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Anyone can flip furniture if you have the appropriate tools to get the job done. In flipping furniture, there are 10 items I can’t live without. Hopefully, you have read my “Where to Find Furniture to Flip on a Budget” blog post (click here) and now you’re ready to get started. Here is a list of the basics you will need to flip that first piece. (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience).


1. A Good Sander – One of the most important of the 10 items when flipping furniture is a good sander. Any used piece will require some type of sanding. I use the DeWalt Orbital Sander. It fits nicely in my hand, with very little vibration. It runs smoothly but still has the power to get the job done. You can also sand in any direction. The dust bag collects dust, therefore very little mess. I do recommend sanding outside and wear a mask. I just moved the piece outside, right on the edge of the garage and thought it would be okay. Nope! Dust covered everything, and I mean everything! So be sure that you are outside away from anywhere you do not want dust to accumulate.


2. Sandpaper – I use Gator sandpaper. My stash normally consists of 60, 80, 120 and 220 grit. I have tried other sandpapers, and they just do not hold up to the quality of Gator. Other’s rip and tear, but Gator holds its own.


3. Cleaner – Most used pieces of furniture I have encountered had some form of dirt and grime. My go-to cleaner is simply a mixture of water and vinegar. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle, and your good to go! I used to use TSP, but vinegar and water work just as well and cost less.

Wood Filler

4. Wood Filler – Used furniture always has some dings or chips in the wood, so a good wood filler is a must. I use Elmer’s Carpenter Natural Wood Filler if I am painting the piece. If I am staining, I try not to use too much filler because quite frankly, there is no filler that stains very well. Both products are easy to use by applying with a paint scraper.


5. Paintbrush – A good quality paintbrush makes a world of difference. I use Wooster Silver Tip. The Silver Tips leave very little paint strokes and clean up very well. You can also reuse them if you clean them correctly.

Tack Cloth

6. Tack Cloth – Tack cloth is very important and inexpensive. Even after you wipe down your piece to remove the sanding dust, you will still have residue left. Tack cloth is sticky and will remove all the left-over residue on your project. You can find this at any local home improvement store, your local hardware store or order it online here.

Respirator or Mask

7. Respirator or Mask – This is very important when sanding or using oil-based topcoats. Always protect yourself. Older pieces can have lead paint and it’s hard to determine if they do or not. Wearing a mask will protect you.

Shop Towels

8. Shop Towels – I use these shop towels on a daily basis. They’re especially good at cleaning up spills! I have spilled paint and even stain on occasion and they absorb quickly and hold a lot of liquid. I also use them to clean pieces and to apply stains.

Disposable Gloves

9. Disposable Gloves – Gloves are important especially when staining. I do wear them when I paint as well because I paint inside my shop which is in my home. If I do not use gloves, my hands would be covered in paint and so would everything else I touch! (Note: Make sure that if you are allergic to latex, you choose a glove that is latex-free like the ones in the photo.)

Paper Cups or Plastic Containers

10. Paper cups or plastic containers – These are important to use to pour your paint in before you begin a job. This will keep you from contaminating your entire paint container. Paper cups and plastic containers are also wider at the top which makes dipping your paintbrush in easier and quicker. I have saved our Chinese plastic containers that the soup comes in and these work very well!

I have made it easier for you! I have included my affiliate links (which I earn a small commission when your purchase at no extra cost to you) so that you can order right from home and get started flipping!

Here are a few projects I have completed you may be interested in:

Thrift Store Tray Makeover

Thrift Store Cabinet Makeover – See what I did with a $1.00 television cabinet!

You can also scroll through my collection of Before and After Repurposed Furniture and Makeovers ideas

That’s it! I hope that Furniture Flipping – The 10 Items I Can’t Live Without will help you get started! I will be happy to help!


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