Flea Market Flips

Turn castoffs into pretty pieces you'll love and actually use. Here are some simple how-tos from HGTV Magazine to get your creative ideas flowing.
By: Jessica Dodell-Feder, Jaimie Dalessio Clayton, and Jodi Kahn

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger

Photo By: Marko Metzinger

Photo By: Marko Metzinger

Photo By: Marko Metzinger

Photo By: Marko Metzinger

Photo By: Marko Metzinger

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Photo By: Before: Philip Friedman; After: Alison Gootee

Photo By: Before: Philip Friedman; After: Alison Gootee

Photo By: Before: Philip Friedman; After: Alison Gootee

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Before: Philip Friedman; After: Alison Gootee

Photo By: Before: Alison Gootee/Studio D, After: Lara Robby/Studio D

Photo By: Before: Alison Gootee/Studio D, After: Lara Robby/Studio D

Photo By: Before: Alison Gootee/Studio D, After: Lara Robby/Studio D

Photo By: Before: Alison Gootee/Studio D, After: Lara Robby/Studio D

Photo By: Before: Alison Gootee/Studio D, After: Lara Robby/Studio D

Photo By: Alison Gootee

Photo By: Alison Gootee

Photo By: Alison Gootee

Photo By: Alison Gootee

Photo By: Alison Gootee

Photo By: Alison Gootee

Photo By: Alison Gootee

Photo By: Alison Gootee

Photo By: Alison Gootee

Photo By: Alison Gootee

Photo By: Marko Metzinger, Crafting by Thomas Eberharter and Madelin Jacobs, Styling by Karin Olsen

Photo By: Marko Metzinger, Crafting by Thomas Eberharter and Madeline Jacobs, Styling by Karin Olsen

Photo By: Marko Metzinger, Crafting by Thomas Eberharter and Madeline Jacobs, Styling by Karin Olsen

Photo By: Marko Metzinger, Crafting by Thomas Eberharter and Madeline Jacobos, Styling by Karin Olsen

Transform a Broken Chair Into a Smile-Inducing Seat

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: Gloss White by Valspar; Fabric: Felt in pink and tangerine, $48 per yard, knolltextiles.com

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: Gloss Sun Yellow by Krylon; Lampshade: Limited Edition 9"-diameter lampshade in Oxford stripe, $49, ballarddesigns.com

Make a Coffee Table From a Vintage Sign

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Table legs: Raw Steel 16"-tall hairpin legs, $17 each, hairpinlegs.com

Dress Up an Old Bookcase

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: Cay by HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams; Crafts paint: Martha Stewart Crafts liquid gilding in gold, $7, Michaels stores; Stencil: 12" x 12" large scallop stencil, $23, thestencilcloset.com

Revamp an End Table With a Fun Color

High-gloss lacquer spray paint gives this piece a sleek look. Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: Eggplant by Amy Howard at Home; Pulls: Square 2" ring pulls in polished unlacquered brass, $28 each, lahardware.com

Recast Books as Shelves

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: (from top) Barcelona Orange, Henrietta, and Greek Blue, all Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan; Brackets: Basic brackets in brushed nickel, $29 for a set of 2, westelm.com

Glam Up Tarnished Salt and Pepper Shakers

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Nail polish: Gumdrop nail lacquer, $8.50, orlybeauty.com

Make a Side Table Out of Vintage Luggage

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: (from top) Antoinette, Barcelona Orange, and Emperor’s Silk, all Annie Sloan Chalk Paints

Update an Old Secretary Desk

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: (interior) Belize and (exterior) Intense Teal, both by Sherwin-Williams; Stencil: Lacy Leaves furniture stencil, $18, royaldesignstudio.com; Crafts paint: Martha Stewart Crafts acrylic in pool, $2.50 for 2 ounces, plaidonline.com; Knobs: Liberty Design acrylic faceted 1 1/4" knobs in satin nickel, $5.50 each, build.com

Upholster a Wood Screen

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Batting: 54"-wide bonded Dacron, $6 per yard, diyupholsterysupply.com; Fabric: Judy linen in lilac, $9.50 per yard, graylinelinen.com; Nailhead trim: French natural nailhead trim strip, $51 for a 50-yard roll, diyupholsterysupply.com

Showcase Scout Patches in Coasters

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Coasters: Ramco Showcase acrylic round and square coasters, $6 each, elegantquilling.com

Turn a Barrister Bookcase Into a Kitchen Organizer

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: (cabinet) Chopped Chive by Valspar; (glass) Frosted Glass Finish by Krylon; Letters: Chartpak 6" vinyl lettering, $24 per pack, dickblick.com; Knobs: Amerock Allison white ceramic 1 1/4" knobs, $3.50 each, lowes.com

Redo a Ho-Hum Rocking Chair

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Fabric: Conservatory/Scarlet cotton, $19 per yard, kingcottonfabrics.com; Paint: Gloss Smoke Gray by Rust-Oleum

Bright Ladder Shelves

Recast ladders as smart storage or cool display with a few coats of paint and plywood. Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: (ladders) Garden Fresh by Valspar; (shelves) Tantalizing Teal by Sherwin-Williams

Reinvented Nautical-Chic Lamp

Transform any dowdy lamp by wrapping its base with rope and topping it with a contrasting modern shade. Find the step-by-step instructions here. Lampshade: Camargo Lattice shade, from $59, ballarddesigns.com

Neon Egg-Basket Lights

Electrify vintage egg baskets with only a cord kit, paint and, oh yeah, a light bulb. Find the step-by-step instructions here. Cord kit: Hemma cord kit, $5, IKEA stores; Paint: (from left) Key Lime, Real Orange and Apple Red, all by Rust-Oleum

Dinnerware Wall Art

Turn flowery china into wall art by stenciling numbers or symbols of your choosing on the plates’ surface before hanging. Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: Racer Pink by Ralph Lauren; Stencil: Number stencil set in Souvenir, from $18, stencilsonline.com

Intricate Patterned Table

Give a blah table a fancy look with minimal effort by using this stencil that comes with five different patterns. Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: (for table) Par Three by Mythic Paint; (for stencils) Martha Stewart Crafts pearl acrylic paint in Mother of Pearl, $2.50 for 2 ounces, Michaels stores; Stencil: Indian Inlay Furniture Stencil Kit by Kim Myles, $35, cuttingedgestencils.com

Give a Dresser Color and Texture

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Grass cloth wallpaper: Yangtze Landing grass cloth wallpaper in YAN110, $47.50 per single roll, americanblinds.com; Trim: French Natural nailhead trim, $20 for a 10-yard roll, diyupholsterysupply.com; Knobs: Martha Stewart Living Classic Hardware 1 1/4" beehive knobs in Bedford satin brass, $4 each, homedepot.com; Paint: Claret Rose by Benjamin Moore

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Cover a Chandelier With Rope

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Rope: Twist cord 1/4" cotton-polyester-blend trim in turquoise, $4 for 5 yards, hobbylobby.com; Socket covers: Westinghouse 4"-tall plastic candelabra-base candle socket covers, $3.50 for a set of 2, homedepot.com; Paint: Gloss Seaside by Rust-Oleum

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Update a Boring Table

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Tape: Vinyl 1"-wide safety tape in white/black, $4.50 for a 36-yard roll, uline.com; Paint: Tricorn Black by Sherwin-Williams

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Make Coasters From Vintage Stamps

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Tiles: American Olean Starting Line ceramic 4.28" x 4.28" wall tiles in white gloss, $0.15 each, lowes.com

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Revive a Worn-Out Chair

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Fabric: Jill Byers Shibori 1 Bigger on Eco Canvas, $32 per yard, spoonflower.com; Paint: Gloss White by Valspar

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Deck Out a Nightstand With a Botanical Pattern

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Vinyl flowers: Affordable Vinyl Graphics flower embellishment, from $4 each, mywalldecals.com; Paint: Warm Gold by Glidden

Perk Up Metal Folding Chairs

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint in (from left) Citrus Green, Pumpkin Orange, Raspberry, and Global Blue

Update an Antique Headboard

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: Hummingbird Blue by Martha Stewart Living Paint.

Turn a Typeset Drawer Into Jewelry Storage

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: Peacock Blue by Glidden

Create Wordy Wall Art From Plates

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Decals: custom word decals, from 40 centers per letter, mywalldecals.com

Brighten Up Vintage Milk Bottles

Cover clean bottles with a spray primer that works on glass; let dry. Then spray-paint the bottles and just inside the tops.

New Hues

For added color, paint a hose clamp (from $1 each, at hardware stores) and attach it around the top of a bottle. Paint (from left): Pumpkin Orange, Totally Tangerine, Sun Yellow, Citrus Green, Blue Ocean Breeze and Peekaboo Blue, all by Krylon

Turn a Table Into a Bench

Paint the table’s legs and sides. Use spray mount or hot glue to adhere a 3-inch-thick piece of high-density foam to a 1/2-inch-thick piece of plywood, both cut the same size as the tabletop. Wrap a piece of batting tightly around the plywood and foam, then using a staple gun, fasten it to the underside of the plywood. Remember to choose a sturdy table.

Choose a Fun Fabric

Lay a piece of fabric on the ground, print side down. Center the plywood/batting over the fabric, batting side down. Wrap the fabric taut over the batting and staple it to the underside of the plywood, like you're wrapping a present. Trim excess an inch beyond the staples. Attach the new fabric seat to the tabletop using long strips of super-strong Velcro tape. Paint: Tango by Sherwin-Williams. Fabric: Euclid in apricot by Thom Filicia Fabric, calicocorners.com.

Make Message Boards

1950s metal trays are transformed in a few short steps. Tap a nail into the tray to mark where you want holes for the cord. Drill holes. If necessary, use sandpaper to smooth around sharp edges.

What's Old is New

String cord or thin ribbon through the holes; knot the ends to hang. Use magnets to stick papers to the metal boards. If your tray doesn't hang straight, stick Velcro dots on the bottom corners of the tray's back (put the other half of the dots on the wall) to help keep it in place.

Transform a Campstool

Turn this folding piece into a cute perch made to hold books, towels or other light items — not to sit. First, remove the old fabric seat and any staples or nails. Paint the frame; let dry.

Finishing Touches

Using a staple gun, attach new fabric to the frame. This example uses a double-sided cotton place mat — it has finished edges, and you can see a pattern even when the stool is closed. Use a hammer to attach a length of nail-head trim (at craft stores) over the staples. Snip off excess trim with wire cutters. Paint: Cornichon by Martha Stewart Living Paintplace; mat: Jennifer Farley Designs; trim: French Natural nailhead

Give Nesting Tables a Coat of Color

This set of nesting tables turns playful when you spruce it up with eye-catching paint colors. If your tables have lots of nicks or aren’t in great condition, sand them.

One in Every Color

Turn the tables upside down and paint the legs. Once the legs are dry, flip the tables right-side up and paint the tops. Paint (from top): Toronto Blue, Peachy Keen and Dark Salmon, all by Benjamin Moore

Dress Up a Dingy Desk

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: Commodore by Sherwin-Williams; Fretwork: Lolita 4" x 93 1/2" strip, $35, myoverlays.com; Knobs: Lucite 2" disk knobs, $18 each, theparisapartment.com

Transform Weathered Shutters Into Shelving

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Pipe caps: 1/2" malleable iron caps in black, $2 each, homedepot.com; Pipes: Schedule 40 120" x 1/2" black steel pipes: $13 each (used used for this project), homedepot.com; Flanges: 1/2" black iron floor flanges, $5 each, homedepot.com; Paint: Vegas Green by Valspar

Recast Skeleton Keys as Drawer Pulls

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: Island Splash, Pistachio, and Sea Glass, all by Krylon

Freshen Up Frumpy Chairs

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: Graceful Sea, Razzle Dazzle, and Lightning Bug, all by Benjamin Moore; Burlap: Irish linen burlap in natural, $18 per yard, onlinefabricstore.net; Ribbon: 7/8"-wide grosgrain ribbon in blue, vibrant pink, and maize, from $13 for 20 yards, offray.com