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Upcycled Mud Bar from Sewing Desk Top

Ya’ll are in for a treat! Not only is it Trash to Treasure Tuesday, but also my main squeeze is joining me in today’s fun. JC, my husband, and I are taking this misfit sewing desk top and turning it into an upcycled mud bar perfect for summer playtime. At the bottom, you’ll see my blogger friend’s projects in a bit. (giveaway alert!)

Antique Sewing Machine Top Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Does the top look familiar? If not, you’ can see the Mid Century Modern desk I upcycled for my Finding Home Program in this past post. To begin with, I asked JC what he thought it was from and he took a few guesses.

JC Guessing Sewing Desk | prodigalpieces.com

He guessed it! However, he didn’t remember the exact project, but knew it was a sewing desk top. For this reason I’ll give him a 9 out of 10. haha.

DIY TIME

Let’s get our party started! First, if you notice above I already removed the flap of wood from the sewing desk opening. That way I’m ready to go for the next step. Then, while I begin sanding off the desk top, JC begins cutting 4″ x 4″ posts into four pieces for legs on our miter saw.

Sanding Sewing Desk Top for Upcycled Mud Bar by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Assembling Mud Bar Frame | prodigalpieces.com

Next, we cut 1″x 4″ boards for a skirt to support the top, and another skirt for a bottom shelf. After that, all have a pocket joint added using my jig. I love, love, love that thing.

Kreg Jig for Upcycled Mud Bar Boards | prodigalpieces.com

Last, we cut a few pieces of 2″ x 4″ board so we can add a back to our upcycled mud bar. Two small pieces are attached directly to the skirt using a bolt and T-nut.

T-Nut Hardware for Upcycled Mud Bar by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

They sink in and make a safe support for builds.

Mud Bar Uprights from Behind | prodigalpieces.com

Afterward, we add the two 2″ x 4″ uprights using exterior screws.

Upright Assembly of Upcycled Mud Bar by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

*post sponsored by HomeRight (see full disclosure)

NEXT STEPS

Now it’s time to have a blast…literally! {{happy dance}} In the past, JC has used one of my sprayers for our boys bedroom remodel ceiling. That’s was about 6 years ago. So, this time, I’m letting him have all the fun to see what he thinks of some of my favorite tools.

HomeRight Super Finish Max Sprayer | prodigalpieces.com

To start, I familiarize JC with my HomeRight Super Finish Max Sprayer and set up my Large Spray Shelter. We fill up the canister per manufacturer instructions on the exterior paint we chose to use. Next, I show him how the tip allows for spraying vertically, horizontally, and so on. Also, how the flow knob can make a heavy or light spray. I have him try the sprayer on cardboard for practice, then, he has at it full on. woot!

Spraying Bottom of Upcycled Mud Bar by JC of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

He begins on the underside to coat it first. For this reason we can flip it up to coat the rest of it. Look at how pretty that blue is!

Spray Painting Mud Bar Top with HomeRight Super Finish Max by JC of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You can imagine I had to bite my tongue watching him spray. haha. However, he did a fantastic job for his first time! No runs, very little overspray, and only two coats needed. High five JC! If you’d like to see it in action, check out this video below.

How to Stain a Fence the Easy Way by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

THE REVEAL

My littlest is happy to oblige by testing out our upcycled mud bar playset. Likewise, I feel the need to make some mud pies.

Backyard Upcycled Mud Bar Play Area by Larissa & JC of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #kids #play #diy #upcycled

Kids Potting Bench from Upcycled Sewing Desk Top by JC & Larissa Haynes of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #upcycled #garden #toys

As well as the fun accessories we add, we also have hooks and mounts to make everything easily accessible. I love me some functional fun too!

Pretend Play Potting Bench Built from Reclaimed Sewing Desk Top by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #toys #kids #fun #upcycled

Upcycled Mud Bar Top with Fun Tools by Larissa & JC of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #upcycled #toys #garden #summer

Bottom Shelf of Upcycled Mud Bar Built by JC & Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #pretendplay #kids #toys #woodworking

Here’s to building with the one you love most. Above all, I’m so happy JC joined me on this adventure and would love him to do it more often. Maybe we can make it a full-time gig? Undeniably, we make a great team. We’d love to hear if you ever worked with your spouse on a project. Do tell!

JC & Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #family #fun #kids #toys

JC & Larissa Love Birds | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #marriage

Kissing JC | prodigalpieces.com

In conclusion, if you’d like to make this upcycled mud bar potting bench a part of your indoor or outdoor fun, you can find it in my online shop.

  • Handmade Linen Ottoman by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #shopping
    Linen Ottoman ~$75

DIY Upcycled Mud Bar by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #upcycled #kids #pretendplay #garden

GIVEAWAY TIME

With that, HomeRight and I want to help you have a blast with your DIY projects. We are giving away a HomeRight Super Finish Max Sprayer. Easy entry – just complete the widget below for as many entries as you like. Giveaway is open to U.S. & Canada residents 18 years of age and older. In addition, winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Also, be sure to check your spam!

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Likewise, do pin and share our upcycled mud bar from sewing desk top to inspire others to think outside the #trashure.

Garden fun! This misfit sewing desk top is transformed into an upcycled mud bar for hours of pretend play fun by JC & Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #upcycled #kids #fun

To get these DIY tips & tricks in your inbox, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. PLUS, you will get a special discount to my shop. Now, it’s time to see what my Trash to Treasure friends have for you! See below…

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TRASH TO TREASURE INSPIRATION

In like fashion, my blogger friends have created projects to inspire you too. Take a peek below.

Trash to Treasure Tuesday | prodigalpieces.com

Trash to Treasure Tuesday for April 2021 | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

  1. Salvaged Inspirations
  2. Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer
  3. Artsy Chicks Rule
  4. Girl in the Garage

Also, more fun builds like our upcycled mud bar:

DIY Folding Potting Bench with plans by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces } prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #gardening #homesteading #selfsufficient

A curbside piano bench and music rest become a DIY Folding Lap Desk with Storage created by Larissa at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Comments

  1. Susie Wilcox says

    This is an adorable project. What fun for kids! I can see this being used in several places at my house, with no kids involved! I still haven’t gotten a sprayer even though it has been on my wish list for a long time. Winning one would make that wish a reality. Thanks for always having such great give aways.

    • Larissa says

      You sound like me…I am a kid at heart! Love to use this HomeRight sprayer. I know you’ll love it too!

  2. ColleenB.~TX. says

    That has cuteness all over it.
    I do have 2, rather large old metal wheels that I would like to paint. Right now hubby is in process of cleaning off the rust, etc so winning this sprayer would be a great blessing when it comes time to painting.
    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity.
    Have a wonderful day.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! So glad spring is here and we can be outdoors in the dirt. haha. Sounds like fun!

  3. jean gay says

    That is so cute. What a great way to use the top of the sewing desk.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Jean. I’m glad to have given it new life. 😀

  4. Rebecca - NC says

    How cute!!! I would have loved this as a kid!!! I can also see her potting some flowers to help Mom with the gardening!!
    🌸🌺💐🌷🪴❤️😊

    • Larissa says

      You and me both…always down in the dirt! Thanks, Rebecca.

  5. Kaycee says

    Hi Larissa, You and JC make a great team for sure! What a great build, and your HomeRight tools came through again. I love the paint color and all the brightly colored accessories you added. This is such a fun and pretty mud bar. Have a great day.

    • Larissa says

      We had a blast! Fun to see him try and get hooked too. tee hee! Thanks!

  6. Cheryl r Atkinson says

    Larissa, this is ADorable. You and JC did an awesome job. Who else would have taken a sewing table top and construct a child’s potting table. This will be a hit on the blogs.

    • Larissa says

      Totally fun because I got to build, work with my guy, and get another stash out of my shop. haha! Thanks so much, Cheryl!

  7. MrsSW says

    My son would have loved a mud bar when he was little. I have the best memories of him playing in a huge mud puddle. 🙂
    Thanks for sponsoring the give-away, Larissa.
    Sheila

  8. Ginny says

    My kids would have loved a mud bar! This is adorable and love the color you chose! Right now in my living room I am staring at a stool, a storage bench, and an end table that could use a makeover! A sprayer would help me tackle all three of these at one time. Thank you for the opportunity to win this giveaway!

    • Larissa says

      Right?? I would have been in mud heaven as a kid. Though I still was just not in such a cute way. haha! You are too funny! 😀 My pleasure to share.

  9. Marci says

    Just what I need for a green house project!

  10. Michele M. says

    Oh my goodness, Larissa, how do you do that?

    I so respect that you save and recreate the most clever things. You and JC both did so well on this adorable project!!!!!

    • Larissa says

      I had my eye on it waiting for warm temps to be able to work. So glad it came out fun and easy to do. Thanks!!

  11. Nancy Anderson says

    Great project! Love the blue color.

  12. Mary formerly of the boondocks says

    That is such a great upcycle Larissa. Your little one has really grown!! I remember her as a baby.

    • Larissa says

      Right? Time flies so quickly, as I’m sure you know. Thanks so much!

  13. Felicia says

    Hi, this project brought back old memories for me. I loved making mud pies when I was a little girl with some old pans and spatulas my Grandma have me.
    I would have loved this little mud bar. Thank you for sharing.

    • Larissa says

      Those are the days…truly. Such fun to be had at virtually no cost.

  14. dianne anderson says

    Wish I had your vision for seeing treasure in trash. Love the mud bar. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Larissa says

      It sure is fun to try. Thanks for the love! I wish I had a sprayer for everyone. 😉

  15. Audra says

    Super cute! Love the color!

    • Larissa says

      JC loved seeing that color come to life on the raw wood. Fun for me to watch too!

  16. Cathy says

    Such a great idea for children.. Looks great and I bet they could have hours of fun and creativity..Thank you for sharing.
    Have a wonderful day

    • Larissa says

      Yes! We love our other mud bar and it is used all.the.time.

  17. gwen says

    so cute Larissa! i was going through our huge storage shed and spotted a sewing machine just like this! i have one in my house with flowers in the hole, but this one is so cute for a youngun! and i love the color! i just may have to try it and that’ll give me the wrought iron legs for a different project! thanks so much for the idea!

  18. Cecilia from Georgia says

    Love this! and your cute model is precious with her hat and pink bike! Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Kathy says

    This is super cute and what a great color. I bet your little had a blast testing it out. You are always VERY creative with your ideas.

    • Larissa says

      Wahoo! We sure had fun. She told me she needed this one as well as their larger mud bar. ahaha…my kinda kid.

  20. Deanna says

    Well! What fun! I didn’t know what that piece was, or what a mud bar was going to be. Your eye for creating never ceases to amaze me. You and your hubby did a great job! Laughed when you said you had to bite your tongue when letting him use your tools of the trade. Now, that’s what a good easy marriage is all about. Such beauty in the creating and and the created. I sure like the spray tent. Is it a beast to repack?

    • Larissa says

      I couldn’t wait to put my vision into shape. Building this is much like our mudroom storage, so this was easy-peasy. JC is always fun to work with…I just need him full time. 😉 Thanks for the smile! As for the tent, it tucks away easy into a bag. Set up and tear down take 10 minutes.

  21. Stacey Vass says

    This is such a fun project! I would use my sprayer for all sorts of things. I am always painting something, but mostly painting my daughter’s kitchen cabinets. She and my son-in-law just bought their first house, and are doing all sorts of fix-ups.

    • Larissa says

      You are a gal after my own heart, Stacy! 😀 Thanks for the love.

  22. Marilyn Holeman says

    This is darling! Cute idea and great color!

  23. Christine Roppel says

    NOW I know what I want for my birthday! NO, not purfume or jewelry…I want a Paint Sprayer!!

    • Larissa says

      yasssss!! haha!! My motto #toolsoverjewels really! Since I was 16.

  24. Pamela Martin says

    Really, really cute.

  25. MoeWest says

    That’s a clever use for the sewing desk top! I would use a sprayer to do some chairs.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! You will love it for that as spindles are a nightmare.

  26. Nancy says

    I love this! What a wonderful upcycle! I love that you could have an assortment of bins with different sensory items: water, kinetic sand, cloud dough, rice, slime, ice, whatever. This is an occupational therapists dream. Your daughter is very lucky. Also, cute. As for the paint sprayer, I can think of a multitude of items around here that could use some TLC. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Larissa says

      Yes!! You are my kinda thinker. I love kids to interact with life in as many ways as possible. You will love this sprayer!

  27. SONJA H HANSEN says

    My husband and I are making a mounting board to display a piece of copper. It is the end of a copper pour. They pour the little bit left from something else they pour onto a flat surface and then left some run off the edges. It is very free form with some fingers of copper here and there. This piece went over the edge and has a very rough chunky piece on the end that is very rough on the underside. If you have a fetish for copper like I do, it is beautiful. However, it will scratch the wall badly if I hang it directly on the wall. Thus we are making a mounting board with a couple of spacers on the back. I am going to paint it black and a sprayer would be perfect.

    • Larissa says

      I do!! Just added a copper boiler to my shop I would love to keep. Copper in my kitchen and in various spots. Love the patina. That sounds wonderful!

  28. SONJA H HANSEN says

    I meant to tell you how clever your use of the old sewing table piece. I recognized it immediately and have one I need to use.

  29. Karen H says

    What a clever idea! And such a cute one, too! Hubby did a fabulous job spraying the piece… you are so lucky to have him help you. Great job, y’all!

  30. Joan says

    This is an great project! We get excited around here when gardening season starts. I’d love to use the sprayer on a shelf I made as a backdrop for a baby shower. It needed to be stained dark then, but it would be more useable in my home if it were a softer color. Thanks for the opportunity!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks!! We do too. A wonderful break from cabin fever. That sounds like a lovely project, Joan.

  31. Sherri says

    The mud bench is such a vibrant and happy color, and you and your husband are adorable. I would try the sprayer on some chairs that I’m dreading painting haha!

    • Larissa says

      aww…thanks!! We have fun together. I hear ya on the chairs. Sprayer is the only way for me! 😀

  32. Cindy B says

    I’m lucky to already own this sprayer, but I’d love to gift it to a friend. She’d love it!

  33. Janet Kynerd says

    Sure would love to have a new paint sprayer! I really enjoy your blog.

  34. Karen Parker says

    I always love your projects – and your Finding Home project! Awesome! So many could use a little help and brightening in their lives.
    I’ve wanted a HomerRight paint sprayer for quite some time now! I’ve seen it referenced in so many wonderful projects.
    I have a lot of options for a first project, but I think it would have to be my bedroom furniture. Thanks for your generosity and inspiration!

    • Larissa says

      I sure do enjoy sharing my tutorials as well as my skills. Thank you. I have no doubt you will enjoy the sprayer as much as I do.

  35. Mercy says

    That mud bench is ADORABLE! My grandkids would love to use it and learn to pot up the plants they’ve started from seeds!
    Plus the fun of working with your husband and customizing it to your own taste.

    • Larissa says

      You’re so fun, Mercy! Thank you. Yes, we do have such fun. So many ways to create!

  36. Becky says

    Our Larissa-inspired mud-bar has been going strong for…hmmm… 5ish years now! Kids LOVE that thing. Even 13-14 year old girls feel a need to give it a run every now and then. 😁 It just hosted a happy swarm of boy cousins for the afternoon yesterday! A millions thanks for the brilliant idea. Your newest creation is so cute in blue!

    • Larissa says

      Wahooo!! That’s how it is with our. All neighborhood kids love it…it’s like a magnet. Even for the big kids at heart. haha! Thanks for the love!

  37. Barbara Moran says

    Just love the adorable mud bar. I have twin granddaughters and their sister (even some brothers) that I know would just love it. Love seeing all your creative ideas. I not good with having ideas but I can copy and live looking through all the blogs to get ideas. Right now I have a 3 drawer occasional chest I’d like to try spraying with diluted chalk paint. And I definitely want to get the spraying tent. Thanks for your great ideas.

    • Larissa says

      It’s just so fun to treat the littles with imaginative play. They aren’t little for long! 😀 You will love both the sprayer and shelter. Thank YOU for the love. 😀

  38. Christy James says

    This is so cute, Larissa!! I could see kiddos having endless hours of fun with it! XOXO

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! I know my kids use theirs daily (weather permitting). 😉

  39. Cher says

    I appreciate your tutorials and the added details, such as the t nuts. And you are very practical with your repurposing creativity! It is inspiring 🙂

    • Larissa says

      You’re welcome. I know I’m not the only DIYer who loves insider tips. 🙂

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