Furniture Flipping 101

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As a furniture rehab enthusiast, nothing makes me more excited than to hear someone say, “I love to see your furniture before and afters and I can’t wait to take on a do-it-yourself furniture rehab of my own!” At this point in the conversation, I’m practically jumping into their lap, I’m so thrilled…until they follow with these dreaded words: “…but I just don’t think I can do it.”

Listen to me, friends. There are no magic powers needed to transform that old dresser that has been collecting dust in the attic, but I do understand the apprehension that accompanies taking on your first DIY. So let’s start simple with furniture flipping 101: the dining chair.

Bringing an old, creaky dining chair back to life is not only one of the simpler projects out there, but it’s also the perfect beginner rehab project for a number of reasons…

1. Easy to find. Dining chairs are everywhere (thrift stores, yard sales, your great aunt’s attic) and usually only run around $10-25 a pop.

2. Paint color/fabric combos are endless. Hint: choose your fabric first, then pick out a coordinating paint color.

3. Super simple. If you can physically hold a paint brush, there is no reason why you can’t give this one a shot.

Inexpensive, creative and simple to do, a dining chair rehab is definitely a great way to start on the road to rehabbing and take a piece of furniture in your home from frumpy to fabulous!


– Cara Wilkerson writes the real estate and home improvement blog Live the Home Life.

Photo Credits: Live the Home Life

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