In this episode, Cara is chatting with furniture maker, content creator, and fellow podcaster Katie Freeman. Katie gives insight into her furniture design process, including how she finds inspo for her designs. She covers tips for getting started in your DIY journey using furniture flipping or restoration.
what i’m loving this week
Real Milk Paint Co is one of the amazing sponsors for the Furniture Flip Challenge. They’re a family-owned business and their paint is child-safe, no VOC, environmentally friendly and non-toxic.
It arrives powdered and you add water to mix it – this not only means it stores better and can’t dry out, but it also means you can control the thickness since you’ll mix it yourself. Mix it up what you need, as you need it — mixing with more water to create a wash, or less water if you want it a little thicker.
The paint that will give you a matte, velvet, chalky finish and sticks to a majority of surfaces without any priming or sanding.
stuff we just need to talk about
furniture flipping was how I got into diy!
I started my DIY journey by flipping furniture. Back then I was terrified to use a saw, but I wanted to decorate my space on the cheap. I knew how to use ONE power tool — a drill —so I was on the hunt for decor projects with major impact that were mainly power tool free. I bought some pieces from goodwill, invested in my first sander (a 30-something dollar ryobi random orbit sander) and started giving these pieces a glow-up.
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The best piece I ever flipped (above) was a nightstand I bought for $5 — it was covered in layers of bright red paint that I stripped of, stained it, added new hardware and a pop of blue and then ended up selling it for $85!
Whether its something you want to do as a side hustle or just for yourself, flipping furniture is totally an amazing way to get into diy and get hands on learning tools since you don’t have to start from scratch and build.
let’s talk about it!
What do you think!?
“I am passionate about making furniture and home décor that pushes the boundaries of design through form and color. Additionally, I am a social media influencer creating and producing content around my projects for platforms such as TikTok and YouTube. My content aims to inspire and entertain. I also host the weekly podcast, the Maker Mom Podcast, where I share the stories of other maker Moms in order to inspire other women and Moms who currently are or want to get started as a maker, woodworker, or artist. Just recently, I started doing public speaking events around my passion for making and inspiring other women to get into the making trade.” — Katie
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