Before and After: 100 Incredible Flea Market Flips

Upcycled furniture, re-imagined scrap metal and so much more: We've got it all here!

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April 09, 2019

Before: Antique and Ordinary

This antique bar cabinet was in great shape already, but the style looked dated and could use an exciting update.

After: Bolder Bar Cabinet

A darker stain and cute key drawer pulls add an extra layer of depth to this traditional bar cabinet.

Before: Bookshelf + Shutters

For their "Stealthy Storage" project, teammates Dani and Mo purchased an old bookcase and pair of black shutters.  

After: Colorful Concealment

What a transformation! A stylish paint job and a pretty patterned wallpaper turn an old bookshelf and window shutter into an adorable shelf with concealed storage.

Before: Industrial Pieces

What can you do with a milk can and an industrial baking pan?

After: Innovative Side Table

You turn them into a one-of-a-kind side table with a removable tray that also works great as a mini bar cart for entertaining.

Before: Nothing Special Chairs

For their "Pattern Play" project, Alicia and Erin hope to add a wow factor to these basic chairs.  

After: Stylish Seating

Now these folding teak chairs look super stylish with a funky pattern and soft seats.

Before: Worn-Out Hutch

This old brown cabinet was missing hardware and desperately needed some freshening up.

After: Simple Sophistication

With a bright white paint job and the addition of a wallpaper back with a modern print, this once-dated hutch would be the perfect addition to any home.

Before: Basic Baking Rack

A collapsible metal bakery rack is already great for storage, but Erin and Alicia plan to give it a bit more pizzazz.

After: Rustic Upgrade

Wood panels and a few coats of bronze paint turn this bakery cart into the perfect "Rustic to Refined" project for Erin and Alicia.

Before: Waning in White

This bench was cute, but the upholstery was dated, and the all-white look wouldn't cut it for Chris and Max's "Contrast Design" project.

After: Pop of Color

Cheery yellow paint and a fun pop art fabric turned this bench into the colorful showstopper Chris and Max had hoped for.

Before: Not All There

A red oak traditional Morris chair was an awesome find, and Katey and Leigh hoped to give it the makeover it deserved.

After: Cozy New Life

Comfy cushions covered with a gorgeous blanket really show off the beautiful woodworking on this classic piece.

Before: Typical Ladder

Think you know how Chris and Max plan to transform this ladder for their "Durable Design" project?

After: Personal Touch

With a simple switch, this ladder went from a basic tool to a rustic picture display.

Before: Dull Dining

Before the makeover, this drop-leaf table featured chipped paint, and the black stools lacked style.

After: Restructured Design

Totally redone, Chris and Max gave the drop-leaf table a black and white paint job, added shelf and utility basket. The stools were given a mod makeover with colorful fabric.

Before: Mystery Makeover

For their "Dine In" project, Katey and Leigh bought a yellow painted door and two wooden stools.  

After: Table for Two

Katey and Leigh really used their imaginations with this one, transforming a plain door into a charming café table.  

Before: Time for a Change

For their "Remix" project, James and Jill bought a rusty outdoor trellis and clock.  

After: Style Meets Function

Three shelves add utility to this innovative project that resembles a modern grandfather clock.  

Before: Sad Seating

Karla and Michelle snagged an Egyptian revival chair and a simple wooden chair for their "Fabric" project.

After: Perfect Pair

Karla and Michelle repurposed the plain wooden chair into a charming footstool. They then covered the chair and stool in matching fabric for a cohesive look.

Before: Rusty Beginnings

For their "Color Design" project, Karla and Michelle plan to combine an industrial cart and some vintage wooden yardsticks.  

After: Repurposed Rainbow

After the makeover, this cart could not be cuter with a rainbow of colors and a smart wooden top made of vintage yardsticks.

Before: Set of Windows

It's hard to imagine how James and Jill will use three old windows for their "Fabric" project.

After: Stylish Separator

With a bit of creativity and a lot of TLC, the old windows were transformed into a beautiful room divider, complete with gorgeous fabric.  

Before: A Good Start

For their "Sets and Pairs" project, Marc and Dion obtained a fabulous pair of 1965 Danish teak stools.  

After: Only a Spruce

The wood was sanded and stained, and the seats were padded and reupholstered for a modern new look.

Before: Extravagant Frames

Marc and Dion chose a couple of elaborate gold and black frames for their "Twisted Traditional" project.

After: Unexpected Side Tables

After the makeover, the two frames are now two elegant side tables with a story.

Before: Dated Duo

For their "Reclaimed Modern" project, Tony and Suzanne purchased a round table and old door with peeling paint.  

After: Converted Coffee Table

Tony and Suzanne reused the round table's sleek legs and combined them with a freshly-painted door to create a charming coffee table.

Before: Sturdy Secretary

This oak secretary was already a nice, solid piece, but it could definitely stand to be updated.  

After: Chalkboard Finish

Blue chalkboard paint gives this secretary an updated look with a cool matte finish.  

Before: Traditional Trunk

Suzanne and Tony chose a cool vintage trunk for their "World Design Project."

After: British Beauty

A painted British flag on top and cool metal legs take this trunk to a whole new level — literally.  

Before: Base Model

A Singer sewing machine base will get a brand new look after Carolyn and Robert use it for their "Rustic to Refined" project.  

After: Adorable Desk

Carolyn and Robert added a lovely wooden top and drawers for a very handy and incredibly attractive desk.  

Before: Strange Selection

A garden fence and a corbel from the 1800s don't seem like the ideal candidates for Amanda and Susan's "Seating Assignment" project.

After: Mind-Blowing Bench

Now completed, this handsome bench proves that thinking outside the box really pays off.

Before: Classic Cabinet

This wooden cabinet is missing some pieces but is in fairly good shape otherwise.  

After: Sophisticated Design

Amanda and Susan turned imperfections into major strengths when they converted this once-dated piece into a stunning wine cabinet.  

Before: Functional Drafting Table

Aaron and Angie are off to a good start with this drafting table and pair of stools they plan to update for their "Bachelor Pad" project.  

After: Contemporary Remix

Padded seating and a fresh new paint job make this table the perfect addition to any bachelor pad.

Before: Dingy Cart Frame

This industrial cart frame is such a cool find, but it's hard to imagine Aaron and Angie will be able to get it shining again.

After: On Trend Coffee Table

The duo worked their magic, turning the rusty cart frame into an industrial-style coffee table that is sure to turn some heads.  

Before: Carpenter Trunk

For their "Textile" project, Rae and Jared chose a cool carpenter trunk with tons of character.

After: Stylish Bench Seating

After the makeover, this trunk became even cooler with modern legs and a beautiful fabric-covered seat.  

Before: Junk Pile

For their "Smart Storage" project, Rae and Jared assembled a collection of metal drawers, boxes and bins. 

After: Mix-and-Match Storage

Their amazing industrial cabinet would be the perfect addition to a craft room or to add to the garage for tool storage. 

Before: Boring Trunk

Before the makeover, this wooden trunk was in decent shape, but there was really nothing special about it.

After: All in the Details

For their "Multi-Purpose Design" project, Cindy and Lynn added wheels and super cool stenciling showing popular NYC destinations. 

Before: Obvious Potential

A saloon door is a great find, but how will Cindy and Lynn combine it with this basic buffet for their "Retro Chic" project?

After: Multipurpose Furniture

With a seamless marriage of the buffet and saloon door, Cindy and Lynn were able to create a combination bar and storage console. 

Before: Slice of History

This Edison Dictaphone is pretty fantastic all on its own, so we can't wait to see how Cindy and Lynn make it even better.

After: History Preserved

By adding an attractive glass top, Cindy and Lynn were able to add modern function to this incredible find.

Before: Endless Options

For their "Simple Living" project, Dina and Shanna chose an old wooden cabinet with loads of potential. 

After: Stand-Out Makeover

The duo really made the cabinet stand out with a vibrant new paint job and fun patterned wallpaper which is put on display with the new glass-front door. 

Before: Retired Storage

A couple of wooden typesetting trays and metal drawers seem like the perfect start for Shanna and Dina's "Radical Reimagine" project.

After: Creative Coffee Table

Now a coffee table, Shanna and Dina really showed off their ingenuity with this innovative project. 

Before: Mixed Metals

Melody and Patty plan to combine industrial drawers and a metal cabinet to make a unique console table.

After: Rustic Contemporary

A new top, wooden drawers with rope pulls and legs that accommodate the green drawers give this console table a one-of-a-kind look that potential buyers will love. 

Before: Beautiful Details

For their "Great Pieces" project, Melody and Patty chose a traditional bed frame with an ornate headboard and footboard. 

After: Beautiful Bench

The team reimagined the headboard into a stunning bench with gorgeous lines and a comfy seat.

Before: Rickety Bones

For their "Mod Makeover" project, Dana and Jarmaz hope to bring this rusted bar cart back to its former glory.

After: Major Improvement

Some TLC and lovely wooden additions give this bar cart the rustic-meets-modern look the pair was hoping for.

Before: Worn Window Pane

Scotty and Eddie had the perfect idea in mind for their "Tribute Project" using this old window pane.

After: Rustic Display Case

The pair turned the forgotten frame into a multi-colored hanging display case.

Before: Dreary Dining Set

Helene and Amy found a group of matching dining chairs in need of an update.

After: Safari Seating

Simply reupholstering the seat cushions with African mud cloth fabric and a covering the wood with a quick coat of paint took this old dining set from rustic to refined in minutes.

Before: Miscellaneous Metals

Separately, this old, broken stand and a rusted birdcage might seem like relatively incongruous objects.

After: Lark Lighting

However, Rose and Sophie's finished "Lighting Project" paired these two seemingly disparate items together to create a posh floor lamp.

Before: Dated Dresser

For their "Hip To Be Square Project," Brandon and Sam picked up this frumpy wooden dresser at Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Conn.

After: Monochrome Magic

They gave the passé piece a new spark, revitalizing it into a monochrome console cabinet with modern fixtures.

Before: Boring Buckets

Eddie and Rodney decided to completely repurpose this set of galvanized steel buckets.

After: Remarkably Reimagined

Altering the buckets into a set of steel seats with some sweet storage.

Before: Industrial Extras

Cole and Kelly gathered together an unlikely assortment of items in their quest to create a chic dining set.

After: Shabby Chic Assemblage

After they softened the industrial table and metal stools with a delicate paint color and topped the table with an wooden cabinet door, they had created quite the delightful dining set.

Before: Unfortunate Upholstery

Ingrid and Candace found this pair of Danish modern chairs with a cool design but a garishly outdated fabric.

After: Modified Modern

After reupholstering them with a better fabric, these chairs can now be a delightful modern accent to any home.

Before: Distressed Dental Cabinet

On one of their flea market adventures, Cole and Kelly picked up this vintage dental cabinet.

After: Colorful Kitchen Cart

Updating the dental cabinet into a kitchen cart, they gave it a colorful coat of paint and a mosaic hot-plate top created with broken dishware

Before: Old Odds and Ends

After their shopping trip, Katie and Jennifer had a haul of flea-market treasures ripe with creative possibilities.

After: A Table Transfusion

From the bounty they fashioned a dining room table from a sturdy, old door and some steel piping, pairing it with some reupholstered metal chairs.

Before: Standard Set

Brandon and Sam decided to rework this basic set of wooden chairs into more stimulating seating.

After: Eclectic Bench and Ottoman

By fusing the chairs together, they fashioned a vibrant, one-of-a-kind bench and ottoman set.

Before: Turning Trash into Treasure

Jenn and Jen assembled a strange assortment of scraps in preparation for their "Rustic to Refined Project," including an industrial metal grate and four wooden balusters.

After: Mixed Media Masterpiece

The product of these odds and ends created an exquisitely stylish glass-topped coffee table.

Before: Tired Tool

David and Teresa decided to rework this antique hand truck for their "Great Pieces Project."

After: Nonpareil Shelving

The sturdy-but-worn hand truck was easily flipped into a unique tiered shelf.

Before: Metal Industrial Rack

This metal scrap lay forgotten until Scotty and Eddie picked it up and decided to transform it into a vintage treasure.

After: Industrial Upcycle

Keeping its structure intact, they gave this metal framing new life as a glass coffee table.

Before: A Great Crate

With an antique military like this one, the upcycling possibilities are endless!

After: Hang Out and Have a Drink

Nick and Angela's flipped the crate into a stylish and rustic wall-mounted bar.

Before: Promising Project

Partners Jeff and Ilana were lucky enough to find this frame composed of horseshoes ready-made for a great upcycling project.


Before: Made for Magazines

Jake and Karen found a set of wooden magazine racks and decided to flip them - literally.

After: Illuminating Light Fixtures

Reworking these treasures, they created a set of modern chandeliers with vintage flair.

Before: Midcentury Furnishings

Dave and Teresa found a pair of midcentury chairs, deciding to give them a stylish revamp.

After: Vintage Vibes

With a coat of paint and a light, cheerful fabric, these chairs are totally transformed.

Before: Up in the Air

Jenn and Jen picked up this industrial air vent for an exciting project ... but what could it possibly become?

After: Art Deco Décor

From filtering air to filtering light, Jenn and Jen created a delightful art deco chandelier from the old industrial filter.

Before: Rusted Relic

For their "Mirror Project," Sarah and Regina chose a midcentury glass step-up table to revitalize.

After: A Step Above

The finished product: this gorgeous gold sidetable with mirrors replacing the cloudy glass surfaces.

Before: Collector's Quality

Nick and Angela discovered this classic automotive grill and decided it was perfect for a flip.

After: Classic Contemporary

Repurposing the grill, they created a vintage-yet-modern wall sconce that is both artistic and industrial.

Before: Industrial Pieces

An industrial pulley and boat propellers may seem like an odd combination, but partners Amanda and Solomon have just the thing in mind.

After: One-of-a-Kind Coffee Table

After adding a glass top and connecting the boat propellers, this industrial pulley makes for one amazing coffee table.

Before: Retro Rockers

While full of potential, these midcentury chairs were looking a little tired when Rob and Minetta found them.

After: A Modern Spin

With some unique fabric and modern paint, the set was easily revitalized.

Before: Sew What?

For their "Vintage Modern Project," Jake and Karen picked up this feeble, antique sewing table hoping to turn it into something more versatile and modern.

After: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

The pair gave the old sewing table a jolt, reworking it into this modern coffee table.

Before: Oh, Deer!

With just a wooden frame and a pair of deer skulls, Jenn and Jen were able to create yet another unconventional masterpiece.

After: Artful Crafting

Together the frame and skulls created a quirky piece of artwork inspired by nature.

Before: An Array of Mysterious Objects

For their "Hip To Be Square Project," Eddie and Rodney assembled a metal sconce, wooden clock and rusty gears, combining the mishmash of objects to form a masterful creation.


Before: What's in Store?

Partners Jake and Karen just knew they could makes something interesting out of this set of antique tin boxes.

After: Fabulous for Foodies

Brushing off the dirt and rust, they created bistro dining set with functional storage.

Before: Forgettable Fixtures

Nick and Angela found this set of dated and distressed chairs for their "Time to Dine Project."

After: Elegant Industrial

Adding a polished wooden top, they fashioned this elegant, mixed-media dining set.

Before: Tea and Sympathy

Partners Laura and Laura resolve to revamp this vintage English folding tea cart that's looking a little drab for their "Hollywood Regency Project."

After: Regal Rolling Bar

Here is the vintage English tea cart all gussied up and transformed into a rolling bar with a vibrant new look.

Before: Dead as a Door...

Tom and Mike decide to get creative and repurpose an old, distressed door in a "novel" way.

After: Tree of Knowledge

Inspired by nature, they created this unique tree-shaped bookshelf, opening the doors to a whole new life for that drab, old door.

Before: Diner Derelicts

Gathering an old turnstile and some diner stools, Amanda and Ian set off to work on their "Color Theory Project."

After: Turn Up the Volume

Once complete, they had created a chic dining set with a glass top table and stools with brighter reupholstered cushions for a modern pop of color.

Before: Child's Play

Partners Scotty and Eddie took this vintage, wooden wagon for a spin during their "Funk-tional Project."

After: Perfect for Picnics

The pair transformed the old wagon into a padded seat with functional storage that's always ready to roll.

Before: Blindingly White Buffet

For the "Hollywood Regency Project," Brandon and Sam picked up this bright, white buffet table.

After: Energized Entertaining

Giving it a functional face-lift, they revamped the dated furnishing into a mini bar buffet with a wine rack.

Before: Unsightly Shelving

Eddie and Rodney chose this large china cabinet with a dated finish for their "Hollywood Regency Project."


Before: Abandoned Alloy

For their "Time to Dine Project," Nick and Angela discovered a forgotten outdoor table frame.

After: Demure Dining

By adding a polished wooden top to the metal frame, they fashioned this elegant, mixed-media dining set. Refurbishing the set of chairs with understated elegance and pairing with the industrial iron table completes the salvaged and upcycled look.

Before: Crumbing Cache

Redressing this old dresser, Tom and Mike decided to revamp it into a wine bar entertainment unit.

After: Wine-and-Dine Ready

With a visible wine rack as well as plenty of storage for decorative platters and linens, their creative console is perfect for any seasoned entertainer.

Before: Overlooked Pieces

Partners Kelly and Cole chose an old wooden picture frame and a worn-out medicine cabinet in hopes of creating something totally unique.

After: Custom Medicine Cabinet

After a pretty paint job, the two parts became a whole. Cole used his original artwork to give the piece an even more custom look.

Before: Good Bones

For their "Midcentury Project," partners Solomon and Amanda picked up a cute little chair and side table.

After: A Punch of Color

After a super colorful paint job, this midcentury set is looking funky, fun and better than ever.

Before: Crusty Cabinet

Partners Mar and Paul thought this worn-out yellow cabinet had potential despite the flaky paint job and worn wood.

After: Shabby Chic Upgrade

A new mirrored front and extra shelving make this repainted medicine cabinet an even more useful amenity.

Before: Simple Side Tables

Though they've got a great shape, these wooden side tables just don't have any wow factor yet.

After: Designer Quality

After a sleek paint job with a surprising bright green interior, these side table look like high-end designer pieces.

Before: Wooden Wall Rack

This wooden wall hanging rack doesn't seem very exciting now.

After: Useful Wall Art

An added mirror, a metal radiator screen and industrial hooks enhance the usefulness of the original rack while adding a healthy dose of style.

Before: Metal Cabinet

Partners Anthony and Jack bought this vintage metal cabinet planning to give it new life with just a couple of changes.

After: Stylish Storage

A mirrored rear panel gives this cabinet a cool retro vibe, while the warm paint color offers a cozier look.

Before: A Strange Assortment

Iron frames, piano dollies and porch rails may seem like an odd group, but partners Anthony and Jack were determined to turn this trash into treasure.

After: Unconventional Dining

The piano dollies and porch rails became the perfect table for four, while the iron frames just needed some handmade cushions to become comfy stools.

Before: Retro-Chic Seating

For partners Rachel and Blair, this worn out cane-back chair is full of potential and begging for an update.

After: A Fresh New Look

Refinished and reupholstered, this trendy chair is given a fun update, making it the perfect addition for any stylish home.

Before: Metal Table and Chairs

This bare bones table and chairs has a cool industrial look but could use a little freshening up. Find out the best way to restore old metal.

After: Sleek and Shiny

A fabulous clean-up job works wonders, but the upholstered seat and frosted glass top take this table to the next level.

Before: Pretty Arched Window

For partner Heshy and Michael, this arched window made the perfect base for their "Elements of Glass Project."

After: The Perfect Hanging Coat Tree

An added shelf, a couple of hooks and a detailed number design turned this plain arched window into a very handy hanging coat tree.

Before: Farm Trough

For partners Holly and Carlyle, this Hungarian metal farm trough was just waiting to be reimagined into something new.

After: Creative Coffee Table

With the addition of legs and a glass top, this metal farm trough makes for a pretty interesting coffee table.

Before: Boring End Table

Partners Rose and Sophie picked out a basic wooden end table with the hopes of turning it into a can't-miss item .

After: A Totally Different Vibe

A new paint job with added leather detailing give this once-basic end table a bit of edge and a lot of personality.

Before: Antique Frames

Partners Darren and Stephen picked up a couple of ornate frames with the intention of turning them into something totally unique.

After: Nesting Table

Now, the antique frames make up a two-tiered table that is full of style.

Before: Set of Metal Drawers

For their "Durable Design Project," partners Heshy and Michael chose a simple set of industrial metal drawers.

After: Simply Steampunk

A pipe lighting fixture assembled by hand took this simple set of drawers from solid and industrial to a one-of-a-kind steampunk design.

Before: Old Carriage Seat

This marvelous carriage seat is such a great find! Unfortunately, the fabric is worn, and the seating is lacking in comfort.

After: Comfy, Chic Seating

A brand new upholstery job plus added cushions make this classic carriage seat a great addition to any home.

Before: Asian Tea Table

A gorgeous Asian tea table is already a great find for team members Al and Merry, but they've got plans to make it even more useful.

After: Brought to New Heights

A removable extended base frame took this tea table from beautiful accessory to useful dining table.

Before: Dated Dressing Screen

Dressing screens exude old-school elegance, but this one is a bit dated for most modern homes.

After: Bold and Fashionable

Covered in a bright, cheerful fabric, this colorful dressing screen is given new life.

Before: Inkwell Printing Press Trays

For their "Mirror Project," partners Scoop and Moose picked up four antique printing press trays. The end result might surprise you!

After: A Mirrored Image

Now, the mirrored trays make up a very interesting piece of wall art that is great for displaying tiny knick knacks.

Before: Lone Glass Jug

A flea market staple, this basic glass jug could be used for a myriad of projects.

After: A Illuminating Idea

Partners Ron and Peter cleaned it up and added a shade covered in historic tracing paper maps to create a truly awesome lamp.

Before: Charming Steamer Trunk

Old steamer trunks are always a fun find, but oftentimes, they aren't in the best shape.

Well-Traveled Bar Cart

After a little spruce, a new color and a bit of rearranging, this already cool steamer trunk looks even better as a bar cart.

Before: Dated Bedroom Set

Partners Al and Merry immediately saw the potential in the gorgeous but out-of-date bedroom set.

After: Fresh and Fun Again

A few cosmetic changes and a brand new paint job bring this three-piece set into the modern world.

Before: A Mysterious Combination

What do you get when you combine airplane wheel covers and a beveled glass table top?

After: Industrial Table

You get a very cool, industrial coffee table that celebrates history and looks stylish at the same time.

Before: Out-of-Date Tool Box

This old wooden tool chest has certainly seen better days, but some imagination and elbow grease give it a brand new purpose.

After: Industrial Bar Cart

Once old and out of date, this antique tool chest has been reimagined into a rolling bar cart.

Before: Table and Drawers

A basic table and a set of card catalogue drawers seem to make for an odd grouping.

After: Bright Table With Storage

After painting the table a more vibrant color and attaching the drawers on top, this awesome table looks fantastic and has room for storage.

Before: Pair of Roofing Hooks

It's hard to imagine how a couple of roofing hooks could be transformed into anything someone might be interested in buying, but partners Luke and Nicole were up for the challenge.

After: Creative Lighting

Wow! Add a few lights, and these roofing hooks are transformed into a beautiful, industrial-style chandelier.

Before: Dated Bench

Cover an old bench with a burlap coffee sack? It doesn't sound so amazing, right?

After: Bright Burlap

But look what happens when you go even more outside of the box by dying the burlap a deep, exhilarating shade of turquoise.

Before: 1930s School Desk

Partners Amy and Helene snagged this old school desk in hopes of updating the unique piece for modern-day use.

After: First-Class Seating

Since the desk was already in good condition, all the duo needed to do was add a couple of cool maps for a piece that's truly one of a kind.

Before: Set of Chairs and Sewing Table Base

Partners Chris and JJ decided to combine a vintage sewing base with four plain chairs for an industrial piece that's full of funk.

Funky Fabric-Covered Dining Set

A vibrant orange paint job and pop art fabric give the pieces a super fresh look.

Before: Traditional and Boring

Partners Regina and Sarah reimagined this old bureau into something useful, updated and colorful.

After: Cozy, Cottage Feel

What was once dated and boring is now fun, fresh and perfect as a kitchen island.

Before: Dingy Metal Chair and Desk Set

Before: Dingy Metal Chair and Desk Set

After: Lively Paint Job to the Rescue

This fun green table and wild patterned chair were given new life.

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