With the warming weather, our thoughts turn to flea markets, yard sales, thrifting and flipping furniture.
Certainly it’s one of our favorite summer pastimes, and we’re excited to share our favorite flea market flips.
No doubt, there’s a thrill in the hunt for that one of a kind treasure.
In addition, to take someones trash and turn it into a treasure is exhilarating!
Whether you’re looking for thrift store items to upcycle for your own home, or to flip and sell, clearly, transforming a discarded piece is rewarding!
We are excited to share some of our favorite flea market flip ideas with you today.
In our opinion “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” should be the slogan for every thrift store.
Thrift stores are magical places where you can go back in time and reminisce.
And if your hunt is successful, your goodwill finds will be something you can definitely brag about.
So today, we’ll be doing a little bragging.
Sharing our favorite finds from flea markets, thrift stores, yard sales and more!
Each piece has a story and becomes a treasure in your home.
- Flea Market Flip Ideas with Paint
- Flea Market Flip Ideas with Fabric
- Natural Wood Finish Flea Market Flip Ideas
- Light Fixture Flea Market Flip Ideas
- Flea Market Flip Home Decor Ideas
- More Creative Flea Market Flips
- Share Your Thoughts
Flea Market Flip Ideas with Paint
Certainly one of the easiest ways to update a flea market find and flip it into something extraordinary is with paint.
Not only will paint give you a lot of bang for you buck, but it can totally update just about anything.
With a little imagination this lateral filing cabinet is re-imagined as a Tool Chest Dresser.
I think it’s the perfect dresser idea for a car themed bedroom.
Without a doubt, upcycling can be so rewarding!
I believe this yard sale dresser had good bones and just needed a little refresh.
Looking beyond it’s current condition and seeing it’s potential is all it takes.
For a quick flea market flip, paint furniture the easy way with a Wagner sprayer.
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While this dresser was already in excellent condition, a quick refresh with paint and new hardware was all it needed.
Another quick flea market flip with paint, hardware and vintage license plates.
The perfect piece for this car themed bedroom.
Along with a little creativity, and paint this vintage Bombay chest is a fun conversation piece.
And it makes the perfect statement piece to anchor her Travel Collage Wall.
Certainly this console table was in great condition, but needed a little personality.
Now check out this aged and worn finish on this furniture flip with SaltWash and paint.
You can’t deny that this coffee table looked like it should be headed to the trash!
But with a little elbow grease and chalk paint this flea market flip is transformed!
No doubt that flipping a flea market find can be profitable.
This pub table was quickly transformed with paint and sold for a good profit.
Scratched, worn and abused, this coffee table had seen better days.
But once again, paint and a glaze transform this coffee table in to a show stopper.
My grandpa rescued this table from a house that was to be demolished over 80 years ago.
For years it was used as a workbench in the garage.
When I got my hands on it, I shortened the legs to use it as a coffee table and lightened it up with chalk paint.
Next up with have this vanity was was purchased as a 5 piece set.
The old worn finish clearly needed an update.
And now isn’t she gorgeous!
Refinished easily with the Wagner paint sprayer and sold for a nice profit.
Certainly, the beauty of flea markets, yard sales and thrift stores is that you can find good quality pieces that just need a little love.
For instance, take a look at this Thrift Store Desk Makeover.
Not only is it solid wood, which is hard to come by these days, but with a little work it can become a piece that you’ll treasure.
Of course scouring the online classifieds is another great way to find furniture to flip.
For instance Steph picked this locker bed for $40.
And the bed was in great shape too!
In fact, it only took a little spray paint to customize the bed for Gavin’s industrial bedroom.
Another online classified find, this old dining hutch was transformed with milk paint and wallpaper.
Can you see the beauty in this rusty old piece?
Personally, I think this chair is now stunning!
Flea Market Flip Ideas with Fabric
While the fabric on these bar stools is dirty and worn, the the actual frames were in great condition.
Certainly this chair has such beautiful lines, but definitely needs some loving!
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Another great yard sale find!
However, it was a little wobbly.
Not only did this chair get an update with fabric, but we also repaired it, so now it’s good and sturdy.
Certainly the bones of this ottoman were in perfect condition, but the fabric really dated it.
However, with a fun fabric choice it’s now so chic!
Beds with Fabric
While these twin bed originally were not upholstered, we had another vision for them.
I mean just take a look at the transformation!
Don’t you think this French style daybed looks amazing?!
Similarly this old bed frame is updated with fabric.
Now this 4 poster upholstered bed looks amazing.
Natural Wood Finish Flea Market Flip Ideas
Would you believe this table was a free road side find?
While it’s definitely seen better days, we could see the potential.
Can you believe it’s the same wood dining table.
It looks absolutely gorgeous now with the white farmhouse legs and apron and the beautiful natural finished top.
Clearly a piece worth saving!
As it happens, this bedroom set at been in the basement for years, just needing an updated finish.
Unquestionably, this flea market flip has been a favorite of our readers.
I think we have had more comments on this post than any other.
Steph had been eyeing a bed at Restoration Hardware, but with a price tag of nearly $3000, it just wasn’t in her budget.
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Another flea market find with such beautiful lines.
While it had been repainted, it was done poorly.
So we knew we’d be stripping off the finish.
Once the paint was removed, we saw the beauty of the natural wood finish on this flea market flip.
Light Fixture Flea Market Flip Ideas
Certainly these dated brass light fixture can easily be found at any thrift store.
With a little creative painting and natural wood beads, it now has a French country, Boho flair.
Certainly, updating a thrift store light fixture is easy on the budget.
Now this chandelier is so stylish and certainly unexpected in a laundry room!
Searching for a more industrial looking light fixture for Gavin’s room, thrifted Ikea utensil caddies are used to create this unique light fixture.
Clearly, it’s the perfect light fixture for this industrial teen bedroom.
Certainly, this Facebook Market Place orb chandelier was great as is.
However with a little jute, it now has the casual coastal style that fits perfectly in Steph’s coastal bedroom.
Personally I think this lamp is such a fun conversation piece!
While visiting my favorite thrift store I spotted the lamp and globe.
Now this lamp was super easy to put together.
First the globe was cut in half with a saw.
Then a leather strip was adhered to the cut edge.
Finally I placed the globe on the lamp base.
While this Vintage Lamp Makeover was not a flea market find.
However, it was my grandmother’s lamp, a wedding gift from her in-laws.
Certainly the lampshade needed a little refresh.
I love the transformation of this family heirloom.
Flea Market Flip Home Decor Ideas
Frames of course are always a great find at your local thrift store.
Not only are they easy to transform with paint, but they are so economical to update.
Almost every frame on this gallery wall is thrifted.
Even a few are given that aged worn look with SaltWash.
Have you got an old rusty wagon around that’s no longer in use?
Personally, I think this wagon shelf is such a fun accessory for Aiden’s car themed bedroom.
So what do you do with some old croquet mallets and an old board?
Of course, you make a blanket ladder.
Only the handles were used for this project.
The mallets we’re saving for another project.
Pages from a beginner reading book, matted and framed make cute art in the toy room.
You just can’t go wrong with a beautiful vintage mirror.
In fact, I love the pitted and imperfect finish on the mirror.
Removing the large plate glass mirror and adding a vintage mirror adds so much character to this Bathroom Remodel on a Budget.
Glass and Ceramic Vases
Ceramic and glass vases are also easy to find your favorite thrift store or flea market.
Do you even recognize that green vase?
Plaster of Paris and paint give this old glass vase a whole new look!
It’s certainly cheap and easy DIY home decor.
A old ceramic vase certainly gets a new look with drywall mud.
That worn aged textured pottery is a look that we both love and it’s so easy to do.
Vintage suitcases and train cases are a little more difficult to come by.
In fact this one was purchased at a local antique store.
And isn’t it pretty as a container for a sunflower floral arrangement for fall?!
And a vintage canned goods box make a great planter for summer flowers.
With a little creativity, just about any flea market find can be transformed into beautiful home decor.
This footed tray was created from an old cutting board, candle cups and half wooden balls for fresh summer decor.
Tiered trays are all the rage right now, but to buy one can cost you a pretty penny.
Would you believe we were able to make this beautiful Tiered Tray for Only $5!
A wooden candlestick, and 2 thrift store plates, glue and paint is all it takes.
Upcycled Seasonal Home Decor
So, what do you do with an old trick or treat bucket?
Why of course you turn it unto fun fall pumpkin decor with old jeans!
Certainly this is one of our favorite projects!
Decorating with old windows certainly is popular.
Of course there are so many ways to use them.
A painted flag in the shape of the United States is perfect patriotic decor.
More Creative Flea Market Flips
You’ll never guess what this old $5 flea market table flips into!
Of course, a bed crown and canopy for a special princess.
Although Ellie will tell you that she feels like she’s camping in a tent.
It’s all good! She still feels special!
Next up, Facebook Market Place finds are used to create an amazing built in desk with storage.
Giving new life to old wood dining tables is nothing new.
But not so common in the laundry room.
However, an old wood table top makes the perfect laundry room fold table.
Next a $5 vintage door gets new life in the bathroom.
With a little Bondo, paint and hardware this barn door not only is affordable, but so trendy!
Take a look at this vintage postal sorter that we picked up for $40.
It only required a little cleaning and attaching a piece of wood to make a desk.
Have you ever thought of an old commercial bread pan as decor or storage?
I believe it does both in my craft room.
It not only keeps my ink pads organized, but it also look great on my wall..
Certainly a chippy old wooden chair is the perfect addition on this back porch.
It makes a beautiful place to display plants.
No makeover necessary here, just enjoy the old worn finish as is.
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Share Your Thoughts
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Do you have a flea market flip favorite?
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