Lara Spencer's Quick Flea Market Flip Tips

Flea Market Flip host Lara Spencer shares her tips for transforming old, everyday objects into beautiful, functional home decor.
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June 05, 2015

Reuse Abandoned Picture Frames

Picture frames are dirt-cheap at yard sales, estate sales and flea markets. Pick up a few in different sizes and shapes to create an eclectic gallery wall.

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Nautical Nonsense

This frame was updated by painting the outer portion white and the rope detail on the inner area brown. The contrasting paint adds interest and draws the eye to the nautical print.

Repurposed Jug Lamp

Many flea market finds can be turned into a light fixture. This jug was converted into a lamp base topped by a shade created from old maps of Paris.

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Mason Jar Flip

Mason jars are ubiquitous in the DIY/upcycling world. Take a stab at the repurposing trend by turning these containers into a rustic chandelier.

Cluster of Candles

Even candlesticks can be converted into an electric lamp. When clustered together, these unique light fixtures provide tons of light and add interest to any room.

Conversation Piece

Here's proof once again that anything can be transformed into a light fixture. Most people see a birdcage and rusty floor lamp base, but the show's contestants saw an eclectic floor lamp (and conversation piece).

Industrial Lights

The industrial-rustic trend is still going strong which is perfectly all right with us. These DIY wire basket pendant lights are easy to recreate and they add just the right amount of industrial flare.

Industrial Coffee Table

Don't be intimidated by an object's cold, factory-like appearance. Old wood and metal can make for a perfectly cozy addition to your living room or bedroom. An attached desk lamp boosts the table's functionality.

Trunk Side Table, Vintage Table with Light

This old trunk may look worse for wear, but the show's contestants saw a diamond in the rough. They added a light feature along with an antique coffin handle to make a unique side table with storage.

Rustic Buffet Table

A watering trough works perfectly as a buffet table when topped with glass and given legs.

Industrial Pulley, Boat Propeller and Glass Table

An industrial pulley, boat propeller and piece of glass are assembled and stacked together to create a one-of-a-kind coffee or side table.

Reimagine an Old Desk

When it comes to a functional, organized desk, the more drawers, the better. Here, a plain table was topped with old library card catalogs to create this cool, storage-packed desk.

Ship-Shape to Shabby Chic

A ship captain's desk is converted into a shabby-chic writing desk thanks to a fresh paint job and new drawer knobs.

Work Desk Gets Work

This work desk already had good bones, and it just needed a little TLC. With a fresh coat of paint and a reupholstered seat, the desk is back in working condition.

Look for Chairs With Good Bones

This antique armchair was outdated and beaten up, but it was sturdy with a nice shape. Paint and printed fabric brought it back to life.

Mind the Chips

Don't be discouraged by a chair's chipped paint or torn fabric. Crisp white paint and bold, geometric fabric brought this cane-back chair back to life. 

Refurbished Beauty

Before, this dining set was dark and dreary, but the great detail and craftsmanship in the chairs deserved more attention. A fresh coat of paint and new fabric was all they needed to revive them.  

Minimalistic Midcentury-Modern Chairs

Mid-mod furniture, like these chairs, has a classic, minimalist look. New fabric and look-at-me red paint brought the pair back to life. 

Look for Unique Features

While you may not be in the market for new luggage, old suitcases can be stacked to create a side table with lots of hidden storage. 

From Tea Time to Party Time

This rolling cart  was originally used to serve tea and afternoon treats. A fresh coat of kicky turquoise paint gets it ready to party. Plenty of shelving accommodates glasses and liquor, and the wheels make it easy to move from room to room.

Locker Room and Bench in One

This locker alone would have been great as hanging storage in a mudroom or garage, but adding a seat cushion and casters ensures this piece can now do double duty as both storage and seating.

Hanging Coat Rack

A coat stand takes up valuable floor space in small rooms. Instead, utilize wall space with a wooden hanging rack. Lots of hooks maximize this piece's functionality.

Vintage Display

This vintage display case could hold a myriad of objects: books, dinnerware, baskets, movies, pantry items, toys, etc. Updated with a mirrored interior panel and a fresh coat of paint, it looks like new. 

Repurposed Dental Cabinet

An old dental cabinet has plenty of drawers for whatever you might need to store. With a fresh coat of paint, new knobs and a cutting board feature, this piece is ready to be put to use in the kitchen.

Window to Coat Rack

Hang coats, hats or purses on this arched window turned into a coat rack. Personalize it by painting your house number or monogram on the glass.

Country Cabinet

This rustic kitchen cabinet already had great bones, and all it needed was a butcher block countertop, chicken wire cabinet doors and new paint. The chicken wire and white paint enhance the cabinet's country-chic character.

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