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4 Ways to Upcycle Flea Market Finds

Be ready with your DIY skills!


We have to admit, buying pieces from flea markets can be a hit or a miss. There are times when you get a piece that you really like—only to find that it sticks like a sore thumb when mixed with your existing decor at home. Of course, there are also instances when you score such a great deal, yet you don't know where to place your items.

Don't feel bad and don't keep your precious finds inside cabinets! Let these creative DIY hacks help you give your flea bargains an upgrade:

1. Repaint or reupholster that chair.

Shake up the look of your seating pieces by reupholstering and repainting them. Choose colors that will work well with the pieces you already own. If you're planning on reupholstering a chair, keep in mind to buy from fabric stores that specialize in soft furnishings just to make sure that the fabric is upholstery grade.

2. Turn a large vase into a side table.

Most flea markets offer a wide array of porcelain or ceramic vases you can choose from. The designs are either oriental or European-inspired. To make the most of your purchase, turn it into a side table by simply adding a beveled glass or marble on top to achieve a surface where you can display books and plants.

3. Create decorative bookends.

Small items are must-haves we can’t help but buy for cheap in thrift shops. By using spray paint, a strong adhesive, and blocks of brick or wood, you can turn tiny impulse buys into something chic and useful! Aside from keeping books in place, they can moonlight as lovely shelf decor, too.

4. Hang plates on the wall.

Ah, plates. What we often see in thrift stores are the blue and white porcelain pieces with floral prints or picturesque ones. You may use it individually as décor or as a catchall. If you already have a few pieces stored, you can corral them into a salon wall. Display them using wires or strong adhesive and hooks.

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