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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mind the Chips
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.
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!
Before and After: Painted and Printed
Paint and printed fabric brought this outdated and worn antique chair back to life.