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Upcycled Cheese Dome Cloche for Autumn

Seasons change and so does our decor along with it, right? One could easily take a shopping cart and head to the nearest box store and fill up with what’s in stock. However, I love the challenge of creating my own decor from unwanteds, thrifted finds, and incorporating natural elements. To share with you how my mind’s eye works, I’m going to demonstrate what I did with this upcycled cheese dome and a few other cast offs. Let’s have some crafty fun!

Thrifted Cheese Dome & Finds Before Recreation by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What you’re looking at is the aforementioned cheese dome, a large candle pillar, a broken leaf rake handle, and an empty mint tin. Now, before you think I’ve fallen off my proverbial rocker, hang with me. I’m looking to Read more

Upcycled Dresser & Mirror Made New

You know you are loved when your friends bring you gifts like this…right? Mandy is always getting her hands on some sweet finds and she set aside this mirror saying it had my name written all over it. What do you think? Well, I gladly accepted, though I wasn’t sure if I should. Check out how I created an upcycled dresser with this mirror that makes it look like they belong together.Cast-off Dresser Mirror Upcycled by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’ll never deny I’m a sucker for mirrors in all shapes and sizes. They add light and depth to a room, but can be reworked in many ways. The size of this one kinda limited its repurposing capabilities, but you know I’m game to try.

My first thought was to find a dresser suitable and if that didn’t work out, I’d find a new use for it. Well, within 5 minutes of looking online, I found this antique gem right in my Read more

Upcycled Plant Caddy Bamboo Side Table

One of my favorite times of the month is here, Trash to Treasure Tuesday!Β This is a fun day where my blogger friends and I get together a few projects to inspire you. You’ll find their projects at the end of this post. For me today this pair of ornate iron plates are going to become my upcycled plant caddy project.Plant Caddy Bases Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Yet again, my dad comes to the rescue. Apparently these were my mom’s plant caddy’s that had the casters fall off. She was going to throw them away. {{gasp}} Mom!! tsk. As soon as he showed me I replied, “They’re cast iron, Read more

DIY Bee Skep from Upcycled Materials

If you’ve been with me for long, you know my dad (and my mom) brings me quite the fun…umm…project pieces. I love it! When he showed me this picture of a couple of grass plant hangers he thought I’d actually plant in. I thought, “Sure, why not.” It couldn’t get past that they reminded me of something. Then later that day it hit me. They looked like antique bee skeps! {{aha moment}} Check out my three DIY bee skep tutorials, plus a bee hotel, using upcycled materials.

Grass Hanging Planters Before Upcycling by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You may be like my dad, my bestie, my husband, and most who have no idea what a bee skep actually is. First, let me say that I was elated thinking I could incorporate these into my garden. I’ve always wanted to keep bees because they’re endangered and we need them to survive. However, since bee-keeping is a science and such a fragile art, I Read more

Upcycled Clock ~ Butterfly Wall Art

Don’t you just love a good challenge? My dad has brought me a few winners in the past, but this one was definitely one that made me laugh OUT LOUD. Why? Well…it’s so ugly!! I honestly felt bad for the forgotten babies, but it was time for an upcycled clock makeover, don’t you agree?

Handmade Vintage Clock Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This is one of those, “Bless your heart” projects that are so far gone that it makes you wonder. Someone obviously put some time into this, but it has since been neglected. At this point I say, “Game ON!” and give it Read more

Mid Century Nightstand from Curbside Luggage

It’s that time again! The second Tuesday of each month some of my blogger friends and I get together to present to you our latest Trash to Treasure makeovers. It’s certainly one of my favorite times and hope it is for you too! Today’s project is this handmade luggage I found during our spring city cleanup. I’ve been aching to turn it into the vision I had of a Mid Century nightstand. I can’t wait!!

Handmade Wooden Luggage found on the curb gets new life | prodigalpieces.com

First, I have to ask if you would have grabbed it? It is so super cool. Check out the LBJ bumper sticker, and the…ummm…fantastic carpet lining. And get this…the back has Read more

Upcycled Magazine Rack into Book Caddy

I remember as a child that walking into the library was like walking into a gateway of intense adventure. That feeling you get when something fantastic was about to happen. Getting lost in book was the best feeling ever! Of course, as a mother, I’ve passed along the love of books to my children. Sadly though, our public libraries are dwindling, even closing. Today I’m trying to make an effort to bring back life to books. In my quirky kinda way, I’m turning this upcycled magazine rack into a book caddy. Hang with me now…there’s something for you too!

Vintage Magazine Rack Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Not only was this was a hand-painted piece by someone back in 1980, but it was also falling apart. The sides were popping off and the center divider was completely detached. Nothing a little DIY can’t fix, right? Read more

Repurposed Cutting Boards ~ DIY Fun

One of the classic pieces used in farmhouse style is the wooden cutting boards, particularly antique ones. However, modern day style cutting boards still get used and wore out, but maybe aren’t quite in a good state to use in your decor. Today, I’d like to show how I gave these repurposed cutting boards a whole new lease on life. Let’s get our DIY on, shall we? {{high five}}

Worn Out Cutting Board about to get new life | prodigalpieces.com

As I mentioned earlier this week in my doll cradle post, wooden items at the thrift store or garage sales are always some of the first things I peruse. It’s a veritable potluck of potential. First, let’s start with this small one you see Read more

Upcycled Wine Crate Learning Center

Whenever you are out at the thrift store or garage sales, be sure to have your eye out for wooden finds. They can always be made into something new and are some of my favorite creative projects. I was giddy when I spied this gem at the thrift store because of the potential it held. I’m going to turn this into an upcycled wine crate with oodles of fun!

Thrifted Wooden Wine Crate Before | prodigalpieces.com

For the sheer storage potential they have, wooden crates make me giddy. In the past, I’ve used soda pop crates to build this reclaimed stand, or made a super cute Read more

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