If you’re just getting started in furniture flipping, or aren’t happy with a product you’ve been using, it can be overwhelming with all the DIY products out there. Not all brands are created equal, which I learned when I bought generic spray paint and the coverage was all splotchy.
This is a list of my personal favorite products and brands – if you don’t see a specific product or brand listed here, I either haven’t tried it yet or I just didn’t care for it much. (I didn’t include basics such as a hammer and screwdrivers – just make sure they fit comfortably in your hand.)
And if you absolutely love a product that you don’t see here, feel free to leave a comment below – who knows, it could become one of my new favorites!
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Purdy paint brushes – Purdy has been my favorite paint brush brand for years. They’re well-made, clean up easily, and last practically forever if you take good care of them.
Artist paint brushes – For all those pretty details and hard to reach places. I prefer slanted tips.
Pouncers for stenciling – A pouncer makes stenciling so much easier. I like this set because there are a variety of sizes available. Plus, you can remove the foam from the plastic sheath and flip it to the other side if one end starts to get old.
Zinsser primer – This is an essential product for prep work. It stops bleed through and also blocks yucky odors. It’s the best primer that I’ve tried!
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – I’ve been a huge fan of this brand for years. It’s perfect for soft, matte finishes and lightly distressed pieces. I prefer to use Tough Coat (see below) as a topcoat instead of wax.
Fusion Mineral Paint – I tried this paint for the first time last year and became a big fan. It’s great for smooth, elegant finishes if you aren’t planning to distress. It’s self-leveling and self-curing, which means it doesn’t require a topcoat unless it’s a really high-traffic piece.
Modern Masters Metallic Paint – The best brand to use for metallic paint, available in tons of colors.
Fusion Mineral Tough Coat Topcoat – Tough Coat is a non-yellowing poly that I like to use over Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Start your project with the Zinsser primer and end it with Tough Coat – your results will be beautiful!
And so is the Cherry Blossom Stencil.
Matte Mod Podge – If you’re going to decoupage the outside of a piece or even just inside the drawers, you’ll need matte Mod Podge and a foam brush.
Cardboard boxes to use under projects:
FrogTape – For straight lines or for keeping paint away from where it doesn’t belong.
Rustoleum spray paint and comfort grip – Rustoleum gives the best coverage of any spray paint I’ve tried. The comfort grip will save your fingers from cramping up after holding down the spray button for so long – I love this accessory!
Minwax Wood Filler and scraper – A must-have product for filling holes, dents, and gouges before painting or staining.
Minwax wood stain – So many beautiful finishes to choose from; Espresso is one of our favorites.
Rustoleum Varathane clear matte polyurethane as a topcoat for stain – It dries soft and smooth without the glossy look.
Air compresser + pneumatic stapler for upholstery – This compressor and stapler combo makes upholstery projects so much faster and saves your fingers from pain! Excellent for more advanced reupholstery jobs (like This Chair I did). We have a compressor kit (linked above) which also includes a brad nailer and finish nailer.
Easy image transfers from Iron Orchid Designs – I cannot say enough about how much I love these image transfers. They are so easy to apply to furniture or decor and they give any piece a stunning new look! And I hear they’re coming out with new colored designs very soon!
Overhead projector + plastic transparency sheets – For custom image transfers onto furniture or even walls. (Yes I painted song lyrics on my bedroom wall Here.) Your best bet would be to buy one secondhand, like I did. Check Facebook, Craigslist, even schools or libraries that are upgrading their equipment.
Drill/Driver combo – Makes drilling and driving easy and comfortable, and I love the light that helps you see what you’re working on.
3M Sandpaper – I use 220 grit sheets most often, 120 for smoothing really rough surfaces, and 320 for getting a super soft finish. I buy the yellow sheets. I have tried the sanding blocks and just don’t care for them.
Random Orbit Sander – We recently bought a new Skil sander, and have only used it on a few pieces so far. We used to have a Craftsman that worked well for 5 years before it bit the (saw)dust. Even an inexpensive electric sander is a huge advantage when a project is too big for regular sandpaper.
Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System – The Kreg Jig is useful for any furniture projects or woodworking when you need screws that are hidden/angled.
Eye Goggles for protection – Extremely important to wear while using any power tools or doing any work where particles could fly into your eyes.
Respirator mask for mouth/nose protection – Important to wear while using power tools or with any product that has a strong odor. I prefer this one with the valve because it helps you breathe easier while wearing it.
That’s a long list, but if I think of any more DIY products that I forgot to include here, I will come back and update for you guys. I’d really appreciate it if you Pin this post (from the button at the top or bottom of the post) for future reference!
Talk soon friends, Jen