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Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More by [Blair, Barbara]
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"I enjoy reading decorating books but rarely bestow upon them a permanent place on my bookshelf. However, I found this book to be such an excellent resource and full of so many great tutorials that Furniture Makeovers is in my home to stay."
-Tonya Lee, About.com Decorating Editor

" SO good, SO helpful, SO inspiring and most of all, SO approachable."
-Holly Becker, Decor8

"26 genius furniture face-lifts."
-ReadExpress.com

"A fabulous how-to volume for everything from sanding to decoupage and beyond!"
-The City Sage blog

"A remarkable compilation of projects."
-Suzonne Sterling, Urban Comfort blog

"A well thought-out guide to the fine art of furniture transformation."
-Poppytalk

"Bursting at the seams with information and overflowing with inspiration."
-Rue Magazine

About the Author

Barb Blair is the founder of Knack Studios. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, Decor8, and Design*Sponge, among other design websites as well as publications such as Southern Living. She lives in South Carolina.

Product Details

  • File Size: 16216 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (April 9, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BJ7G2OQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
First of all I did not purchase this book from Amazon, got it elsewhere. I have been through enough furniture refinishing projects to testify that this is wonderful for the beginner. I wish I had this type of help when I stripped down my first piece 33 years ago. Back then I learned as I went.

So if you are new and ready to get started redoing furniture, do yourself a favor you will thank yourself for over and over, and absolutely get this book. The author takes you step by step from how to select a piece of furniture that is going to be worth all the sweat you are going to pour into it to selecting proper materials and products for stripping, scraping, wiping away the old finish. He includes drying times and tells how to make necessary repairs to the furniture, how and what to use to make those repairs.Also included are tips on how to add an old look, or shabby chic, distressed look, how to make your pieces look hand painted, and much more.
I love that the importance of sanding is stressed, depending on what kind of finish you want, sanding, from rough to baby smooth is a process and the author is good to stress the importance. And it is important, because you are going to have to live with the way the furniture feels when you touch it for as long as you own the piece, so listen and don't be tempted to take shortcuts, you will thank yourself for the extra work and patience you invested into the piece, every time you touch it.
Finish is covered well , as it is as important as sanding. The author prefers polyurethane finish, which leaves a nice tough finish that resists spills and stains very well.
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What a great instruction book for the would-be furniture sprucer-upper. From tools to techniques, this book covers so many aspects of re-finishing and repairing wooden pieces. Bar Blair takes you, step-by-step, through the process of removing the old and then applying the new. My husband and get such a kick out of turning someone's kicked-to-the-curb discard, into a proud member of the family. My kids have all come around and asked "Hey, what are you going to do with that when it's finished?" I tell them I'll put it in the will, but they'll have to wait til then!
The author also gives good insights as to what to look for in construction of a piece, what it will take to restore it, and when to walk away. There are costs involved, and I have found myself occasionally paying too much for what it will be worth in the end. All supplies cost money, especially if you are into the new milk and chalk paints and the wax finishes, which she also covers.. This is a good beginner's book, but there are tips that even the more advanced amateur will find helpful.
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I am impressed! An in depth (but easy read) how to book on furniture restoration. The author then provides ideas for taking your restoration to new levels of creative design. I was happy at the many levels of restoration! This is an easy to follow, must have book for the creative used furniture purchaser. Recommend!
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The how-to's are clear but I suggest you look inside to see if you prefer the projects' befores or afters before investing in this. The cover is a reliable indication of the aesthetic involved. I bought this on the strength of reviews here. Must be pals of the author. I loved one paint medium used, milk paint, but again, the example wasn't inspiring just the potential I imagined. The rest, not so much. Perhaps, if I were putting together a child's room with solid, cheap thrift/yard-estate sale finds, this would be helpful for making unrelated furniture relate in happy, hard-wearing paint. Or perhaps these 'after's need to be in their contexts to demonstrate why a classic hardwood breakfront(?) was given racing stripes and an ugly brown green (1970's avocado) background paint job (that ruined it). Was someone decorating to recapture "The Brady Bunch" 1970's split-level lifestyle? This is a case of to each her own, so look inside.

For an excellent, clear step-by-step resource for timeless, more sophisticated makeover techniques for trash-to-treasure wood furniture, consider Furniture Bible by C Pourny. I bought the two books at the same time but gave this away. Point being: after going to all the trouble of refurbishing a Goodwill find, I want things to look more expensive than the $5 I pay for them, not less.
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I was very excited to receive this book as a Christmas gift. It had been at the top of my list, since I'm a huge admirer of Barb's work and aesthetic. Even though I've painted numerous pieces of furniture, this was still a great source of inspiration. Barb's ease of explaining her technique was very easy to understand, and I loved learning more about incorporating paper into furniture makeovers. It's definitely something that I now feel like I can try, thanks to the great instructions in her book. :)
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This book is the prefect balance between textbook teaching and design magazine dreaming. Barb Blair gives the reader full insight into the world of furniture transformations. It's easy to read and easy to understand for both beginners and advanced students. She takes you step by step from what tools you will need (with pictures of most), to how to pick a great piece of furniture, to what grade sanding grit you will need. As an aspiring furniture artist, I found this book to be an invaluable resource! Whether you're in the business of refurnishing or you just have a few pieces at home that you want to work on, "Furniture Makeovers" will make the process a lot smoother. Enjoy!
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