On my latest jaunt to the flea market, I decided to be more diligent about including you in my brain storming. Or to just share some things that I think would be really (really!) cool to have around. For the record, I didn’t buy ANY of these items so taking the picture was a virtual way to scratch that itch! (Apologies for the iphone photos…)
Item #1: These AMAZING lucite folding chairs. I didn’t ask any questions so perhaps they’re from a big box store, but I loved the simplicity of these guys. No upgrades needed.
Item #2: Gooseneck lamp. I loved the color of this and was going to use it for an art station I have in the works for Eleanor. The starting price was $45 which was too high, but this would be a great way to bring in a vintage/ industrial vibe without taking up ANY room on the desk. (Check out my girl, Mandy, at Vintage Revivals… she’s great at bringing these industrial lights into her space.)
Item #3: An old wooden soda crate complete with bottles. These are a flea market staple. Finding one with all the bottles is a little less common, but the crates are everywhere. I would put this on a table and place a flower or two in each bottle.
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Image #4: This old poster was tattered and torn and too much money for me ($60ish), but I loved the beautiful colors and the images… Specifically, hanging in a kitchen somewhere. It’s a fabric of sorts so more durable than paper, but still too much work for me to repair.
Image #5: I didn’t ask, and suspect these are reproductions… but these mid century sculptura chairs can chic up the dullest of patios! I don’t love the black, but a few cans of spray paint could turn these bad boys around. Simple white would certainly work anywhere, but a bright vibrant color is also calling my name. Oh, and ditch the cushions immediately.
Image #6: I WOULD have bought this cupboard but it had just been sold. I wanted to use it in our bathroom as fun storage for towels, etc. I love the retro lines and could imagine a new coat of paint and replacing the door front with glass or mesh or chicken wire.
Image #7: I’m a sucker for a good chair makeover. Here’s why this chair fits the bill for me. I LOVE the bamboo detail on the arms and legs. It’s sturdy without creaky joints or wobbly legs. The cushions are detached which makes it even EASIER to reupholster and repurpose. A coat of paint and a new fabric and this seat will sing.
Image #8: This rusty old chandelier frame is a DIYers blank slate! Think beads or baubles or fairy lights… Now that I’m looking back on this picture, I’m furious that I didn’t take this home with me. (And the white piece in the background. Grrrr.)
Image #9: A good ol’ bar cart. Possibilities are endless as evidenced by this screenshot of Pinterest “Bar Carts”. Chalkboard paint… mirrors… wrap the handles in jute rope… a design gold mine.
Image #10: Our bookshelves are full to the brim, but this set of old books is in great shape: they have beautiful marbelized covers AND… the book ends are lovely. Win-win-win. Nothing like a bright set of books to decorate your shelves.
Image #11. These are salvaged architectural corbels. Obviously you can bring them into newer construction to add a little history and age, but I recently saw them used in a backyard to hold a simple planting shelf. Genius, right? These were too deep to use as a shelf, but they were beauties!
Image #12. Have I mentioned my affinity for old mason jars? Whether for simple flower arrangements or housing collections or just sitting on a shelf… It’s always hard for me to walk away when I see these sitting on a table at the flea. But… my newest scheme is to make a pair of these into the sconce lights for our new bathroom.
Image #13: Believe it or not, these pullies can be used for lots of different things around the house. Certainly, they can add a detail to anything you might hang: storage, specifically. But they can also work to jazz up a simple hanging light.
Image #14. Y’all know how obsessed I am with my concrete planters, but this colander takes a close second. Note the price, though… $38 would never negotiate low enough for me.
Image #15. Legs. You see a good pair of gams, you grab them. A little work with a wire brush and these industrial legs will be good as new. Imagine them with a thick piece of pristine butcher block on top and… amazing industrial table, here I come!
Image #16. I have one of these behind the couch in our family room and I have small potted plants in it. I love the idea of this as a repurposed organizing caddy, whether for flowers or art supplies or table items.
There you have it… just looking back at all these potential fixer uppers has made me wish I brought some of these items home… but maybe some of them will be there next week! Any good finds you’ve been working on lately? I’d love to see what diamonds in the rough you discovered and gave a new lease on life!
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