Flea Market Fixer Challenge

February 24, 2015

Today I get to kick off my partnership with Valspar paint! So excited to be on its Blogger Panel this year; and share some really cool projects and color stories with all of you. The challenge for today’s post was to find a flea market piece to make over with Valspar’s Chalky Finish Paint.

Sprucing up flea market finds has been one of my favorite hobbies since I was in college, so couldn’t wait to tackle this mission. We have been discovering some of the great antique and flea markets Atlanta has to offer. Saturday Gabe and I made a date of it, and we went on the hunt for some possible subjects to make over…

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We started at Lakewood Antique Market. Lots of good pieces ready for some love. The Fiestaware always calls my name. Paris on Ponce and Scotts Antiques are two other fantastic places to play treasure hunt, but since we were already up north we ended up at Queen of Hearts….

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^^ Here was the winner! This piece will be used as an entryway console, with drawers for storage! When you don’t have a basement, you have to start thinking of ways to use things for multiple purposes. The drawers will be perfect for storing little shoes and toys;) I can’t wait to go over this with new color and pulls!


^^ This piece was a close second. If only we had space for a wardrobe! Pieces at Queen of Hearts are usually already painted to sell. It is nice to have a wide selection of furniture that is already prepped. The prices range there, but you can find some really reasonable pieces.

I will be using Valspar Chalky Finish Paint as well as wax finish to give this piece a color makeover. Valspar’s Chalky Finish Paint launches at Lowe’s March 1st!. It is hard to hunt down a good chalky finish paint. I would find it once in a while at particular flea markets, but never had any luck finding it in stores, so I am so happy it will be easily accessible. It’s also nice that it is durable, affordable, and easily layered 🙂

There are many finish options such as matte, distressed, satin and antiqued; and I am leaning towards the satin finish. The paint is compatible with the Clear Sealing Wax which that provides a protective coating to ensure a longer lifespan, and the Dark Antiquing Wax highlights crevices for a vintage look. I am having a tough time deciding on the color. Here is some inspiration I am using as a guide…


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I would love to pull it into the color scheme we are developing for the living room. There are some great options so I have narrowed them down to Opera Gown, Trousseau Blue, or Beaded Reticule 🙂 Stay tuned! Will be sure to share the finished result soon.

This project is in partnership with Valspar paint. I am so excited to be doing a few upcoming projects with them!

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