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7 High Profit Furniture Makeovers

Updated: Sep 10, 2022

I love refurbishing furniture for a profit. It's one of the best feelings, knowing you are keeping it local and out of the landfill. Most of these pieces, I get from non-for-profit places like Habitat Restore, Goodwill, and Red Racks. Here are some I've sold on FB Marketplace.

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This chest of drawers was so easy to paint. I just took out all the drawers and painted the frame black. Then I took off the knobs and spray painted them black and painted the drawers a light grey. This is one of my favorite flips.

These were originally a yellow, blond color from the 60's. This time I didn't take the hardware off. I just spray painted the hardware white and the drawers white at the same time. Then I took all the drawers out of the dresser and painted the frame gray.

This update was a lot of fun because it was so fast. I took the handles off and spray painted them black. Then I used this AWESOME gel stain.

All it took was one coat, and that took less than an hour to apply with a brush. The dry time is about one day though. The profit on this one felt like robbery. I bought it for $60 and sold on FB Marketplace for $340.

This Lexington dresser was a cherry color when I bought it. I painted it with a light grey, latex wall paint and then applied antiquing glaze, with a cloth, over the entire piece. I bought it for $80 and sold it for $280.

These were painted with several coats of white wall paint and then sanded off in random areas for a distressed finish. Paid $40 for both and sold for $250.

This one was already sanded down to the bare wood, so it absorbed the paint very well and gave it this unique look. Once again, I took off the handles to spray paint them black and then painted the whole thing with a red latex wall paint. Bought for $50 and sold for $280.

I've found that dressers bring the most profit compared to other pieces of furniture. Solid wood with properly functioning drawers is a must. If you can't get a drawer to work right, it can be taken out and turned into a shelf.

I only spend a few minutes lightly sanding the dresser right before painting it. I'm just trying to rough up the surface a little bit so the paint can get a better grip.

I don't spend a ton on overpriced (in my opinion) paints. I like to buy the 8oz sample size from the hardware store paint department. It's less than $4 and will cover one or two dressers.

I've been painting furniture with plain old latex wall paint for years now, and as long as the piece is clean and sanded down it works just fine. I have several pieces in my own home that I've painted this way, and they look just like they did when I first painted them years ago.

After the paint has dried, I always put a clear polycrylic topcoat on. The top of the dresser is going to get the most use and abuse, so it's especially helpful to put a clear coat over the top and let it thoroughly dry before use.

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