A Furniture Flipper’s Denver Home Is Full of Fabulous Budget Furniture Facelifts
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Name: Leslie Jarrett and Sean Jarrett, and three kids
Type of Home: House
Years lived in: 8 years, owned
Formerly a high school math teacher, Leslie Jarrett is now a furniture flipper, totally transforming old and unloved pieces of furniture. “My passion for furniture flipping started in college when I needed a dresser and I didn’t have a lot of money to spend, so I found one in the garbage to give it a new life,” Leslie begins. “Since then, I’ve loved the hunt for quality and unique pieces to fill my home. Once I ran out of space in my own home I started to flip pieces to sell through Facebook Marketplace and Instagram: @wonderfullymadebyleslie.”
“Furniture flipping has allowed me to be home with them and also work when they nap or play in the backyard. I’ll be in the middle of painting a dresser when someone falls and needs a hug from mom. I love that I have a creative outlet and a way to make extra money for my family,” she explains. “One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned making our house a home is that it takes time, but it doesn’t have to take a lot of money. Furnishing our home with unique Facebook Marketplace finds and old pieces my family was getting rid of has become one of my biggest passions. There is something special about bringing pieces that were on their way to the landfill back to life!”
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Cozy and Simple Traditional
Favorite Element: It has to be my furniture. Our bedroom dressers came from my grandparents and they are pieces I will never part with. Each room of our house has pieces I’ve refinished that I love.
Biggest Challenge: The hardest challenge is finding pieces that are the right size and price point. I can’t control what secondhand inventory is out there! This also means I have to look consistently for pieces so I don’t miss out on treasures!
Proudest DIY: I love the cane cabinet in my entry room. The cabinet only cost me $40 from Facebook Marketplace. At first I was so bummed that it was missing a pane of glass but that pushed me to try cane for the first time! The inside of the cabinet doubles as a “mudroom” for us, which I love because it’s easy for my boys to get jackets and boots. And if I’m lucky they can easily put their things away too! The cane cabinet is also on a wall that I hand painted to look like wallpaper. It took a lot of time, but it was free because I used leftover paint!
Biggest Indulgence: The wicker chairs in my living room cost $65 each. This might not seem like much, but I almost never spend more than $50 on secondhand furniture!
Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? More than 75 percent of our furniture is secondhand finds. I am hoping one day this number will be closer to 95 precent; I don’t know if I’ll ever convince my husband secondhand couches are okay! We purchased several pieces from IKEA when we first got married, and I am slowly swapping those out for unique solid wood pieces.
What’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? Once friends and family found out I was flipping furniture they started offering pieces to me for free! I also think scrolling FB Marketplace consistently helps find the best treasures.
PAINT & COLORS
- Bedroom — Sherwin-Williams “Agreeable Grey” at 50%
- Nursery — Sherwin-Williams (Lowe’s) 1:1 ratio of “Urban Garden” and “Woodland Lichen”
- Office — Sherwin-Williams “Alabaster” and “Repose Grey”
- Rug — Target
- Crib — IKEA
- Changing table — Facebook Marketplace
- Changing basket — Bebebask
- Mirror — Tuesday Morning
- Wallpaper — Opal House from Target
- Animal Heads — Amazon
- Landscape Art — Hobby Lobby
- Bed — Facebook Marketplace
- Dressers — Family pieces
- Bedding — Target
- Frames — Black frames I spray painted from Michael’s
- Curtains — IKEA
- Art — Etsy
- Art Frame — Thrifted
- Rug — Loloi
- Rug — Rugs USA
- Mirror — Target
- Stems — Magnolia Market
- Chairs/side table/coffee table — Facebook Marketplace
- Map Prints — Etsy
- Concrete Lamp — Thrifted lamp I updated
- Rug — Tuesday Morning
- Desk — Facebook Marketplace
This house tour’s responses were edited for length and clarity.
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