Refinished End Tables Pair Up to Become Cora & Nora

Refinished End Tables Pair Up to Become Cora & Nora

#sponsored   Estate sales are a great way to find matched sets. Twin end tables are rare and are highly sought after in the furniture rehab world. We found Cora & Nora, along with their matching coffee table, last summer at an estate sale in Stevens Point. The finish was "OK" but I like my furniture to be more than "OK". "OK" is good enough for boring people.   True that? So how do we "un-boring" it?     Stuck on the Old-World Look. You could call it shabby chic, distressed, farmstyle, etc. but basically the "imperfect" has become the new "perfect." Smooth, consistent, and coordinating have been replaced with chipped, shaded Continue reading

Bakers Rack Repurposed as Paint Studio Storage

Bakers Rack Repurposed as Paint Studio Storage

Sometimes You Don't Want to Paint Did I just say that out loud? Most of the time we look for projects to paint but occasionally we decide to keep it as is, just spiff it up a bit by adding detail or simply cleaning it up. We found this bakers rack on a weekend getaway to Door County at a sweet little consignment shop for just $35. It may have been an impulse buy, but it was one of the best so far. I Dragged it Out of Our Barn to Paint it for My New Studio I decided I liked it as is and cleaned it with water, a scrubbie and (afflinks) Krud Kutter. Sometimes Krud Kutter works better than you want and it took off a bit of the grunge that I thought was part of its charm, mainly, the water ring. BUT, sometimes a snafu can lead you to better Continue reading

Coffee Table Comes Alive – An OFMP Update

Coffee Table Comes Alive – An OFMP Update

#sponsored post   Once in a while my DH will surprise me and bring home a piece of furniture. He found a little coffee table at a garage sale that had seen better days and brought it home to be revived. It always amazes me how a piece can be "worthless" in someone's eyes, but then after a bit of redesign or refinishing it becomes a highly sought after piece of art.       OFMP generiously provided the (aff links) Lexington and Tavern Green milk paint, along with the Extra Bond for my project. They are a great company to work with, and its CEO, Ann, is a very gracious lady. Her customer service is above reproach and she is always willing to help with project advice.   LIST Continue reading

Furniture Staging – Lighting

Furniture Staging – Lighting

Natural Light is Fickle I went a couple of years without proper lighting for my furniture staging. It proved to be very difficult to catch natural light and eliminate distracting shadows. I would often have to fix any lighting errors on Photoshop before I was able to post my projects. Frustrating didn’t cover it. It made me crazy to spend hours trying to create a quality representation of my piece. The worst moment was when I needed to get my post out and I hadn’t taken pictures yet and the sun was fading. Ugh. It wasn’t pretty.   Choosing the Right Light Kit My DH finally decided to just go on ahead and buy me a light kit, the (aff link) Fancierstudio FL9060S4 3800 Watt Softbox Light Kit after I told him about one that I Continue reading

The Complete Guide to Shipping Furniture

The Complete Guide to Shipping Furniture

Jenni Ingram from Roots & Wings Furniture wrote (aff link) The Complete Guide to Shipping Furniture Ebook for those of us who are considering extending our market - but are afraid to take that step toward shipping nationwide. Take Your Furniture Business to the Next Level You may be interested in learning the ins and outs of shipping your furniture. When you've put your heart and soul into redesigning and refinishing your piece and then get a request from a state 1000 miles away you are so frustrated! The thought of shipping your furniture seems too much trouble and too risky.   BUT, at the same time you also know that if you were willing to ship to out-of-state customers you Continue reading

1980s Style Bookshelf Redesigned

1980s Style Bookshelf Redesigned

I've been tooting the   "flip it don't toss it" horn for quite a while now - have you heard it?   Look around your house. Do you own any funiture that is the same ol' same ol' from the 80s? Are you tired of hum drum? Let's look at a bookshelf re-designed out of the 80s and into the present.   This old thing has been sitting in my hallways for a dozen years. It was time for a change and I'm not willing to go out and spend $100, but I will pick up a brush. Since (aff link) The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company provided products for this project, I was able to experiment a bit and come up with an original piece of art.   Yep. I said "art." Art Continue reading

It’s About TIME – The Skinny on a Little Side Table

It’s About TIME – The Skinny on a Little Side Table

Last week when I tried out the (aff link) HomeRight Finish Max on a rolling storage cabinet, I threw in a little skinny side table. Two for the price of one, so to speak.       It was green, then dark brown, and now it's a light tan, with decorative stenciling.         It's a bore no more.   Super easy, 1,2,3,4   1. Spray one coat with Benjamin Moore Advance using a (aff link) HomeRight Finish Max. I only did one coat for easy distressing.         2. Distress, lightly.   3. (aff link) Stencil clocks and some French script. Continue reading

Rolling Cabinet Makeover with HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer

Rolling Cabinet Makeover with HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer

"Spray it Pretty" #sponsored post This month The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest®,  "Spray it Pretty" is sponsored by (aff link) HomeRight. They sent us all a Finish Max sprayer to complete our projects, something I've been hearing a lot about from other furniture flippers, so I was glad to give it a try.   Along with the sprayer gift, HomeRight is giving prizes to one winner - one being this (aff links) spray shelter.   We bought "Ellie" at an estate sale - the same one where we got the Ethan Allen China Cabinet that I turned into a buffet a few months ago.    She was one of the last pieces remaining at the estate sale on the last day. I hadn't even Continue reading

7 Tips for Pricing Flipped Furniture Without Stress

7 Tips for Pricing Flipped Furniture Without Stress

As you finish your flipped furniture and put it up for sale, do your research on pricing and then stick to your advertised price. Every piece I've sold has had low-ball offers thrown at me. Here is a bit of advice drawn from experience on how to lessen the stress associated with selling your creations:   1. Don't be offended - most people are looking for a deal and don't think of it is offensive to low-ball or to ask for a discount. I usually just respond with, "Thanks for the offer, but my price is firm." It never pays to be rude. Within a few minutes of posting "Katherine", I received an offer of $100 - I had it priced at $175, a special price since it was so close to Christmas. Here is the actual PM: . She Continue reading

Ethan Allen Coffee Table Stars in “The Taming of the Shrew”

Ethan Allen Coffee Table Stars in “The Taming of the Shrew”

#sponsored post It looked like an easy flip...   Have you ever had a DIY project that you just wanted to throw out the window, chop it up with an ax and then burn it to make sure it was totally eradicated from your memory?   Beware of the "easy" ones... There's a little consignment shop about 45 minutes from us that we go to occasionally to look for furniture to flip. The prices are reasonable, usually, so it's worth the trip. Of course visiting their other little shops and burger joint doesn't hurt the experience either. We found an Ethan Allen coffee table that looked like an easy flip, so we grabbed it and brought it home. (It's the "EASY" ones you need to Continue reading