What's in YOUR Toolbox?
Have you ever been frustrated while getting your furniture ready to paint?
Do you ever feel like chucking your project piece out the window?
Is it you or the piece?
There are three reasons why we get so frustrated when prepping our pieces. Which ones fit you?
- You don’t know how to clean or fix it.
- You don’t have the needed products (filler, cleaner, glues, etc.)
- You don’t have the tools to make the process easy.
There are so many tools out there to make our job easier, but how do you find out the best ones to use?
So often I see furniture flippers skip steps because they don’t know the right way to do something or they are just plain lazy.
There, I've said it. I've thought it. You've thought it. Even the lazy ones have thought it.
Sorry. That does sound harsh. But would you agree that there are lazy people out there who wear our title of "furniture artist" but don't fit the bill?
Slap it on, grab a buck and devil may care how long it lasts. And then hurt the prospects of those who do it right because your customer is disappointed in the piece they spent their hard earned money on.
Yep. There are those who are out there that either don’t know or don’t care. And that makes it hard for the rest of us who spend the time, effort and money and brain power doing it right.
Which are you?
I’m going to assume you are one of three if you are still reading this:
- You don’t know how to clean and/or repair your pieces and want to know how to do it the right way.
- You know how, but are not sure what’s out there that could make your job easier.
- You think you have it down, know what you’re doing, but are conscientious enough to keep learning and looking for better ways.
If you are any of those three – kudos to you.
If you know it all and don’t feel you need to learn any more, then stop reading. The desire to learn is a gift and the belief there is nothing else to learn will only lead to failure. We must always be learning and looking for better ways.
This week on my Facebook forum, Furniture Flipping Forum, we are talking about tools. I you’d like to join in, please do.
- Which ones are the best to use for repairs?
- Which make our jobs easier?
- What are the favorites of the group?
- Where do I find them?
Here’s a SHORT video below for you reviewing three of the tools in my tool box I use occasionally on my pieces - (afflinks) a contour scraper, picks and paint knives. They come in handy when I have a specific need. I do like to save time and effort! (I'm about to lose my voice, so you'll need to turn up your volume.)
I also posted a video on the forum earlier this week about a really great tool that I use every time I prep my pieces.
But... 3M doesn't make them any more, so if you see them, grab them before you can’t get them any more! Word has it that the company can’t get the stuff they need to make it any more. Check Home Depot online - rumor has it they might have a few in stock!
Having the right tool at the right time and using it correctly can make or break how well you enjoy redesigning your furniture or any DIY type of project you have going on. I'll be exploring more tools in the future - and not only the typical tool you think of when I say "tool."
We have lots of different kinds of tools like stencils, sanding blocks, brushes, scrubbies, sponges...anything we use to get our pieces from point A to point Z are tools.
What's in your tool box?
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Having the right tools not only makes our prep or design job easier but the enjoyment factor definitely improves. This week’s theme on our Furniture Flipping Forum on FB is all about 🛠 - What are your favorite tools? #furnitureflipping #furnitureredesign #furniturepainter #dotheprep #ilovetools #furnituredesigners
Lot's of fun stuff happening these days. Don't miss out!