I love a quick and easy weekend furniture flip and this gorgeous yellow piece is just that! But you’ll also learn some valuable tips and tricks that will be handy especially if you’re just getting started in the furniture flipping world or even if you’re just a dabbler.
We’ll go through how to repair broken veneer, how to scuff sand a piece to remove the gloss and shine and then we’ll prep and add some awesome raised stencils and some white wash wax at the very end. So let’s get started!!
Here’s the supply list for this DIY project:
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Surf Prep Sanding Kit (Use coupon code BELLARENOVARE10 )
Surf Prep Rad Pads (Sanding Pads)
Fix Broken Wood Veneer DIY
This piece had a couple of areas that needed some repairs before I could get started with my stencils and design so I needed to take a bit of time and fix it perfectly. You’ll see when the piece is done, you can’t even notice a thing. That’s part of furniture flipping, your pieces will not always be perfect, but don’t pass them up just because they need a bit of extra work.
This broken veneer is super easy to fix!
I bought a glue syringe on Amazon (linked above) and filled it with a little bit of glue in the areas where the veneer was lifting slightly. Just make sure to wipe off the excess when you pull out the syringe and you can also clamp it down afterwards. Next we’re going to tackle the broken areas using a 2 part product that is similar to Bondo (I live in Germany so what I am using is Germany’s version of Bondo). This stuff hardens very quickly after you use the hardener so you have to work quickly.
I mix mine on a piece of cardboard and make sure it’s blended really well and then apply to the area that I’m repairing. You’ll want to apply it and then go back and smooth it out completely with your spatula.
This is what it looks like with the Bondo applied just before I smooth it out with my spatula.
After it hardened, I took my sander with 120 grit paper and sanded it until it was just smooth. You don’t want to sand too much, or you’ll end up removing all of the Bondo that you just applied. Once it was smooth, I moved on to cleaning the entire piece really well with my White Lightening.
Prepping and Scuff Sanding DIY
I knew that I wanted to remove the glossy shine from this piece before I got started so after it was clean and dry, I did a light scuff sand (the key is doing this AFTER you clean, not before). Then I used a clean microfiber cloth and wiped the piece down.
Scuff sanding to remove the glossy finish. This is done AFTER you clean the entire piece.
My vision for this piece was to apply a pretty stencil using Mud in black before I applied the furniture paint. This mud dries lighter than it goes on but that didn’t matter because I knew I’d be painting over it after it had dried. I cut and trimmed the stencils because I didn’t want the border around it and then I taped it down to the area where I’d be applying the mud. For this part I needed the Mud, plastic spatula and stencils and I made sure to apply the Mud parallel to the piece so that the stencil didn’t get ruined. You also want to make sure that when you move to the next area on your piece, that you line up the stencil perfectly so that you have a continuous pattern and it doesn’t look like it’s stopping and starting. Stencils are a great way to add some interest and texture to your furniture flip.
Applying the Mud which will be a raised design when it’s dry.
If you put too much Mud on, use your spatula to move it along the stencil. If you have excess mud at the bottom when you remove the stencil, you can wipe it away with a dry cloth. If you have a little bit of bleeding from underneath the stencil, that can also be wiped away with a cotton swab or Q-tip.
This is just after I lifted the stencil but I cleaned it up with a cotton swab and a cloth.
When the Mud was dry, I used a Rad Pad to smooth out the stencil slightly. I still wanted the raised feel so I didn’t sand too much, but I did want a bit of a smoother feel to it.
I used a Rad Pad to smooth out the stencil very gently.
Using Chalk Mineral Paint to Paint the Entire Piece
After the stencil was complete around the top of the piece, I was ready to apply 2-3 coats of my Chalk Mineral Paint in Daisy. This yellow is so pretty and cheery. Remember this DIY project is supposed to be quick and easy so just one color of paint is going to do the trick perfectly.
The chalk mineral paint goes on right overtop of the raised stencil.
Here’s the piece with the dry coats of Daisy and you can see the stencil coming through slightly.
Adding Wax to the Finished Table to complete the quick weekend furniture flip.
Before adding the white wax, I sprayed this whole piece with a clear matte wax (Easy Peasy Spray Wax) because it helps the wax come off a little easier when I need to wipe it off.
Applying the white wax is fast and simple. Wax brushes makes it super easy. I applied the white wax all over the piece and made sure to really get it in all the little nooks so that it would still be visible in there after I wiped it back.
Applying the white wax after the Daisy chalk mineral paint had dried.
After you apply the wax, it’s REALLY important that you wipe off all the excess. You don’t want the wax just sitting on top of your piece. After you’ve wiped, wait 15-20 minutes and then come back and buff the piece with a clean micofiber cloth.
And that’s it!
Here’s our finished piece!
Like I said, this is a super quick weekend furniture flip and I’ve got a video showing you just how easy it is from start to finish. Make sure to watch it so you can do this on your next project. And if yellow isn’t your color, that’s ok, this technique will work with any color you choose.
If you want to go through this process step by step, watch the how to video!
If you liked this super simple flip, you may love some of my other videos so be sure to check out the rest of the blog for some of my other favorites like this one: https://bellarenovare.com/2018/12/faux-textured-finish-the-easy-way/