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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160085057X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600850578
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Turning junk into decorative gems takes an ability to see beyond the obvious. Sue Whitney provides that artistic vision in "Junk Beautiful: Outdoor Edition, Whitney is president of Junkmarket, a company that focuses on teaching people how to turn old materials into home-decor items, and founder of the Web site Junkmarket Style. In the book, she collaborates with Kimberly Melamed, a member of Junkmarket's creative team, to help the rest of us recognize the decorative potential in other people's unwanted stuff. The book inspires readers with a couple of dozen settings stylishly outfitted with the two women's finds and provides instructions for replicating several of their creations. --Akron Beacon Journal

Turning junk into decorative gems takes an ability to see beyond the obvious. Sue Whitney provides that artistic vision in "Junk Beautiful: Outdoor Edition." Whitney is president of Junkmarket, a company that focuses on teaching people how to turn old materials into home-decor items, and founder of the Web site Junkmarket Style. In the book, she collaborates with Kimberly Melamed, a member of Junkmarket's creative team, to help the rest of us recognize the decorative potential in other people's unwanted stuff. The book inspires readers with a couple of dozen settings stylishly outfitted with the two women's finds and provides instructions for replicating several of their creations. --Akron Beacon Journal

About the Author

Sue Whitney is the founder of JUNKMARKET as well as The American Junk Club, an online community for junkers only. She is the co-author of Decorating JUNKMARKET Style and Junk Beautiful: Room by Room Makeovers with JUNKMARKET Style. Whitney lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kimberly Melamed earned a degree in journalism and communications from Arizona State University and studied interior design at The Art Institutes International. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   Hockey-moms-turned-business-partners Ki Nassauer and Sue Whitney scour salvage yards, city clean-ups, and even abandoned grocery stores and bowling alleys looking for trash to rejuvenate into striking home decor. The rubbish renovators operate JUNKMARKET, their workshop and warehouse where they also conduct occasional but wildly popular sales of vintage furniture and their own one-of-a-kind junk creations of furniture and whimsical accessories. In 2004, the JUNKMARKET girls debuted a new gift line in Target Stores. Popularity has spurred a column for "Country Home" magazine, and Nassauer and Whitney also appear on national and regional television shows. In addition, they offer junking seminars for avid followers (their mailing list has grown to 18,000) who are inspired by eclectic tastes from the junking underworld.


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Customer Reviews

It has Tons of great ideas and so many beautiful pictures.
Cammi Kotulak
Even though I may not make many or any of the projects any time soon, I think these ladies are extremely clever.
C. G. Riggs
Great ideas and pictures will get you thinking about "junk" you have or can acquire.
SanAnnNan

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mom2two on April 29, 2009
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I have enjoyed Sue Whitney's previous books and own her Junk Beautiful interiors book. I love those books -- such inspiration and wonderful practical ideas to create a truly personalized one of kind home.

I'm prepared to be roasted, given the affection Sue Whitney enjoys by so many, but I have to give my honest opinion about this most recent publication. I was a little disappointed. I'm not sure if it's the photography or what it is, but some of the stuff just looks JUNKY and not very beautiful or cool. Some of the ideas seemed a little silly -- like the old bottles sticking of of pegs on a post on p. 34. There are so many more wonderful ways to use pretty bottles outdoors, but this just looks cheesy. The chuck wagon cookout idea on pages 101 forward was a waste of space. Ugly, tacky.

That said, Sue shows her true genius in many profiles. She has a real gift for lighting. The egg carrier chandelier on p. 55 is fantastic. The hanging bed on p. 132 is very cool. Some of her best ideas are the simplest: the stool turned upside down and topped with a glass top to make a table on p. 162 is an easy, quick idea that anybody could do in a second.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth V. on May 12, 2009
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I thought the purpose of these kinds of books was to make "junk" or other second hand items pretty and useful. One of the projects was an old drum with a tire on top and a glass top laid over it. Not exactly my idea of beautiful junk. Many of the projects in the book were made with items that I know I am never going to find at a flea market or anywhere else. For example one of the projects was made with an old time chuck wagon. Where am I going to find one of these and if I did how would I ever get it home? Furthermore I can't imagine it would be cheap by any stretch. You also need to be pretty darn handy with tools to make these projects. Overall, there were a few nice projects but check it out before you buy, I can't imagine this would appeal to a large crowd.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. D'Angelo on June 16, 2009
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Junk Beautiful Outdoor Edition is packed with some of the most inspiring "Junk" creations imaginable. Every page is well laid out with beautiful photos and humorous captions. One of my favorites is an old hose reel that was turned into a dining cart, a very simple project that would blow your friends away at the next block party. It's also a must have book for the yard sale aficionado. Sue Whitney's talent at diverting items headed for a landfill and making them useful and interesting again is truly amazing. If you are at all interested in recycling, repurposing or creating a beautiful home environment then this is the book for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 17, 2009
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This follow-up to the authors' best-selling JUNK BEAUTIFUL offers the latest transformation plans in the Junkmarket team's idea basket, showing how to create outdoor kitchens, pools, garden retreats and more from 'junk' from salvage yards and dumpsters. Over 20 projects offer trade secrets and insights inspirational to backyard makeovers, turning thrift-store and flea market oddities into appealing design enhancements.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Aron on May 17, 2009
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Loved all the ideas and "how-to's" to make some of the items. Have to look at it a few times to make sure didn't miss some great ideas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Retired and Happy! on August 27, 2013
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Spend a few minutes looking at great photo layouts and clever script, then you're hooked on these wonderful ideas for making your patio, deck, yard more interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Reinard on January 15, 2013
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Not as interesting as I thought it would be.
Not enought good ideas
Maybe the next edition but would want to look before buy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Bart on May 30, 2012
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If you want a colorful, beautifully photographed book about JUNK turned into sometimes strange looking furnishings, this is it. I was actually looking for a book of "how-to" when it came to re-purposing, re-finishing old or ready to discard items. I found that in Lara Spencer's book "I Brake For Garage Sales". This book just doesn't TELL me anything. It does show you a ton of ways the authors have turned throw-aways into what the see as usable, attractive items for their house. Maybe that is inspiration for some. I will have my copy on Amazon as a "Like New" condition used book for sale in minutes. See ya there!
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