Painting and selling furniture is a great way to make extra money!
I have been selling furniture for years, and I’m going to give you some tips I wish I would’ve known when I first started.
These are a few of the pieces I have sold:
Three of those pieces of furniture were bought in a garage sale, one was from the thrift store, and one was picked from the garbage…..yes, the garbage!
We’ll get to where you can get furniture in a bit. But first, let’s talk about if this is really something you want to do.
Painting and selling furniture can definitely be fun and rewarding, but it’s also work! You don’t want to do something if you don’t like it, so I suggest you start out small.
Don’t run out and buy a bunch of furniture, paint one thing and decide you hate it. Start with something small, such as an end table. Those sell great and don’t take as much tome to paint.
I use chalk paint to paint the furniture I’m going to sell. It’s perfect because you don’t have to sand or prep the furniture. You can just get right to it. There are a ton of posts you can read on Pinterest to teach you how to use chalk paint.
Personally, I do not use Annie Sloan chalk paint. I’m sure it’s a great product, but it’s expensive. I buy chalk paint from Joann’s, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby.
The great thing about buying chalk paint from those stores is you can use a coupon if it’s not on sale! I never buy chalk paint at full price.
If you’re going to sell the furniture you definitely want to keep costs down. The more you spend to make the piece, the less money you will make.
Here’s another tip, did you know you can buy paint brushes at the dollar store? That’s another great way to save money.
I love to use vibrant colors to paint the furniture I’m selling. But, one thing I’ve learned is those pieces take longer to sell. If you’re looking to move a piece quickly, keep it basic. Black, white and gray tend to sell very quickly.
End tables vs. dressers. Both pieces of furniture sell great. Obviously painting a dresser will take more time, but will also sell for more money.
“Garbage picking” is the best way to acquire new furniture. It’s free!! Know when garbage day is in your area and just drive around the night before. I usually go to the “nicer” subdivisions by me and find great pieces.
The thrift store is another great option. They usually have sales throughout the month when they are overstocked with furniture. You can call your local store to find out when those sales happen.
One time I bought a coffee table, and two end tables for $33. It was a matching set which made it great to sell. I knew I would make a huge profit!
Something that can easily spruce up a piece of furniture is new hardware, but don’t be quick to get rid of the old hardware. A can of spray paint can do wonders for hardware. If you buy a can of black spray paint it will last a long time and in the end it’s much cheaper than buying new furniture.
Before selling this piece the hardware was gold and old, but I spray painted the hardware and brought it back to life.
With the next piece the hardware didn’t work, so I had to buy a new knob.
Hobby Lobby has great knobs! And again, you can use a coupon if they’re not on sale.
Where should you list the furniture you’re selling? There are quite a few options, but I prefer Facebook Marketplace. I like that I can check out somebody’s profile before meeting them.
Before Facebook I used to use Craigslist, but I didn’t feel quite as safe.
If the furniture I’m selling is a smaller piece I will meet the person in a public parking lot (with cameras). If I’m selling a dresser or table they usually have to come to my house. I’m always extra cautious when that happens and I’m never home alone when they come.
With that said, I’ve never had a bad experience (knock on wood). But it’s always best to be as safe as possible!
These are all of the tips I can think of for now. I will update the post if I think of more valuable information.
My last piece of advice is to get started!! What are you waiting for? 🙂