Tales of a Furniture Refinisher • Flipping Furniture as a Business • Women Who Use Powertools

Tales of a Furniture Refinisher • Flipping Furniture as a Business • Women Who Use Powertools

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today i'm sharing a tale of a furniture  refinisher i am bringing you along to   visit with one of my amazing friends velma  her beautiful flip furniture her crafts   and techniques that she uses come learn  how a thrift flipper is turning her hobby   and passions into something positive and  how her amazing work helps her community   welcome to my channel freckled mom diy i'm devin  if you're new welcome and if you're returning hey   come on along and meet my friend velma and hear  her tales of a furniture refinisher so here we   are we are in velma's garage if you don't know  velma this is my friend velma i'm so excited i   love her so velma is actually a subscriber that's  how we first first met and she came to my booth at   the rainham flea market and we met and we fell  in love and we have so much in common guys and   that's why i'm here because velma is so talented  i have to show you guys what she does plus i'm   going to ask her all about it so let's jump  right in in the garage we are in the shop okay   this piece i just finished it was a curbside piece  it was the original i would say a piano bench and   i just refinished it and you can use it as a bench  it'd be a great side table with a storage cabinet   very sturdy with my fat bud on it very sturdy  and i just um obviously stripped it washed it   cleaned it did all of that painted it and then  did decoupage paper over it tons of coats of um   gator hide dixie bell product super good hard coat  and it should be it should then add a little wax   over it just to just because i do extra and then  you're a little extra like me i'm one of those   little extra kind of girls it's okay we like those  kind of people this is an old dry sink that is so   out of date and ugly no it's beautiful just as it  is it's going to be i took the top off i broke the   top but that's okay i intended to when i was  taking the if you know what a dry sink is and   i'm sure you do they have that sort of thing here  and then it goes around the back and then it comes   around the side and this is open and you know it  had a big old heart cut out of the wood it was   truly outdated so i said i'm taking it apart and i  did take it apart so what do you think if you have   like a year in mind of how old this is uh this is  actually a handmade piece but i have no markings   on it but you can tell it's a handmade piece  just by looking at the and i start every project   upside down right i look at a piece and i go um  good bones but let's turn it over just in right   right so every single thing i work on has been  on its head and i start from the bottom up really   thick and it's heavy and it's it's better did  you do this paper or was that already i did yeah   oh my god i don't know if anybody knows a white  cottage company on youtube mary yoda see shop   and i pick up some things from her but i love  the newspaper peel and stick paper i put it on   lots of drawers this is one of my favorite pieces  this was the 1800s piece you've seen it advertised   so that's something i wanted to ask you about so  you sell these yes they do okay so if somebody   wanted if they're local because these are huge  pieces obviously you're not going to ship them   because that'd be ridiculous but people can  drive here and they could meet you and they   can pick it up and this is 1800s you can tell  another stamp a handwritten thing on the back   but there's also the lock the locks were  1800 i stripped it completely down this was   as poor as shape as i could ever get in a bureau  but i saw i know this is going to sound very   strange my furniture speaks to me why would you  think i think that's strange i i think this could   sit here for weeks i just like before i said i  know what it needs now where did you find this   this there were three bureaus that were  given to me donated to me and i'll tell   you why about donations in a minute these were  in a friend of mine's neighbor's attic for 41   years these people came to to the united states  in the 70s they they're from the azores so you   don't put furniture in there's no basements right  technically it's just water there you don't put   furniture in your basement they don't have them  so they came here they had too much furniture   they put it upstairs in the attic yeah so my  friend john said to me i've got a friend that   is going to throw away some bureaus you want  to come and look at them and oh my god believe   it or not singing from outside really if i had a  high pitched voice i'd go ah like the angels you   know hallelujah i wasn't sure what i was gonna  do with them they were in pretty tough shape   but i let them talk to me the three of them  sat in here and i said just just you'll tell   me what you want i completely wait hold on hold  on i don't want to interrupt but i'm going to   so it's okay for us diyers and furniture flippers  to leave furniture in our garage or any storage   area for a long amount of time and leave it there  and wait for it to tell us what it wants it will   sing to you okay everybody got that everybody got  that it honestly did and i and i have two of them   out here and the other ones in my bedroom but my  oh so that was the other one that's one actually   the this green one that's a green sort of a  hampton olive green this blue one i'm changing the   light blue to wood now how do you do that is  it like a stripper or um do you just scrape it   i've already stripped it down to wood and then  i gave it a painting and i did the light blue   with the navy blue i like it but it's not  the right blue i'm gonna take it down to   wood i sanded it to wood initially yeah  so it's only one um one layer here so   it's gonna be wood like the black one is i'm gonna  do navy and wood but it's gonna have a little   gold trim somewhere on it a little something  something yes a little extra so the drawers   are out right now i kind of leave things out so i  know that i'm going to work on that project okay   otherwise i'll say oh it's covered i'll forget  about it that's a good idea that's a tip too is   put everything on rollers yeah i have to have it  unrolled yeah i'm getting old i'll be 75 soon ah   that looks like my um i was just gonna tell you  that i wanted you to see hold on i'm calling my   husband i'm taking this home this is hampton  olive dixie color and dried sage it was yellow   when i got it was disgusting five coats of pink  white black yellow pink and blue it was a piece to   work on from heaven are the um wheels staying on  it they're antique vintage wheels original wheels i didn't even touch that i didn't sand it down  i didn't do anything to it it it's beautiful i   love it i love the color i love everything about  it i'm just leaving it yeah and it's got little   dings on it and everything it's like literally the  exact same thing character but this is very early   1900s waterfall started to come in around 1920 30  in that round oh see i was thinking like the 40s   no it started in about the 20s to 30s you start  to see pieces coming in generally you saw tall   boys come in with the sides this is an old table  that was on the side of the road a pub sized table   so there's no shame in picking up furniture on the  side of the road for years i was afraid to do that   well were you afraid that the owner was going  to come out yeah yeah what are you doing what   are you doing like i was some kind of i don't  know what i don't want anything to go on the   trash dump or the landfill or the burn  pile whatever anybody wants to call it   almost everything is salvageable if i can't  fix that whole thing i will rip that sucker   apart and use pieces anywhere i can nothing  goes to waste nothing goes to waste i save   everything because you know i'm going to use  it right now you have a partner who helps you   with some woodwork and stuff too because i see  some stuff in this garage for storage ideas   thank god for my partner his name is tom pals he  is married to a girlfriend i went to school with   and she generously lets me have them um once  a week and i needed storage because everything   you see that's in these cubbies was out here on  the floor taking a valuable real estate and i   couldn't move in here i just couldn't find  anything it would take me twice as long to   get a job accomplished because i was rummaging  for things well these aren't like little tiny   shelves and you don't buy them at ikea yeah you  can't you can't buy these kind of things at um   stores um i do smalls i do signs i do obviously  my thing is big pieces of furniture obviously yes   yeah home decor and yeah decor yeah good houses  lampposts mail posts anything made of wood   he can do anything he makes about nine  or ten different styles of birdhouses   and i did the old uh iod transfer stamp then i  painted it then i stamped over it again if you   have a big yard you've got a place for this puppy  you're gonna want it oh yeah it's a bird condo you   can see the hole in the middle there that's the  middle condo and each end has another condom wow   but this i don't know the colors yet but this is  going to be colorful i like them to be colorful   i got a mid-century modern euro over here  it's on it's tilted i did it in navy blue   it's huge yeah it's nine drawers the drawers  have they're curved as you can see oh so they   all stick out on a curve like this oh they're not  modern and the legs are really different on this   um normally let's face it every bureau has a leg  in every corner right right no if you don't have   this balance properly it's if you're gonna think  it's gonna tilt that is just one of the features   of the manufacturer of that time so they aren't  exactly across them they should be i mean but this   works fine it's not wobble there's nothing that's  the way it was built so i painted that navy um   in the navy dixie belt and then i sanded it down  and stained it with um tobacco and growed i think   and i created that wood grain by doing  painting with i know you're going to think   i'm weird i don't think you're here i use  three different brushes i've seen it done   something similar on a youtube once you know i  like paint it light very very light background   color then i take my scrub brush and i it's hard  but it's nylon bristles but they're very compact   and very hard it's not like a soft brush and then  i run that across and that creates different lines   then i run an antiquing wax wash mixture put  that over it and just before it gets really   set another brush comes out and that's like one of  those little dustpan brushes i use that and then   i put the glaze on which is an antiquing or aging  glaze and it's brown and it's a rustoleum product   really good product put that on and immediately  take one of those any one of those brushes don't   matter grab one and it creates another  line another it shows more wood keeping   your wood staying wood but you want to do  something to it you don't want to cover it   so you just use washes and that way the wood grain  still comes out that's beautiful yeah it really   when it's set up it's a beautiful piece i mean  nine drawers what do you what can you hold in that   lots of crafts it would be that or oh yeah yeah  if the silverware and all the gadgets that you   use that would be that perfect that would be a  great piece and that would match my dining room   it would be a great place in the dining room to  get friend discount and this red beast it's been   in my house i've owned it since 19 oh goodness  probably in the 80s it's huge friend of mine   came in and said well i love that you said let  me paint it for you i didn't you're like though   you're like the leonardo dicaprio of uh velma's  garage let me paint you oh let me fix this for you   let me paint this i have an antique um armoire  in my kitchen then i transposed and fixed it up   and put some shelving in and made a pantry i have  an eight-foot walk-in pantry too but i don't know   if i'm just too lazy to take two more steps or  i just like the antiques i want them in my house   maybe it's a little bit of everything i think so  so she saw my pantry in my kitchen the amount and   she said i want one of those but i need like this  and i said well all right i'll sell that to you   sorry i'll just get another one furniture yeah  i mean i can go find more this is sitting here   waiting for me to get to it i've got to have a day  where it's warm enough for me to spray i want to   spray it because it's a big piece when i post it  on my facebook page she calls me or texts me and   says put it wait i'm buying it nothing ever  seems to leave my house it isn't in her car   but that's not necessarily true but she does buy  almost everything her style is quite similar to   mine she likes the farmhouse rustic farmhouse  a little bit modern farmhouse i'm leaning her   towards industrial palm house because she needs to  update a little bit oh so you're like an interior   decorator too so i am an interior designer as well  all right sheffield school of design but it's an   online thing but i did it in the back in the  80s wow i didn't know that oh my goodness those   little things i suppose i don't tell people um  but i mean is that real natural pink hair velma   i mean what are you keeping she wrote no i'm  a natural redhead much like you but as you age   red fades to pink that's my story i'm sticking  to it was this once a vanity is an antique   you're gonna die when you see this piece i  love this piece but it needs a lot of work tell me what it looks like oh my goodness   it's a it's a card table it's a card  table but the legs swing out piece oh i love it i love it this piece was originally  they're gonna die 500 then it went down to 250   and i ain't spending that kind of money on  right and i might paint right then it went   to 150 and then i bought it for 50. there  you go it's just one of those pieces that   all one little small table it's talking  to me there you go talk about nautical now uh what color is um it's yankee blues it's a  dixie bell yankee blue so very eclectic um kind of   garage isn't it it's full of stuff that's strange  i mean this is kind of on my storage corner here   like stuff this is going to have decoupage or  transfers or something on it once they clean   it up this is extremely heavy oh what's that it's  like that heavy right there oh my god that used to   be on my wall i have a shiplap wall in the bedroom  and in the kitchen which we'll go to and i used to   have a big old magnolia but this is a gun cabinet  it was uh someone said free come and get it so   i did it's got the racks in there for the gun  handles and the stocks the barrels and the stocks   yeah will you keep the duck on it oh you cut the  dough yeah i know i i'm gonna keep the duck on it   i don't know why i'm i used to haunt my family of  hunters so i like the duck i just think he's cute   and i'm gonna i'm gonna use it i don't have  quilts but i'm gonna stage it with quilt that was yellow it was ugly i just used a  glaze here for a little stencil on the side   i think it's a pretty little table now beautiful  i made that um shelf and i refinished those two   um bookcases because i had to change the layout  here for him he developed sensory overload so   there was two too many books because they're  colors but i didn't put too many books back out   here neutralize this room right for him i had  to make it safe for him so and neutralize it   they're just tv tray tables you buy them  on you know go to wayfair or any of those   stores they're a hundred dollars plain i'm a  hundred dollars and i did all that work yeah   any thrift store will have you sitting around  in the furniture side absolutely this piece   20 bucks it was falling apart you know me flip it  over start at the bottom every single thing was   broken every piece of um trim the drawer pulls  the drawer glides there was nothing that wasn't   broken the drawers were broken i had to repair  them i finally get everything sanded painted it's   ready i just put the handles on it i'm putting  the door back on i get it on and it cracks right   there all right there i like but you can feel  that can't you yeah i'm good i know exactly what   to do yeah but it was like yeah it felt lost  right right so and then i just did you know   obviously sanded and stained the top keep that now  green one keep it in your head keep in your head   that's original the way it is it came out of a  lady's house and i went to a flea market i picked   it up at a flea market it has the vintage rollers  on it and the window is my lap wall which i'm   taking things down for christmas and stuff now you  did you do this i did not do that i have a very   tall friend who did it and i keep up my perfectly  imperfect sign because that's me i'm totally   perfectly imperfect and this was made out of old  parts all this is an old ladder bond boards and   a door that's all made out of old scrap and then  i liked it so much we have another one over here   it was stages of coffee bar kind of i do um tons  of rolling pins and then we make cutting boards   too that's another thing that tom and i will be  doing is that cutting the woods that's one i made   it's an antique anyway it's a cranberry scoop made  that made that made the yawn trees they do the   smalls too you know this was an old turntable  oh yeah i love that and i just made a little   christmasy thing out of it yeah it's so cute  don't you love it made that ladder made the sign   oh my god the craft area wow whatever um  stuff i've done my craft table which was   thrifted for ten dollars and i refinished  it flowers and it's everywhere it's just   everywhere i love it and all my smalls i tend to  do up here that back table is where i make signs   when i make small things i just bring them up  here and get them out of the way and just pile   them up and i could stay up here for months yeah  i i don't have to buy another thing for 10 years   so how long have you been crafting i first started  crafting probably since i was a kid yeah i mean i   just have always been that kind of kid furniture  i started when i was 16. um i needed a bureau and   my we had a big 18 room house we had 10 people in  the family uh eight kids my parents didn't have a   whole lot of money to buy furniture i mean i had a  bureau but it was little so i said well i have to   go thrift a bureau so i thrifted the bureau and  i fixed it for myself and then 19 i get married   you know you you're 19 years old you don't have  a house full of furniture you got to go thrifted   so i grew up in canton a couple of towns over was  this kind of the deluxe very kind over that way it   was called dover a very uh kind of wealthy area i  don't know if it is now but it was them so i found   a thrift shop over there figuring they'd have good  stuff which they did and that's how i furnish my   house other than basics like i always buy couches  and i always buy mattresses but for the most part   if it's wood i bought it it's an antique and i  don't own anything that's like brand new brand new   um everything else i own is pretty much thrifted  drifted flipped curbside upcycle it somehow   that's the way it should be it is and i you know  anytime somebody says they're gonna throw it away   i go no you're not i'm gonna take it that's  how i get the donations for stony brook where   do you work uh i am the president of the board  at stony brook which is an independent senior   independent living senior housing facility we  have 99 units and love the people and i do a   lot of work over there and we're very active board  during the pandemic we were running a food program   for them um obviously everything was closed down  they couldn't do anything there was no interaction   everybody was isolated the least we could do  obviously is give them food uh the firefighters   the town of sharon all very good we're in sharon  so they were bringing food over to us every other   week so we had a great food program going and it  made me realize that i can't give them money i   can't donate money to them but i have a skill that  can produce money that can buy them programs and   food chromebooks or anything that's a way to get  what you need and also by networking which we're   very good at and my director of innovative program  stephanie is the best at networking so that's how   it started where i was making donations to stony  brook and it was for food programs and resident   programs things to keep them busy during pandemic  we got donations of from books and we got   donations for programming that you know software  microsoft i mean these people are wonderful to   us when they know what we're doing to keep them  going and keep them their mind going obviously you   need good fresh food that's the most important it  was the food they didn't want to go to shaw's and   wear a mask and go to shops and get cove they  didn't do that so we brought the food to them   and we delivered it to their apartment and now we  have a much better system for doing it that was   all grocery bags and luggage got a much better  system going for them now we still deliver food   we work with two organizations that deliver  meals on holidays for us um it's called served   kitchens out of stoughton and love lasagna people  donate any furniture don't need furniture to me   because they know that i'm going to sell it then  i give the proceeds to them but i have a skill   that will generate some cash and i think in you  know in crafters worlds and diy worlds people   don't realize they can use their hobbies for good  whether it be you know making an income for their   family or raising money for a you know a certain  thing it's just something like amazing that you   can take something that is so unloved and so  ugly and so nasty and you turn it into something   beautiful and give it new life exactly that's what  i say give it a new life serve kitchen they came   over here they were holding a fundraiser it was  going to be in december but kovitz started coming   back up and they're scheduled for later i think  sometime this month and i'd say annual fundraiser   and i told them come on over i've got you know you  can take a pic they're having an auction left here   with seven things and i'm like go for it take your  time oh that's awesome because it's only going to   help them which in turn helps our residents  get a free meal at thanksgiving and christmas   they're generous to us why wouldn't we be  generous back have the ability to do it   and i don't care what they take shook a few small  things she took a nice big table she took a tilt   top table that i did go for it i hope you can  make a ton of money because it's all for a good   cause it's all about networking you know you one  hand feeds the other so to speak there's something   special in that keeping it in like local  businesses small businesses and not these   huge corporations but huge corporations can help  somewhat but i feel like when it's something like   what you're doing i think it just it means so much  more when it's all in the community and everybody   has like a feeling like they help it's just more  of a community you know bonding it's a small world   and everybody can help everybody if everybody is  willing to do it but if you can help yeah somebody   just a little bit it means the world it  does you have no idea how excited people get   at the smallest things you think it's not even  going to count they're probably going to going to   notice it or but every single thing every little  thing that you do is noticed by these people and   the elderly and they're the forgot to me forgotten  generation in this country unfortunately but over   time these people became important to me i got  to know them and some of them are still there   from when i joined this 21 years ago so it's  wonderful to see them every week when i go in   and i love them they're just wonderful people and  if we can help them i would say do everything i   can do for them you know thank you for watching if  you enjoyed this video please give it a big thumbs   up i want to thank my friend velma from the bottom  of my heart for doing this video with me she is   such an amazing friend and such a good person  i have linked all the charities she spoke about   today down in my description if you are able to  donate please do so if you are looking to utilize   the services please look into these resources  velma also takes donations and sells her pieces   if you are local and would like to look at what's  for sale contact belma through the link below   i'm so blessed to have amazing friends like her  i'm also so grateful to know such an amazing   woman who has lived a beautiful happy life  helping others i have more local businesses   and artists to share with you in the coming  months as always if you enjoy crafting videos diy   gifts and decor thrift flipping and more go ahead  and subscribe to my channel freckled mom diy   and don't forget to hit the bell so you'll be  notified every time i post a new video you can   find me on instagram and facebook as freckled mom  and i'd love to connect with you over there too   again i want to thank my friend velma for taking  the time to show me her garage and beautiful home   we would have never met if i hadn't gone out of my  comfort zone and started a youtube channel and if   velma didn't go out of her way to meet a stranger  life is short live in the moment be a good human   and do what brings you joy there are so many  good people in this world and especially now   during these unprecedented times that we need  to rally together to bring peace and joy thank   you for being here and watching please share this  video with your friends and your family you might   just spark some good work in your community keep  crafting and i'll see you soon have a great night

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