Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It's All Things Windows Week!

Yesterday at The Boutique Showcase, I mentioned to you about All Things Windows week over at Remodelaholic - a fantastic collection of window design ideas and tutorials, including yours truly.
DIY Barn Wood Shutters by Prodigal Pieces at Remodelaholic http://www.prodigalpieces.com
I am super-excited to be a part of this series and hope you will take a minute to stop by and show some love to all the bloggers participating.  Say "Hi!" and let me know you're there when you do!

Better yet, use the hashtag: #allthingswindows in your social media searches and then you'll have it all right before your fingertips.

My contribution to the fun is my DIY: Barn Wood Shutters from Pallets.
DIY Barn Wood Shutters by Prodigal Pieces at Remodelaholic http://www.prodigalpieces.com
I don't know about you, but I am in need of some window inspiration for our bedroom, so I am for sure headed over.

See you there!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Boutique Showcase #46: The Linky Party Featuring Your Online Shop

Welcome to this week's showcase!

I don't know about you, but this fantastic weather we're having here in the northeast has been so absolutely wonderful that I'm really not looking forward to cooler temps anytime soon. Even seeing Christmas stuff in the stores just makes me want to cry.  What's it like in your neck of the woods?

Last week I shared with you my little gem from my stash and how it finally got a makeover after nearly 2 years.  You just have to see the before.
Antique Desk Gets Makeover by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
One other tidbit of information I'd like to share. All week long there is a fantastic series going on at Remodelaholic all about windows that you don't want to miss, including a link party.
All Things Windows Week by Remodelaholic via Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Yours truly is sharing about my DIY Pallet Barn Wood Shutters tomorrow, so stop by and show some love!

In last week's showcase, there was so much creativity and fabulous finds.  Stop by and check them out.


On to the party! Here are this week's features from last week's showcase...
by Time Was Antiques
Edwardian Curling Iron by Time Was Antiques via Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Handmade Fall Burlap Wreath
by Simply Country Home
Handmade Fall Burlap Wreath by Simply Country Home via Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
by Antiques and Teacups
Vintage Porcelain Bird Pie Vent by Antiques and Teacups via Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
#1 most viewed shop's item...
Norfolk Rose Bejeweled Pumpkin
by Marionberry Cottage
Norfolk Rose Bejeweled Fabric Pumpkin by Marionberry Cottage via Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Let's see what's new in your shop and get this week's party started!!

The linky party that is open to anyone with an Etsy Shop, Online Shop or Boutique. No worries, you don't have to have a blog to join in, but if you do, it would be fantastic if you would grab the marketplace image below and place it somewhere on your blog, just to let your readers know about this wonderful shopping experience.
Link party button for Prodigal Pieces
<div class="Prodigal Pieces-button" style="width: 350px; margin: 0 auto;"> <a href="http://www.prodigalpieces.com" rel="nofollow"> <img src="http://i1317.photobucket.com/albums/t625/ProdigalPieces/boutiqueshowcasenew_zps90d4aea4.jpg" alt="Prodigal Pieces" width="350" height="216" /> </a> </div>
The best part...You can link up to three of your individual shop items or shop blog posts. Just make sure these items you are linking are actually available FOR SALE, and link up using the permalink directly to the item or post to make it easy to find. 

A new party begins each week at 8 PM (EST) Tuesdays, so mark your calendar!

Are you here to shop?  Be sure to check back throughout the week because new items are always being added. 

Let's party!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

An Antique Desk Makeover

Rarely do I keep furniture for me.  In fact, several of the pieces in my home that I had purchased years ago for myself are still awaiting their face-lift.  Hopefully, that will soon be remedied as we continue to remodel our home.  My treat-to-self is that once that room is completed, I can add the finishing touch of finally redoing whatever furniture belongs in there.

One of the rooms we are intending to remodel is our front living room, which would include a little office space for my husband and I.  Back in my post about my garage mess stash, there was a little gem peeking out at you.
An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces via http://www.prodigalpieces.com
I found the desk on Craigslist almost 2 years ago and the chair was curbside during city cleanup.  
An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces via http://www.prodigalpieces.com
I had tucked this sweet desk away intending to use it as my desk for my computer and office space. 

While working through my stash, I wouldn't let myself touch anything that would be for me until I had worked on everything else first.  Motivation.

But, silly me should have known that there's always another gem around the corner. tsk.  I found a fantastic industrial oak desk (which I will reveal later) that is larger and has more storage for what I needed, so... I decided to sell my sweet little find.
An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces via http://www.prodigalpieces.com
The desk's structure was in awesome shape and I just loved that carved braided edge.  However the veneer was missing in large chunks on several of the drawer fronts, so that had to go.  With the help of my little man (who gets paid per pull, by the way), the drawers were prepped for refinishing.
An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces via http://www.prodigalpieces.com
In my post, 10 Furniture Refinishing Essentials, I offered advice on how to remove veneer in the easiest way possible.  After using the method of soaking the drawer fronts with a towel overnight, the veneer peeled off like butter off of hot toast.
An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces via http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Once the veneer was removed it leaves the surface rough, which was easily remedied by sanding them down to give me a fresh smooth surface to work with.

Since I knew I wanted to distress them a bit after painting, I stained them with a dark color so that it could peek through the paint.

Now for that gorgeous top...swoon!  I would have loved to refinish the whole piece and stain, but since that veneer was missing the only choice was to paint.

You have to admit that paint with stain really rocks!
An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces via http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Can you believe the chair was out in the trash?  That splat detail (that curved part of the back) is fantastic and I love how it accentuates the same shape and design of the original brass pulls on the desk.  
An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces via http://www.prodigalpieces.com
An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces via http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Truth be told, I originally intended to use a different fabric for the seat and was trying to mix a paint color that would coordinate - fail.  The paint color I ended up with I actually like better, and when I went to my fabric stash after I finished the desk, I couldn't believe I had a fabric that would match perfectly.  eek! I love it when that happens.
An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces via http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Enter in sellers remorse....do I sell it? ...it's just so lovely..hmmm...maybe I can keep it?  This is one of the downfalls of this biz, if there is one.  Not having enough room to keep everything you like can make one turn into a hoarder. I'm definitely a purger - just ask my kids.  

I couldn't be more happy with the way it turned out.  You can imagine that it didn't last long in my shop.  One of my all-time best fans is Diane, and I'm super-excited it got a wonderful home with her.  She even redecorated around the desk, and better yet, I just finished a custom dresser-turned-entertainment stand for the same room as her desk.  

Maybe I'll show you the dresser transformation if you ask. :o)
An Antique Desk Makeover by Prodigal Pieces via http://www.prodigalpieces.com
I love a happy ending, don't you?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Boutique Showcase #45: The Linky Party Featuring Your Online Shop

Fall is here, fall is here!  I'm really not all that excited because it means less time outdoors for me, but I like the idea that everything is slowing down and taking a rest.  Wouldn't that be nice if I got to as well?  Ha! 

So, did you link up to the other fab party last week?  Stop by and check it out...it's booming!  27 blogs and one party.  You just can't get more bang for your link.
The Best of DIY Link Party by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
I also shared with you our fun fall project with an otherwise useless bowling ball.  Go on, give it a try and send me your finished project. I'd love to see it!
DIY Repuposed Bowling Ball Pumpkin Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Thank you to all who are spreading the word about this showcase.  I've seen shares in various social media and I just know we can all help each other out. Keep up the good work!

In last week's showcase, there was so much creativity and fabulous finds.  Stop by and check them out.


Here are this week's features...including a brand new Etsy shop owner.  Let's give a warm welcome to Mountain Top Sweet!
by Mountain Top Sweet
Handmade Chiffon Infinity Scarves by Mountain Top Sweet via Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Watercolor Antique Tractor - love it!
by Spinnaker Lane Designs
Watercolor Antique Tractor by Spinnaker Lane Designs via Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
by The Olde Farmhouse
Antique Walnut Spool Cabinet by The Olde Farmhouse via Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
#1 most viewed shop's item...
by Simply Country Home
Antique Elyria Dairy Crate by Simply Country Home via Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Let's see what's new in your shop and get this week's party started!!

The linky party that is open to anyone with an Etsy Shop, Online Shop or Boutique. No worries, you don't have to have a blog to join in, but if you do, it would be fantastic if you would grab the marketplace image below and place it somewhere on your blog, just to let your readers know about this wonderful shopping experience.
Link party button for Prodigal Pieces
<div class="Prodigal Pieces-button" style="width: 350px; margin: 0 auto;"> <a href="http://www.prodigalpieces.com" rel="nofollow"> <img src="http://i1317.photobucket.com/albums/t625/ProdigalPieces/boutiqueshowcasenew_zps90d4aea4.jpg" alt="Prodigal Pieces" width="350" height="216" /> </a> </div>
The best part...You can link up to three of your individual shop items or shop blog posts. Just make sure these items you are linking are actually available FOR SALE, and link up using the permalink directly to the item or post to make it easy to find. 

A new party begins each week at 8 PM (EST) Tuesdays, so mark your calendar!

Are you here to shop?  Be sure to check back throughout the week because new items are always being added. 

Let's party!
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