Yesterday I decided to check out the Rose Bowl Flea. Because it was raining, I went ready to find a good deal (I figured people would be bargaining because of the weather.)
I found some good stuff, but it wasn’t as great as usual. I’m sure people didn’t want to have their really good stuff out in the rain. I ended up buying one side table for a friend, but that vendor wasn’t really budging on the price. I guess fewer sales meant less negotiating.
Anyway, here are my flea market finds from yesterday:
I’ve come across two different two tone pieces in the past month or so… and think they’re totally going to be the new thing. It’s really a lovely look for a guest room, for a guy’s room, or if you just want to make a statement.
Best of all? It’s a totally easy update for rehabbers at any level!
Forget about rehabbing an entire piece, just paint the trim, change the knobs, and you’re good to go! For a piece that’s more plain or doesn’t have trim, you can create the look with painter’s tape.
Wait and see, this look will be EVERYWHERE by next year. It’s a simple (and inexpensive!) way to update a classic, make a statement, and give your room some pizzaz.
So it’s pretty basic that color and fabric can completely transform a piece of furniture. The right combo can take something you want to hide in the corner to a showpiece that everyone loves. The wrong picks can make a piece that was already pretty good look pretty terrible. I saw a lot both today at the Long Beach flea market.
Not as big (therefore not as intimidating) as the Rose Bowl flea market, Long Beach still had a wide variety of stuff. It had great vintage clothes, dishes and colored glass as far as the eye can see, lots of pieces of furniture sitting there just waiting to be rehabbed, and some really creative finished items. It didn’t seem as crowded as Rose Bowl or even Fairfax, but I went at the end of the day, so it may have died down by then. Anyway, I left feeling super inspired.
So, walking down the aisles, searching for that perfect piece for my next project, I nearly choked when I stumbled upon chairs just like my roadside find I recently finished. Remember this post? These chairs?!
Well, they were just like them but different. Different fabric, different paint, different feel.
I loved mine so much I couldn’t bear to sell them. These just weren’t my style… but it was cool to see someone else’s take on the exact same piece. It really goes to show how much difference the paint and fabric can make!