'Furniture-flipping' is a hot new TikTok trend where people show off quick restorations for sale. Check out these before-and-after photos from popular creators.
Samantha DelouyaAug 7, 2022, 17:55 IST
Jasmine Bautista of @prettylittleflips poses with an old dresser before its makeover.
That same dresser after her work.
Bautista said she picks furniture based on whether she's "able to see the potential." Here she poses with a broken table.
"I'm giving it a new life, I'm giving it a new home," Bautista said about the furniture she restores.
Bautista said she was always interested in creating things with her own hands and used to sell decorated cakes before she got into furniture flipping.
"After I flipped my first one, that was it. I ended up getting hooked," she said.
Grace Elletson of @graceful_designs_diy said she started refinishing furniture on the porch of her "mini apartment" and that "it kind of just blossomed into this obsession that I had."
Elletson now works out of a studio she rents in a milking barn just outside of Burlington, Vermont.
"I think my business is definitely half content creation, half furniture refinishing," Elletson said.
"There's so much that ends up going to the garbage I feel like there's a mad dash. I want to do it all, but of course, I can't," she said.
Elletson said she tries to teach her followers how to refinish furniture themselves, "so all this amazing stuff isn't getting trashed."
"You're going to make more unique and beautiful homes if you're able to buy secondhand," Elletson said. "If you're able to put that sweat into it because it does take effort."
McKay Floyd of @designsbymckay said she used to flip furniture for fun. She found this set of drawers at Goodwill.
Floyd said she mostly learned how to restore furniture by watching YouTube tutorials and from her dad.
Here is a superman-themed dresser Floyd worked on recently.
She says it takes her between 2 and 5 days to fix up a piece, and she works on several at a time.
Floyd said that posting on social media has helped her business take off. "TikTok definitely helps me sell the furniture," she said. "More now because I have more followers."
Floyd says she hopes her page will show people that "you don't necessarily always have to go out and spend thousands of dollars on new furniture. There are ways that you can flip it into something you like, and that looks super expensive."