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Before & After Decorating (Better Homes and Gardens Home) Paperback – July 20, 2009

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Easy makeover ideas for every room in the house

With hundreds of full-color photos, Before & After Decorating shows you how even seemingly small decorating projects can completely transform a room. From basic changes like rearranging furniture and adding accessories to dramatic transformations with paint, lighting, slipcovers, and storage pieces, Before & After Decorating illustrates the benefits of a variety of decorating projects. It's filled with easy makeover ideas for every room and in a variety of styles, from traditional to contemporary to eclectic. Plus, an extensive resource section helps you locate materials shown in the book, complete with Web sites and contact information. Before & After Decorating will inspire you with

  • Hundreds of before-and-after photos showcasing the impact of makeover projects
  • 20 decorating projects with step-by-step instructions
  • More than 40 room transformations, including three whole-house makeovers

Whether it's small changes or dramatic renovations, Before & After Decorating shows you how to complete decorating projects that will have a huge impact on your home.

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Give your home a fresh, new look. Transform rooms from boring to beautiful with paint, fabric, new window treatments—even new furniture. Learn how to make the most of what you have to bring new style to outdated spaces, improve storage and function, and add luxury to ordinary rooms. Whether you're decorating a new home or redecorating an existing one, you'll find hundreds of exciting ideas to help you infuse every room with your personal style.

  • 43 dramatic transformations including living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, baths, and home offices
  • 3 home tours showing how to solve common decorating problems and unify spaces

  • 26 do-it-yourself projects such as embellishing ready-mades, applying decorative paint treatments, making an ottoman, upholstering a headboard, and installing a tin ceiling

practical decorating tips and advice for making old rooms look new and small spaces feel large

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Product Details

  • Series: Better Homes and Gardens Home (Book 27)
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Better Homes & Gardens; 1 edition (July 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470488034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470488034
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,392,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a good book for ideas and inspiration. Nothing is better than seeing a before and after done well. For the price of two magazines you won't be disappointed.
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Packed with tons of gorgeous, glossy photos, Before and After Decorating: Ideas to Refresh Every Room by Better Homes and Gardens is a fantastic source for design inspiration. It's the perfect book for someone who wants lots of visuals but not a lot of text to get through. What is written, however, is succinct, straightforward advice on what works and what doesn't in home decor. It also features instructions on totally do-able DIY projects. I love the no-sew valance project, which produces chic valances with minimal effort - a trick anybody who needs to decorate a home should have in their back pocket!
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I adore decorating books, this one has tons of ideas for decorating the house. As always you can expect some overlapping in BHG decorating books. For some reason certin projects are displayed in several of their books and magazines.
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I bought it used and paid about $8 for the book and shipping. The book was in good condition and there were a lot of interesting ideas for decorating rooms. Not the very best book I've ever had, but definitely worth what I paid for it.
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