Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More

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Furniture Makeovers shows how to transform tired furniture into stunning showpieces. You'll never look at a hand-me-down dresser the same way again! The book offers 26 easy-to-follow techniques that can be applied to all different types of pieces, from bookshelves to desks: painting, applying gold leaf, wallpapering, distressing, dip dyeing, and more. In addition to the core techniques, author and Knack Studios founder Barb Blair shares 30 beautiful before-and-after makeovers from her studio and outlines how to ...
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Overview

Furniture Makeovers shows how to transform tired furniture into stunning showpieces. You'll never look at a hand-me-down dresser the same way again! The book offers 26 easy-to-follow techniques that can be applied to all different types of pieces, from bookshelves to desks: painting, applying gold leaf, wallpapering, distressing, dip dyeing, and more. In addition to the core techniques, author and Knack Studios founder Barb Blair shares 30 beautiful before-and-after makeovers from her studio and outlines how to achieve each look. With helpful step-by-step photographs, a visual glossary explaining all the tools and materials needed, and a lovely contemporary aesthetic, Furniture Makeovers is a treasure trove of ideas and instruction for the home decorator.
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Publishers Weekly
Blair was a stay-at-home mom who took advantage of naps and early bedtimes to start something spectacular. Her first project was painting kitchen cabinets; then she moved on to refinishing furniture from thrift stores. Today she owns Knack Studios in South Carolina. Her amply illustrated book shows why her repurposed furniture is in demand. The variety of techniques she describes in illustrated detail is eye-opening—24 of them, ranging from the expected, like stripping and sanding, to the inspirational, such as adding wallpaper. Little tips abound: use an overhead projector to display an image for tracing onto a piece of furniture; e-mail artwork to an office supply store to print instead of buying a pack of expensive transparencies for use at home. She saves the best—before and after photos—for last. The designer, who gives a name to each piece, is exceptional. The only question is: can the average home redecorator absorb her artsy knack by following directions in a book? If anyone can teach the way, Blair can. 300 color photos. (Apr. 9)
From the Publisher
"26 genius furniture face-lifts."
-ReadExpress.com

"I enjoy reading decorating books but rarely bestow upon them a permanent place on my bookshelf. However, I found this book to be such an excellent resource and full of so many great tutorials that Furniture Makeovers is in my home to stay."
-Tonya Lee, About.com Decorating Editor

"Bursting at the seams with information and overflowing with inspiration."
-Rue Magazine

"A well thought-out guide to the fine art of furniture transformation."
-Poppytalk

"A remarkable compilation of projects."
-Suzonne Sterling, Urban Comfort blog

"A fabulous how-to volume for everything from sanding to decoupage and beyond!"
-The City Sage blog

" SO good, SO helpful, SO inspiring and most of all, SO approachable."
-Holly Becker, Decor8

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452104157
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 182,068
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Barb Blair is the founder of Knack Studios. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, Decor8, and Design*Sponge, among other design websites as well as publications such as Southern Living. She lives in South Carolina.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    More that a book! It's a reference guide! Must have if you like to give a second life to old, tired furniture?

    This book go over every techniques you would need to transform furnitures. Techniques are explain with clear instructions, easy to follow step by step. Perfect book for the newbie who want to learn how to adchieve the finish look we can see in store or see in magazine. For someone with more experience this is the perfect book to go back to refresh our memories.
    No matter the reason why you are thinking to get the book, it.will have everthing you are looking for.

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