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I have always loved antiques. My parents have a house, a barn, an old saw mill and a huge garage full of antiques. Old furniture is in my blood 🙂 so it was no surprise when I started furniture flipping.
I really enjoy going to second hand stores, like the Goodwill, and finding pieces of furniture that just need a little fixing up to be beautiful again.
Here are some tips and tricks I have learned along the way to take pieces from drab to fab!
First, you want to take all the handles off or put painters tape over them and any other parts you don’t want painted. This makes things so much easier then trying to paint around them.
The second step is to sand your furniture. This gives it a good surface for the paint to stick to and you can smooth out any blemishes it might have. I normally use this sand paper block with its comfortable sponge handle.
Then you want to wipe away all the dust from sanding with a cloth. Make sure you have a clean surface to paint.
Finally the fun happens! You paint your first coat of paint! I used this awesome little paint brush for this project. This paint brush has a comfy gel like handle and is super easy to clean and use over and over again.
I used Rust-Oleum chalk paint in Linen White for this table. I really like how the paint turned out. When you want an old antique look for your furniture, chalk paint is perfect because it won’t leave it looking shiney or glossy.
After the first coat is dry, I sand the whole piece again to give the paint the right texture it needs to adhere to the furniture. Wipe the piece down again and apply your second coat. Usually, two coats of paint looks good.
With some pieces, I’ll go back in with my sand paper and distress it a little. It gives the furniture an antique look. 🙂
Good luck and please let me know if these tips helped you with your furniture flipping projects 🙂
21 thoughts on “Furniture Flipping Tricks and Tips”
This is so cool! I don’t have a good eye on how to refurbish old furniture is this is very inspiring!
I honestly have been thinking about doing this and I find it helpful. My question would be, don’t you need to prime it? Or do you just need a paint that has a primer in it?
Awesome job! Your pieces look amazing! We recently stained our all living and dining room furniture. It’s a lot more time consuming than I originally thought [because some of the pieces were big], and we tried to make sure we sanded every side and corner. For next time, I’ll have to remember to sand in-between coats of paint!
This is one of my favorite things to do. Your pieces turned out beautifully. Thank you for sharing your work.
These look great. That last one, especially — the new hardware and paint makes it barely even look like the same piece of furniture.
I want to paint my kitchen cabinets like this. I’ll have to pass your site on to my friend who loves antique furniture.
Retro turns to modern piece of furnishing. I personally prefer the modern and minimalist one to the antiques. So this is a great idea transforming the old to new ones..
This is such a pretty refresh of a lovely antique! The steps you’ve highlighted make it seem quite do-able, even for a novice like me. I will have to take a look out for that paint.
I have thought of doing this & when I do, I’ll definitely be referring back to this post! Great post & pics! Thx
Wow! This is so cool! Thx for sharing! I can definitely learn from this
My husband loves taking on projects like this!! Love your tips and these pieces look so great!
I love refinishing furniture like this! I do it as a hobby to destress because I find it super relaxing to work on a piece and see it come to life…
Very nice! They look beautiful!
Oh this is great! I have a lot of old furniture after my grandma to which i’d like to give a little makeover so I could actually move into her old place but don’t feel like throwing it all away as the way it’s now it’s not exactly to my liking… So these are some very useful tips for me right now!! 🙂
So cool Annie, love all these pieces a d the great info. !!
These are awesome ideas! I have a lot of old furniture in my home. I will definitely try this tips of touch to make them amazing.
Very useful tips, like it.. 🙂
Oh this is SUCH a useful idea! thanks so much for sharing it 🙂
Very pretty. Love chalk paint. Thanks for the tips.
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Beautiful! You should do local workshops!! I would totally come and bring some friends!
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