Flea Market Finds ~ An Easy DIY Update

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Flea market and garage sale season is in full swing (I call it fleatiquing) and I have to make myself stay home so I won’t overfill my house. Are you that way? I mean, who can pass up a good deal, especially when it’s a matter of pennies?

You can’t go wrong I tell ya, but sometimes a deal can be made better by giving it a quick update with a coat of paint. Some of the things we find may have been glorious at one point, but now they need to be brought up to date.

Enter in this vintage magazine rack and patio table…

With a can of spray paint, you can update those flea market finds in no time. By Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

With a can of spray paint, you can update those flea market finds in no time. By Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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…both in structurally good condition, and only in need of a cleaning and makeover. Let the fun begin!!

Here are the colors I’ve chosen for my projects, Sage Green and Seaside in a gloss finish.

With a can of spray paint, you can update those flea market finds in no time. By Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The Sage Green I had left over from giving this sweet vanity chair a custom look for a client. Much better, don’t you agree?

With a can of spray paint, you can update those flea market finds in no time. By Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesWith a can of spray paint, you can update those flea market finds in no time. By Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I wanted to use that same green on the patio table my mother recently gave me to help me in our patio makeover.

This little table had a bit of rust, but after a good cleaning and a wire brush, I was able to see improvement after one coat of paint. Final reveal on this table will be shown in my patio reveal.

With a can of spray paint, you can update those flea market finds in no time. By Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesWith a can of spray paint, you can update those flea market finds in no time. By Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

For the magazine rack, it was all about that Seaside color I fell in love with in my Rustic Chic Makeover. Isn’t it pretty even after one coat?? ♥

With a can of spray paint, you can update those flea market finds in no time. By Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Seriously, what could be more easy than spraying on a coat of paint to give a tired piece a new lease on life? It takes only a few minutes to spray and about an hour for each coat to cure.

With a can of spray paint, you can update those flea market finds in no time. By Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I love how the vibrance of this color adds that special pop to my flea market decor.

With a can of spray paint, you can update those flea market finds in no time. By Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Makes you want to go out and find something to spray paint, doesn’t it? tee hee hee.

With a can of spray paint, you can update those flea market finds in no time. By Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Notice that tufted green cushion came off that vanity stool I showed you earlier? Nothing goes to waste around here!

You can’t go wrong with flea market finds. If you like the eclectic vintage style, it gives you ample opportunity to change-up your decor for a few bucks.

With a can of spray paint, you can update those flea market finds in no time. By Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

If you’re crushing the magazine rack, you can find it available in my shop – though I’m secretly hoping it doesn’t sell! Now to find another piece to give new life.

Flea markets, garage sales, and thrift stores are full of potential. Take a minute a look past the blah and think SPRAY PAINT. I know you’ll have fun too! Feel free to submit your own prodigal pieces by clicking the tab in the menu up top. I’d love to see what you’ve been up to!

Pin and share to spread the spray paint love. ♥

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28 Comments

  • Heather C

    Isn’t it amazing the potential that items have that people don’t see, your remake gave them wonderful new lives

    July 8, 2015 at 8:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Absolutely, Heather! I make it a treasure seek and find and my kids get in on it too. So fun! Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

      July 8, 2015 at 10:41 am Reply
  • Shannon @ Bohemian Junktion

    Love the blue! I need a beach trip because that’s where my mind went with Seaside. Got a question for ya. How did you make that last pic with before/after/paint/label all in one?

    July 8, 2015 at 9:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You and me both, Shannon! I use Photoshop for my collage pics. 😉

      July 8, 2015 at 10:42 am Reply
  • Kim Edwards

    Where did you end up putting the painted table? How did you decorate it? I love spray paint!

    July 8, 2015 at 9:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hee hee…Kim, I mentioned in my post that it’s part of my patio makeover coming soon. I can’t wait to show you!

      July 8, 2015 at 10:42 am Reply
  • Wendi @ H2OBungalow

    Beautiful colors… I love that spray paint and you’r holding my favorite shade of blue! I’d want to hold on to that magazine rack as well, girlfriend! Pinning & sharing:)

    July 8, 2015 at 10:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I thought of you while painting it, Wendi. So pretty like the pictures you share. 🙂

      July 8, 2015 at 10:43 am Reply
  • Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    Bought some Seaside the other day for a set of metal bistro chairs I picked up for a song at an auction. After seeing your magazine rack I’m confident I made the right choice in paint color – so pretty!

    July 8, 2015 at 10:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      YAY! I know you’ll love it, Marie. So bright and cheery. Thanks for stopping by!

      July 8, 2015 at 10:44 am Reply
  • Helen Hankal-Jackson

    I have a magazine rack similar to yours and was thinking I needed to do something to it. Thanks for the inspiration.

    On a side note – I wish the flea markets around here held all the treasures you seem to find. In northern CA our flea markets are mainly glorified fruit stands or ‘wanna be” antique markets. But that doesn’t stop me from going and hope I find a treasure!

    Thanks again for sharing all your fabulous makeovers!

    Helen

    July 8, 2015 at 11:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Go for it, Helen! I seem to have quite the plethora of choices around here, including curbside. Just amazing what you can find!

      July 9, 2015 at 5:40 am Reply
  • Erin

    I don’t call it summer… I call it spray paint season! Cute update! 🙂

    July 8, 2015 at 12:56 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hahaha…I love it! I just can’t get as much done so quickly in the winter and around here it lasts 9 MONTHS….sigh…

      July 9, 2015 at 5:39 am Reply
  • Katie @ Little House of Four

    Good finds and quick updates are my favorite and these simple updates are fantastic! That blue just screams happy, love it!

    July 8, 2015 at 1:11 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      So fun to add a touch here and there in our decor, and you can’t beat the price!

      July 9, 2015 at 5:38 am Reply
  • Ellen Braunberger

    Great table, got two smaller size, at an estate sale. They were in a lot with other rusty stuff for $2. Had them sprayed and on patio the same day! Have you used the spray snap top gun thingy you can get that saves your fingers and uses a hand grip to dispense? They are hanging in paint isle. I’m finally able to spray a project without finger fatigue! Happy spraying!

    July 8, 2015 at 5:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Score for you!! Yes, I’ve seen the spray attachment, but haven’t purchase because I have a big time sprayer, the HomeRight Finish Max. 😉

      July 9, 2015 at 5:38 am Reply
  • laurel@chippingwithcharm

    You always find fun stuff to redo…I wish I had your “multi-tasking” skills! You amaze me 🙂

    July 11, 2015 at 1:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Becky! You are amazing re-junker yourself. 🙂

      July 11, 2015 at 10:34 pm Reply
  • Kathy

    Have you any ideas for those old roll out hide away beds? I have two that are twin size and one that almost looks like a full size mattress could fit on it. You know the ones that would be rolled out for guests? Other than their original usage I can’t figure out how to upcycle, revamp or anything else with them and I want to. 😀 Husband wants to scrap them but I just can’t do it.

    April 16, 2016 at 5:20 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh boy…that’s a hard one. Could you use the springs or maybe mount the frame to an outdoor wall and plant succulents? I don’t blame you for not wanting to pitch it. You could also build a box on top and use it as a raised garden bed…now my brain is reeling…hahaha.

      April 20, 2016 at 12:28 pm Reply
  • cheryl bonner

    Laughing because I just bought like 20 cans of spray paint.This is so funny…

    May 6, 2016 at 10:50 pm Reply
    • KathyJB

      I have a cabinet full of spray paint. When a new co lo or comes out I like I have to get it. I totally understand

      May 6, 2016 at 11:05 pm Reply
  • Rosa Ellingson

    I have my patio full of projects & but, like you, just can’t keep from dragging more deals home–Also that sea green paint!

    February 24, 2017 at 5:53 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha… I know the feeling ! 😀

      February 25, 2017 at 5:48 am Reply
  • Cheryl B

    Don’t look on the side of my house…:) projects galore.shed.and lots of paint

    March 2, 2017 at 3:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…You sound like me!

      March 2, 2017 at 6:57 am Reply

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