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27 Ideas for Bargain Decorating with Antiques

Written by Carol Schalla

Midwest Living Senior Home Editor Carol Schalla loves the offbeat discoveries she finds at rural antiques markets. Try her tips for easy decorating with overlooked "junk."


Antiques with a twist

Quirky flea-market finds become interesting decorating opportunities when you put your imagination to work. Repurpose antiques, collectibles and architectural salvage to make a one-of-a-kind statement. Kick-start your creativity by asking a few questions about your find: Can it work as a container? Would it work as art? Where could it fit in your home? Check out our ideas on how to use some treasures we found, from kitchen items to toys:

1. A tin bread box (left) makes a unique vase or plant pot (just line it so it doesn't rust--and punch a drain hole), or it can organize your recipes inside.

2. A rusty stove becomes an indoor-outdoor plant holder with potted geraniums in the burner holes.

3. A curly building corbel (left) becomes a plate display piece.

4. An ornate fireplace mantel makes an unusual headboard.

5. A paneled door can become a blackboard, bulletin board or mirror with the proper insert in the top opening. Just lean it against the wall!


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