Six Things Every Furniture Flipper Needs

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My husband jokes with me that I’ve become quite the handy-woman.


There used to be a lot more things I would ask for his help with, but after flipping furniture for over two years now, I can make my way around our garage pretty well.

Friends and family often ask me about furniture flipping projects they’re trying out, specifically what are the essential items they need to get the job done right.

Besides stain, paint, and a quality paint brush, what else is there that you absolutely need?

After a lot of sweaty time spent in my garage working on pieces, I have compiled my list six things every furniture flipper needs to have as a part of the regular tools and  resources.


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1.  Wood Glue

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When dealing with old furniture, there is always a plentiful supply of veneer that needs to be re-glued or drawer joints that need some extra support . . . you get the picture.

2.  Spring Clamps

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These go along with the wood glue.  I like these small, plastic clamps because they are flexible and can be stuck into small spaces.

They do a great job at holding together glued pieces while the glue dries.

3.  Stainable Wood Filler

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wood filler

Sometimes you can’t salvage the veneer to glue it back down, or it’s just missing all together–that’s where wood filler comes in.

Apply it with a putty knife (or I’m really fancy and use my finger), let dry, and sand the area smooth.


I also use wood filler to fill in extra hardware holes.  It’s so easy to change a piece from having handles to just knobs–just add wood filler to the extra hole!

4.  Lots and Lots of Rags

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Things get dirty fast when you’re sanding, filling, gluing, or painting, so a big supply of rags is a must.

Buy of box or go through your husband’s old t-shirts to make your own (you should probably ask him first though!)

5.  Orbital Sander

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A friend told me awhile back that she had tried to sand down a table top using sandpaper–poor thing!

A powered sander is a must for refinishing jobs, and an orbital sander is my sander of choice.

It’s not perfect, but it’s a good, multi-purpose, easy-to-use sander that most anyone can operate.

6.  Minwax Pre-Stain Conditioner

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Once you have everything glued, filled, and sanded, it’s time to apply this product.

I use it before I apply stain to wood EVERY time.  I won’t stain anything without it. Best of all, it’s cheap and will last you a long time.


So, there you have it!  If you already have your paintbrush, paint, and stain and have just been wondering what else you may need to start that furniture flipping project, now you know–time to get started!

Do you have other items that are essential to your refinishing projects?

Please share! I’d love to hear about your go-to furniture flipping tools.


Elizabeth Corbine

Wednesday 20th of September 2023

Furniture cleaner and degreaser


Sunday 14th of September 2014

Great list and I have now added pre-stain conditioner to my HD list! Thank you! I would only add one flipping requires a vehicle to haul your "finds"..although I suppose you could have it delivered, but there goes your profit! :D And in my case, one VERY understanding/supportive Hubby..I'm becoming quite the garage hog!


Sunday 14th of September 2014

Yes to both of those Cynthia! We just reorganized our garage this weekend because my stuff had taken over! Definitely try the pre-stain conditioner, it's worth it :)


Tuesday 9th of September 2014

Hi Melanie! Great post and very informative. From one "flipper" to must have items are a shop vac and TSP. Most of the pieces I bring home are really gross (tons of dirt and spider webs) and they always get a really good bath as soon as they come into my shop. Love your work:)


Tuesday 9th of September 2014

Yes Mary Beth! Those are both great ideas also. Thanks for your comment :)


Thursday 4th of September 2014

Great post Melanie!! A few basic items and you can work wonders on lost and found pieces. Thanks for sharing at The Handmade Hangout. I am featuring this at Redouxinteriors tonight and encouraging people to pin it! (from your site!)

Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

Monday 1st of September 2014

Great tips from a very talented lady - featuring this week on the Pinterest board!


Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

Thank you Dawn, for your comment and for the pin :)

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