Furniture Flipping


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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.

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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.

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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

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