Farmhouse Coffee Table Furniture Flip

Written by Jessica Mitchel

I've been flipping furniture for profit for over eight months. I like to share all of the tips, tricks, and learning lessons along the way.

July 8, 2022

Thir furniture flip took way to much… it really was a waste of time.

Now, before you freak out, just know that most flips are totally worth it. And I’m definitely still int he elarning curve phase of my furniture flipping journey.

I’ve learned over the course of the last few months, that coffee tables just don’t sell well in my area, so they’re not worth putting a ton of time and money into.

Of course, that’s exactly what I did with this furniture flip.

How I Flipped This Coffee Table

Overall, this coffee table was pretty easy. The most time-consuming portion of this coffee table was removing the very thick layers of original paint.

This coffee table was another trash find. Originally, it was all white, but the paint job wasn’t that great. It was very thick and uneven.

I also decided I wanted a two-toned look (one of my favorite styles). So after a quick cleaning, it was time to remove the paint.

I began by sanding the top with my orbital sander. However, because there was so much paint and the accumulation of heat during sanding, the paint became gummy, which meant frequent changing of the sand paper.

I pushed through with the sand paper, but looking back, it would have been much quicker to use a paint stripper. Especially, since I was trying to save the veneer so I could stain it.

The base was a different story…

Because of all the curves, it was pretty difficult using the sander. So instead, I used citrus strip to remove all of the original coats of paint. This took SEVERAL cycles of stripper and a lot of elbow grease.

This was the most time consuming part of this flip.

I received a few tips after posting a youtube video about this flip. Someone recommended using a heat gun, assuming it was latex paint, to help remove it. I haven’t tried this yet, but it might be worth giving a try.

Once all of the original paint was stripped, it was time to give this piece a new look.

I decided to paint the bottom white. Yep, you heard that right. So, why did I strip the bottom? I don’t really have a good answer for you. I thought I needed to in order to give the new apaint a good sticking point, but I don’t think it was actually necessary.

I will say, the new paint did stick pretty well. I ended up doing three coats of paint. Plus a primer coat, of course.

For the top, I ended up going with a pretty dark color, Kona. I decided to go dark to help cover some small areas where I had sanded through the original veneer. This color of stain did a great job masking those areas.

The final step was adding the top coat. I added for a matte poly coat and did two coats on the top, since this is a high-use item.

So, did I sell it?

The quick answer, is no, not yet. I originally posted this coffee table for $325, mostly as an experiemnet since I spent over 10 hours working on this furnture flip.

Luckily, I kept costs fairly low with the supplies. Here is what I used and spent.

I spent $10 between paint and stain. And another $10 for sand paper and Citrus Strip.

Overall, I spent a little over $20 on this furniture flip.

It might not have been the most expensive furntiure flip, but it was one of the most time-consuming furniture flips I’ve done.

I love the way this table turned out, but it definitely wasn’t worth the time spent. Especially since I’m having a hard time selling it.

However, I just see this as part of the learning curve of furniture flipping.

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