I’m sure you’ve seen some of the millions of furniture flips that are circulating the web these days. And if you’re anything like me, you could burn half a day (or more!) just looking at all the gorgeous makeovers that creative people have done.
There’s some pretty stunning projects out there and when you’re just starting out, it can honestly be a little intimidating.
But get this..once you get the basics under your belt, it’s really not that hard at all; it’s just a matter of taking the concepts, building on them, and practicing to hone your skills,. In fact, if you have a good tutorial, even a child can turn a ho-hum piece of furniture into a gorgeous work of art.
That’s a pretty bold statement, I know.
And I’d be a bit skeptical myself if I hadn’t watched our 10-year old do it.
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Creative Kids Furniture Art Course
When Val Frania contacted me and asked if I’d be willing to review her upcoming furniture art course, I was intrigued. She told me it would teach kids how to artistically paint furniture – and was hosted by her 12-year old grandson.
My curiosity was definitely piqued because I’m not short on kids 🙂 and it’s all the better when I can include them in a project.
But I’d never brought my kids into any of my furniture projects and agreeing to review this course was the perfect opportunity. My youngest are marching right up to – and into – the teenage years and the days are quickly passing. So I teamed up with Hannah, and I’ve got to say…kids can do way more than you sometimes realize!
One of the fun things about Creative Kids Furniture Art Course is that you can take the concept and use it on whatever piece of furniture you want.
I decided to keep our project small and simple, and used a table we’ve had for a while that was in desperate need of an update.
It was a great size for Hannah to manage, and the simple tabletop gave her a good surface to work her first project on. The curvy legs were a little more challenging, so I handled those and left the top to her.
After watching the first lesson together, we were ready to dive right in. Isaac recommends using a 220-grit sanding sponge and I’m so glad we took his advice. It’s an amazing little tool that’s super easy to use and takes the finish right off without scratching the surface of the furniture.
The sponge I bought has angled edges which made sanding those curvy legs a breeze. The angles fit right into the grooves so I easily got a thorough sanding.
Personal tip #1: Use an angled sanding sponge if your furniture has curves.
How Creative Kids Furniture Art Course is Set Up
The course is set up in 5 bite-sized, weekly segments – which I absolutely love!
If you need a summer project that your kids or grandkids will anticipate each week (a.k.a. boredom buster) you can stick with this pace. But if you’re like us and once you get started, just can’t wait to finish, you can move faster. You can always beat that boredom by cycling through again with more pieces all summer long. 🙂
Each lesson includes text written by Val covering information on the lesson process, along with details and tips. She does a fantastic job of making the process light and enjoyable. If you tend to worry over messing things up, you’ll be put at ease with the very first lesson. Val’s encouraging and engaging style will boost your confidence right from the start.
But the highlight of the lessons are the videos, hosted by Val’s 12-year old grandson, Isaac. Ranging from less than a minute (a speedy version of the basic painting process) to almost 9 minutes, Isaac single-handedly demonstrates and narrates each of the 5 steps in the process with the clarity of a seasoned instructor, and the charm of a beginning artisan. This young man is going places with his skills!
In addition to a material list within each lessons, you can also access a convenient, comprehensive list for every material used in the entire course. There’s plenty of flexibility built in for personal preference, cost considerations, and sheen and color choices.
Personal Tip #2: Gather all of your materials before starting your project to save extra shopping trips later.
Finally, a handy contact button is included in each lesson, and Val is available by email to answer any questions you have along the way. This is a gold mine at the click of a mouse! Val is incredibly talented and full of furniture flipping knowledge. Check out her Red Shed Facebook page to get a peek at some of her gorgeous flips.
Who is it for?
Obviously Creative Kids Furniture Art Course is designed to guide kids through artistic expression with painted furniture projects. With demonstrations by a peer, kids can easily relate and feel confident that they can indeed succeed.
You know how kids so easily pick up things from each other. Why not harness that for a rich learning and satisfying pursuit?
But, can I just tell you something that may be unexpected? When I reviewed the videos for the first time (alone), I was enthralled!
My furniture painting skills are still pretty newbie, so I’m a good target for any new information. Even though the course is mainly designed for kids, I had no problem engaging with the lessons. In fact, I learned 2 new-to-me furniture painting techniques that are subtle, but oh, what a difference they make! You can be sure they’ll be showing up in some of my future projects – furniture or other.
Even if you don’t have a child that you can learn with, there’s still a ton of value in the course. I absolutely love how uncomplicated the course layout is, which makes it so easy and convenient to use. You don’t have to spend a lot of time trying to navigate your way around in a complex platform. If you want to get a full overview of the entire course before you dive in (I recommend you do), it can be done in under an hour.
For the furniture flipping ninja, this course may not be a good fit for you. But if you have kids or grandkids who enjoy being creative with paint – or you want an organized, easy-to-follow introduction to furniture painting for yourself – then this course is for you!
Personal Tip #3: Flipping furniture with your kids or grandkids is a fantastic way to encourage creativity, to build skills that can give them the opportunity to earn a little money from the labor of their hands, and to have a great time together.
What are the Drawbacks?
In order to get the most from the course, you’ll have to actually put it into practice – and that means buying supplies if you don’t already have them. If you’re new to furniture painting, chances are you’ll need to invest further than just the course.
Personal Tip #4: There are ways, however, to keep the costs down:
- Shop thrift stores, yard sales, or local ads for used pieces of furniture you can upcycle. Or, look around your house first for pieces that need updating that you’re willing to use. (That’s what we did.)
- Make your own chalk paint. There are plenty of recipes online. As your skills grow, you may choose to invest in quality commercial chalk paints, but don’t let the price of prepared paints keep you from getting started.
- Start small. Keep your first projects small so you can keep the cost down. As your skills increase, you can tackle larger pieces that will require more consumable supplies. And with your investment in non-consumable supplies, take good care of them so you can use them over and over.
- Think big! With a few successful projects under your belt, you may eventually want to consider offering a piece for sale. Use your earnings to invest in more supplies or larger pieces to paint.
Why You Need to Take This Course
Are you like me? When your interest is sparked in a new kind of project, you want to gather information on how to do it, what you’ll need, and all the tips that you can find to be successful?
This course has all of that – complete and in one easy-to-follow collection. You don’t need to worry if you’re missing vital information and may make mistakes because of it. You don’t have to spend hours gathering tutorials here and there and weeding through them all to find the best tips. Val and Isaac have all of that covered – plus, you can email Val at any time for support.
Even if you don’t have a child in your life to take the course with you, it’s just as valuable for beginning adults as it is for kids. This is the perfect break-in course to get you up and running with furniture flips!
Personal Tip #5: If you don’t have kids to go through the course with, don’t let that stop you! If you’re just starting out, I guarantee you’ll find plenty of information and instruction to equip you to artfully flip your first piece of furniture.
If I could describe this course in two words, these would be the words I’d choose: enthusiastic encouragement. You absolutely can’t go through these lessons and not come away inspired to get your hands on a piece of furniture and artfully transform it – and have the confidence that you can do it!
The Rest of Our Story
Did our project turn out perfectly?
Of course not!
At first we painted the legs the same as the top, then decided we didn’t like that after all and painted them a dark brown instead.
We loved our stencil, but decided we would have rather traded the background color and main stencil color.
We struggled a bit with brush strokes and too-thick paint.
And we experienced the growing pains of learning exciting new techniques that practice will improve, and hone, and eventually perfect.
We learned – and we had fun together!
And these things we’ll carry into our next projects.
All the Details
Creative Kids Furniture Art Course sells for $57, and is available only through June 15.
When you purchase, you get access to the entire course, the materials list, and email support for any questions you may have along the way.
Don’t miss your chance to get in on a fantastic break-in furniture flipping course.
Want Even More Details Before You Buy?
I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have while deciding if the course a good fit for you. Contact me and I’ll be in touch with you soon.
I asked Val what she considered a good definition of furniture flipping to be and this is what she told me:
“Most would say…flipping is when you buy low and sell high. But I maintain that you can flip a piece from trash to treasure.”
I couldn’t agree more.
What treasures are waiting for you to flip?
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