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Building with Secondhand Stuff: How to Re-Claim, Re-Vamp, Re-Purpose & Re-Use Salvaged & Leftover Building Materials Paperback – October 1, 2011

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“There’s no shortage of ideas out there for reusing salvaged materials, but Chris Peterson provides the how-tos. Peterson, an expert in home design, repair and renovation, has written Building with Secondhand Stuff (Creative Publishing International, $19.99). It’s a practical guide to choosing, salvaging, refreshing and reusing materials such as wood, metal, stone and glass. The book focuses on working with materials, but there’s plenty of inspiration to spark your creativity, too.” - The Chicago Tribune
“How can you get a new look – or a new shed, garage, outbuilding or playhouse for the kids – for cheap or for free? Start with the ideas in Building with Seconhand Stuff. If you’re looking for something old to lend a new look, then look here first.” - Georgia Times Union

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Chris Peterson is a professional writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. An expert in home design, repair and renovation and an avid cook, he's the author of When Duct Tape Just Isn't Enough: Quick Fixes for Everyday Disasters, A Man's Whirled: Every Guy's Guide to Cooking with the Blender, and several other books.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cool Springs Press; First edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589236629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589236622
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved this book because it gives straightforward advice about how to use salvaged materials for practical projects: reinstalling a salvaged wood floor, hanging an antique door in an existing doorframe, etc. This is how it differs from the few other salvage how-to books out there. I don't need or want to know how to use an old piece of crown molding to make a shelf. Pinterest-ish stuff like that is a no brainer and, frankly, kind of useless. What I do want to know is how to reglaze the antique glass in an old window so you can make it into a door on your cabinet. This book tells you how! Highly recommended.
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Not so great on new ideas but the how-to detail is great. It's not going to give you alot cute pictures. But it is a bible of sorts for pickers that have a good eye for re-purposing these and plan to do it themselves.
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If you're new or just getting started in salvaging old, leftover, or unused materials then this is a good introduction on things to consider. It touches on many techniques and materials to consider when searching for reclaimed items. However, if you're experienced in this field there is likely nothing to gain from this book. The subjects are not covered in depth like most experienced folks would like. More of a broad description on topics.
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This book is a wonderful collection of ideas and creative uses of second hand items. A great way to turn old materials into beautiful things!
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This book gives some great basic ideas on how to re-purpose. It is technical and long on information. Short on innovative ideas. Use this book for some basics then go to pinterest for interesting ideas.
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it has some good, interesting, information. i have not seen too many books like this. i am glad i found it.
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This is a terrific book with some great ideas on how to use second hand stuff for new purposes. Loved it!
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This was listed as a used book, but it seemed new! The item came very quickly and we are very pleased with this purchase. My husband saw this book at Lowes and we saved at least 40% by buying it at Amazon. He loves this book! Loads of great tips and interesting information.
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