If you're not content with ordinary chairs and tables, shelves and cabinets, and especially if you enjoy rescuing flea-market finds and giving them a face-lift, you'll enjoy the wonderfully offbeat projects in Painted Wooden Furniture
. Folk-art motifs, florals, nature themes, neoclassical designs, and trompe l'oeil effects adorn a variety of wooden pieces, all clearly presented with step-by-step directions and color photos. There's even a charming circus-tent bookcase and a chair painted to look like fake fur. Most of the techniques are fairly simple, and the results are delightful.