June 11, 2016

Painting For Profits – The Ninja Way

By AJ Hakimi (The Flipping Ninja)

Yo! Looking good there, you obviously had breakfast.

Do you know what I did? I discovered that beauty may be skin deep, but it can make you money!

First of all, I’m not a pro refinisher of anything, but I do believe in improving everything I touch, even if it’s just to polish it up.

BUT, and it’s a huge ‘but’, I never felt that the time investment for the money I’d make on a piece was worth it.

And then I had a profitable learning experience.

Let’s be honest – I’m a young guy in a hurry with no time to fuss, unless there’s a giant profit at the end of it.

For example, if it takes me 8 hours to refinish a piece and only make around $100 bucks, I’d think twice about that just because I know that I can make that in a quarter of the time with another deal. Now, if the profit was more like $500, I’d be in my overalls faster than you can say Martha Stewart. (Please don’t say it.)

So, back to my learning.

I was thinking about how I could make more money with the least effort in my various flipping niches and I thought about furniture.

What would be the easiest way to build in more profit? Paint it.

Now, I’m not talking the whole sanding, priming enchilada; I’m not that crafty. Just straight up wiping down a furniture piece with a wet rag and then painting it! But that’s too boring for me, so I usually have an audiobook playing in the background while I’m doing it (always learning!). That evens out the time investment, but what about the profit?

I recently bought an old piano bench/stool for $9, cleaned it up and painted it black. 2 hours work, already had the paint, and then resold it for $50:




After that — I started to get more into it and came across a sofa table for $10 bucks I was going to transform. Unfortunately, I completely forgot to take a “before” pic of it (it had a freakin’ white base with a GREEN countertop…perhaps too ugly to post lol). Anyway — here are some progress pics:



And finally — completed and posted with a killer ad for $150:




Ready to sell.

Now I don’t know about you, but it looks pretty decent to me and it was an eyesore before. I could have gone all hardcore on it and sanded it, taking forever and doing a million different steps… but… why not just freakin’ paint the damn thing?! That’s $140 profit from a wipe down and lick of paint!

Keep thinking about how, with minimal investments of time and effort, you can also up your profits and still keep your pipelines moving.


AJ Hakimi (The Flipping Ninja)

Hey there, I'm AJ, also known as 'The Flipping Ninja'. My flipping journey has been transformative, allowing me to buy sleek cars, indulge in exotic vacations, and even purchase my first house at 24, which I turned into a passive income source. With over 3,000+ items flipped and sales surpassing $300k, it's not just about the numbers. It's about the freedom and empowerment flipping brings.

After years of experience, my mission is to share this life-changing skill. I believe flipping is a powerful side hustle for anyone, from college students to working professionals. Ready to transform your life with flipping? Let's embark on this journey together.

Interested in my full journey? Read More about how I became 'The Flipping Ninja'.

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