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DIY 4th of July Sign with Chalkboard Typography

You know I can’t resist when someone offers me some free goodies, especially when they say they’re going to BURN THEM.{{gasp}} If you’ve been following over the last few months, you know I was bestowed with the stash-to-end-all-stashes of cupboard doors. I’m more than halfway through them and am eager to show you how this one is my DIY 4th of July sign.

Cupboard Door Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Here’s is the stash I’m referring to… Read more

Upcycle Old Christmas Decor to Suit Your Home

Maybe the holidays have passed and you’re looking to purge, or maybe it’s time to drag out the decorations and you’re debating on changing it up this year. Either way, don’t pitch or donate your unwanted holiday decor. I’m going to show you one of the ways you can upcycle old Christmas decor into something new for your home. It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday, so stick around to see what my blogger friends have for you too.

Let’s pretend for a minute that this set of cutesy snowman art is no long your fancy. I admit, even I have taken things to the thrift store like this just to be rid of it. However, let’s look at them in a different light.

Thrifted Snowman Christmas Decor Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

At first glance, there’s nothing really wrong with them, and the bonus is Read more

Log Candlesticks ~ A DIY Tutorial

Creating your own décor can not only make your home more inviting, but it also can be affordable. Last month I showed you how to spruce up your outdoor seating area utilizing thrift store pillows. One of my favorite ways to add texture and charm to our outdoor or indoor décor is to make use of all the nature affords us. After our patio renovation, I loved to add natural elements like plants, dried botanicals, and even candles made from beeswax. What could be better than log candlesticks made that achieve a cozy, earthy feel?

DIY Log Candlesticks on Outdoor Patio Table by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The best part is that when your outdoor season gets cooler, you can bring these log candlesticks into your interior décor for a warm winter touch. You can find the tutorial Read more

Faux Clock DIY ~ Repurposed Fun

I am a mama on a mission – a mission to declutter and make use of everything I can lay my DIY hands on. My home has been overrun by my business (kinda like living in a warehouse) and I need things to be normal, at least somewhat normal – as if living with 6 kids is ever normal. ha! My latest subject for renewal is this Art Deco mirror back that I think will make an awesome faux clock for my mantel. Do you see the potential?

Salvaged Art Deco Mirror Backing Before Repurposing | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This mirror back was originally going to be used in our boys’ bedroom makeover that had an industrial feel. You can barely see it, but we had already drawn on the word “GULF” as we were going to turn this into a vintage appeal gas station sign. But, we didn’t end up using it, so faux clock it is.

My mantel has been…well…neglected. I haven’t done much to it since my fall design and Christmas, but now it needs a summery makeover, don’t you think?

Rustic Farmhouse Mantel Before Summer Switch | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Enter in my new faux clock…I love it!

Faux Large Clock DIY by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The best part about this new faux clock is that it is totally doable with materials found at your local home improvement store. It even has the potential to be a working clock too (see below).

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

Even if you’re not into DIY, but love this faux clock, you can find it available in my shop.

Here is what you need: Read more

Chalkboard Menu from Repurposed Mirror

Being a junker can have so many perks, but certainly one of the downfalls is having enough room for all that you find. I make a rule that if I bring it home it has to find new purpose within six months, or it doesn’t come home with me. Well, rules are made for breaking, right? That’s because I’ve had this mirror backboard for a few years (before I made my rule) with good intentions of turning it into a chalkboard menu.

Vanity Mirror Backboard before Chalkboard Menu | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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

Here’s the story…A couple of years ago, I was out doing my junkin’ rounds during our city-wide spring cleanup and found a broken-to-pieces vanity. Mirrors were all shattered and only one part of the side mirrors were left. This had to have been glorious in its prime.

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Storage Bins from Repurposed Kitchen Cabinets

Anyone here love storage bins like I do? We are in the middle of our kitchen remodel and a few weeks ago I showed you what I did with a few of the cabinets I had pulled out, like this flower trough…

Repurposed Valance Flower Centerpiece by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

…and this chalkboard.

Message Center Created from Repurposed Kitchen Cabinets by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Even my latest project using the cabinet doors.

Repurposed Cabinet Doors into DIY Storage Box by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I promised that I would show you what I would do with the rest of my junk stash, and this shelf that flanked my sink area is next on the hit list. It looks to me like storage bins. Do you see it?

Kitchen Shelf Before Repurposed Storage Bins | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*affiliate links included in this post so you can find the products I love to use too!

So, I head to my scrap pile that is singing to me, “Here I come to save the day!” and Read more

Wooden Toys ~ It’s Time to Play!

Why does it seem that your children grow right before your very eyes? I mean, precious are the days we have with them. One day their toddling, then the next they’re driving away. sniff, sniff. In order to preserve some of that time, I tend to live vicariously through my children by creating all sorts of toys, especially dolls and wooden toys.

So, for this Trash to Treasure Tuesday (where my blogger friends and I share our thrifty makeovers the second Tuesday of each month) I am showing you how I made some special gifts for my littlest girl.

Trash to Treasure Tuedays - Thrifted Makeover Fun | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This is my pile of junky goodness of crib spindles and scrap wood that I’ll be turning into some wooden toys.

Scrap Crib Parts and Salvaged Wood Turned Toys by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

First, I’d like to show you a few of the things I’ve made in the past…(mind you I do go overboard, but I don’t care!) hee hee hee Read more

Garden Decor from Curbside Picket Fence

Spring is in the air and is just around the corner. eep! For me, that makes me think garden and garden decor , curb appeal, and CITY CLEAN-UP!! Seriously, what a great time of year and there is trashure to be found. Last year, however, I was a good girl and stayed home, that is until my neighbor told me about a “desk” around the corner that I gave some French oh, la la. And then there are things like these cute picket fences.

Curbside Garden Picket Fence found Curbside by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

They’re perfect for the Trash to Treasure Tuesday my blogger friends and I host every second Tuesday of the month, so be sure to check out their projects at the end of the post. AND for more fun, come on over to Instagram for your chance to win a HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer. You know I love mine and you can see why HERE and HERE.

Trash to Treasure Tuedays - Thrifted Makeover Fun | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Today’s story goes like this…I was headed home from church and trying to keep my eyes on the road while there were mounds of trashure just calling my name. Then I saw a Mid-Century dinette set a lady was in the process of setting out and she had these little pickets. Read more

Vintage Soda Crate Turned Foot Stool

Are you form-over-function or function-over-form? I am the latter for sure, which is why I have fun creating my functional pieces from repurposed finds. Earlier this week, I showed you how I took several flea market finds and created farmhouse decor, but I also promised to show you what I would do with that vintage soda crate in those finds. Check it out…

Flea Market Finds Farmhouse Wares by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*affiliate links included in this post so you can find the products I love to use too!

Certainly that vintage soda crate has potential just as-is. You could use it mounted to the wall as a rustic shelf, you could fill it with your collections on a table top for a vintage display, or even as a planter. But, when over the last few months, I was inspired by a replica of a vintage soda crate foot stool by Decor Steals.

Rustic Foot Stool by Decor Steals | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I thought to myself, “Certainly, I could make that”. tsk.

So, off to my stash of gorgeous legs I went to find me a set, (no made in China stuff here!) and here is what I pulled out. Read more

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