Spray paint, block aging, a paint gun and mercury glass transformed this bookshelf from old to 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.
Go Ahead and Haggle!
Get what you really want by always being charming, bundling your purchase, and buying at the end of the day.
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.
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.
Fish Bowl Flip
A little digging paid off for Stephan when he found this antique street lamp, which he transformed into a fish bowl.
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.
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.
Before and After: Painted and Printed
Paint and printed fabric brought this outdated and worn antique chair back to life.
Don't just stick to familiar territory. Look through boxes, go to the back of the shop and look for good "bones" on furniture.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Check out this nightstand flip from Flea Market Flips.
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.
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.