Flipping furniture is an enjoyable hobby for me. I love the act of starting with something that is less than perfect and turning it into something useable and decorative. There is a lot of satisfaction in going from Point A to Point B.
I will also admit that flipping furniture can be frustrating. Over the last couple of years I have learned a few things, so let me share my best tips and tricks for flipping furniture with you.
Personally, this is a rule for me in most areas of life. Being overwhelmed is not something that I enjoy, nor is it motivating, so I always start with manageable portions. A stool or a shelf are great pieces to begin with.
To be honest I almost never spend more than $5 on any piece to begin with. Patience is required, as well as creativity. Search Facebook groups, yard sales, and friends with too much junk in their garages. You will be surprised how much free stuff you can come up with. The desk/stool set in this post was free to me.
Have A Plan
Do not just start collecting a bunch of items. When you start flipping furniture people will start giving you stuff. I learned the hard way that I need to say “no” to some items. The style of a piece is very important to the look of a finished piece. Have a vision in mind when you start.
Collect Real Wood
I learned this the hard way too. Furniture with laminate tops does not allow for sanding or stripping. You can chalk paint it, but I usually like to sand before painting to achieve a smooth surface.
Stripping furniture is a lot more time consuming than giving a piece a nice sanding and adding some wood filler to any gouges or holes. Unless you really want to invest time in a particular piece, go for super simple.
At some point you have to dive in and do it. If you stay on the cheap side of things it is not a big deal if you have to throw something away. A piece that ends up in the trash is always a good learning tool!
I hope these tips and tricks for flipping furniture help you to actually do it! It is worthwhile to start with a piece of furniture that is less than ideal and when you are done end up with a lovely piece to display in your home or sell.
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