If you are a budget decorator, you probably know your local flea market, thrift store, or yard sale circuit pretty well. If you don’t, get familiar. Why? Because flea market flips and other such fairy tales are about to come true for you! Check out these tutorials for creating a piece of decorating art from someone’s cast away furniture. A little creative elbow grease and some inspiration from these amazing designers and bloggers, and you will be well on your way to flipping your fabulous flea market finds into decorating gold! Besides, wouldn’t you rather have a creative piece with bragging rights, any old day?

Nancy at ‘Artsy Chicks Rule’ created an ultimate budget flea market flip. She found this old wing chair in good shape, but outdated… She updated this upholstered chair with… PAINT! Not just any paint, but the extremely versatile chalk paint! I love the cottage style this chair has, you have to jump on over and check out how she did it, and read all the questions and answers in her comment section. Very creative redo!







Leslie from ‘Puddy’s House’ shows you step by step her DIY chair makeover. You can find chairs like this at any thrift shop, and usually you probably just pass right by them. These look amazing, and fresh!



From the ‘Liz Marie Blog’, this DIY pinstriped end table before and after is proof that flea market flips don’t have to be huge projects to have huge impact. Simple, but I love the colors, and the thin stripes made it interesting without being too much. Cool!

Flea Market Flips

Flea Market Flips


Sunday, at ‘A Sunday Afternoon’ did a furniture remake for her mom of this DIY desk and hutch. You have to click on over and see the before photos to appreciate the transformation. She gives great info on using chalk paint, the wax techniques and little tips and tidbits to creating this cottagey creative project! I love the stripes on the desk top the most…

Flea Market Flips


Beckie from ‘Infarrantly Creative’, brings us this DIY herringbone paint stick table made by KariAnne from ‘Thistlewood Farms’ (We love them both, check out KariAnne’s Farmhouse Kitchen in our “Drool Worthy Decor” post!) Ok, is this the most amazing budget makeover of any piece of furniture!



We love Jen at ‘City Farmhouse’! If you haven’t voted yet for BHG Blogger of the Year, she’s up for the award! Check out what she did with $10… this vintage stereo cabinet re-make is a perfect living room piece! Love her step by step photos at her site as well…







Ok, for our last flea market flip project… Since we started with Nancy from ‘Artsy Chicks Rule’ , we are going to end there too… She has so many great projects, check them all out… But first go to her DIY metallic paint table makeover with this compass rose design… Great before and after, and she gives you all the details in what paint she used, and how she used it!







Before you go, check out Lara Spencer’s (host of Flea Market Flip’s on HGTV!) 12 do’s and don’ts of shopping at a flea market, from ‘Domaine Home’.

Flea Market Flips : Before and Afters

Image Credits: Domaine Home, Artsy Chicks Rule, Puddy's House, A Sunday Afternoon, Infarrantly Creative, City Farmhouse, Artsy Chicks Rule


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  1. ashley March 16, 2015 at 9:27 am

    You did a great job on that first chair!

    xo Ashley

  2. mel March 20, 2015 at 7:31 am

    i liked the last one the most wow

  3. casandra September 2, 2015 at 2:29 am

    I am so glad i have the time now to do do all this inspiring work.thz to everyone who share this

  4. Marie July 16, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I can’t believe someone would ruin that antique table like that.

    1. vee March 17, 2017 at 6:25 am

      I agree.

  5. Sarita November 6, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    When you were referencing Lara Spencer, you said she was host of Flea Market Flip’s.. There shouldn’t be any apostrophe in Flips. It’s not indicating any possession. As a professional writer, you should know that.

    1. Kathy Woodard November 10, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      You are correct. Sometimes auto correct on a computer thinks it’s smarter, than we don’t catch it. And sometimes, I just goof. I apologize for the editing snafu! (Is that a word?) ;) Thx for straightening me out!

    2. Kerry February 3, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      You’re correct but I suppose a little bit officious…..the author of this blog was more than gracious in her response. ?


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