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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; F Second Printing Used edition (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561589810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561589814
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer are founders and chief purveyors of the Junkmarket, a retail and online destination for repurposed furniture and home accessories. Their many devotees find them at the Junkmarket in Minneapolis; on the national Home and Garden show circuit year round; and as contributing editors to Country Home magazine, where they have a monthly column and appear frequently on HGTV's "Country Home" show. They have been guests twice on "The Today Show." Sue and Ki live in Minneapolis, Minn

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This is truly a fabulous book.
D. Cooper
I have picked up many new ideas and lots of fresh inspiration from this book.
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I spent several hours being totally engrossed by this fabulous book.
Susan W. Fuller

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Miss Terri Ford, the Glory of the Continent on April 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
The bulk of the book is structured in a much more mainstream way, showing some kinda suburbian translations of their look. Yes, I do understand that salvaged, re-viewed materials can have a place in ANY home ... but I miss the funkifying DIY of both the magazine and the first book. There is SOME of that here, but for my taste, nowhere near enough. I LOVED the early zany repurposing, the ways of recycling that were, ok, green (the Junk Ladies were green when green wasn't cool), sure -- but just amazingly creative. Uh, using old stock girdles for a curtain valance, with the garter tab for clipping the drapes below?! The bird-cage office organizer? The roller-skate vase? Hel-LO, Genius! I still love them and wholly endorse what they do. But I have to say, the book did disappoint me a bit. Don't BLEND, ladies! Please!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John P. Morgan VINE VOICE on August 19, 2008
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Sometimes I look back on my childhood and wondered how I even survived. The home I lived in was not very "kid friendly". It was like living in the Smithsonian. Crazy silk flowers, couches covered in plastic, doilies under everything -including doilies under doilies, expensive prints of famous paintings in expensive frames. Everything had to be "just so".

It sucked.

When it was time for me to move out, I knew I needed to furnish my new place but I didn't exactly have a lot of money to spend on new things. Besides, I didn't want new things. I didn't want my place to look like it came straight from the pages of Ikea. I wanted my place to be unique, inviting, and completely comfortable.

So, I began scouring the garage sales, the flea markets, the night before trash day in nice neighborhoods - you would not believe what you can find sitting out there on the curb and I took all of this stuff in and began to sand, primer, and paint. I sawed, I hammered, I drilled. I washed, I sewed, I stapled. I was like Martha Stewart on steroids. And the end result was a home that felt like a home.

This book really puts things in perspective. It shows how with a little ingenuinuity and some creative imagination you can create living spaces that are filled to overflowing with charm, love, and individuality.

My sister-in-law gets a new living room set about every two years. It's always expensive and she always has to brag about how much she paid for everything. Actually, she didn't pay for any of it, her husband did...and probably still does...but despite the heavy duty price tag, her home doesn't feel like a home. It feels cold, impersonal, unhappy.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G.Terrell on March 30, 2008
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Having just recieved my copy of Junk Beautiful, I can tell you that I am completely amazed at the creativity and talent that went into this book. It is informative and inspiring, with directions for fabulous projects that make even the beginning do-it-yourself junker feel confident in their abilities. Top that off with beautiful photography, incredible details, and a witty, upbeat text and you have the makings of a best seller! I am motivated to try my hand at some of the projects already and will keep it close at hand for future reference and creative ideas. One of my faves of all times!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Cooper on April 19, 2008
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This is truly a fabulous book. The ideas are not only unique and innovative, but practical as well. When we must all strive to make this planet more green, what could benefit all of us more than the re-use of "junk" as beautifully displayed in this book. Besides the wonderful ideas, the photography is gorgeous, making it easy to spend several hours just browsing through the book. If one is looking for a great gift for that special person, this is the book to fill the bill. Thanks, Sue and Ki,and photographer Douglas Smith, for an exciting and creative book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan W. Fuller on March 31, 2008
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I spent several hours being totally engrossed by this fabulous book. The projects are so unique and seem to be easy for all, not just clever do-it-yourselfers. This book is overflowing with wonderful ideas,which I can't wait to apply to my own home. I thought the photography was exceptional, a really beautiful work of art all on its own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sherrysshabbies on January 7, 2010
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I use this book for staging vintage homes. I specialize in shabby chic items.
Wonderful ideas for repoursing items!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kristen K. Bedard on May 24, 2008
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This is a fabulous book. It gave me all kinds of inspiration for decorating my home and for using creative displays for my retail store.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kittie Aldakkour on September 14, 2009
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I really like the creativity that Sue and Ki have when coming up with uses for junk and design for rooms. They are an awesome team. I wish they would come to my house and use their magic on all my junk. This book seemed to have more "industrial" junk than what I usually see available. Old hospital gurneys seem to be a dime a dozen where these gals live. I have never seen one for sale anywhere, and I have shopped a lot. I hope they keep making books.
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