Bringing Life Back In

Greetings all! I have been busy since school has started; it’s been different but still great getting to know my students even in the virtual setting. Working from home has been a blessing because I get to use my lunch period to work on some of my projects which helps keep me sane.

How do I perfect my craft of flipping furniture, you ask? Well, I have picked up things from the roadside, garage sales, hand-me-downs, or, my favorite, Facebook Marketplace. I tend to forget taking the before picture which is upsetting when I want to see the before and after comparison, so remind yourself of that when starting a new project. After picture taking, I will clean up the furniture with Everspring Lavender & Bergamot All Purpose Cleaner because it is the BEST smelling scent I’ve ever used. Then I have my husband repair anything that needs fixing, like making a new shelf for a missing shelf, or doing a patch up job. I highly suggest having a partner help you out to get a quicker turn-around.

We got this for $6! It was missing a drawer and the backing to it. It was painted an ugly dark brown color that was chipping away. My husband added a board to create a shelf and put plywood on the back to create more support. We gave this to my mom for mother’s day and she loved it!

After he is done fixing things, I come in to clean it up once more then the fun part begins. I get figure out what I want to paint it. I will sometimes use Pinterest to give me some ideas or I will go with my gut, but no matter what, I will always use chalk paint because it is water-based and I can use it inside my house without getting light-headed from the smell. I love using Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint, Coastal Blue, 30-oz. – Quantity 2 because it is a nice dark blue color that has that notorious chalky feel to it. On this specific project, I used DecoArt Americana Crème Wax 8oz Deep Brown to give it that aged look using FolkArt Home Decor Chalk and Wax Brushes which is not something I usually do. The last step is ALWAYS sealing it with Minwax Polycrylic Water-Based Protective Clear Finish. After it is dried and ready to keep or sell, make sure to snap a picture of the finished product. I forgot to take a before picture so I used the one that was on Facebook Marketplace from the person I bought it from, but I did take the after picture, both of which are seen below. I love seeing the transformation! Now it’s your turn to try it out. Let me know how it goes by leaving a comment with a before and after picture. I can’t wait to see what y’all come up with!

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