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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452104158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452104157
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

"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

"26 genius furniture face-lifts."
-ReadExpress.com

About 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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We have a lot of old furniture that are in need of repair and this book helps with new ideas to make them new.
Nancy Loyd
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.
bas bleu
This book gives clear, easy to follow directions and has wonderful pictures to clarify if there's any question.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By bas bleu TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
First of all I did not purchase this book from Amazon, got it elsewhere. I have been through enough furniture refinishing projects to testify that this is wonderful for the beginner. I wish I had this type of help when I stripped down my first piece 33 years ago. Back then I learned as I went.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda S. Beckman on February 20, 2014
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What a great instruction book for the would-be furniture sprucer-upper. From tools to techniques, this book covers so many aspects of re-finishing and repairing wooden pieces. Bar Blair takes you, step-by-step, through the process of removing the old and then applying the new. My husband and get such a kick out of turning someone's kicked-to-the-curb discard, into a proud member of the family. My kids have all come around and asked "Hey, what are you going to do with that when it's finished?" I tell them I'll put it in the will, but they'll have to wait til then!
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By blongo fan on August 29, 2013
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This book was filled with knowledge regarding painting furniture from start to finish. Would definitely recommend it - answers questions regarding which products to use for preparation and painting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Grogan on July 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I was very excited to receive this book as a Christmas gift. It had been at the top of my list, since I'm a huge admirer of Barb's work and aesthetic. Even though I've painted numerous pieces of furniture, this was still a great source of inspiration. Barb's ease of explaining her technique was very easy to understand, and I loved learning more about incorporating paper into furniture makeovers. It's definitely something that I now feel like I can try, thanks to the great instructions in her book. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Fox on July 27, 2014
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I just bought Barb Blair's book and I have found it to be a tremendous help! I have just started refinishing furniture for my whole house and was not very sure how to fix problems when they arise. This book has careful step-by-step instructions and pictures telling you what to do so that the process is not frustrating at all. By buying this book you are buying a piece of the designer that will answer all of your questions.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Compton on July 23, 2013
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This book is the prefect balance between textbook teaching and design magazine dreaming. Barb Blair gives the reader full insight into the world of furniture transformations. It's easy to read and easy to understand for both beginners and advanced students. She takes you step by step from what tools you will need (with pictures of most), to how to pick a great piece of furniture, to what grade sanding grit you will need. As an aspiring furniture artist, I found this book to be an invaluable resource! Whether you're in the business of refurnishing or you just have a few pieces at home that you want to work on, "Furniture Makeovers" will make the process a lot smoother. Enjoy!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on November 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Having worked in the faux finishing world, one thing that finishers hate to do is share secrets. Furniture makeovers tells you the exact things to use and doesn't hold back anything.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adél on July 28, 2014
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This book is filled with useful knowledge for anyone who is interested in refurbishing furniture. Lots of my questions got answered through Barb's explanatations and the great photos. It's got helpful and new information for beginners and experts, as well.
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