The 9 Essential Items Every Furniture Repurposer Needs

Merry Christmas everyone!  My house is filled with the yummy smell of turkey and my puppy is currently taking a much needed nap on my lap after playing all day with her doggy uncle. I decided to capitalize on the burst of creative energy I felt this afternoon and put together a checklist of the 9 Essential Items Every Furniture Repurposer Needs.

 9 Essential Items Every Furniture Repurposer Needs


9 Essential Items Every Furniture Repurposer Needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are there any others that you can think of?  Comment below!

Have a merry day!

Amanda

 

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How to attain work-life balance through a repurposing business

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How imbalanced do you feel right now?  Are you seeking balance between the work you have to do (your full time job, your mommy/daddy duties, other life commitments) and the work you want to do (your furniture repurposing business, DIY projects around your house that would be fun to finally check off the list, starting the candle or soap making company that you’ve always wanted to do).

I can tell you that one of the biggest reasons for me starting any of the businesses I’ve started is because I’ve always sought work-life balance.  And it’s not work-life balance in the traditional sense because most people think I work way too hard and don’t enjoy the “fun” stuff enough. But the truth is, what may seem like a lot of work to some people, is actually really fun for me.  Painting for 5 hours after I get home from working a full day in the office is not work for me.  It’s fun – it’s relaxing – it’s rewarding.  The reason I started my business was so that I could do more of the work I WANTED to do and less of the work I didn’t want to do.

I realized that making a great salary meant very little when I was traveling 3-4 hours each day to work.  With my personality, I always feel a sense of angst when I realize that my freedom is being squashed into a 9am-5pm box.  How important is work/life balance to you?  Do you have many passions and hobbies that you’d like to enjoy more often?  Are your children at the age where you want to bring them to new places and let them experience the wonders of life?  Have you been working 60 hour workweeks to make sure that someone else is successful?  These are all reasons why entrepreneurs choose to work for themselves.

The great thing about furniture repurposing is that you truly do make your own hours and decide just how hard you want to work and when you work.  There are no demanding clients that need you to be attached to your email or smartphone 24 hours a day.  There are no sales conferences that you have  to attend for 3 days.  And there is no boss telling you that you can’t work 3 hours on Monday, 12 hours on Tuesday, take off Wednesday and Thursday, and then work non-stop Friday and Saturday.  You’re your own boss.  That is an awesome feeling.

If you’re currently working full time and considering using your side repurposing business to help you get out from the rut of your current job, it’s definitely doable and I want you to feel supported in your decision.

  • First, before you decide to jump ship, make sure you are financially able to do so.  Most experts suggest having 6 months of your living expenses saved so that you can fall back on that should you need to.
  • Second, consider your health benefits – can you fall back on a spouses health benefits if you leave your full time job?  If not, check out the new Healthcare.gov website to see what you may end up paying for health insurance: https://www.healthcare.gov/find-premium-estimates/
  • Third, ask your boss/company if you can transition down to part time or see if you can work from home to save two hours on your commute.  This allows you to maintain a sense of financial security while allowing you extra hours in a day to focus on what you love doing.
  • Forth, when you do decide to take a leap and either quit your full time job or transition to part-time to focus on your repurposing business, have a daily plan set out so that you can get into a routine with your new work.  It’s easy to get sucked into things like checking email, or spending hours on Pinterest or Instagram, or checking Craigslist for pieces to buy and repurpose.  If you can put together a plan and train yourself on how to do these things efficiently, you’ll give yourself the most amount of time to actually put towards repurposing your pieces and then selling them.

I hope this article has helped you if you’re feeling a bit stressed about your current sense of work life balance and how you might be able to change your circumstances to make your work work for you.

Feel free to comment or send me a message to ask questions!  Happy Launching and Happy Friday!

Amanda

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The difference between Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint and Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan

One of my all time favorite topics to discuss with people breaking into this business is “which paint should I be using?”  Well, the answer to that question is “It depends!”  It depends on a) the quality of paint you want to use, b) the “green-ness” of the paint, c) the price you’re willing to pay, and d) the look you’re going for.

Most experts in this space tend to either use what’s called Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan or Milk Paint.  Chalk Paint is only made by Annie Sloan and she has rights to the name, so if someone else is selling something labeled as “Chalk Paint” it’s a fake.  Milk Paint on the other hand is a type of paint made from casein (milk protein) and has been used for hundreds of years.  Miss Mustard Seed has one of the more popular brands of milk paint on the market and I love how she markets her product, which is why I selected her MP to be compared to ASCP.

Another reason I chose Miss Mustard Seed is because she’s written an awesome blog about the difference between Milk Paint and Chalk Paint.  Here it is: http://missmustardseed.com/2012/05/milk-paint-vs-chalk-paint-again/.  If you’re still stuck on which paint to use after reading this article, feel free to send me a message and I’ll walk you through it!

Happy painting!

Amanda

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Why do you want to start a repurposing business?

So, I have a question for you: Why do you want to start a repurposing business?

This is such an important question for you to thoroughly think through before launching your business.  If you’re already painting and repurposing and selling pieces for fun or as a hobby, that’s great!  But before you take the leap and really move forward with turning this into a business, I need to you think about WHY you want to start a business.

Are you doing it for extra cash on the side?

Are you doing it so that you can flex your creative muscles?

Are you doing it because you plan on it becoming your main source of income?

The reason why these questions are so important is because there’s a big difference between setting up a business to make you an extra $500 a month or setting up a business that will ultimately make you $50,000 a year.  It is very, very easy to make $500 a month repurposing furniture.  You can easily do that by selling just two or three pieces.  However, if you want to make repurposing furniture your full-time job, it will be very difficult for you to work enough hours and paint enough pieces to sell $50,000 dollars worth of inventory.

If your average sale price is $150 and that piece took you 4 hours to complete and $50 in materials, then that means you are working for $25 an hour.  $25*40 hours a week (let’s be realistic; 40 hours a week is a LOT of time spent painting)*52 weeks a year.  That is $52,000.  It is likely that you’ll spend 25-30 hours a week painting and the rest of your available hours (if you’re doing this full time) will be spent shopping for the pieces to paint, marketing, maintaining your blog or website, looking for places to sell, and doing all the other things that you need to do.

With that said, $25*25 hours a week*48 weeks (come on, you know you’re going to take vacations and days off) = $30,000.  Can you support yourself on $30,000?  If the answer is yes, then that’s great!  If the answer is no, you’ll need to consider other ways to make money without relying on painting and selling inventory.  That is a topic I’ll discuss further in a later post.  For now, think about why you want to start a repurposing business and if you think it’s realistic based on how you intend to do so.

Happy Launching!

Amanda

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Coach by day, Repurposer by night

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Amanda, Older Than Dirt Interiors

Hi everyone!

I think it’s important for you to know a bit about me before I start providing you with a framework for launching your business.  I’m absolutely obsessed with all things DIY and repurposing.  I think I was born with a hammer in my hands!  I have fond memories of sitting on our cold, damp basement floor at 7 years old building my hamsters ramps out of chopped up 2x4s my dad had for our fire.

As I got older, my mom’s love of estate sales and garage sales took hold and we’d often go garage sale hopping on the weekends.  We still call each other when we score an awesome bargain because we both understand the thrill of getting a $300 piece of furniture for $7.

In my professional life, I’ve worked as a corporate leadership development trainer and business coach, helping leaders of small, medium, and large businesses grow their bottom lines by developing their people.  I’ve also launched three businesses of my own, so I know a thing or two about what it takes to launch a successful company.

I’m taking my coaching background and entrepreneurial endeavors and combining them with my passion for repurposing furniture to bring to you exactly what you need – information about building a business that is geared specifically for DIYers and repurposers.

Over the course of the next few weeks and months, I’m going to touch upon ten considerations or topics:

1.            Creating big, lofty goals for you and your business

2.            Understanding the marketplace and what the experts are doing

3.            Undergoing a reality check

4.            Learning the ins and outs of setting up your business

5.            Understanding why it’s so incredibly important to NOT quit your day job just yet

6.            Understanding the financial aspects of owning a repurposing business

7.            Where to Buy Buy Buy

8.            Where to Sell Sell Sell

9.            Learning creative marketing techniques and marketing to creatives

10.          Deciding whether retail is right for you

I’ll be covering a lot more than just those ten topics but they are the big, juicy ones that people always ask me about.  I want this to be a fun, informative blog so please send me any questions you have!  Also, let me know which of your favorite bloggers and/or repurposers you’d like me to interview – I’m hoping to get Christen Bensten – Blue Egg Brown Nest, Abbe Doll – All Dolled Up, and Marian Parsons – Miss Mustard Seed to chat to us about how they’ve become so successful!  Look for a couple of short videos over the coming week.

Happy Launching!

Amanda

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The Launch of ReLaunch

Hey everyone, Amanda here from Older Than Dirt Interiors!  I wanted to announce some exciting news – I’ve decided to blend a few different skills of mine into one big ball of repurposed awesomeness.  I’m creating a blog series focusing solely on helping other people launch their furniture repurposing businesses!  Now let me explain why🙂

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When I was breaking into this business, I searched high and low on the internet for resources dedicated specifically toward starting a furniture repurposing business.  I even went to my local library to find books!  As a business coach and a 3-time entrepreneur, I am well aware of how to start a business but I had never started a business in the home decor/furniture space before.  The closest I came to gathering the information I so desperately sought was through random blog postings or websites of some of the repurposing world’s most notable names (i.e., Annie Sloan, Miss Mustard Seed, Blue Egg Brown Nest, etc).

The more furniture blogs I came across, the more I realized the same question was being asked over and over again by readers who wanted to become entrepreneurs.  “I am so passionate about painting furniture or finding antique furniture and decor – how do I launch a successful business in this industry?”  I, myself, was one of those readers so I’ve taken it into my own hands to help everyone else out there who has the same question that I had.

My goal with the ReLaunch blog, the videos I plan to post, and the book I’m in the process of writing is to help educate people on how to launch a solid repurposing business from the beginning.  I’m a business consultant and coach by career and a master DIYer and furniture repurposer by passion.  Put together those two skill sets and voila, you have ReLaunch!

I’m here to help you answer all the questions you have about launching your own repurposing business (from how to file for an LLC, to what types of paint are the best, to where you can find the best deals on the furniture you refinish).  I want to help you take your passion and turn it into a stable business so that you can do what you love, love what you do, and make money too.  Please comment on this entry with any questions you have that you want me to address in upcoming posts or videos.  I want this to be as interactive as possible.

If you’re interested in one-on-one coaching, feel free to reach out!  I’m offering a limited time introductory rate.  Check out my website for more details here.

Have a great rest of your weekend everyone!  Happy Launching!

Amanda

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