I love shopping flea markets and I usually go for the junk! For some reason, rusted and old pieces of unique items inspire me in decorating. Maybe it’s the unexpected that I find to be so intriguing! I do know that I get such a warm and fuzzy feeling from seeing an old seemingly useless piece of junk used in a new decorative way.
I spotted this metal basket which my husband informed me was an industrial parts washer basket. It was covered in more rust than what is shown when I bought it but I thought it had such possibilities!
I cleaned it up and use it to hold books on my distressed trunk coffee table for now. I also thought about filling it with some pillar candles or some sort of florals for a nice contrast. Since I haven’t ever seen a basket quite like this for sale in a regular home decor shop, I am quite happy with my junk basket purchase. The metal finish works great with the metal pieces on my trunk table as well!
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Another item that I picked up recently was an antique muffin tin. This was also a little bit rusted and I liked the overall design. At first I thought about simply hanging it on the wall in the kitchen but then I had another idea. I thought it would be great for holding tea lights and a little bit of sparkle for some contrast:
I used clear faux rocks to surround the cream tea lights for a fun shabby chic style. When the candles are lit, the old muffin tin looks especially elegant in it’s new role!
Have you re-purposed any unique flea market finds into some decorative home decor? I would love to have you share your ideas here!
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