23 Totally Clever Before-and-Afters From Flea Market Flip
Find inspiration for your next DIY project with these amazing transformations from HGTV's Flea Market Flip.
Before: Useless Fan Cover
What to do with a metal fan cover? Team players Nic and Carla had a greater vision for a piece that most people would just pass over.
After: Mid-Century Wall Clock
Now chic and modern, this fan cover turned clock would be a stylish accessory for any living space.
Before: Wooden Crates and a Bike
You won't believe what team players Nathan and Mikal came up with using these mismatched objects.
After: Cool Bar for the Man Cave
The wooden crates and a cutting board were combined to make a snazzy bar on top of the bike. What a unique idea!
Before: Ordinary Wardrobe Trunk
While this wardrobe trunk was in great shape, it lacked personality.
After: Bachelor Pad Bar
Design divas Tracey and Catherine turned the plain-Jane trunk into a stylish bar by staining the canvas, painting the trim and adding a cowboy silhouette.
Before: Outdated Armchairs
A pair of Danish armchairs desperately needed new upholstery.
After: Chic, Cowhide Chairs
So Joe and Andrew took a large piece of cowhide and made two seats for modern lounging.
Before: Old-School Chalkboard
It's hard to imagine what you could possibly do with a standing chalkboard, but designers Cherise and Kim knew it would look great in a workspace.
After: Two-Sided Work Table
Great for an office or a kids' craft room, the chalkboard table features a fun, geometric pattern on the opposite side so you can choose which surface you want to show.
Before: Antique Grates
These Victorian vent grates needed a bit of polishing and a new purpose.
After: Sophisticated Side Tables
With a little love, a fresh paint job and wooden legs, sisters Sam and Shimmy gave new life to the grates and transformed them into these fashion-forward side tables.
Before: Small Vintage Cradle
An old rocking crib with no cushion was a great heirloom choice for Mike and Mary.
After: Up-to-Date Rocking Bench
One side of the cradle's railing was removed to help build the back of the bench and a new, upholstered cushion was added to bring in a splash of color and pattern.
Before: Rusty News Cart and Old License Plates
What can you make with an old newspaper cart and a pair of license plates?
After: Multipurpose Metallic Bench
Why a stylish, upholstered bench of course! Gold spray paint gives new life to the old, rusted exterior, and the license plates serve as a small shelf on either side for holding drinks and snacks. Kelly upholstered the cushion with a cool fabric she bought in Bali.
Before: Rustic Folding Wash Bench
With the invention of washing machines, hand-washing clothes has become a thing of the past. Christina and Billy had the perfect idea for restoring this piece.
After: Stylish Seating for Two
A pair of black pleather upholstered cushions and a healthy coat of stain turns the laundry wash bench into a hip piece of furniture for a living room.
Before: Old-Fashioned Headboard and Footboard
Before you toss that worn-out headboard and footboard — think again. You may be surprised what fresh paint and basic upholstery can do.
After: A Chic and Comfy Bench
Isn't it amazing what paint and a little fabric can do? What a great piece to add to the entryway or mudroom.
Before: Farm Equipment
Let's see what contestants Paul and Jim imagined for this old oxen yolk they purchased for the "Vintage-to-Modern" project.
After: Industrial Pendant Light
Large glass globes on either end surround Edison bulbs to make a beautiful light fixture that would look amazing in a rustic-inspired dining room.
Before: Peeling Window Panes
Olympian Kayla Harrison and her grandmother Rachel gave this pair of antique window panes a whole new purpose.
After: Crafty Coffee Tables
How precious is this coffee table set? The window panes easily fold open so you can store magazines, books and remote controls underneath.
Before: Vintage Rocking Horse and Floor Lamp
Contestants Michael and Vinnie purchased a vintage children's rocking horse and a floor lamp in hopes of turning the two objects into a one-of-a-kind piece.
After: Stylish Metallic Floor Lamp
Silver spray paint, a bigger lamp shade and faux fur adds instant style. What a fabulous statement piece for a living space!
Before: Random Metal Pieces
For their "Compact Design Project," Victor and Danielle purchased eight wrought-iron spindles with a plan to make something useful for the home.
After: Gorgeous Rustic Shelves
Sturdy pieces of wood combined with the iron spindles provide great storage for knickknacks, books or garden tools.
Before: Spare Footboard
An old-fashioned footboard doesn't have much use without a matching headboard.
After: A Classy, Cushioned Bench
Contestants Karen and Karin chose an all-gray palette for the new bench. A good neutral color scheme was a perfect choice so that the piece could fit in with any home's color palette without clashing.
Before: Barren Wooden Barrels
A pair of wooden barrels inspired flipping newlyweds Amy and Henric for their "Sets and Pairs Project."
After: Sleek Side Tables
With a beautiful, smooth finish and clever storage space, these side tables would make the perfect pair for a bedroom or living space.
Before: Empty Fire Extinguishers
Husband and wife team Seven and Sarah had the perfect vision for this set of fire extinguishers for their "Metallic Project."
After: Lovely Lamps
Fun and quirky, this set of lamps would be a stylish addition to a bedroom or living space.
Before: Worn-Out Factory Cart
Crafty couple Victoria and Michael have big plans to make this shoe factory cart into something useful and unique.
After: Bright Bar
A vibrant shade of green really makes this bar pop. Shelves with spacers were added for easy wine bottle access.
Before: Old Window Panes
Jill and James found three antique window panes to use for their "Fabric Project."
After: Mod Room Divider
With some upholstery work, three single window panes are transformed into a room divider that would add a dash of modern flair to any home.
Before: Metal Stools and Wooden Drafting Table
Aaron and Angie found a pair of industrial metal stools and a wood drafting table that they hope to give a fresh update.
After: Beautiful Bistro Set
The black-and-white color palette was an excellent choice to make this bistro set look more unified and modern. A shiny metal tabletop adds extra pizzazz to the design.
Before: Boring Trunk
Tony and Suzanne wanted to turn this ordinary trunk into something special for their "World Design Project."
After: Punk Rock Table
The British flag painted on top and the addition of legs turn this trunk into a neat table that also features useful storage space.
Before: Rustic Door and Wooden Stools
Mother and daughter flippers Leigh and Katey found a rustic door and a pair of wooden stools for their "Dine-In Project."
After: Unique Dining Set
The rustic door was repurposed to become a built-in table, and the painted pair of stools offer a place to sit and enjoy a meal for two.
Before: Plain Wooden Ladder
For their "Durable Design Project," father-and-son duo Max and Chris chose an old wooden ladder with hopes to create a one-of-a-kind display piece.
After: Nifty Display
Simply adding hooks and an assortment of frames descending down the ladder makes for a cool display that doesn't take up too much space.