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How to Flip Furniture

Have you heard the term furniture flipping? Well to flip furniture basically means to upcycle or paint it, but it does have the connotations of selling it for a profit. 

We’ve been fortunate enough on Upcycle My Stuff to have a whole host of professional furniture painters provide us with detailed tutorials about how to turn a low value or even broken piece of furniture into high value statement pieces.

Below are some highlights of some of our favourite furniture flips by professional upcyclers with links to the how to guides. 

Of course if you are looking to start up an upcycling business yourself you need to make sure you are getting your pricing right.

Getting pricing right involves not overspending on materials, not underpricing your work and making sure you have a budget for marketing.

You can read more about how to price upcycled and handmade products (including furniture) in this post. You can also find more resources for new upcycling business here.

Now on to the lovely furniture flip eye candy!

From Drab to High End – Sideboard Furniture Flip

sideboard furniture flip before
Before – Julia Clare Interiors
sideboard furniture flip after
After – Julia Clare Interiors

I love how this furniture flip kept some of the character of the wood but made it gorgeous instead of dated.

Julia Clare of Julia Clare Interiors was the furniture flipper for this project and she gave us the How to Guide on how to transform a Vintage Buffet here. Yes, I called it a sideboard, I’m a heathen like that!

Find Julia on Instagram here: @juliaclareint

Mid-Century Chest of Drawers – Pink Furniture Flip

mid century drawers furniture flip - before
Before – Upcycled Restyled
midcentury drawers furniture flip - after
After – Upcycled Restyled

Pink furniture makes me happy. I can’t help it. So this furniture flip by Katie of Upcycled Restyled will always be a favourite. She kept some lovely wood on display on the top in this one too.

You can find her brilliant step by step tutorial here.

Find Katie on Instagram Here: @upcycledrestyled

Paint it Beautiful – Armchair Flip

painted fabric armchair - before
Before – Ayr Brushed
painted fabric armchair makeover - after
After – Ayr Brushed

This velour armchair got the furniture flip treatment by Alison West of Ayr Brushed. She used Fusion Mineral Paint to paint it beautiful and the results speak for themselves. What an upgrade!

You can find her tutorial with all the materials needed and a step by step run through here.

You can find Alison on Instagram here: @ayrbrushed

Antique French Chairs – Expert Upholstery & Paint Flip

antique chair furniture flip - before
Before – Vintage Revamped
antique chairs furniture flip after
After – Vintage Revamped

It’s not for the faint of heart to tackle flipping actual antique chairs.

But Amanda Klipp of Vintage Revamped did a fabulous job with these ones using her expert upholstery and furniture painting skills to give them a much needed makeover that retains their period character.

You can find her amazingly detailed upholstery and painting tutorial here.

You can find Amanda on Instagram here: @vintagerevamped_za

From Bureau to Art Deco Drinks Cabinet – Luxury Furniture Flip

bureau furniture flip - before
Before – Made by Murphy
Art Deco drinks cabinet - after
After – Made by Murphy

Wowee is all that usually comes to mind when I see a before and after shot from the lovely Shona of Made by Murphy. This Bureau to Art Deco Drinks Cabinet flip was no exception.

Art deco is kind of Shona’s speciality style and she gave us the how to guide including how she created those fabulous stripes here.

You can find Shona on instagram here: @madebymurphy1

Art Deco Dressing Table Furniture Flip

dressing table painted furniture makeover
Before – Coco & Clementine
art deco dressing table makeover after
After – Coco & Clementine

If you like Art Deco you’ll love this makeover too from another member of our Business Directory – Coco & Clementine.

Imogen from Coco & Clementine flipped this dressing table using Fusion Mineral Paint and wallpaper. She even shared a nifty trick for reviving the hardware that involves….ketchup(!).

Get all the details of how she did it here.

Find Imogen on Instagram here: @cocoandclementine

Faux Marble Drinks Trolley Flip

drinks trolley furniture flip before
Before – Julia Clare Interiors
drinks trolley furniture flip after
After – Julia Clare Interiors

Julia Clare is a talented lady and thus she has been featured twice in this post! This time it’s for this faux marble drinks trolley furniture flip.

This was a job Julia did for a client, including sourcing the original trolley.

You can find the guide for how she did this plus a printable version of the faux marble technique that can be used on all sorts of projects here.

Telephone Table Furniture Flip

telephone table makeover - before
Before – Revamped Furniture & Home
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After – Revamped Furniture & Home

Beverley Wilde of Revamped Furniture & Home transformed this dated telephone table into a piece of farmhouse chic.

Key to the flip in this instance was the grain sack stripe effect she painted on to the new upholstery fabric for the seat.

She gave us all the details and a video tutorial for how to achieve straight grain sack stripes on fabric here.

You can find Beverley on Instagram here: @revampedfurniture1

Farmhouse Coffee Table Furniture Flip

coffee table makeover
Before – Chic & Shabulous
DIY coffee table makeover with shadowbox
After – Chic & Shabulous

Marie from Chic & Shabulous updated this worn out coffee table by building in a shadow box including new glass and a faux wood effect on top.

This one requires some wood cutting to build the shadowbox frame but if you have the tools or know someone who does it’s well worth the attempt. The transformation is stunning and the table is so much more functional.

Check out the how to guide here.

You can find Marie on Instagram here: @chicandshabulous

If you are looking for more information about how to start your own upcycling business start here.

To see more of the amazing upcycling businesses in our directory go here.

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Wendie Marie Williams

Thursday 25th of March 2021

Wow that are fabulous

Kristen Hubert

Friday 26th of March 2021

So glad you like them!


Wednesday 13th of January 2021

Please stop encouraging people to paint over high quality solid wood - it’s hideous, ruins the original craftsmanship, and will look completely dated in less than 5 years. This is like when boomers put carpet over all those nice hard wood floors. Wood is timeless, naturally gorgeous, and a limited resource. Stop.

Kristen Hubert

Thursday 14th of January 2021

There definitely are big differences of opinion on this one! My Grandfather was the same - he would never paint furniture. But I work with lots of really talented furniture painters who are closer to artists than anything else. The furniture they makeover is kind of like their canvas. The other unfortunate fact is that many people wouldn't be interested in buying/using these old pieces of furniture in their natural wood finishes. So sometimes it really is paint it or throw it away so if that's the choice I'd far rather someone painted it!

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