How to Flip Furniture Like A Pro (Buffet Makeover) Part 1

Furniture Makeover

Today’s post is all about maximizing on your furniture makeover sales. If you are going to do this for a living, then a good lesson to learn is to not let yourself get sentimental about your finds and think how to best maximize your earnings, while keeping in mind (and this one is important) how to fit your new found pieces in today’s lifestyles and habits. Think about who your potential customer is. Usually splitting up a set or recycling one furniture piece into different pieces and uses, is the best way from a re-sale value. It is much easier to sell individual pieces than it is to sell, let’s say, a full bedroom set to one customer, or a separate mirror and dresser -vs- a dresser with a mirror attached. You would limit all those potential customers who would want to hang art above or place it underneath a window, etc.

How to Flip Furniture Like A Pro (Buffet Makeover) Part 1

Let’s take the above buffet I recently purchased for re-sale. While I really do appreciate it’s history, leaving it intact and not painted, well it would really not appeal to too many people. Remember what I mentioned above, think about who your potential customer would be. My plan for this piece is to recycle it into three different pieces and uses.

Here is part 1 of the makeover, I removed the top hutch and used the bottom part to be used as a buffet.

How to Flip Furniture Like A Pro (Buffet Makeover) Part 1

It was painted in the color “Driftwood” by Dixie Belle Paint and sealed with Black Wax. The black wax darkened the grey paint slightly and gave it a layered effect, not so flat looking. The raw wood also got sealed with the black wax.

How to Flip Furniture Like A Pro (Buffet Makeover) Part 1

With the top part removed, it is much more of a versatile piece and although it is an antique, it does not feel stuffy and it will fit much easier in today’s spaces and lifestyle.

How to Flip Furniture Like A Pro (Buffet Makeover) Part 1

Since it is a solid wood piece, I decided to keep the top natural.

The interior drawers were painted in a soft blue for just a touch of whimsy and surprise. The color is “Haint Blue”, also by Dixie Belle Paint.

How to Flip Furniture Like A Pro (Buffet Makeover) Part 1

Here are some work-in-progress pictures.

After removing the top mirror and rooftop (the top covered part, not sure what you actually call it), I stripped the top with stripping gel.

How to Flip Furniture Like A Pro (Buffet Makeover) Part 1

I Then used this soft-handled sanding tool, which I find really makes sanding easier, to remove all the gummy residue and really get down to the raw wood.

How to Flip Furniture Like A Pro (Buffet Makeover) Part 1

Since I had removed the mirror, there was a gap left on the top back, like there was a backsplash missing so I up-cycled these two leftover pieces of wood from the harp of another dresser’s mirror into a backsplash. This looks more finished.

How to Flip Furniture Like A Pro (Buffet Makeover) Part 1

I sanded the backsplash and joined the two pieces of wood together.

How to Flip Furniture Like A Pro (Buffet Makeover) Part 1

I’m still working on the other parts of the buffet so I will share what I did in another post. Stay tuned for Part 2.

Have a great day.

-Mary-

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35 Comments

  • Reply
    Terri
    January 23, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Wow…… that is one amazing make over !!! Beautiful !!! Excited to see part 2

    • Reply
      Mary
      January 23, 2019 at 3:53 pm

      Stay tuned!

  • Reply
    Melissa
    January 23, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    I love this piece before and would find a place for it in my home, but it is amazing after too!

    • Reply
      Mary
      January 23, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      Thank you Melissa. For re-sale, I have to go with what would attract the greatest potential for buyers since it is for re-sale.

  • Reply
    Gertie Tenllado
    January 23, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Wonderful post! Those big, heavy pieces are being saved with this kind of thought!

    • Reply
      Mary
      January 23, 2019 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks Gertie. That is definitely the trend since our spaces our getting smaller, the furniture needs to adapt.

  • Reply
    Lee
    January 23, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Beautiful and a very clever strategy!

    • Reply
      Mary
      January 23, 2019 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you.

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    Mary-The Boondocks Blog
    January 23, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Mary this looks so gorgeous! I love the combination of the driftwood and the dark wax. The wood top also looks great! I am looking forward to seeing what you do with the rest especially that canopy.

    • Reply
      Mary
      January 23, 2019 at 7:20 pm

      Thanks Mary.

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    Martha King
    January 23, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    I absolute love the color choice and wow! Using the black wax is brilliant!
    I’m now going to try to find the paint fora piece I have. Thanks for sharing your creativity.
    xo
    Martha

    • Reply
      Mary
      January 24, 2019 at 2:32 pm

      I’m so glad you like it Martha. Have a great day.

  • Reply
    Ruth
    January 24, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Great ideas, beautiful work. Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply
      Mary
      January 24, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      You’re welcome. Thanks for reading the post.

  • Reply
    Fiona Gaven
    January 24, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Looks fantastic Mary, can’t wait to see the rest. Xxx

    • Reply
      Mary
      January 25, 2019 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks Fiona.

  • Reply
    radkecs
    January 24, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    I love all your make overs. This one is charming.

    • Reply
      Mary
      January 25, 2019 at 4:11 pm

      Thank you so much.

  • Reply
    Patricia Blyth
    January 24, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Looks terrific Mary! Also wanted to congratulate you on your 10 page spread in Flea Market magazine. I just happened to flip through it at the grocery store by sheer luck. Well done!!
    Patricia

    • Reply
      Mary
      January 25, 2019 at 4:12 pm

      Thank you Patricia. I’m so glad someone was able to find it!

  • Reply
    Angie Chavez at Knick of Time
    January 24, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    It’s stunning Mary! I hope you share it next week at Talk of the Town. I’d love to feature it!

    • Reply
      Mary
      January 25, 2019 at 4:12 pm

      Thank you Angie. I will hop on over and link it.

  • Reply
    Rose Ellen Lefebvre
    January 24, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Looking forward to seeing it all done. What will you use the removed top for? That wil also be interestng

    • Reply
      Mary
      January 25, 2019 at 4:13 pm

      Stay tuned!

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    jessica woodall
    January 25, 2019 at 5:43 am

    Beautiful…I have a piece i am working on with nooks and crannies like the decorative details on yours…I am having a hard time stripping those nooks and crannies…i have used toothpicks….stiff brushes etc…suggestions on stripping those spots would be helpful… I am going to keep the natural wood and seal it hence wanting it stripped completely…thank you

    • Reply
      Mary
      January 25, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      Yes, it definitely took a few tries of pouring on some stripping gel and scraping. I used a combination of a stiff brush, steel wool pads and sanding sponges. The real stripping professionals would put it in a bath of stripping gel which would make it much easier. Just do a bit at a time and it won’t seem so overwhelming. Good luck.

  • Reply
    Cindy
    January 25, 2019 at 9:48 am

    What a gorgeous transformation! I love to take apart furniture and re-use pieces in other projects too :). Can’t wait to see the next post!

    • Reply
      Mary
      January 25, 2019 at 4:16 pm

      Thanks Cindy and have a great day.

  • Reply
    flippdoutfurniture
    January 25, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Brilliant and Beautiful as always!

    • Reply
      Mary
      January 25, 2019 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Reply
    Josée
    February 1, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Good-Morning Mary: I’ve been following you for some time now. You are amazing! Your talent is beyond words. I always look forward to have the chance to see your work. WoW! Beautiful piece.♥

    • Reply
      Mary
      February 4, 2019 at 1:04 pm

      Thank your for reading my blog, Josée. Have a great day.

  • Reply
    Lora Bloomquist
    February 3, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    Great refresh, Mary! And love your wise advice. Another bonus of selling all the pieces separately…you usually make more $$! Congrats on the Funky Junk feature! Love your style!

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      Mary
      February 4, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      Thank you Lora. Hope you are having a great day.

  • Reply
    mimirhea
    September 24, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Mary. I think we are kindred souls. HA HA. First the stenciled dresser and now this dresser. I am painting a dresser for my daughter with Driftwood right now. May i ask how you applied the dark wax? Dark was is intimidating to me but it sure looks good on this piece. Those pieces you used for the “back splash” fit perfectly. didn’t it?
    Again, thank you for sharing. It is much appreciated.

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