Sometimes I like to pretend that I'm very clean and organized. Sometimes I pretend so well that it briefly becomes a reality. At least in my office. But when you go into my studio...well pretending happens a lot more infrequently. When inspiration strikes, it doesn't matter that 47 other projects are in the midst of completion. A perfect example of this happened today:
I found this chair, accompanied by a second matching chair, at my local Goodwill. Now, I've given up reupholstering. Or so I thought. I circled the chairs. I walked away from them, then immediately felt jealousy, thinking of someone else getting these chairs. They did, after all, pass most of my "Do I Really NEED to Makeover this Piece of Furniture" Test, or to be less wordy -
The Thrifty Furniture Test
1) Will I have to sew a cushion with a zipper? Nope! I realize this is a weird question, but it's the most important in my book. Sewing cushions is SO HARD FOR ME. I'm not quite sure why I can't wrap my head around creating a cushion, but attempting it makes me so anxious and annoyed, and sometimes really really really mad at my sewing machine. Avoiding things that piss you off are usually a good move in my book.
2) Is it made well? Yes. Sturdy. Cushions looked like they had just recently been reupholstered, but unfortunately were stained in a couple spots with what looked like candle wax.
3) Will I enjoy giving it a makeover? YES!!!
4) Will it take a long time to flip? Couple hours each, not bad
5) Can I make a profit when I flip it/Do I have most of the materials to flip it already? Yesssss
6) Is this something that will sell quickly? I do believe so, I mean LOOK AT IT! So cute!
7) Can it fit in my car? Yep!
8) Can I lift it myself? Mmmhmm!
9) Do I have 47 other projects in the works at the house right now that I should be focusing on instead? hehehehehe
If you're new to the land of furniture flipping, you may want to consider asking yourself the same questions - or cater them to what is most important to you. I'm really a freak when it comes to cushion making and it truly scares me away from furniture, even if it meets every other requirement on my list. Maybe for you, the thing that makes it not fun is having to create trim for the cushion, or maybe you hate sanding furniture and only want to get furniture that doesn't require that. Do what works for you, and don't force yourself to do a project that isn't going to be fun for at least 85% of the time. Of course the more fun, the better. :)
So needless to say, I bought the set. I used my 20% off coupon to Goodwill (when you donate 4 separate times to Goodwill, you get a 20% off coupon!), loaded them into my car and went on my way!
Unfortunately, now my studio looks like this. But I'm obsessed with how it's turning out! I only worked on it for about two hours and it's so pretty already! Can't wait to finish it up and get started on the second one! More photos coming soon :)
I think it'd be really fun to hear what makes YOU want to do a project, or take on a new job. What's your list look like? Share in the comments below!
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