You’ve done the late-night Instagram or TikTok scrolling. So, by now, you’ve seen it already: people who flip furniture for a profit. With some catchy transitions and a trending song, you’ve probably noticed how they converted some old dresser or cabinet they found at a garage sale into a stunning, good-as-new statement piece. They make it seem so easy, but can you really flip furniture for a profit, or is it just another catchy way to get views?
I’m here to give you the inside scoop. Making money flipping furniture is a real opportunity. While it can be a side hustle, it can also give you the income you want and need to leave your 9-5 job for good.
How do I know all this? Because I did it! By finding the best furniture to flip for profit, I paid my monthly mortgage, covered costs for my husband’s schooling, and now make more money than I did at my previous job.
So yeah, the grass over here is as green as it looks. In my ebook, How to Flip Furniture and Make a Profit, I’m giving you all the dirty details on how to hop the fence. I cover how to start flipping furniture, the best furniture to flip for profit, and more.
Want a taste of what you’ll find find? Read on to be a nosey neighbor. I’ll even share some dresser flip ideas to jump-start your creativity!
So, how do you find the best furniture to flip for profit? It’s the first thing I cover in my ebook. Thankfully, with good ol’ Google right in the palm of your hand, there are many ways to get your hands on some great items.
Whether you use Facebook Marketplace or check out your local classifieds, you’re bound to find something. In my ebook, I share ways to train the Facebook algorithm for easy searching, reduce your perusing time, and negotiate the lowest possible price.
While online options have led me to gorgeous finds, don’t be so quick to overlook the power of word-of-mouth referrals! You never know who in your circle may have some items they want to offload. Look at this antique dresser I found through the help of a friend. It was beautiful and fun to work on (and may even provide you with some excellent dresser flip ideas).
If you’re new to flipping furniture for a profit, you might still need to learn about this essential step: prepping.
How you prep the pieces you find is the most important step in the process. It affects the final product and how much profit you can make. Why? Because the furniture you invest in will come in different styles, designs, and conditions. And most of the time, not in the best of conditions.
My ebook answers all the questions you’ll never think to ask. So when you’re staring at a nightstand that smells like it’s been sitting in a moldy basement for years (because it probably has!), you’ll know exactly what to do.
The ebook also covers common furniture damage (with pictures), how to repair and clean blemishes, must-have DIY materials, and how to tackle these DIY jobs at home. Know that you can do this whether you’re working out of a basement or the corner of your kitchen.
Instagram and TikTok have made it seem like flipping furniture is just about slapping on some paint. And while that’s a BIG and critical part of the process, it’s more complex than grabbing whatever’s on sale at Lowe’s and hoping for the best.
Heads up: painting cabinets is daunting; if it’s your first time doing it and you’re looking to test your painting ability, you’ll want to look at this!
When you flip furniture and get to the painting stage, you’ll quickly realize that not all paints bond well with different materials. Some have beautiful effects, while others make the item look worse than when you got it. Be highly selective with what you choose. If you want my recommendation, a paint that goes with and looks good on just about anything is BB Frösch!
In my ebook, I break down all the benefits of this paint, cover my go-to 5-step painting process, outline mistakes to avoid, and give you tricks to use when sealing your paint job for a finished look with polyurethane. Are you wondering about staining? That’s in there too! Trust me, I didn’t hold back.
If your Pinterest board is full of dreamy ideas on how you’re going to redecorate your house, then you’ve felt the power of staging. Staging is styling your piece so customers can imagine the item in their home and get ideas for how to get the look they want.
When you flip furniture, staging is often the deciding factor between whether you’ll only be able to treat yourself to an extra Starbucks drink or finally put that deposit down on the vacation you’ve been dreaming about. Staging is how you stand out and bring in the big money.
One major piece of staging advice I share in my ebook is that it’s all about setting the scene. You want whoever is looking at your item to be able to picture it in their home, so taking a picture of the item surrounded by your personal items won’t cut it.
But you don’t need to move or rent a place to stage your furniture. There are so many innovative and creative ways to stage your furniture from your home—I’ll give you my best tips and tricks on how to do it. You’ll learn how to select pieces that complement the style of the furniture you’re selling, how to photograph it, and so much more.
Learn more about staging (and steal some more dresser flip ideas) by checking out my most recent furniture flip.
It’s time for the moment you’ve been waiting for—selling the furniture you’ve flipped! How do you know what to charge, and how do you get the best possible sale?
These are great questions. In my early days of flipping furniture, I made some BIG mistakes that made me lose out on a lot of cash. I’m determined to keep you from making the same mistakes I did. That’s why, in my ebook, you’ll get my exact formula for deciding the rate to sell your flipped furniture.
I also cover the best places to list your items and the details you must include. Platforms like Marketplace and Craigslist are good places to start. But there’s another option you’ll want to explore as you get the hang of it and want to make a name for yourself!
Not everything on social media is what it seems. But this is the rare instance where it actually is! By knowing what to source, how to prep, paint, stage, and sell, you can hit the ground running and start quickly making profits. I’m giving you all that insight and more in my ebook, How to Flip Furniture and Make a Profit.
So whether you’re ready to start a side hustle or a full-time business flipping furniture, this is where it all begins!
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