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Art Deco Waterfall Dresser Refreshed

Being a mom to six kids comes with a bit of pressure and a whole lotta blessing. Here I am responsible to teach, enable, and to encourage. My kids just love giving DIY a try and when my second oldest daughter, Miss S., decided she wanted to have at another large piece of furniture, I was excited to help her get started. Here is the Art Deco waterfall dresser I found for her and she excitedly decided to invest in it. Isn’t it a beauty?

Vintage Waterfall Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

As you can see, there is much that needs done with this piece, but nothing I knew she could’t handle. Miss S. has seen me work, helped me finish projects, and has done her own projects as seen in these posts. However, it’s just been awhile since she’s done something of this size, so I couldn’t wait Read more

Waterfall Hope Chest Restored & Renewed

You know it’s a good day when you head out to an old building that has been bought and renovated and they just, “want the stuff outta here”. Musical words to my ears. I couldn’t resist taking a peek at all they had to offer. Of course, this vintage Art Deco waterfall hope chest caught my eye and I had to bring it home.

Vintage Waterfall Hope Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

To say I’m excited for the young couple I got the chest from is an understatement. They purchased a downtown building in my city that has seen many days and ugly updates. However, they are renovating it back to the original glory it once was. We’re talking uncovering the pressed tin ceiling hiding behind a drop ceiling, old wood Read more

Waterfall Buffet with a French Twist

There is nothing in the world that makes a mama more proud than to see their child succeed. I have 6 children, all of which are my treasures and bring such joy. Not only are they fun, but are showing my my hard work and love is paying off. My oldest son has done many projects of his own with much success. Today, he is taking this waterfall buffet and giving it a French twist. Check it out.

Antique Waterfall Buffet Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Mr I., like the rest of my kids, are building up a savings. Generally, when I get a free piece of furniture I give it to them and they take turns making them over. Also, they purchase their own project pieces based on my suggestions to sell for the savings. You see my kids projects in this collection of posts.

In this case, Mr I. decided to purchase two Read more

Decoupage Furniture to Add Flair

Do you ever have a piece of furniture that is lacking some pep? Sometimes it can just need a little updating and although painting will suffice, you can also decoupage furniture. What’s that you say? Let me show you what I’m talking about using this Art Deco waterfall chest as an example. AND… I have an awesome surprise for you at the end of this post!

Waterfall Chest of Drawers Before Decoupage Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

*sidenote: While I understand some people are wood purists and chastise me for painting, I too love wood. I only paint things that won’t lose value when painted. This chest is not a high-end Art Deco piece and I know that by experience. This is a copy and thus I can change it as it suits me. PLUS, it’s mine! (end of rant – thank you.  😀 )

I found this chest on Craigslist (gotta love CL!) and in the past I have done several different things to these waterfall chests. My most popular is my BEEP. This dude was a freebie for good reason – he was a hot mess!

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Dumpster Dresser turned Boho Chic Diva

A couple of weeks ago I shared a freebie garage sale dresser (an Art Deco waterfall piece) turned Volkswagen bus that stole my heart. Meet BEEP.

A garage sale freebie Art Deco water dresser gets a sweet Volkswagen Bus makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

He’s been featured by Country Living, House Beautiful, and has taken the internet by a storm. In that same post, I shared my other waterfall dresser…my dumpster dresser damsel in distress (say that five times fast!)

A left for trash dumpster dresser gets a makeover taking it from damsel in distress to DIVA. A must see makoever! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

This sad piece was found by a good friend of mine next to a dumpster in the middle of winter. Bleak, cold, and sad-looking, isn’t it? My friend asked me if I wanted it, and though she thought I was nuts, I told her yes. I just couldn’t leave it there!

Finally, I’m able to give it the much-needed attention it so desired and the makeover begins. YAY! Read more

Garage Sale Freebie to Volkswagen Bus

Early this past spring, I was on the hunt for furniture for our girls room makeover. They had a mish-mosh of pieces that didn’t coordinate and needed more space. When I spied a local garage sale had a vintage French Provincial set, I hopped on over. (Bedroom makeover coming soon!) Turns out a good friend was helping her family with the sale and showed me this dresser. I instantly knew it would make a fantastic Volkswagen …oh yessss…

A garage sale freebie Art Deco water dresser gets a sweet Volkswagen Bus makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

This is an Art Deco waterfall chest of drawers. It was marked $5 and she told me I could have it for FREE because it was junk. (Thank you, Julie!) Again, my brain says, “Bring it on!” Am I crazy? Maybe, but life is more fun that way.

So, now I have two Art Deco chest of drawers (or tall boys) awaiting new life and my first pick to work on was the second one. Read more

Vintage Dressing Table Makeover ~ For the Love of Red

I have to admit that I promised my hubby, my family, AND myself that no more furniture was to enter into my possession until I cleaned out my workshop. BUT…. (there’s always a but, right?) pieces just have a way of finding me and beckon me to purchase them.  Is it my fault they’re feeling unloved?  tsk. Enter in this vintage dressing table…

Vintage Art Deco dressing table gets a licorice stick red makover for a custom client. A fun twist to a classic piece! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
Vintage Art Deco dressing table gets a licorice stick red makover for a custom client. A fun twist to a classic piece! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
With a mirror of 42″ diameter, solid wood construction (it was heavy!), and a fab flair, this gorgeous piece wanted a new home. (This one is much like my painted ladyzinc vanity, and industrial vanity)
My client lives in the southern part of the U.S. and wanted a showcase vintage dressing table for her room.  She said red and we did RED!
Vintage Art Deco dressing table gets a licorice stick red makover for a custom client. A fun twist to a classic piece! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
My oldest daughter and I had fun staging this one!
Vintage Art Deco dressing table gets a licorice stick red makover for a custom client. A fun twist to a classic piece! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesLicorice Stick gloss red to be exact. Only minor sanding and a bit of veneer repair was needed as prep work.
Confession time:  I am typically not your average electronic device user and put off owning a cell phone f.o.r.e.v.e.r.  BUT… (there’s that but again!) I had to invest in one for my business sake and it has really made things easier.  For instance, I went to purchase the fabric she requested and it wasn’t in stock.  Took a picture of another very similar fabric and sent her the picture.  It was either that fabric or wait 2 weeks to get the table.  She responded in minutes and said, “go ahead!”.  Whew.  Normally, I would have driven a half hour home, corresponded in email, and then headed back to the store. Aaah…so much better.
I love the fabric I found because it adds that added punch of contrast to the vintage dressing table, don’t you think?!
Vintage Art Deco dressing table gets a licorice stick red makover for a custom client. A fun twist to a classic piece! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
Here’s a look at the befores and afters…

Vintage Art Deco dressing table gets a licorice stick red makover for a custom client. A fun twist to a classic piece! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Vintage Art Deco dressing table gets a licorice stick red makover for a custom client. A fun twist to a classic piece! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesIsn’t it fun?!  I love what I do and that my client fell in love with it.

If you’re interested in a custom piece, just send me an email or head to my shop a let me know what you’re looking for.

I’d love it if you would pin and share my vintage dressing table makeover.(because it’s fun!!)

Art Deco Vintage Dressing Table Gets a Licorice Red makover by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

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DIY Zinc – A Mini Faux-Finish Tutorial

I like to work on furniture and have a blast finding antique and vintage goodies.  Whenever I’m trying to decide which piece to work on next from my stash (and believe me I always have a stash), I go with my mood.  My favorite style is a potpourri of French, Nordic, Cottage Chic, and Farmhouse style all rolled into one.  (Is that possible?).  But every once in a while, I veer off my norm and like to try something different.  Well…here she is with my DIY zinc finish.

DIY Zinc Faux Finish Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Ta da!  My latest redo of a 1930-1940’s waterfall dressing table/vanity. I seem to have quite the collection of waterfall furniture to choose from in and around where I live.  Maybe the style was such a trend that everyone had to have one…or could it be that it was a more affordable way to go?  Let’s go with the gotta-have-one trend, it’s more fun.

So, to begin with, this piece was in a nearly-ready-to-work on state when I acquired it.  Most of the pulls present, minimal damage to surfaces, complete set (chair included), and that large beveled mirror in divine shape.
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I do, honestly, have a thing for natural wood and love when veneers are mixed together to make patterns, such as done on this piece.  But, when there is damage that would require replacing veneer and such, I typically head to my paintbrush.  Even though veneer is not that hard to patch, sometimes girls just wanna have fun.  (does that date me or what?)
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I decided to have a go at a DIY zinc finish, and I must say that like how it came out.  I had viewed the wonderfully detailed tutorial by Freckled Laundry and loved the improvisation of The Salvage Collection tutorial – both full of techniques and information.  However, I decided to try another technique instead that stemmed from previous pieces I had done. Not too hard to do, and gives it a naturally-occurring element look. Almost like galvanized metal as well.
To start out, I painted the whole piece in two coats of Marta Stewart’s Metallic Silver Paint.  Next, I thinned out Martha’s coffee-colored metallic glaze using a 1:1 water to glaze ratio.  Then, using a soft cotton cloth (t-shirt) to dip in the glaze and “pounce”, working in small sections. Immediately after I applied the wet glaze, I then took a dry cotton cloth and pounced back over the wet glazed area.
* note: By going back over the wet glaze with a dry cloth allowed the extra glaze to be picked up and leave the subtle flecking.
The matching vanity bench, on the other hand, just needed some refreshed padding and new fabric.  I love the fabric, called “Antique” by Berne.  It really helped to tie-in those amber Bakelite and brass pulls (I was able to find an exact match to replace the missing one on eBay…woo hoo!)
Zinc Faux Finish Tutorial via
Zinc Faux Finish Tutorial via
  Zinc Faux Finish Tutorial via
I’d love to hear what you think of my DIY zinc finish.  The dressing table has sold, but stop by and check out my other pieces currently available in my shop. Stay tuned for my next project and receive my FREE furniture shopping checklist, and get a discount to my shop by signing up for my newsletter via the sidebar or bottom of this post.

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