|Miy Flea-Market Make-overs part-2
C r e a t i o n s & I n s p i r a t i o n s
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Miycreations Project article and photographs
Flea-Market Make-overs: Fabulous finds and fixes.......
Decorating with flea-market finds is as interesting as it is fun for their nostalgic
appeal and versatility. They really can compliment any décor style. Their character
and history can even add warmth to a contemporary room scheme. Collecting items
of the past and mixing them with those of the present is not only the current vogue
but a continuing fascination for many and will be for generations to come. The recent
boom in reproductions is largely due to the latest revivals and demands of items
from the art-deco, the retro and the seventies era. Rule number one in Flea-
marketing 101 is "always decorate with the things that you love".
A few simple ways to decorate with flea-Market finds;
• An old window frame with broken glass panes can make an intriguing wall décor
accent. Add other components such as small frames or china plates directly on the
walls to make a vintage montage. I placed a piece of carved wood which just
happened to be in the same colour on top of the frame to embellish it.
• Even a simple desk drawer from a broken desk can be salvaged and transformed
into a unique hanging picture holder for small framed photographs. Clean, sand and
wipe with cloth, then simply stain or glaze the drawer. Once dry, add mounting
hardware at the back.
• Cake stands combined with glass domes can be used to display a variety of
household items or collections such as handmade soaps or vintage hand towels in a
bathroom. Stack cake stands in assorted sizes to make a distinctive centerpiece for
a dining room or front hall table with flowers, fruits, pinecones or holiday glass balls
depending on the season. You can even hand paint details on glass domes with
glass paints or even rubber stamps.
• Glass candy jars and medicine jars look distinguished filled with almost anything
such as seashells in the spring, floating candles and sea glass in turquoise hues for
the summer, coloured leaves and oranges or small gourds in the fall, or holly sprigs,
berries, and gold leaves for the holidays. You can probably get a good deal on a jar
that doesn't have a matching lid and use it as a fish bowl, or place some sand in the
bottom and add a few pillar candles in assorted size to create a warm glow for
• Tea cups can be used to display flowers or a single floating candle on a side table
or at each plate setting for a dinner party.
• Wooden wine boxes can be adorned by decoupage with pictures of the past, a
neat item to place on a mantel or bookshelf at a cottage.
• Ceramic tea trivets can be use to display candles in luscious colours or to serve
cheese and entrees for cocktails.
Top 10 trendy flea-market finds to decorate with;
1. Any Retro Kitchenware from the 50's is making a huge comeback.
2. Enamelware from the 40's has become the new cool casual classic. They make
great dishes for entertaining outdoors. They can easily be revamped to hide defects
with colour enamel paints and a sponge.
3. Glassware is omnipresent with several sought-after styles like: Vaseline glass,
Fire-King Jade-it glass, milk glass, depression glass, hand blown glass and even
Jeanette glass from the 70's in iridescent colours are all hot items.
4. Anything wicker or rattan is back in style and is quite simple to revamp with a
fresh coat of spray paint.
5. Trays and tin cans with vintage images and advertisements make great kitchen
décor accents and collections.
6. Trunks and suitcases make original end tables and are wonderful for providing
extra storage. Adding wheels on a large trunk creates a hip coffee table. Some look
great in their natural state, with a good cleaning and an oil finish, others can be
revived using wallpaper and fabrics to cover them, or by adding vintage decoupage.
7. Globes make sensational décor accents in a den, office or a child's bedroom.
8. Maps are great to use in decoupage projects for small table tops, lampshades,
trays, walls or simply to frame.
9. Medicine bottles, especially in blue or green glass, are quite sought after to
display as a collection, or as a single bottle with one flower added.
10. Tools and hardware are valued for their history, purpose, collection appeal and
to display on walls especially at cottages. Findings like glass knobs, handles, and
vintage hooks are best used to add to other flea-market finds.
Here's a quick tip for mixing the old with the new: the more modern the wall colours
and surrounding décor are, the better an item or collection will stand out.
Variations of other flea-market finds to revamp and to decorate with;
• Frosted glass toothpick holders from the 50's become spectacular centerpiece
votives by simply adding tea candles to them.
• Old frames can be transformed using cork inserts - into serving trays or bulletin
boards for teens' bedrooms or home offices.
• Galvanised wire baskets are perfect for home offices or kitchens to organize paper
work, mail, books and magazines.
• Shabby-chic textiles and vintage linens make great throw pillows, quilts, curtains,
chair slipcovers and placemats.
• Old barn wood can make a magnificent shelf, coat rack or even console table
using vintage wood brackets.
• Wooden spindles can easily be transformed into nostalgic candlesticks or lamps.
• Old bed-spring coils can become intriguing candle stands or holders.
• Lamps can be made out of a variety of items such as vases, small columns, old
boxes, and wooden blocks.
• Folding screens can be revamped by adding cork, wallpaper, rice paper or
padded fabric inserts.
Tea cups can be used to
display flowers or a single
floating candle on a side
table or at each plate
setting for a dinner party.
• Glass candy jars and
medicine jars look
distinguished filled with
almost anything such as
seashells in the spring,
floating candles and sea
glass in turquoise hues for
the summer, coloured
leaves and oranges or small
gourds in the fall, or holly
sprigs, berries, and gold
leaves for the holidays.
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