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This Old House Salvage-Style Projects: 22 Ideas for Turning Old House Parts Into New Treasures for Your Home Paperback – September 13, 2011

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About the Author

Author and architectural salvage expert Amy R. Hughes is an editor at This Old House magazine, where she writes about creative ways to repurpose reclaimed house parts. She comes by her passion honestly, having grown up with parents who dedicated themselves to restoring old homes. Today her New York City apartment, which she shares with her husband and daughter, is filled with many of the unique pieces featured in this book.

This Old House is a magazine for homeowners in search of practical, affordable, and inspirational ideas for enhancing and maintaining their homes. What they find is a balance of step-by-step instruction for DIY interior and landscape projects; lively how-to's about keeping contractors on the level and saving money on remodels; expert tool and product reviews; and handsome feature stories showcasing fine craftsmanship and elegant architectural design.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0848735404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848735401
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book features a bountiful group of projects including a faucet handle towel rack, cottage door dressing vanity, tub feet umbrella stand, fireplace front log rack, stair spindles console table, chimney pot landscape light, medicine cabinet message center, façade fragment tool holder, door casing pier mirror, metal ceiling tiles planter box, door knobs coat rack, kitchen sink outdoor bar, window picture frame, window guard pot rack, ceramic tiles tabletop, wood moldings window box, stained glass wall cabinet, wood corbels bedside table, iron urn garden fountain, interior door headboard, shutters cabinet doors and bath accessories jewelry holder. A few projects created by readers are also included - "My recycled garden retreat." "Our new reclaimed bath" and "A restored living room."

Good reference material is provided like the definition of what is salvage, how to shop for salvage, how to set-up a workshop and in the back of the book, listing of salvage resources in 34 states.

Personal preference will dictate whether the projects may interest the reader, but no matter what, the book illustrates many examples of what may be done with salvage materials and in doing so provide a place to begin the creative process and customize a home.
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I ordered 6 books and this was the best because I had nearly everything in the house to get started on this projects. For a beginner this was my best purchase.
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I bought this book as a gift for my son who does woodwork and restoration on a small scale.
It has many clear photographs while explaining the work in progress.He quietly studied
different pages on Christmas...and read the book when he went home.
I was happy I found a book to engage his interests.Before Christmas, I looked it over
and it engaged me.I found it to be an appropiate gift for a woodworker.
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I absolutely loved this book, it gave the promised 22 ideas but it also provided inspiration for creating your own original pieces as well. I also liked that it included information about the parts being repurposed so you got some history in there as well. I thought the directions for each project were very comprehensive and I liked that there were pictures included for each step. That's another thing the pictures are beautiful and I enjoyed reading the stories of others who have done great projects using recycled and repurposed materials. Overall I thought this was a great book and one I will keep and refer back to over and over again. I highly recommend this.
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I find that this book is lacking overall usefulness in making specifics. To do these projects you would need the exact items the author found. HOWEVER, I did find it useful to inspire ideas. It gets your creativity flowing. And the list in the back of salvage yards that sell reclaimed items is very handy.
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From suggested tools to great ideas. This is a good resource book. Nothing takes the place of personal talent and ideas but this book really motivates and offers some good suggestions. Love the "Before and After" pictures and the pictures of the project as it progresses. I also love any "inside" advise as to how to navigate around a flea market and acquiring the inside scoop when certain pieces are available in the supply warehouses.

Definitely a good book for someone looking to extend their library with creativity and inspiration
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This was a very inspirational type book. We do a lot of tag sales and gives you ideas for items to convert.
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Loved it. Just what I was looking for with many DIY projects and offers many ideas of other things to do. Right on the mark.
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