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Rescue, Restore, Redecorate: Amy Howard's Guide to Refinishing Furniture and Accessories

Rescue, Restore, Redecorate: Amy Howard's Guide to Refinishing Furniture and Accessories

by Amy Howard


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Whether you dream of restoring an heirloom to its former beauty, or just want to modernize a flea market treasure, Amy Howard has the design and refinishing secrets you need. Here are all the furniture finishing recipes, techniques, and tips that have made Howard’s beloved classes sold-out success stories, and made Howard herself the go-to guru of refinishing and “use what you have” redecorating. Try your hand at unique painted and faux finishes, and experiment with gold leaf, distressing, and marvelous graining effects. Along the way, you will learn a treasure trove of techniques, as Howard shares before-and-after makeovers from her studio and offers impeccable step-by-step instruction in all that is needed to achieve each look.

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ISBN-13: 9781419729010
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 233,712
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Amy Howard is a designer, teacher, and driving force in the world of home furnishings. Her dedication to the mantra “rescue, restore, redecorate” is evident within the Amy Howard line of products. She is a regular contributor to FamilyCircle and Women’s Day magazines, and is also launching a furniture collection with F. Schumacher in 2017. Howard lives with her husband, Gene, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 The Thrill of the Hunt 13

Chapter 2 The Creative Pantry 17

Chapter 3 A Repertoire of Finishes: The Basics And Beyond 21

Chapter 4 Chalk-Based Paint 29

The Elton Stereo Cabinet 30

The Genevieve Dresser 34

The Sofia Pillow 40

Chapter 5 Gilding 47

The Nicolas Nightstand 56

The Hugo Table 68

Chapter 6 Lacquer 76

The Augustus Lamp 78

The Donovan Chairs 82

The Lucy Cocktail Table 86

Chapter 7 Milk Paint (Casein Paint) 93

The Eleonora Console 96

The Amelia Chairs 106

Bella Wall Art 110

Chapter 8 Antiqued Mirrors 118

The Selznick Cabinet 120

The Drake Lantern 120

The Alfred Mirror Tray 142

Chapter 9 Aged Surfaces 151

The Hargrave Dresser 152

The André Planters 160

Chapter 10 Transfers 169

The Caroline Headboard 170

Delia Pallet Art 174

Chapter 11 Crafting a Beautiful Life 183

A Refinisher's Vernacular 189

Acknowledgments 190

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