Regular flea market and yard sale shoppers know secondhand sources are ideal for buying tables. But, if you don't find the table you want right away, those same sources have all the bits and pieces you need to build your own tables. You can make dining, occasional, and entry tables from flea market and yard sale finds.
Alternative Occasional Tables
Sometimes the most interesting table solutions aren't really tables at all.
Non-traditional objects turned into tables show your creativity and add interest to your rooms. They're also an inexpensive way to make do until you find your dream table. You can make alternative tables from stack of pillow or books, old cable spools, stepladders, or even a fallen tree.
Glassed topped tables with unusual bases are available from most furniture manufacturers. The prices range from high to low. Most of their pieces are just reproductions of antique, vintage, and salvaged objects, so why not make your own? Flea markets are full of interesting items to you can use as a table base. You can use architectural salvage columns, sewing machine bases, sawhorses, oversized pots and vases, or garden statuary. Once you choose your favorite base, have a thick glass top cut to fit and your table is ready to use.
Your entry hall is the first room your guests see as you welcome them into your home.
Thus, your entry hall decor should make a good first impression. You certainly don't want to leave it bare. If you want people to think of you as a creative person with fine taste, you'll need an unusual entry table, and you can make one from flea market finds. Perhaps you can make yours from an old iron balcony rail from New Orleans, or from vintage pieces of architectural salvage.
You can even hang a simple shelf, and then skirt it with a knockout, vintage fabric.
If you're wondering what to do with that fabulous old wooden window you found at the flea market, consider using it to make a table. You can use old windows to make tables of all types. You just need a window of the right size and shape for the top.
You can even make a shadow box cocktail or end table to house collectibles or small pieces of paper memorabilia. Start with a simple box construction and add legs. Then, hinge the old window to the box. Stain or paint it to suit the rest of your decor, and load your shadow box table with your favorite things. They'll stay safe under the window glass.