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There’s just something about Fall. I don’t know if it’s because we get to pull out our sweatshirts and have bonfires, or light our Pumpkin Spice scented candles, or dig out our “Happy Fall Y’all” signs… whatever it is, Fall just brings a cozy, happy feeling.
The great thing about Fall in the Furniture Flipping business is that people are wanting to decorate! They are thinking about the family gathering at Thanksgiving and Christmas and how they want their house to look and feel perfect. Plus, Christmas is still far enough away that they aren’t worried yet about budgeting for presents!
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This is the perfect time to stage your furniture in a way that will make potential customers imagine their Thanksgiving and Christmas parties with your piece as the focal point of their decor. Be intentional as you stage and photograph your pieces, remember that your goal is to cause your followers to have an emotional response that makes them stop scrolling and have that “I’ve gotta have it” feeling!
*P.S. I’ve GOT TO recommend Rebecca Hansen Groskreutz’s brand new Ultimate Guide to Staging and Photography mini course, if you don’t have the budget for her Flipping Furniture for Profit 12 Step Course this mini course ( which isn’t mini at all!) is super affordable (under 30 bucks!) and will give you everything you need to stage and photograph like a pro! You can check it out here > The Ultimate Guide to Staging & Photography for Furniture Artists*
Alright, back to it! So, I know sometimes staging and photographing furniture can be a real pain! I’ve been known to spend hours arranging and re-arranging my decor to get the perfect shot. Just remember, when your piece sells in a day (or a few hours!), you’ll be glad you took your time!
I am a very visual person, and if you’re anything like me, it really helps to see furniture that is staged beautifully. It inspires me. It gives me ideas for what items I can use, what size and colors look good, how much or how little staging I need..etc.
*Related Post : Check out my post on Staging Furniture to Sell – Tips and Tricks *
With that in mind, I gathered a collection of pieces that have been staged and photographed gorgeously for the Fall season by amazingly talented artists. All of these ladies have not only provided their pictures for your viewing pleasure but they have also provided the products they used to achieve the look! Yay!
*Side note: All of these artists are members of the Flipping Furniture For Profit Facebook group page, I highly recommend checking it out!*
Ok, let’s get to the good stuff and get inspired!
This piece was completed by Virginia Childers Aiello @ Two Old Souls Furniture and Design in Raleigh, North Carolina. She painted the base by making her own home-made chalk-based paint using Sherwin Williams Paint in Alabaster. The top was stained with Minwax Multi-Surface Wiping Stain in Dark Roast and she top-coated everything in Shabby Paints Sheer Vax. Sometimes it can be tricky to photograph a piece with a mirror but Virginia nailed this one, what a gem!! Take a look at her page, she does amazing work!
This piece was completed by Anne Michelle @ Amini Design Ashburn in Ashburn, VA. She used a 50/50 custom mix of Heritage Collection All In One Chalk Style Paint in colors Cashmere and Cathedral. This is definitely a scroll stopper! I love how she staged this! Make sure you check out here beautiful page for more inspiring pieces!
This piece was completed by Jeanne Pope @ Blush Vintage. She painted the base using her own custom home-made chalk-based paint using Benjamin Moore in Intense White. She cleaned and completely sanded it down then primed it with Zinsser’s shellac based primer. The top and knobs were stained with Minwax Weathered Oak stain (I definitely HAVE to try that stain color, isn’t it gorgeous?!) She sealed it with Varathane Water-based Poly in Matte. That sign works perfectly with the look of her piece and sometimes staging simply has the biggest effect! Be sure to check out her page, she has serious talent!
This piece was completed by Rachael Patterson-Ray @ Rachael Ray’z Displayz. She painted it in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Florence and used Decor Art Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush on the knobs and detailing. She sealed the deal with Minwax Polycrylic protective finish. This one is just beautiful! Her staging works perfectly with the style of her piece, and that stool, I love it! You should head over to her page and check out more of her work!
This piece was completed by Leah Coppola @ Vintage House by Leah. She painted it using FolkArt Chalk Paint in Vintage Mustard with washes using FolkArt Milk Paint in Farmhouse Ochre and then she clear waxed using Minwax Finishing Wax and antiqued it using FolkArt Antiquing Wax. Be still my heart, I love this one so much! You are going to want to keep an eye on this girl, be sure to head over to her page!
This piece was completed by Holly Bilbrough. She doesn’t have a business page yet as she only flips on the week-end, but I think we all agree that she needs one to showcase her awesome work! She painted this in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White, she sanded down the top and layered Minwax Weathered Oak Stain and Minwax Dark Walnut Stain and then she did a white wash over top! Isn’t it fabulous?!
This piece was completed by Sara Hollister-Jessick @ Surrey Lane Home. She painted the base in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite and sealed it with Annie Sloan Black wax. The top she simply applied Annie Sloan Dark Wax. This piece is a show stopper, I can’t stop looking at it! You’re not going to want to miss any of Sara’s work, be sure to head over to her page for more inspiring pieces!
This piece was completed by Kristin Freer @ Kristin’s Krazy Garage. She painted the body in General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint and stained the drawers using General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain. She sealed the body with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat and the drawers with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Topcoat. She also cleaned up the hardware using Barkeepers Friend Cleaner. This one is absolutely gorgeous! Her staging is perfect! Head over to her page and check out more of her incredible work!
This piece was completed by Katy McHolm @ Rancho La Flor Furniture. She painted it using General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint and for the front doors and drawers she used General Finishes Java Gel Stain. I’m in love with this look! It would definitely make a stunning focal piece in someone’s home. Check out Katy’s page for more amazing-ness!
This piece was completed by Loni Solomon @ Shabby Life in Atlanta, GA. She uses Designer in You Paint No Fuss products which is a Georgia based company but they do ship! The color,hardware, and staging couldn’t be more perfect for this dresser! You need to see all the pretty things she has on her page, go check it out!
This piece was completed by Misty Akins-Johnson @ Second Chances by Misty in Pine Bluff, AR. She painted it using a blend of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Pure White, Graphite, and Paris Grey and she used Clear Wax to seal. My jaw hit the floor when I saw this one, it’s just straight up fabulous in every way…and the staging is so lovely! She’s got a lot more where that came from, give her page a visit!
This piece was completed by Erin Boulerice @ Simply Rewritten in Cornwall, ON (Canada). Erin re-purposed a bed frame into this awesome bench! She painted it in The Fat Paint Company in Chalk White (A Canadian based company for all you Canadians looking for paint to try!) and sealed it with their Top Coat. Staging a bench can be pretty challenging but she did an amazing job with this! Make sure you check out her page!
This piece was completed by Lizanne Schumacher Quinn @ Antiqish. She painted it in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue and then created a custom glaze by mixing Behr Premium Plus With Style Faux Glaze with Craft Smart Acrylic Paint in Black. She sealed it with three coats of General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Flat. I don’t know about you guys, but this piece with that color and the way Lizanne glazed…it’s completely stunning! Head over to her page and see more of her work!
If you’ve been on the fence about the importance of staging and photography, I hope these pictures helped to make you see how a little extra time can make a huge difference! You don’t have to be a professional photographer or interior designer to nail this, just a little practice (and inspirational pictures!) should do the trick!
I want to hear from you! Do you stage your furniture according to seasons or holidays?