Must Have Materials for Your First Furniture Flip

Must Have Materials for Your First Furniture Flip

8 items you need for your first furniture flip. We kept it simple, so no big purchases or power tools!


You’ll need a screwdriver to remove the hardware and put it back on when you’re done painting. 

Degreasing Cleaner

Unfortunately you can’t just dive right into painting. You need to prep your piece and that starts with cleaning it. It’s important to use a degreaser to get allll the nasty oils and other grime off of the surface so that when you sand you don’t push it even further into the wood. Plus paint adheres way better to a clean, non-greasy surface. My favorite cleaner to use is Krud Kutter.

Wood Filler

Wood filler can be used to fill in any scratches, gouges or dents on your piece. A little goes a long way so no need to buy a giant container yet, unless you’re planning to do a bunch of flips or can use it for other projects. 

Sand Paper

Scuff sanding is ALWAYS necessary to make sure the paint adheres to your piece. You’ll also need it to sand any areas where you used the wood filler so that it’s smooth and level with the rest of the surface. 120 is a great grit to purchase for your first pack!


This is another step needed to make sure the paint adheres to the surface of your piece. It can also prevent discoloration from wood stain bleeding through to your paint. Make sure you get a stain blocking primer. Sometimes they can be a little pricey, but it’s always worth it in the long run. Plus a gallon goes a LONG way. 

Paint Brush

It’s important to use high quality paint brushes, so that you get good coverage with each stroke and minimal brush strokes once your paint dries. I love to use an oval brush when I’m painting by hand.


There’s so many amazing colors to choose from, but my go-to line of paint is the One Hour Enamel by Wise Owl. It’s extremely durable and you don’t need a top coat for it, which saves you time. Paired with the primer you get excellent coverage and adhesion!

Top Coat

If you choose a different line of paint for color, you can always use the clear One Hour Enamel as a top coat. Or if you’re sealing wood, a furniture wax, tonic or salve will do the trick!

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