Sunday, April 18, 2010

We talkin' bout flea market

JJ and I decided to go randomly exploring this weekend. We started out looking at foreclosed homes to possibly buy and flip and wound up at a flea market.
How hilarious is that commercial? I couldn't stop singing it while we were there. But it was not just like a mini mall like Flea Market Montgomery (which I happened to have driven by on my way up from spring break in Florida a few years ago, but no one would stop- biggest regret of my life!)  This one was way sketchy, JJ was not allowed to leave my side.

This was the beautiful outside part. The inside was scarier looking but I don't have a picture cause I thought someone might steal my camera haha. Look at that sweet computer though. The flea market was actually pretty big, but literally garbage. JJ and I have thrown away better stuff -no lie. We went inside first to check the scene and were greeted with stripper clothes, a bunch of dragon statues and random dogs running around. JJ then informed that this place was busted before for selling drugs and illegal guns. Cooool.

As we were walking around I spotted this beaut:

Yeah, not really a beaut, looks like an old grandma, but I saw some potential in it.


Talk about potential! We brought it home and I dropped off the ol' ball and chain (can that be used for guys? haha) then headed straight for the store to buy fabric and new foam for the cushion. Three stores later and some burgers for dinner I made my way home and got to work.

Words of Wisdom: Avoid cutting foam at all costs. It sucks. No matter what I tried I could not get the cut line to be smooth at all. I even tried sanding it and got nothing. It worked out though because I just pulled the fabric tight when reupholstering it and you can't really tell.

For the bottom I started out sanding it all down. I was considering staining it the same color as the table we built for the hall (more on that in a later post) but realized the top part had that fake veneer stuff (pardon my technical terms) on it so painting it was the only option. Here it is all sanded and waiting for its beautiful transformation.

The top part was easier than I thought it would be. I just glued the foam to the original board and then stapled a corner of the fabric to the board. I worked from the four corners and then went back and forth, side to side stapling.

Wham Bam, Thank you ma'am and its done! 

Whatcha think? Now I just need to find the perfect space for it!

PS. This project is linked to the DIY Showoff and Under the Table and Dreaming: Sunday Showcase Party


  1. Whoaw! Brilliant work!

    We have lots of flea markets here and I won't say they're trash. I love flea markets!

  2. Thanks! Yeah, not all of them are garbage! I've been to some nice ones too!

  3. I was goin through knockoffwood saw ur table and then ended up at ur fleamarket post. I know exactly which market u r talkin bout. I definately have to vouch for u n say that one is not so good. But, great table and stool..keep it up ;-)

  4. I have a piano bench that could use this treatment. It turned out great!

  5. What a fabulous DIY transformation~well done!

    I hope you have stopped by to enter my giveaway.

  6. Nice project. I would love it if you would link this up in Modern Craftswoman Monday. Very well done. Rory

  7. Great redo. Looks fresh and modern now!

  8. Gorgeous transformation! I just adore the fabric with the white woodwork! Simply fabulous! Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  9. Thanks for linking and making this the most successful Modern Craftswoman Monday so far! Rory