Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Holy Guacamole, Look What She Did!!!

I'm always getting blamed on our Furniture Flippin' Facebook page for being a bad influence on all of you.  I guess it's my knack for getting you to goof off when you should be working or my standing advice to "GO RESCUE THAT PIECE OF FURNITURE!" even though you don't have any more room to store stuff and your car might have to sit outside all winter.  It might also have something to do with my months of Facebook jailtime I served during the May-July months of this year.  I didn't earn those stripes but I proudly wore them.  It gave me a little street cred.  At least that's what I tell myself. (I also wasn't the only one in there.  I'll give ya names if ya want!)

In the case of today's featured furniture flipper, we ALL influenced her and it wasn't in a bad way.  (Nor are the examples listed above.  That's called being a "fun influence".)

Let's meet Karen Schulz Carr.  Some of you may already know this lovely lady.  She's a frequent poster of ours and she is a sweetheart, too!  

Karen has always had the urge to try her hand at furniture flipping.  One day she went through her house and thought about what could be her guinea pig.  She walked into her guest room and decided this would be her first project...

^See that!  I would be remiss in my duties if I did not point out that Karen did something even some of the most veteran furniture flippers forget to do.  She took a BEFORE picture.  (Oh, Karen, you listened.  You really listened.  I'm so proud.)

Karen writes that it was our Facebook site and all of the postings that inspired her and she thought to herself, "Hey, I could do this."   (I LOVE that!  When you think you can't do something listen to that little voice that says, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can." Then, GET OFF THE TRACKS!!  There's a train coming!)  

Karen had bought the dresser about 8 years ago at a garage sale.  It was missing a knob on one of the top drawers so she trekked off to Hobby Lobby and picked up some new knobs for that row only.

For the paint, she had heard about different chalk type paints and determined they were not in her budget.  So, she decided to make her own chalk type paint.  She checked on different recipes and finally settled on the following recipe:  5 tablespoons of Plaster of Paris to 2 tablespoons of water, mix well until smooth.  Then mix that into 2 cups of your paint.   Karen used Glidden paint.  She chose the color "Fresh Guacamole".  She played around with the recipe and added a tiny bit more of Plaster of Paris until she achieved the consistency she wanted.   Her evaluation of this recipe and it's application:  Karen writes, "I loved it!  2 cups of paint is all it took to paint that dresser and I used several coats.  I didn't brush it on.  I dabbed it on. The side view of the dresser is dabbing it until I was satisfied with the different shades.  It was so fun!"

Karen sanded a little before she painted and then after for the details on the edges.  She then finished with Minwax's Polycrylic clear gloss.
Let's take a look at her very first furniture flip!
What a fun color! And a couple of close-ups...

Fantastic job Karen Schulz Carr!  You done good! 

Now dear readers of this blog, if you would be ever so kind to leave some words of encouragement for Karen on this little old blog, I'd be extremely grateful.  She doesn't have a blog/website or a business Facebook page for me to link you up with to leave your comments so here would work just dandy.

Thanks so much Karen for sharing your very first furniture flip!  Well done!  Keep 'em coming.

If you have a furniture flip you'd like to share, please email me the before and after pictures with all of the details to .  Let's brag your work up, too!  Maybe YOU'LL inspire our NEXT furniture flipper!
~ Stephanie 


  1. Great job, Karen. It's so pretty and cheery. I can picture a large bouquet of daisies sitting on top.

  2. This is a great flip!Nice before and after pics too. Not my choice of color, but that's what I love about Stef's blog, I see pieces in colors I never would have chose for myself and think, wow that looks great!!

  3. i would not have chosen that color by the name...but now that i see it i would! it looks great! i dont beleive this was her first flip...making her own paint and everything!!


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