throughout and then cut them to a 7″ length.  Take all the bark off with a knife and leave them in the raw, that will create a more rustic effect.  Hey, even leave a little bark on for even more dimension.

You could even use a store-bought dowel rod and beat it like crazy with a hammer, score with a knife to create hand-chiseled look, then do a wash with a brown paint to give it texture. To make the wash, just take a small amount of brown paint and add a bit of water.  Wipe it on, then wipe it back off until you get an uneven effect.

Next, grab your drill and a hole saw bit the same diameter of your branch or dowel, and mark where you want your pegs to be.  Drill through on one side.

Antique chippy white door becomes functional decor with the addition of barn beam pegs by Prodigal Pieces. www.prodigalpieces.com

You won’t be able to go completely through because your drill bit won’t reach, so using the pilot hole the bit created, just turn the door over and finish the hole from the rear.

Antique chippy white door becomes functional decor with the addition of barn beam pegs by Prodigal Pieces. www.prodigalpieces.com

Just tap the pegs in, they should be snug if you used the right bit.  I didn’t glue or secure mine because I wanted the option of flipping the door when the mood hit me.

Antique chippy white door becomes functional decor with the addition of barn beam pegs by Prodigal Pieces. www.prodigalpieces.com

My chippy door changes through the seasons with its decorations.  During winter & Christmas I use a crochet scarf with some ice skates, and a pair of child’s knitted mittens that are connected to keep them from getting lost. During spring and summer, I like to feature beautiful blooms drying.

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I even use it in most of my shop’s photos as a backdrop.  When I sold my very first piece to a photographer, she said she’d love to have it, but I told her it was priceless.
What do you think?
Don't throw out your old chippy door. Turn it into decor! See how Prodigal Pieces did it at prodigalpieces.comJoin in the chippy love and find that door you’ve been looking for!
In case you’re wondering what I did with that chippy siding, here’s how it’s currently being put to use:
Build a reclaimed wood tote using cast off chippy siding, baby crib parts, and barn wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Can you tell I’m having fun? ♥

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Trashure….Making Treasure Out of Trash

My love for junking can never be quenched, at least I don’t see how.  There are so many ways you can reuse an item, even to the point of dismantling it and putting it back together in a different form.  One man’s trash is another (woman’s) treasure, right?

Trashure: Making Treasure Out of Trash by Prodigal Pieces www.prodiaglpieces.com #prodigalpieces

When I pulled out this particular treasure (or better yet, trashure – treasure from the trash!), I knew exactly what I would do with it. 

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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 seams.diy 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 | prodigalpieces.com

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