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Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More Hardcover – April 9, 2013
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-Tonya Lee, About.com Decorating Editor
" SO good, SO helpful, SO inspiring and most of all, SO approachable."
-Holly Becker, Decor8
"26 genius furniture face-lifts."
"A fabulous how-to volume for everything from sanding to decoupage and beyond!"
-The City Sage blog
"A remarkable compilation of projects."
-Suzonne Sterling, Urban Comfort blog
"A well thought-out guide to the fine art of furniture transformation."
"Bursting at the seams with information and overflowing with inspiration."
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So if you are new and ready to get started redoing furniture, do yourself a favor you will thank yourself for over and over, and absolutely get this book. The author takes you step by step from how to select a piece of furniture that is going to be worth all the sweat you are going to pour into it to selecting proper materials and products for stripping, scraping, wiping away the old finish. He includes drying times and tells how to make necessary repairs to the furniture, how and what to use to make those repairs.Also included are tips on how to add an old look, or shabby chic, distressed look, how to make your pieces look hand painted, and much more.
I love that the importance of sanding is stressed, depending on what kind of finish you want, sanding, from rough to baby smooth is a process and the author is good to stress the importance. And it is important, because you are going to have to live with the way the furniture feels when you touch it for as long as you own the piece, so listen and don't be tempted to take shortcuts, you will thank yourself for the extra work and patience you invested into the piece, every time you touch it.
Finish is covered well , as it is as important as sanding. The author prefers polyurethane finish, which leaves a nice tough finish that resists spills and stains very well.Read more ›
The author also gives good insights as to what to look for in construction of a piece, what it will take to restore it, and when to walk away. There are costs involved, and I have found myself occasionally paying too much for what it will be worth in the end. All supplies cost money, especially if you are into the new milk and chalk paints and the wax finishes, which she also covers.. This is a good beginner's book, but there are tips that even the more advanced amateur will find helpful.
For an excellent, clear step-by-step resource for timeless, more sophisticated makeover techniques for trash-to-treasure wood furniture, consider Furniture Bible by C Pourny. I bought the two at the same time but gave this away. Point being: after going to all the trouble of refurbishing, I want things to look more expensive than the $5 I pay for them, not less.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a pinterester and I still found this book very helpful. The author does a great job illustrating step by step instructions (with pictures) on how to DIY old pieces of furniture... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Henna M
I purchased this book to update some old furniture that was left behind at our house when we bought it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Leonora P.
LOVE this book, it has great ideas and tips and is very easy to follow.Published 8 months ago by Mychelle