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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mid-Century Modern Chairs, Classic, Minimalistic
Mid-century modern furniture like these chairs has a classic, minimalist look. Lara brought them up-to-date twith funky fabric and bright red paint.
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 enhances the cabinet's country-chic character.
Rescue Antique Seating
Seat weaving, painting and new upholstery always make outdated furniture like this settee look new.
Create a Multi-Drawer Desk With Old Library Catalogs
When it comes to a functional, organized desk, the more drawers, the better. Lara found a plain table and some old library card catalogs and combined them to create this cool, multi-drawer desk.
Shabby Ship to Chic Ship
A captain's desk from a ship becomes a shabby chic writing desk thanks to a paint job and new drawer knobs.
Industrial Pulley, Boat Propeller and Glass Table
An industrial pulley, boat propeller and piece of glass come together to create a one-of-a-kind coffee table (or side table).
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.
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.