Flea Market Décor
Old New made
Transform your beloved vintage and antique finds into beautifully functional pieces.
Work with what you already own to avoid clutter and get creative.
DECLUTTERING FOR THE NEW YEAR SHOULDN’T MEAN MAKING SACRIFICES OR TOSSING OUT BELOVED ANTIQUES.
Sometimes all it takes is repurposing unused collections to make them a bit more functional. In her book, Flea Market Style, author and stylist Emily Chalmers provides inspiration on how to breathe new life into old flea-market finds.
If you own any old furniture pieces collecting dust in a corner, consider repurposing them to create extra storage space in your home. According to Chalmers, the process of updating old pieces doesn’t have to be overcomplicated. “All you need to do to update them is to sand them down and give them a fresh coat of paint, or paper the doors with vintage wallpaper,” she writes. If you’re looking for smaller storage spaces, think outside the box.
“Old tea chests, antique leather suitcases, toy chests, big wicker baskets, old laundry baskets and wine crates also create covetable storage,” writes Chalmers.
Not every piece has to match your others to appear stylish. With the use of different colors and patterns, you can achieve an eclectic look that shows off your unique taste. “There is no need for preloved kitchen pieces to match,” writes Chalmers. For a country feel, gather an assortment of mismatched, worn-out chairs around a large table. Work with what you already own to avoid clutter and get creative. For example, a patchwork of colorful silk scarves can easily be turned into vibrant screens and drapes. “When you use pattern, remember that a little bit goes a long way. Pattern draws the eye, becoming a focal point, so combine it with plenty of large, plain areas,” Chalmers writes.
There is an art to displaying antiques in visually pleasing ways. “Look for pieces that harmonize, such as an assortment of goldrimmed china cups or dainty floral designs,” Chalmers writes. And when revamping your antiques, don’t neglect the bathroom. You can give an old bath new character with a bit of vintage wallpaper or fabrics that have been treated with waterproofing spray. In the living room, antique fabrics or vintage carpets can be cut up into the perfect size to make cozy rugs. “Some pieces may be slightly threadbare, grayed or faded, but these old dames will inject a relaxed, lived-in feel to your home,” she writes.
“There is no need for preloved kitchen pieces to match.”