Work station 101

Did you have time to link up at the party yet? If not, click on yesterday’s post and get linked up…then enjoy this post!

The other day I posted on my Facebook a picture of a batch of furniture that I had worked on.

Do you follow me on Facebook already? If “here” and head over there! We get to really hang out and get to know each other over there!

Anyways, I posted what a typical day looks like when I paint furniture.

Want to see?

Many of you were surprised at the amount of pieces that I worked on at one time and expressed interest in me doing posts on my process from start to finish.

When you speak. I listen.

Here you go!

I am going to add this post to my “How to flip furniture on CL series” because this is a huge part of being productive on flipping furniture. I will give you the links to the CL series at the end of this post. Why is prep important enough to be in the series?

Why is this important?

Because you need to make the most of your time! Time = money.

So, if you are interested…here you go. I will make it brief and break this up into several posts. Let’s just get started!

Create an organized work station. I use my driveway. You may have to use your yard. Garage or somewhere else.

This is one batch that I worked on to get ready for Inlet Queens.

I try to NEVER work on less than three pieces at one time.



Time = money.

I place my furniture in the batches that will be painted the same color…..

Here, let me show you what I mean.

Pull your pieces out and place in their sections.

Now, I have my work station almost ready.

Another important step before we start is my work cart.

I didn’t take a great pic, so here is a close-up with descriptions.

What is on your cart will relate to what you use. This was what I needed for the projects I had to work on that day.

Main things that stay on my cart:

*paint washable containers
*trash bag
*screw drivers flat and Phillips
*cleaning products
*paint I am using

Your first two important steps are now completed!

You are ready to start…..

Can you do this same process with one piece?


I am talking more about those of us that are re-selling but this process would also apply for large projects.

Take your large project and break it down into steps.

Organization is key if you want to finish it completely.

Now, that you have this post and you are waiting on the next work station post…what do you do?

Where can you start?

Start with your cart. If you don’t have a cart, what about a box. A basket.

Don’t think you have to have exactly what I have.

Customize this to fit your needs.

That is the beauty of being an “independant contractor”.

You are your own boss.

And if you want to put one, two, three or more pieces out at a time…..

Then you need a plan.

I can give you my tips and you can adapt them to what you need.

Sound good?

Here are the links to my CL flipping series btw if you need them. 101, 201, 301 , 401 , 501.

I will give you close-ups on a few of the pieces this week that you guys are getting peeks at and will post the 1st step that I do once my work station is ready.

Everyone still with me?



I would love to know what you think.

Talk to me!

Tell me what you need.



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27 thoughts on “Work station 101

    • June 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Yes, get a cart! I bought this for re-sale and a lightbulb went off, that I needed to be using it. It has been wonderful at keeping my items at hand and my work space tidy! Glad to know we work a-like. I consider that a compliment! Love, me

  • June 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! I can’t wait to read the others. I love reading everyones ideas and then smack myself and wonder why I didn’t think of that! I’m glad you did and shared it. ~pat

    • June 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Isn’t that funny how that happens. Something we totally should have thought of ourselves? Love that you are enjoying it! Love, Me

  • June 4, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    This could be my work area but I’m in a carport with some outside area. It’s amazing how we multitask!!! Good post!

  • June 5, 2012 at 12:57 am

    I still cant believe all those pieces are being done at once, but as a business I can definatley see the logic in doing it that way. You are one clever lady 🙂

    • June 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Michelle, what is funny is that I keep remember other pieces I did that day too. The sun was still out and I had paint left… I didn’t stop. : ) Love, Me

  • June 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I just back read all your flipping series posts.

    Great info!

    I have a couple pieces that I want to flip- but living in an apartment, it’s real hard!

    • June 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Becca, I will go into a post where I talk about maximizing your storage space with your pieces. I hope it helps you with the apartment situation . Love, Me

  • June 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    This is exactly what I needed! Thanks for taking the time to post this!

  • June 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Great post – I just read all of your CL series. Nice tips!

    • June 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to read them! Love that you are here. Make sure you are subscribed so that you don’t miss a single post. : ) Love, Me

  • June 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    All I can say is it’s a good thing we are not neighborhood would hate us! I do a lot of furniture updates as well, but I hand paint intricate details on many. I work out of my living room for the detail parts and can do several a day. Thank you for this blog it is very interesting!

    • June 5, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Just saw that I put anonymous…lol try this again.

    • June 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Therese, so glad you identified yourself! A friend from hometalk! We would have a blast shocking the neighborhood but even more so, finding the deals! Stick around! Make sure to take the time to “hang” with me on Facebook. I love getting to know my readers over there! Love, Me

  • June 12, 2012 at 12:17 am

    I am amazed at how many pieces you do at once. I haven’t gotten up the courage yet to redo furniture, but I think you’ll give me the push. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

  • August 7, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Great idea….. I usually work on one peice at a time but will be working on a huge project soon.. Love painting


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