All posts by Sarah Pelley

A Christmas wish list for furniture flippers.

This is the ultimate wish list for anyone thinking about flipping furniture for fun or for profit. All of the links in this post are affiliates, if you purchase from them I will receive a small kickback.

First up is a paint sprayer, now if you have ever painted a chair by hand you know this is numero uno on the list. I have extensive knowledge in this area so I can confidently recommend this machine. It’s perfect for beginners, easy to use and clean and leaves a smooth professional finish. I still regularly bring this one out for small to medium-sized projects.

 

 

Next up we have a circular sander, Tabletops can’t be sanded well will anything smaller, a mouse sander or similar is fine for very small projects but refinishing tables take a little more power. I use this exact one every week and it’s definitely been put through its paces! It easy to use and has an adjustable power level, so it can be used on more delicate surfaces such as veneer. A must have for the furniture flipper.

Not all pieces of furniture will require machine sanding, and for hand sanding, I have found THE best invention EVER! Sandi Hand sanding glove. It was invented by a lovely Australian lady called Jenny you can read her story here! I am the UK & Ireland distributor with stockist in the UK. The sanding glove comes in 2 types, a cotton glove with 2 grits 80 & 120, and a Tradesman glove which is harder wearing. Replacement grits comes in packs of 3 and grits sizes from 80 all the way up to 2000. Its perfect for prep, carvings and hard to reach areas they also work amazingly on spindles!

 

A Christmas wish list for furniture flippers.

Also on the wish list is some basic tools, all furniture flippers need a few good tools in their arsenal and these will do perfectly! This set comes in a toolbox and let’s be honest, it doesn’t hurt that they are pink! I love that they all match. This one is on my own wish list!

We are nearly set! just a couple more items and we will be ready to rock n roll. If we are painting furniture we are going to need brushes… lots and lots of brushes, well that’s not true but we do need a good couple quality brushes. There are hundreds on the market and I’ve tried a whole bunch of them but the ones I love the most are Staalmeester brushes … they are the bomb!! I work with Fusion Mineral Paint and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and these brushes are a perfect fit.

Lasst but not least some safty gear. Be safe and have fun!

So there you have it A Christmas wish list for furniture flippers. I only wish I had these tools when I first started out it would have saved me a blister or 2. If you try any of them out let me know what you think!

Sarah X

Gold leaf a before and after.

It’s funny how trends come back around, isn’t it? Metallics are bang on trend again with Copper and Rose gold taking the lead. It has been used in many ways in Interiors but opulence, glamour, and warmth have always been synonymous with the shiny stuff!

My client had bought a Rococo style console and mirror, an import from China. A great design and size but bare wood, just waiting for its makeover. The client had a vision of something bold and we tested out a few finishes but she chose a Gold Leaf and Black Glaze.

 

Gold leaf a before and after.

Primed and ready for the base coat.

 

The clients husband kindly primed it and it arrived at the shop like this all masked and ready for the base coat. 👌 I base coated it black because the glaze was going to be black and I knew the Gold leaf wouldn’t go all the way into the holes in the carved areas. It would ensure the whole piece came together and looked cohesive.

I sprayed the whole thing with Fusion’s Coal Black with my spray gun. I get asked all the time which gun I use, this is my recommendation for beginners and Pro’s it’s the Clarke HVLP unit and I bust this one out if the project is small to medium.

 

Gold Size.

Gold Leaf before and after.

Base coated and a coat of Gold size/adhesive applied.

The Gold size is just a fancy word for the glue/adhesive used to stick the Gold leaf, it’s water based and is a milky white when applied. You know when its come to tack because it’s clear and if you put your finger on it and pull, it makes a pop sound.

 

Gold Leaf

Once the glue is at tack you place the leaf on the glue, when the entire project is covered you push the leaf into the nooks and crannies with a soft brush buffing away the excess as you go. Now I’m not the neatest person when I’m working but I’ll tell ya this stuff gets everywhere!! It looked a mess in the workshop when I was done, but I did manage to salvage some of it for another project.

Gold leaf before and after.

Not a great pic, but look at the mess!!

Glazing

I used Fusion’s clear glaze tinted with Coal Black, using an old brush I scrubbed the Glaze all over the piece leaving it to grab for a while before I wiped off the excess with a clean damp rag.

This video shows the Glaze being applied.

 

This video shows it being wiped off.

I hope that shows how easy it is to use Glazes, I love to use them to accent pieces like this one. I also did An easy guide to Glazing post you can find that here.

Top coat

The client didn’t want to lose the beautiful metallic sheen from the gold leaf so a satin top coat was applied, I used an aerosol kind and it worked beautifully. Without further ado lets look at the end result, I must say I was really pleased with how it turned out and thankfully so was the client ..  Brucey bonus!

Gold Leaf before and after

close up of the carved details.

 

Gold Leaf before and after.

Console top glazed.

 

Gold Leaf before and after.

Gold Leaf before and after.

 

Gold Leaf before and after.

Opulent and Glamours.

I’m really pleased with how it turned out, the patina on the flat areas from the glaze looks brill! Although on a large scale, this technique is simple and easy, anyone can do this.

If you have used Gold Leaf before for furniture or other home decor items, I’d love to see the pictures! post them below or pop over to my Facebook page and leave them there.

Sarah X