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Decorate with Flea Market Finds

Give old dressers, lamps, tables, and picture frames a contemporary facelift.

By Kate Doherty; Produced by John Loecke

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Restoring and decorating with flea market finds
Wendell T. Webber
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All you need is some paint (and a little elbow grease) to transform flea market castoffs into one-of-a-kind decorative pieces for your home. New York designer John Loecke shows us how.

Getting Started: What to Considering Before Purchasing a Vintage Piece

—Be patient. Expect to sift through lots of junk to find a treasure—you may not even buy anything on your first visit.

—Disregard a piece's color or condition. You can sandpaper, varnish, and paint to fix almost any flaw.

—Consider how much work will be needed before you make a purchase.

—Examine everything. Open drawers to make sure they don't stick, shake a table to see if it's wobbly, and sit on a chair to test its sturdiness.

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