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.
Fish Bowl Flip
A little digging paid off for Stephan when he found this antique street lamp, which he transformed into a fish bowl.
Window to Wall Coat
Hang coats, purses or reusable bags on this arched window turned into a wall coat tree. Personalize it by painting your house number on the glass, like Lara did here.
Go Ahead and Haggle!
Get what you really want by always being charming, bundling your purchase, and buying at the end of the day.
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.
Luggage Side Table With Storage
Lara uses old suitcases to create storage in a brand new way. While you may not be in the market for new luggage, any old suitcases lying around can be stacked to create a side table with storage.
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.
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.
Lara painted the outer portion of this frame white and the rope detail on the inner area brown. The contrasting paint adds interest and draws the eye to the nautical print.
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.
Find the Mark
Also look for a maker's mark, a stamp or engraving on the bottom of the piece indicating the manufacturer, country of origin, manufactured date and even how many were created. Maker's marks help determine the value of the piece.
Proof once again that anything can be transformed into a light fixture. Most people see a birdcage and rusty floor lamp base, but Lara saw an eclectic floor lamp (and conversation piece!).
Rustic Buffet Table
An animal trough works perfectly as a buffet table when topped with glass and given legs.
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.
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.
Trunk Side Table, Vintage Table with Light
This old trunk may look worse for the wear, but Lara saw a diamond in the rough. She added a light feature along with an antique coffin handle to make a unique side table with storage.
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.
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.