Hey ya’ll! Our names are Josh & Lauren Shipp and we’d love to share our story with you. We got married in July 2015 and by September we had already bought our first house together as newly weds. To say that we were not ready for this leap is an understatement. We didn’t have two nickels to rub together and since we were broke, we definitely did not have the funds to go out and buy furniture to furnish our new home.
Our parents had given us some old furniture to refinish. Lauren found deals on Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist to flip, so that we could have nice pieces of furniture in our home in the style that we like...which, as you know, is farmhouse. We were both obsessed with Chip and Joanna Gaines on HGTV’s Fixer Upper (yes, even Josh loved it - don’t let him fool you). After refinishing some of our “new to us” furniture, we found out that we both really enjoyed this process together. So we started buying more pieces to refinish until we had too much furniture for our first little home together.
We then began selling some of these “extra” refinished furniture pieces in our home to help cover the costs of our materials. After a few short months of selling each and every one of our our refinished pieces that we posted for sale, we realized there were so many people in our Lexington community that were in the same boat. They too wanted nice farmhouse style furniture pieces without having to pay a ridiculous price. We loved helping people find exactly what they were looking for and refinishing it for them at a price they could afford, so we started taking orders. Our spare time in the evenings and weekends slowly began to fill up with filling orders for people, which was so exciting and fun to see something grow so quickly. So we decided on a name and launched our first Facebook page, called “Flipped by Shipp,” where we posted pictures of all the projects that we refinished from home.
We were thrilled about our new “side business” until one night we both came home from work and realized that something needed to change... and it was clearly the fact that there was literally a furniture maze from the front door all the way to our bedroom. Our garage had quickly morphed from our workshop to a storage unit for all of our unfinished furniture pieces. Josh would sand all of our projects out in our driveway, and then we would bring them through the front door into our living room area (now covered with plastic drop cloths) to be painted. There would be anywhere from 3-5 projects in the house at one time, meaning there were tables, chairs, buffets, hutches and supplies everywhere. The kitchen became our “finishing” area where we would stain and polyurethane the table tops. We could have anywhere from 1-3 projects in the kitchen at one time, to the point where we could barely open our refrigerator or dish washer, and trying to cook dinner was a nightmare. The finished pieces were then moved into our dining room aka our “staging area” where we would take photos of our refinished pieces to post for sale. We actually decided to put away our own table for a while so that we could use this “staging area” as our “show room” for when people came over to see our work, as well.
Thankfully, in March 2018 this led to us renting our first little warehouse space off of New Circle Road in Lexington, KY, which was connected to the back of a furniture and decor shop. It had a loading dock and some storage area, as this is where the shop received and stored their inventory in the past. We had a blast turning this little warehouse space into our first “real” workshop and will always cherish those memories we made there. However, we quickly grew out of this space within a few short months. We found a new place to call home in Nicholasville, KY on July 4th, 2018. We went from our small 1500 square foot workshop with no bathrooms, no running water, or air conditioning to a 2200 square foot warehouse with a cute little staging area with some retail space (oh, and two bathrooms, a kitchenette, and an upstairs living area). We were moving up in the world.
After serving hundreds of customers in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio, we are looking forward to seeing what our future holds with this little bitty business that we are growing together :)
Josh & Lauren Shipp