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Vintage style is only as far away as the nearest flea market or thrift store. Take a look at these ideas to unite the castoffs into one carefree style.
Weathered signs and memorabilia are perfect for creating gallery walls. Antique signs add character to any space, big or small. For a more cohesive look, use pieces that are in the same color family. If an eclectic look is the goal, pieces can be different shapes, colors, and sizes. The key is to capture the tarnished style that characterizes flea market charm.
Metal serving trays are a common flea find and you can customize them with a simple stencil technique. Watch and see how it's done.
Utilize cast-off pieces from other old homes to increase the architectural interest in your own house. A salvaged mantel brings interest to a plain wall. If an entire mantel can't be found, use pieces of vintage molding to construct your own. Use old house numbers to create a wall clock. (You can buy clock mechanisms at craft or hobby stores.)
Watch and learn the secrets to success when it comes to decorating with flea market finds.
Before going out and buying decor for a home, look to old family heirlooms like quilts and use them as accessories. Quilts bring color and pattern to a plain bed, adorn a table, or hang like a piece of artwork. If a family quilt doesn't turn up, local thrift and antique stores are sure to have scores of them in stock.
Think outside the box when it comes to displaying objects. Unexpected items, like this red pedal tractor set atop a china hutch, are what will give your vignettes personality and spark.
Items from years gone by can still be put to good use. Here, an old wine-bottle dryer serves as a rack for glasses. Get creative and repurpose old items to make them serve a purpose today.
Repurpose feed sacks as throw pillow covers or framed artwork. Mix feed sack pillows with throw pillows in modern prints for a look that blends time periods.
Fill small spaces with flea market finds to turn an otherwise wasted space into a creative function. In this room, a coat closet shifts into a bar for entertaining guests. The suitcases provide storage space, while a serving tray creates a level surface atop the suitcase. In keeping with the theme, vintage wallpaper accents the small space and gives it an air of distinction.
With flea market treasures, repurpose is the word to keep in mind. A barn door set on two old sawhorses becomes a desk in this living room.
An old painted buffet, antique silver candleholders, and serving pieces combine with glass bottles to create a country glam dining room. Scour salvage yards and flea markets to find gorgeous silver pieces that need a new home.
Vintage jewelry, purses, perfume bottles, and scarves work to dress up this once plain bedroom wall. To make more of a statement, find old picture frames and use cork and burlap to make a pin board that displays jewelry, whether it's the pieces you wear every day or inherited pieces you want to display.