Flea Market Decor from Repurposed Finds

There are few things in life that I really get excited about. One of them is a true trashure hunt. Every so often I head to the flea market, not looking for the obvious, but the stuff that everyone overlooks. Ya know, the junk. Today, you are in for a treat! It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday and I’m going to show you what I do with this pile o’ “junk” by turning into flea market decor. You’ll see what my gal friends are up to at the bottom, so sit back and enjoy.

Flea Market Finds before Repurposed Creations by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

First, I started with this mesh screen. When I find old screens or mesh anything I snatch them up for one purpose…stitching. My apologies for the fuzzy pic…I was in a rush!

Mesh Fry Sifter Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

If you’ve followed me for long, you know that I truly enjoy embroidery and the therapy it provides. For the mesh screen, it was the same as the last time I created a woolly sheep on a sifter screen. Time to get my stitch fix!

Embroidering Mesh Sifter | prodigalpieces.com

After a bit of fun, I have a new woolly creation that makes me smile. I hope it does for you too!

Repurposed Mesh Sifter Turned into Wooly Sheep Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Wooly Sheep Embroidered Art on Repuposed Mesh by Prodigal Pieces |

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Can you blame me for being a little bit hooked on these woolly creatures? In the past I’ve even made some from spindles and sweaters seen in this post. For the burlap, I used these wonderful laminated burlap sheets you can stick in your printer. I used to make my own by ironing burlap onto freezer paper, but these are handy too.

Hand-Stitched Woolly Sheep on Mesh Screen by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Now for found object #2. Do you know what it is? Let me tell ya. Once upon a time things were done by hand and when dried corn needed sifted, this was the way to do it.

Antique Corn Sheller Before Repurpose by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This, folks, is a corn sifter, and as you can imagine has seen many hard days on the farm. Cool, huh? Now, let me show you what I turned it in to. mwahahahaha…

Repurposed Antique Corn Sifter Message Center by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This here is a bonafide trashure message center. I took the found bread pan from the stash pictured above, and attached it to the sifter, then added a bin pull. My horseshoe was from my stash of goodies, and the antique buttons are now magnets to use for this and that.

Upcycled Farmhouse Corn Sifter Turned Message Center | prodigalpieces.com

You can even tuck some goodies inside the back of it as well. I had fun creating this one and making it have a whole new story. Imagine the stories it could tell or the stories it heard while being put to use. So cool.

Repurposed Metal Art Antique Corn Sifter for Flea Market Decor by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Last, but not least are those trowels. The moment I spotted them I grabbed them up. The vendor looked me queerly…little did he know, right?

Rusty Trowels for Repurposed Decor by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

A good cleaning was in order and just like I did to that cake pan above, I gave them a clear coat. This helps slow down the rust action and prevent it from coming off. You can also leave it as-is too.

Spray Polyurethane to Seal Rust | prodigalpieces.com

Once they’re ready to go, I use my drill to attach them to a gorgeous piece of reclaimed barn wood from my repurposed sewing machine table.

Attaching trowels to barn wood | prodigalpieces.com

I then added a piece of reclaimed oak for the top and a pair of corbels to the ends. You can see how to build a coat rack like this in my step-by-step tutorial HERE in this post. Now I have a funkified trowel coat rack to add to my flea market decor. Woot!

Reclaimed Barn Wood & Trowel Coat Rack with Shelf by Prodigal Pieces. Get the DIY tutorial at prodigalpieces.com

DIY Repurposed Trowel Coat Rack with Reclaimed Barn Wood by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The rusty patina paired with the time-worn reclaimed wood just makes my heart pitter-pat. Are you smitten with patina too? As is the case with most of my creations, all three of these items are available in my shop  (Sheep sold) along with many other furniture, vintage finds, and handmade goods.

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Rustic DIY coat rack made from repurposed trowels and reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Upcycled Trowel Coat Rack with Shelf by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Barn Wood Coat Rack with Upcycled Trowel Coat Hooks by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Do pin and share my flea market decor to inspire others to make their house their home. It really can be done on a budget. Thank you for sharing!

Do you love flea market decor? Check out how 3 different creations were made out of repurposed finds & all on a budget by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Up next, this vintage Broyhill hutch desk is going to get a new lease on life. See the after HERE.

Broyhill Hutch Desk Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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  • Debrashoppeno5

    My favorite is the little wooly lamb but they are all great ideas.

    October 10, 2017 at 7:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Debra! I had such fun with it.

      October 10, 2017 at 12:26 pm Reply
  • Tami Gail

    Lovin’ the trowels. My father and brother both were carpenters by trade… though they are both gone, we have many of their tools. This just gave me a great idea for some of their old trowels that are collecting dust. Thanks friend.

    October 10, 2017 at 8:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s awesome! They are so versatile.

      October 10, 2017 at 12:26 pm Reply
  • Donna Gonzalez

    As always, I love what you create out of “nothing”. From you, I’ve learned to pick up small bits at the flea market, but I’m still waiting for the creative lightbulb to go off. Thanks for the inspration!

    October 10, 2017 at 9:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That so awesome, Donna! I love to hear those kinds of stories. Thank you!

      October 10, 2017 at 12:34 pm Reply
  • Debra Wise

    How dang cute these ideas are!!

    October 10, 2017 at 9:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so fun, Debra! haha…thank you for making me smile. 😀

      October 10, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply
  • Marie

    When I saw the before picture last week I thought what in the heck could she possibly make with that pile of rusty goodness. As always, you never cease to amaze me with your creativity! Never in a million years would I have thought of these ideas. Girl, you are a junk repurposing rock star! pinned

    October 10, 2017 at 9:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      A bunch of junk, right? ahahaha!! You are my awesome support. Thank you!

      October 10, 2017 at 12:36 pm Reply
  • [email protected] of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    Wow you amaze me! I think the message board is my favorite. Nobody can redeem junk the way you can!

    October 10, 2017 at 10:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m proud to be told that, Christy. hee hee Thanks!

      October 10, 2017 at 12:37 pm Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    You always come up with the most amazing and creative things Larissa!

    October 10, 2017 at 12:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Nancy. I have fun!

      October 10, 2017 at 12:37 pm Reply
  • Marcie Lovett

    Trowels as hooks? Genius!

    October 10, 2017 at 2:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Happy dance!! Thank you. 🙂

      October 10, 2017 at 5:29 pm Reply
  • Marsha L

    I couldn’t imagine what you were going to do with that pile of junk. Very creative.

    October 10, 2017 at 4:19 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      haha! Thanks. 🙂

      October 10, 2017 at 5:29 pm Reply
  • Minnie McCoy

    Happy Tuesday,
    I just wanted to say how much I love your ideas. Always fun to see what you come up with and it is always wonderful when I find a like minded gal that can see the value and beauty of thing that others call trash. My family always give me a call to see if I have a rebirth idea for items before getting rid of them.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings to you!

    October 10, 2017 at 5:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hi Minnie! I’m so happy to hear from you. Yes, so fun to meet those with like-minded creativity. Have fun!

      October 10, 2017 at 5:30 pm Reply
  • suesan

    I love them all so much! You always inspire me and I love that little woolly sheep so much! Great ideas.

    October 10, 2017 at 9:57 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Suesan!

      October 11, 2017 at 5:29 am Reply
  • Charlene

    Great ideas, except… the horse shoe is upside down! You are spilling out all the good luck !!!!!

    October 11, 2017 at 1:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That would be if I believed in such a thing. 🙂

      October 11, 2017 at 5:28 am Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Such clever ideas you have, Larissa! I love the sheep the best but I’m really digging the coat rack too.

    October 11, 2017 at 12:43 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jen. 🙂

      October 11, 2017 at 5:07 pm Reply
  • Laurie @ VinYet Etc.

    You are simply so very clever, I love your projects so much! Wow!

    October 11, 2017 at 7:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Laurie, you are the best. Thank you for all your encouragement!

      October 12, 2017 at 6:44 am Reply
  • janet a phillips

    i absolutely love all of your ideas-your site is amazing-enjoy all of your posts

    October 6, 2018 at 3:39 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How wonderful of you to say, Janet. Thank you.

      October 7, 2018 at 4:41 am Reply
  • Jeanne Engebretson

    Love your ideas! So fun to see what you come up with next!

    What kind of screws did you use on the trowels? Did you pre-drill the holes? How did you do that?


    November 5, 2018 at 4:46 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! I just used self-tapping metal screws to anchor them in. They go right through.

      November 5, 2018 at 9:20 pm Reply

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