35 Clever Ways to Upcycle Flea Market Finds Into Stylish Home Decor

One person's junk is another person's eye-catching bedside table.

upcycle ideas
Brian Woodcock

All it takes is a little imagination to turn that budget-friendly thrift store find into an eye-catching piece that will add loads of personality to your home. Get inspired by some of our favorite ideas!

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home office
Brian Woodcock
Game Board Stool

An old Chinese checkers board creates a cool stool in this home office. Just replace the existing seat by attaching the game with screws.

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laundry room
Brian Woodcock
Soda Bottle Liquid Dispensers

Antique soda bottles get an upgrade in this DIY hack. Store laundry room liquids in the bottles and secure with a cap.

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kitchen
Brian Woodcock
Tool Caddy Pot Rack

This rustic rack is a repurposed tool box. Just flip the caddy upside down and add shower hooks to the handles to hang pots, pans, and other kitchen utensils.

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Helen Norman
Vintage Ladder Storage

This rough-hewn ladder was once used at an apple orchard but now offers up a quaint spot to store extra blankets in this North Carolina farmhouse's nursery.

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Max Kim-Bee
Shutter Dining Table

The dining table in this Hamptons cottage is a true showstopper thanks to its upcycled circa 1800s corbels and blue shutters. Topped with a sheet of glass (cut with smooth, rounded edges), the sturdy combo anchors the eating area with memorable, one-of-a-kind style.

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sitting room
Max Kim-Bee
Lamp Shade Coffee Table

Two sturdy upcycled lamp shades salvaged butcher block add up to one stylish, minimalist coffee table in the living room of this Texas home.

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David Tsay
Toy Car Light Fixture

The owner of this Arizona ranch home converted a vintage blue toy car into a playful light fixture to hang over her sons' desk.

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rustic bedroom
Christopher Baker
Washtub Side Table

Turned upside down, an old metal washtub functions as a nightstand in this Kentucky farmhouse.

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David Tsay
Metal Desk Turned Kitchen Island

A wood and metal military desk—a flea market find—now functions as a prep island in this Arizona kitchen.

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living room
Victoria Pearson
Kerosene Canister Lamps

The owner of this California ranch turned painted kerosene canisters, scored on , into lamps for her end tables.

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Helen Norman
Purse Handle Towel Rings

The DIY towel rings in this North Carolina home's bathroom were originally bamboo purse handles.

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guest bathroom
Victoria Pearson
Vintage Table Washstand

With the help of a marble top and a sink set, a weathered flea market table became a washstand in this California ranch's bathroom.

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guest bedroom
Philip Ficks
Tea Towel Bed Shams

The owner of this Wisconsin home sewed her own bed shams from Swedish tea towels.

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Ikaroo
Floor Runner Shades

The black-and-white Roman shades in this Connecticut farmhouse are actually black-and-white 30" x 60" floor runners hung from nails and strung up with upholstery twine.

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sitting area
Alec Hemer
Crab Trap Side Table

A crab trap functions as a side table in this South Carolina retreat.

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bedroom
Victoria Pearson
Repurposed Grain Sacks

No sewing necessary: the owner of this California cottage slipped throw pillows into European linen grain sacks, then folded over the extra cloth to create country-style bed shams.

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kitchen
Alec Hemer
Repurposed Butter Churn

Who knew a trash can could be so handsome? In this South Carolina home, an antique butter churn serves as a garbage receptacle. Bonus: Designer Kevin Scanlon crafted the pendant lamps out of crab baskets, rope, and burlap.

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Victoria Pearson
Upcycled Tractor Grill

A cute, country idea for the holidays: Use a vintage tractor grill instead of a traditional tree skirt.

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porch
Alec Hemer
Repurposed Columns

Cast-off columns were repurposed as floor lamps on the screened-in porch of this Tennessee home.

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master bedroom
Max Kim-Bee
Tablecloth Coverlet

Turn a pretty linen tablecloth into a coverlet, as seen in this Connecticut cottage.

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dining room
Max Kim-Bee
Canvas Bag Upholstery

Old canvas bags bring character to brand-new chairs in the dining room of this New York home.

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kitchen cabinets
Victoria Pearson
Upcycled Office Supplies

Originally used to corral paperwork, a vintage metal inbox/outbox now keeps produce and bread organized.

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guest bedroom
Max Kim-Bee
Upcycled Electrical Pipes

The industrial-looking curtain rods surrounding the guest bed in this Pennsylvania home are actually made from old electrical piping.

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collectibles
Max Kim-Bee
Vintage Pouch Organizer

Use an old pouch from an army sur store to conceal TV remotes, as seen to the right of the tabletop bust in this converted schoolhouse home.

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anchor away
Max Kim-Bee
Nautical Flag Curtains

Vintage nautical flags function as clever curtains in this Cape Cod home.

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Brian Woodcock
Handkerchief Curtain

Not sure what to do with a collection of vintage handkerchiefs? Sew them together to create an eclectic-looking and colorful curtain.

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bathroom
Victoria Pearson
Rustic Bath Shelf

Repurpose a basic wood plank as a rustic bath shelf, as seen in the bathroom of this California home.

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cabin decorating
Bjorn Wallander
Hard-Working Tools Repurposed as Art

Hung on a wall in this Tennessee log cabin, wooden foundry molds double as striking art.

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old world charm
Alec Hemer
Window Frame Mirror

With the addition of custom-cut mirrors, a cast-off window frame becomes an impressive full-length looking glass in this California home.

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modern cabin bedroom
John Gruen
Barn Doors

Sliding barn doors free up floor space in the small bedroom of this Massachusetts cabin.

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