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Flea Market Makeovers for the Outdoors: Projects & Ideas Using Flea Market Finds & Recycled Bargain Buys Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 26, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch (May 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821228617
  • ASIN: B000OVLNL0
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.7 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,515,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bertie uses large, detailed photographs to show here inspiring step-by step process in making something out of nothing." -- Fort Worth star Telegram

"Finding affordable new furnishings and accessories that have charm, style, and durability . . . . can be daunting. BJ Berti has a solution." -- Boston Globe, June 6,2004 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

BJ Berti is editor-in-chief at Crafter's Choice, a division of the Book-of-the-Month Club, and author of Flea Market Makeovers (Random House, 2000). She lives with her artist husband in New York City and Bloomington, New York.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Haden VINE VOICE on June 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
So often, magazine articles on this subject assume that you have found an amazing work of art at the flea market. Probably all of us could figure out how to make good use of a charming Roseville vase without much guidance. Berti's book tells you how wo make good use of things like old wool sweaters, metal trays, and rusty lawn furniture -- things you might easily find or have around the house (garage?) already.
Articles on this subject also frequently give you directions like "refinish an old X" or "reupholster a discarded Y". Berti's book gives step-by-step directions with large, clear color photographs. There are materials lists at the beginning of each project and suggestions for using different kinds of items.
Projects range from the very simple (using old glassware for candles) to the very complex (building a wooden cabinet). Skills involved include needlework, woodworking, mosaic, gardening, and more. No expertise is assumed, and there are basic instructions and techniques for all the projects.
The finished pieces are attractive and the photographs are very appealing, but the book is clearly designed to allow readers to use their own tastes -- and their own flea market finds -- to make their own one-of-a-kind pieces. Whether you want to refurbish and repair older outdoor furniture, create elegant handmade pieces, or follow the shabby-chic style, this book will help you do it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Dorn on August 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful. I have used several ideas and have others in the works. The directions are easy to follow. The items shown are not difficulty to come across in small town tag sales or flea markets.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lizzy on June 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Each of the pages of this book contains detailed instructions for creating something new and fresh-looking from a flea market or yard sale find. With few exceptions, I found the finished look of the projects to be very feminine--polka-dot painted glasses and trays, pastel painted wood and metal furniture, floral decoupage, gilded metal, tile mosaics, fleur-de-lis stenciled screens, etc. Gone was the chippy paint, rust and old wood that I cherish. The thrift-store metal tray project which gave directions for applying spray paint over beautiful, aged silver-plated trays broke my heart! The end result was summer-colored polka dots that you would find in most dollar stores. The best thing about the book is the detail of the instructions for cleaning, restoring and refinishing. One could easily follow these instructions using the materials of their choice. I would have preferred to see the metal-and-mosaic table made from broken bits of old china vs. new tiles or the porch swing distressed in a soft white instead of being painted with sea blue and green stripes. I did really like the antique wooden trellis (probably because the wood was left in it's aged state) and the rustic hanging planter made from a corn-seed planter (again, left in it's state of demise). I think this book is worth adding to your home library if you can find it at a bargain price as I did. I would check it out of the library before I paid full price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on April 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The book includes quite a variety of projects, though some require quite a bit of handyman skills. She throws in a few easy ones like putting tea lights into vintage glassware found at yard sales.
I really liked some of the projects, like making a felted patchwork throw from old sweaters. Another project involves painting a metal table base, then gluing tiles to form a mosaic top for it.
This isn't just dressing up a lawn chair bought at the flea market. It re-purposes objects like old wooden shutters (attached together to form a screen, then painted and stenciled).
At the back of the book are basic techniques such as cleaning wicker, removing rust from iron or steel, and getting stains out of marble.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By warm-weather knitter on March 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Let me summarize this book. "Buy an old piece of metal lawn furniture. Paint it." That is what 95% of this book is about. THere are perhaps two other ideas (making an outdoor candle chandelier from an indoor one and the other is painting a metal tray for use outdoors) in this entire tome. Now, IF you are going to paint a metal piece of furniture and don't know how this is an excellent source. It gives quality instruction on how to do so OVER AND OVER again. But don't look for any novel ideas here. I was so very disappointed with this book. It just just before and after pictures of many items that were simply painted. I can figure that one out for myself.
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