Stay-at-home mom makes a fortune by flipping old furniture
Maggie McGaugh, 25, from Texas, began transforming old furniture just a few weeks after giving birth
The stay-at-home mother quit her job when she was pregnant so she could be a full-time mom to her son
She began with a wooden bread box that she found in a thrift store, and discovered she had a talent for DIY
Maggie began transforming larger pieces of furniture and started selling them off
She earns at least four times the money that she puts into each item – often raking in hundreds per piece
Her DIY projects have also earned her Instagram fame, helping her rack up more than 121,000 followers
A crafty mom who transforms old furniture into incredible works-of-art in budget DIYs has revealed she sells the pieces on for four times what she spent on them – raking in hundreds of dollars per sale.
Maggie McGaugh, 25, from Fort Worth, Texas, left her day job and became a stay-at-home mother after having her 10-month-old son, Harrison.
Just a few weeks after giving birth, Maggie found herself with extra time on her hands and decided to get busy with a project.
She purchased a wooden bread box from a thrift store and transformed it, quickly realizing that she had a talent for DIY projects. So, she expanded her work on a much larger scale.
‘I started flipping furniture out of desperation, honestly!’ Maggie told Jam Press. ‘I was a new stay-at-home mom and bored out of my mind.
‘A few weeks after giving birth, I purchased a wood bread box at a thrift store. I took it home and sanded/painted it.
‘It was in love after the first project. While I texted a few friends for tips, I am almost entirely self-taught.
‘You learn from experience, both the good and the bad!
‘I was tired of spending money on expensive furniture. We just bought a home last year, so I understand how much costs add up,’ she explained.
‘I wanted to provide affordable furniture locally, teach people how to do this skill worldwide and as my hobby, and it’s so much fun!’
Maggie purchases used furniture from yard sales, estate sales, Facebook Marketplace and other online sellers – and most of the time, she gets them for free – meaning that she only has to spend money on her DIY supplies, which don’t cost much.
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She then fixes the damage, non-working parts, tears or scratches on the item, and sands down the piece with the option of painting the entire piece using interior latex paint.
Maggie then seals the paint in with a sponge, using polyacrylic and leaving it for a few days so it sets.
It can take anywhere between 15 minutes to six hours to transform a piece depending on the size or the amount of work that needs to be done.
Maggie makes between $50 to $300 per item, and rakes in hundreds per month doing what she loves.
In a few words of advice to others who want to do the same, she added: ‘If you want to give this a try, my biggest tip is to just do it!
‘Find something cheap or free and paint it white. Start simple.
‘Each time you do a new project, make it a little harder by adding a new skill.
‘Learn from trial and error. You will make mistakes but it will make you better.’