Don't be discouraged by a chair's chipped paint or torn fabric. Lara brought new life to this cane-back chair with crisp white paint and bold fabric, as seen on GACTV's Flea Market Flip.
It's All in the Details
How can you tell if your piece is really an antique? Furniture guru Mark DeVito says if it was made before electricity, then it's an antique, and imperfections often mean handmade.
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.
Rescue Antique Seating
Seat weaving, painting and new upholstery always make outdated furniture like this settee look new.
Check out this nightstand flip from Flea Market Flips.
Paint Like a Pro
Spray paint, block aging, a paint gun and mercury glass transformed this bookshelf from old to new.
Hanging Coat Rack
A coat stand takes up valuable floor space in small rooms; instead, utilize wall space with a wooden hanging rack. Lara added a mirror and industrial hooks, making this piece multi-functional.
Tea Time to Party Time
This rolling cart used to hold tea and afternoon treats, but Lara repurposed it as a bar cart. Plenty of shelving accommodates glasses and liquor, and the wheels make it easy to move from room to room.
Slow and Steady
David offers the following advice for fixing up antiques: Hide imperfections with paint or fabric, add heavy-duty hardware and take it slowly.
Cluster of Candles
We love Lara's ingenious idea to use candlesticks as lamps. When clustered together, these unique light fixtures provide tons of light and add interest to any room.
The industrial rustic trend doesn't seem to be going away any time soon, which is perfectly alright with us. Lara's DIY wire basket pendant lights are easy to recreate and add definite industrial flare.
Code of Conduct
Unspoken rules of bargaining include if you break it, you buy it, and if you let go of something, it's fair game for another shopper. Also, don't ask for half price immediately, be open to negotiation. And remember, niceness goes a long way.
Refurbished Dining Set With New Fabric and Paint
Before, this dining set was dark and dreary, but Lara noticed the great detail and craftsmanship in the chairs, so she revived them with some paint and new fabric.
Locker Room and Bench in One
The locker itself would have been great for a mudroom or in the garage, but Lara went a step further by adding a seat cushion. Now, this piece serves double duty as storage and seating.
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. Lara attached a light to this coffee table for added functionality.
Cash is King
To get the best deals at flea markets and yard sales, Lara says get to the sale early, stay late, bring cash, don't be afraid to negotiate price and if you see something you like, take it or someone else will.
Most of all, have fun!
Repurposed Jug Lamp
Just about anything you find at a flea market can instantly become a light fixture. Lara turned this jug into a lamp base and topped it with a shade she created out of old maps of Paris.
This vintage display case could hold myriad objects: books, dinnerware, baskets, movies, pantry items, toys, etc. Lara updated it with a mirrored interior panel and a fresh coat of paint.