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Junk Chic Hardcover – June 30, 2001

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These books provide a multitude of projects to transform items found in salvage yards, thrift stores, flea markets, and yard sales into beautiful decorative accessories. In Junk Chic, Elliot uses her own home as an example of what can be done with cheap finds, and the transformation is quite remarkable and innovative. Powell focuses on how to incorporate flea market finds into decorating schemes, illustrating her suggestions with color photographs and interspersing projects throughout. Rhatigan discusses items found in architectural salvage yards where pieces of houses wind up before demolition. His projects range from simple (transforming a metal porch support into a corner shelf) to more complex (building a blanket chest from salvaged doors), and safety tips on working with metal, glass, and wood are provided. Though for each book, too few illustrations are provided with the well-written directions, skilled crafters will still find the projects here useful. Recommended for public libraries where there is an interest.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Elliott, a decorative painter, uses her Oregonian home as a showcase of basic principles of making something from nothing--or at least from something ordinarily thought unsalvageable. For instance, if an armed upholstered chair is spotted virtually melting in the snow, let it dry out, strip it down to its batting, refinish and paint all exposed wood, and use two yards of red velvet (at $6 total) as the primary new covering. Similar save-the-stuff stories abound, and instructions are easy for anyone to follow. Barbara Jacobs
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling/Chapelle (June 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806925140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806925141
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I realize that reviews for Ms. Elliott's book fall into two categories: one that labels it "junk," the other, "chic." I fall into the latter category. Years ago I was given a copy of this book for Christmas. I refinished a blah coffee table using one of Ms. Elliott's weathering techniques. It was easy, dirt cheap, and drew raves--not because it was loud and showy--but because the weathering was so realistic it made a characterless piece of furniture a focal point of the room it was in; something chic made out of junk. And it cost almost nothing. I achieved the look with sandpaper, a handful of colors of acrylic craft paint, some foam brushes and acrylic sealer. Somewhere along the way I lost that book, but I needed it because we are redoing our house on a budget that allows for little more than secondhand and scavenged pieces. I was happy to find it on Amazon, although it is out of print, and even happier to get it and another of Ms. Elliott's books at Prime-eligible, used book prices.

Maybe you have to share Ms. Elliott's aesthetic to get excited about her book. Her own house is the backdrop for every technique and design project in the book. Overall she goes for a European farm or country house look and feel, and while some of the rooms are overwhelmed by lots of attention-grabbers in a small space, the average person who isn't an interior designer probably doesn't want to live this way anyway, and can pick and choose from among the several dozen ideas offered. The author thoroughly enjoys repurposing--for example her lamp base finials--and while some of these projects are purely decorative they are clever, the "flower bed" most especially.

So, to what worked for me, and what I'm ready to try for the first time.
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This book JUNK CHIC is a great way to make your storage junk into a work of classic art! In easy how-to steps i was able to make a kitchen pot rack out of an old coffee table. and i enjoy every minute looking at my recycled work of art. If you don't already have old furniture or old nick-nacks of your own, this book gives helpful tips on stores where you can get for instance, a 10 dollar sofa! This is a great opportunity to get rid of that old Junk, and turn it into something chic!
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By A Customer on April 3, 2001
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This book brought new meaning to the words, "One man's junk is another man's treasure"! I thought the ideas in this book were one of a kind. How many times do you have an old piece of junk just sitting in the garage that someday you'll end up throwing away? If you're interested in making your home your "heaven on earth", this book is a must!
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Step by step Junk Chic shows you how to apply a faux finish to practically anything. Learn how to create something from nothing for minimal cost and effort. Chic for Cheap! From stair rails to flower beds, this book is a treasure chest of ideas.
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By A Customer on December 4, 2003
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There were some great ideas, and I do appreciate the tools listings, but overall I was a little disappointed. It just didn't seem to be as in-depth as I had hoped. I hope that she expands on her texts in the future.
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By Ten on April 14, 2010
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I a budget shopper and a crafty person so I tend to make what I can't find (or can't find for for a good price) and this book had me teeming with new ideas. My two favorite pieces were the "oxidized" gilded mirror and the coffee table. Her projects aren't for the faint of heart or people who don't like to "make stuff" on a regular basis. I think it could have used a tad more description and some projects just didn't seem to have enough pictures (or maybe I just wanted to see things differently).

Never the less, I love this book and refer to it often when thinking of how I'm going to ensure that my landlord never gives back my safety deposit *grin*.
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I am sorry, I absolutely love decorating books, but this one ..in my opinion....is awful. Mostly faux painting techniques. Ordered one for a decorator friend and could not give it to her. Afraid the books will be donated to Goodwill, hope someone can get some good from them. There are so many really good decorating books available, just not this one. The Better Homes and Gardens books are always good.
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