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Going Green: Flea Market Finds


My mom, aunt, and I love going to flea markets together and scoping out items that can be transformed into something new. Not only is it a cost-effective way to outfit a home, but it’s also a great way to reuse items that would otherwise go to waste. While I sometimes have a hard time envisioning what the final product will look like, my two shopping partners are able to see how a little elbow grease and paint can transform an item into an extraordinary piece. This was the latest project that our trio worked on – a chair and side table. In the “before” picture, you’ll notice that the table is pretty scratched up and the chair needed some serious TLC. Green 1 For the side table revamp, we had to sand it down, then we applied a couple coats of white paint, which was leftover from an earlier painting project. You can see that the time and work paid off! Green 2 As for the chair, that required a bit more work. The springs in the seat had come loose, so we had to tie them up to tighten them. We painted the wood with black paint, which was also left over from a previous furniture makeover. We then recovered the cushions with a cowhide that had been given to my aunt, and secured it with studs. Green 3 The Flea Market can be an excellent source for unique pieces for your home. You never know when someone else’s trash will be your new treasure! Do you have any Flea Market finds? Let us know by commenting below.  DING!  You are now free to be green!