Furniture Flipping

Save

eHow Home Blog

When it comes to furniture shopping there are a few odd birds (like me) who can rarely stomach the thought of buying brand-new. Armed with a few helpful furniture scavenging tips, the money to be saved in furniture flipping – not to mention the unbeatable ‘I did it!’ moment – is well worth the effort.

Know where to look…
Thrift and junk stores are always popular (and cost-effective) options, as are yard and estate sales, but don’t underestimate the power of friends and family. Some of my all-time favorite furniture flips have come from the depths of Grandma’s attic. Spread the word that you are looking for a piece of furniture to restore. Most people have at least a piece or two they are dying to get out of their house, and will gladly allow you to haul it away free of charge.

blog post photo

All materials are not created equal…
The solid bodies of older pieces of furniture tend to be able to handle the sanding, drilling, sawing and painting a bit better than newer pieces can. Sanding and painting a dusty, solid wood dresser will cause you far fewer headaches than trying to refurbish a piece composed of mostly particle board.

Work with imperfections, but know your limits…
Few older pieces are in pristine condition, so don’t write off furniture with loose drawer pulls or a wobbly table leg or two. However, do make sure you know your skill level before you completely demolish and rebuild a piece of furniture. A few easy changes for the novice furniture flipper: a simple coat of fresh paint, new drawer pulls, and swapping dresser drawers for baskets.

blog post photo

Having a customized piece crafted with your home in mind makes furniture flipping well worth the effort. (Not to mention how amazingly proud you’ll be of your budget-friendly accomplishment.) Give yourself a giant pat on the back and relax with a glass of wine, as you sit back to admire your handiwork.

Photo Credit: Cara Wilkerson

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!