Tips from Paris for finding the best upcycling inspiration from any flea market!
Potential for UseWhen looking for items for upcycling projects, I focus on the material, shape and potential use. It’s a good idea to ignore the color, as that is something that can always be updated. I grabbed up this three-tier basket when I saw it, even though the color didn’t appeal to me at all. A few coats of spray paint and I had the perfect storage for my rubber stamps. Click here to read more about how I transformed this basket.
I love nothing better than to head out on Sunday mornings to search for treasures. I started out collecting trims and buttons for my papercrafts, many of which you'll find in my Etsy shop. We dream of owning a stone farmhouse one day, and so I am always looking for furniture, décor and kitchen items with which to furnish it. Some of them come home with me, others are just ideas for future purchases. Along the way I’ve found many items we use on a daily basis. As a crafter, I am always looking for creative ways to store my supplies, and I find the bulk of my storage solutions while thrifting. Some I use as-is, others I update a bit.
Make sure to check the sturdiness of the item you’re thinking of purchasing. If it’s wooden, be sure check for damage from chipping, rot or termites. Turn items upside down, try out all the moving parts, and decide whether you can repair an item that might have a fault. This wooden sewing basket was missing a couple of screws which we replaced, and now it’s pressed into service in my scraproom holding embellishments.
If you're heading out to look for storage items, make sure that you measure of the spots where you need them at home, and walk the flea market with a measuring tape to ensure that the items you find will fit! I love baskets, and will buy them whenever I can. I can always find a use for them! I thought the color and pattern on this wicker basket was quite ugly, but I loved the shape, the fact that it was intact, and also the price of about $1.50!
With some of the items I’ve found, I don’t need to do anything but put them in place. This vintage bread basket functions perfectly as-is to store rolls of paper.