How does that saying go? One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. For some this saying is very true, which can be good for you. Have you ever put any thought into refinishing furniture at home to make some extra cash?
Let’s take a look into refinishing furniture and how to get started.
Where to start?
First off where to start? You are going to need some furniture. If you are just starting out I wouldn’t pay for any furniture just yet. There are many ways to get old furniture for FREE.
Try driving around your area on trash nights and see if anyone is throwing out any old tables, dressers, desk or other old furniture.
It doesn’t matter if it’s missing drawers or little things like that. You might score some dresser drawers a little later.
- Coffee tables
- Kitchen tables
- Side tables
- Wooden chairs
- Wooden night stands
What’s Next? Refinishing your furniture
Next you may want to start planning out what you want to do with the piece of furniture you picked up.
Use your imagination, get ideas from online and take a look at other furniture in stores.
If you are looking for any ideas I would suggest using Pinterest to find some really good ones. Most of the time they will give you step by step instructions. You can:
- Change out parts
- & much more
Now that you have planned what you want to do, get started.
What to do when you are finished with your furniture?
Now that you are done with your creation, you can make you some money.
Don’t just tell your friends and family what you have for sale. Put it up for sale online as well. Post a ad on Craigslist, Let Go, Facebook and anywhere else you can think of.
How much money can you make?
Hopefully you were able to pick up the furniture for free. If so you may have to spend a few bucks on paint, sand paper, paint brushes or maybe some wood stain. Which is worth it, after you sell your furniture you will definitely be making more money than you put out.
Do a little research online. See what other people are charging for similar items in your area. You don’t want to under charge, but you also don’t want to overcharge. Overcharging will not sell your furniture.
An example, you refinished a coffee table. You sanded it down and re-stained it. You got the table for free and spent $20-$30 on materials. After it is all said and done you might be able to sell that table for $50-$80 bucks depending on the table. That could put an extra $20-$60 in your pocket for one piece of furniture.
Tips for Refinishing Furniture
- Take your time and put forth the effort, because if you don’t it will show. The better the quality the better the money.
- Sand with the grain of the wood. This is really important rule to follow.
- Let your paint dry all the way between coats. Watch out for drips when painting.
- Don’t be afraid to put your own personal touch or a bit of personality into your work.
- If you are going to refinish furniture for a profit use furniture made out of real wood. That’s where you are going to see money as well.
- Take pretty pictures when you are posting it for sale. Try not have paint cans and brushes laying around on or around. Find some items you have laying around the house and use them as props for your picture.
- List if for sale in a couple places not just one.
- Accept cash only. Listen to your gut if a sale sounds a little fishy, more then likely your gut is correct. Be safe.
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