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Antique Dressing Table Set Updated

You can call me crazy or maybe infatuated, but I can’t resist a beautifully crafted piece of furniture. I’m especially drawn to pieces that have been left unloved or so loved that they need help. I call it passion, a true love in seeing restoration come to those who need it most – even people. When this antique dressing table set came up in an ad on my screen, I knew I had to give it some lovin’.

Antique Dressing Table Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What struck me the most was the story behind it. I met with the two daughters who were cleaning out their mother’s estate. This set had been Read more

Black Antique Vanity ~ Rustic & Refined

Yippee!! It’s time for Trash to Treasure Tuesday where my blogger friends and I get together to share project to inspire you. You will see their projects in a minute, as is there’s nothing better than getting together with like-minded folks to share what you love. Most certainly one of my favorite projects are old gems like this. I’m sure you can see how it’s been worn down, so I plan to turn this into a black antique vanity with rustic, refined feel. Check it out…

Antique Vanity Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I purchased this from a lady who bought it as a project piece. She had started with it and decided it wasn’t something she wanted to complete because she was expecting a new baby soon. I fell in love with the Read more

Art Deco Vanity Meets Boho Style

I don’t wonder if I should rename myself the hot mess mama. Not because I myself am a hot mess (though I can be at times – aren’t we all?), but because of these crazy pieces I bring home then ask my self…why did you do this?! hahaha!! Being a sucker for the worn down, dilapidated pieces is my calling and this Art Deco vanity is one that gave me a run for my money.

Vintage Art Deco Vanity Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You see in the before picture here I’m smiling like a kid in a candy store. However, during the middle of working on it I don’t know if I was smiling quite so big…still smiling, but the fun wore off a bit. Why, you ask? Well, it was a whole lotta work that was totally doable, but I was running out of Read more

Vintage Vanity Painted a Soft Pink

Do you ever have conversations with someone that leave you saying, “That was really weird”? While perusing Craigslist I came upon this piece advertised as a desk. To me it looked like a vanity without a mirror. I called to inquire and he said he still had it. Sweet! Stay with me as I show you how this “desk” became a vintage vanity painted a soft tea rose pink.

Vintage Vanity Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

I continued to ask the seller if there was anything wrong with it and if it was smoke-free. He replied that it was solid as a rock, smoke-free, and would take him quite some time to dismantle it to get it out of his basement. He also said he had another buyer coming to see it first. I said, “Oh, it’s that big?” He replied, “Yes, and you’ll need help to load it.” I went on to ask more questions, but still getting the feeling like something was off. Read more

Vintage Vanity with French Country Cottage Style

Having a bedroom vanity used to be a thing of the times and then they faded out. However, not long ago they have been making a comeback and I love it! I feel they add a useful piece of furniture to your decor while creating that timeless feel. One of my most requested custom pieces from my shop is a vintage vanity. It’s been awhile since I have done one, so today’s the day and it includes a giveaway! (fist pump action going on!)

Vintage Kroehler Vanity Before Whitewashed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*post sponsored by Zibra and Rustic Brands and does contain affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too! (see full disclosure)

Let me introduce you to this gorgeous vintage vanity made by Kroehler. This gem is made of walnut…oh yeah…they don’t make them like this anymore! It has a broken pull and some worn-through wear to the surface, but otherwise is perfect candidate for Read more

Custom Furniture by Mixing & Matching

Do you ever find a piece of furniture that you would love to have at a flea market, thrift store or garage sale, but it’s missing something? I mean like you find a desk, but want a vanity, or a vanity without a chair? Don’t let that stop you because I’m going to give you some tips on how to make your very own custom furniture by mixing and matching. Ooh…let the fun begin!

For instance, I had a client, Shelly, contact me who had always wanted a trifold dressing table like this one I did a year or so ago for my shop. You wouldn’t know that the bench wasn’t original to it, but I found them on different occasions. (story HERE)

An Antique Vanity Transformation by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

As I began my search for a dressing table like this one, I always find dressing tables (or vanities) without a chair or bench. Here is the one I found and she liked.

Vintage Queen Anne Trifold Vanity Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The vanity had some missing veneer, and had some chemical and highlighter stains, but was solid as a rock, not to mention that gorgeous mirror! Read more

Thrifted Vanity Set ~ Swap It Like It’s Hot

Woot! Woot! I’m excited because today I am taking part in the Swap It Like It’s Hot blog party where a huge group of 40 bloggers have an annual swap for some thrifted finds costing $10 or less. I send some goodies to a friend, while someone sends some to me, and we all get to see what each person does with them. Isn’t that fun?! Check out how I made a thrifted vanity set.

Swap It Like It's Hot Wednesday Challenge | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Here’s what I got from fellow DIY blogger, Erin Spain

Assortment of Thrift Store Finds for #SwapItLikeItsHot Challenge | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Vintage Reader's Digest Game Box | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Hmm…now at first you make think that’s some pretty boring stuff, but I see potential. This collected assortments has sort of a general theme running through it, so I do the next best thing to bring it all together into a thrifted vanity set…PAINT. tee hee hee. Read more

Bedroom Set ~ A Vintage Reunion

Do you ever have one of those moments where your jaw drops and you are amazed how a certain event in life could have happened?  I mean, you think, “what are the chances…?” I had one of those in my past with a bedroom set that left me giddy.
Today and for the rest of this month every Tuesday, my Trash to Treasure girlfriends and I are digging into the archives for some makeover goodness for you. Check out the end of this post for their projects, and you can see last week’s makeover here.
Best of Trash to Treasure Transformations | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
 
The story begins… A certain couple was selling off several pieces of furniture, 5 to be exact, for $20 a piece…a piece! One was a Broyhill Brasilia credenza, and a few other chests of drawers. You just can’t beat Craigslist for being able to peruse furniture & other goodies right in front of your eyes in the comfort of your own home.  I love finding a steal.  Let’s face it, it’s an online treasure hunt.
So, of course I bought them all. (ahem) I’m not exactly sure they were all a perfect fit, but most had awesome potential! Included in this lot was an antique cherry vanity that just needed a little love. Vintage Cherry Vanity Before | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
My favorite feature is the mirror that is mounted on a rail that adjusts to suit your sitting height. This vanity sat in my garage for a couple of months until that jaw-dropping moment came.
I stopped by a local garage sale on my way home with 5 kids in tow (see, I told you this was from the archives…I now have 6!) You know how it goes, I wasn’t really planning to stop, and there they were, a matching chest of drawers and dresser with mirror!!  EEK! I couldn’t believe my eyes and tried not to look too obvious, but they were for a ridiculous price and I quickly made the purchase before anyone could beat me.

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Vanity Makeovers ~ 16 Different Sets Redone

I’m taking a walk down memory lane today. Won’t you join me? I have always wanted to do a round-up of all the different vanity makeovers that I have worked on over the last three years (time flies when you’re having fun!). Now I can share them with you all in one place.

So let’s step back in time to see all the different sets that have come through my possession and into my shop to new owners.

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My very first project EVER, was this little Art Deco waterfall vanity I found at Goodwill for $5. This was before they’ve started to jack up their prices ridiculously for damaged goods. tsk.

16 Amazing Vanity Makeovers from Art Deco to Antique - a must see! by Prodigal Pieces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Not having really started furniture for sale yet, it sat for a few months before I could tackle it because I was already painting the exterior and interior of our home all by myself. But boy, what a job this little thing was! The veneer was in horrible shape and the entire piece needed sanded down and repaired. It had no mirror, but I found one through Etsy. It arrived busted and FedEx replaced it with a new one. Whew!

16 Amazing Vanity Makeovers from Art Deco to Antique - a must see! by Prodigal Pieces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

This was when I fell in love with my favorite seconds paint aqua color I have used again, and again.

16 Amazing Vanity Makeovers from Art Deco to Antique - a must see! by Prodigal Pieces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The rest of these won’t be in chronological order, but pretty close, and I’ve tried to find all the various ones I’ve worked on. Crazy to see how my photography and staging have changed.

This next Art Deco beauty I named, My Painted Lady. What a glamorous piece that convinced me paint can do amazing things.

16 Amazing Vanity Makeovers from Art Deco to Antique - a must see! by Prodigal Pieces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Scored this for $50 and learned so much in repair and detailing. Read more

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