Junk Beautiful: Room by Room Makeovers with Junkmarket Style

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One person's trash is another's treasure. That's a fact of life that the Junkmarket gals know only too well. Through their annual Minneapolis fleamarket, The Junk Bonanza, web site junkmarketstyle.com, and tireless touring, Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer have helped countless devotees transform junk into one-of-a-kind furnishings and accessories. Working their magic on every room of the house—from kitchen to home office—they present conversational case studies that introduce the clients and explore their needs. With...

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One person's trash is another's treasure. That's a fact of life that the Junkmarket gals know only too well. Through their annual Minneapolis fleamarket, The Junk Bonanza, web site junkmarketstyle.com, and tireless touring, Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer have helped countless devotees transform junk into one-of-a-kind furnishings and accessories. Working their magic on every room of the house—from kitchen to home office—they present conversational case studies that introduce the clients and explore their needs. With characteristic humor in tow, they take readers through each renovation adventure, from shopping for recycled materials to the actual construction projects. The gals also include complete materials lists, plus paint chips and fabric swatches, so that everything can be recreated down to the last delicious detail.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Assembled by the masters of junk, this visual, how-to book is overflowing with ideas that are fresh, original and fun! If you are tired of living in a cookie-cutter home that looks like a page from a catalog, then this book is definitely for you." -Danny Seo, author of the "Simply Green" series
"In today's desposable world it's refreshing to see the ingenuity and creativity illustrated by Junk Beautiful, where ordinary, mundance or seemingly hopeless items are transformed into fabulously functional repurposed pieces. This book is a must-have for all garage sale, flea market, thrift store junkies!" Tim Luke of HGTV's "Cash In the Attic"
"There are some people who can take garbage and turn it into a beautiful work of art or piece of furniture; the Junkmarket Gals are that type of people. In their new book, "Junk Beautiful ($21.95, Taunton Press), authors Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer provide a guide for how they do it. The book offers tips, step-by-step instructions, photos and illustrations to keep you on track." —The Austin American-Statesman
"Junk Beautiful," by Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer (The Taunton Press, $21.95), has some attractive tricks. Probably the most famous junkers in America, the two founded JUNKMARKET, a retail business, and www.junkmarketstyle.com. They are contributing editors for Country Home magazine. Whitney gives several tips for how to avoid bringing home the whole junkyard when you are looking for junk. You should keep a list of what you need, then only buy junk that can be adapted to the cause. Wait for the right piece of junk; don't buy something you don't love just to fill a space. But the oneunforgettable tip on that list: Architectural remnants are like handbags. You can never have too many." —Daily Herald, Chicago
"One person's junk is Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer's treasure. The two flea-market enthusiasts founded Junkmarket, a Minnesota company that specializes in finding new uses for quirky old castoffs. They're contributing editors to Country Home magazine and frequent TV guests, and now they're sharing ideas in their new book, Junk Beautiful. The book focuses on rooms the two have made over using recycled trash. In their inventive hands, a steering wheel becomes a lazy Susan, tambourines double as snack holders and old hand drills become hooks for a coat rack. Their refurbished finds all have a vintage feel, but Whitney and Nassauer make them work in all sorts of home styles. nstructions are included for a selection of the projects, so you can try your hand at cast-off creativity, too." —Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio)
"Detailed before-and-after color photos document how to restyle rooms with inexpensive recycled objects; a chicken feeder retooled as a seasonings shelf, a beat-up kitchen island that gets new life as an arts and crafts table and an old flour mill cart that becomes a coffee table. (The book also includes the paint colors used on walls, trim and furniture in the rooms. Nice touch.) Some of the authors' off-the-wall decorating tricks may not be your style — say, a collection of whisk brooms as window treatment. But the dynamic duo (who are contributing editors to Country Home magazine, regularly appear on TV and run www.junkmarketstyle.com) seem to have bottomless talent for repurposing junk." —Minneapolis Star Tribune
Library Journal

Whitney and Nassauer (also coauthors of Decorating Junk Market Style) specialize in repurposing, remodeling, or reusing items found at flea markets, salvage yards, and even dumpsters for home decor. Here they work with nine different home owners to transform a room using their reworked junk finds, e.g., hand drills used as coat hooks and baguette bakers used as blinds. Written instructions describe how to re-create the items shown. Recommended for public libraries.
—Gayle A. Williamson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561589814
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 432,073
  • Product dimensions: 9.14 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Hockey-moms-turned-business-partners Ki Nassauer and Sue Whitney scour salvage yards, city clean-ups, and even abandoned grocery stores and bowling alleys looking for trash to rejuvenate into striking home decor. The rubbish renovators operate JUNKMARKET, their workshop and warehouse where they also conduct occasional but wildly popular sales of vintage furniture and their own one-of-a-kind junk creations of furniture and whimsical accessories. In 2004, the JUNKMARKET girls debuted a new gift line in Target Stores. Popularity has spurred a column for "Country Home" magazine, and Nassauer and Whitney also appear on national and regional television shows. In addition, they offer junking seminars for avid followers (their mailing list has grown to 18,000) who are inspired by eclectic tastes from the junking underworld.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
1. Sun Porch: Nesting table, Birdcage lamp, Potato crate toy storage, Daybed
2. Kitchen: Whisk Broom Window Coverings, Sewing table, Dog bed, Black easel with castors
3. Dining Room: Plastic shutters/blinds, Rounded-seat bench
4. Laundry Room: Bulletin board, Twine Holder, Thread Caddy
5. Mudroom: Hand drill coat rack, Key organizer, wall shelving unit
6. Living Room: How to is oyster harvester curtain rods and curtains, Iron gate coffee table, corbel pic holder
7. Bedroom: Water fountain
8. Office: Clock, Desk
9. Bathroom: Decoupage Chair, Camp stove candle holders and shutter shelf

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    Good for the Environment and Your Wallet

    As an interior designer, environmentalist and advocate for creativity, I give Junk Beautiful: Room by Room Makeovers with Junkmarket Style by Sue Whitney and Ki Nassaue five stars! From an environmental point of view, nothing is greener than using unwanted or discarded items for two reasons. One, you aren't taxing resources (renewable or not) and two, you keep stuff out of landfill. The reader is encouraged to buy their own 'junk' with the beautiful photographs taken by Douglas Smith. Whitney and Nassaue are brimming with great decorating ideas and projects. I love that the authors encourage the reader to create their own style of decorating. They speak with different homeowners to discover their dreams and hopes for their homes and then transform them into reality. There are clear instructions for about 30 terrific projects in the book. The authors' enthusiasm is contagious and I'm thinking about starting a project of my own! By the author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet

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