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The Salvage Sisters' Guide to Finding Style in the Street and Inspiration in the Attic Paperback – April 15, 2005
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This book gave me a clue about what to do (and what not to do) with this "junk". All this random stuff has finally turned into actual projects!
Back to work for me!
If it rings a bell for you... get this book!
Answer "yes" to any of those questions and the "Salvage Sisters Guide" will kindle a kindred spark. Like a year's subscription to a decorating magazine for yard salers, their colorful, perky and practical book teems with ideas, good and bad.
Some of the good ideas are familiar. A patchwork quilt (or ottoman cover, tablecloth or lampshade-cum-chandelier cover), made out of your family's long-loved old clothes, for instance. Or the ball gown cut down for a table skirt. And I don't know that I've ever seen a cast-iron lobster-shaped cornbread mold used as a doorknocker, but it seems like I should have.
Then there's the bad ideas; who hasn't seen a nifty looking throw tucked neatly over an old chair's fraying upholstery? Looks great, as long as nobody sits on it. Making outfits for the whole family out of a couple of big, ugly curtains makes for a funny picture, but I wouldn't want to try it on my family. And I get the distinct feeling that most of the newsprint ideas - wreaths, mirror-frame covers, urns filled with crinkled balls - look a lot better in the pictures than in real life. As for shell art; it's downright dangerous.
But the twin-bed headboard set over the plain horizontal mirror (or door frame) really does smarten up the piece and the hundred and one uses for an old wine rack (from shoe rack to spa closet) are all inspirational. Plant stands make chair-side serving trays, umbrella stands, and even a whimsical toilet tissue stand.Read more ›
I am glad I did not purchase this book thanks to another's poor review of the book. I borrowed the book from the library. I flicked through it very quickly. I did not want to waste my valuable salvaging time.
I did not receive any inspiration in the text and photographs. I thought the majority of the projects were a bit on the silly side. Very impractical was my husband's comment.
This book is not directed 'in my mind' to the pursuits of the practical and style savvy salvager.
While I think that most junkers wouldn't go to the extreme that these sisters do, they are a fun loving pair. I enjoyed their off beat ideas.
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This is a cute book done by the author on her adventures and things they bought, how they recycled items and some clever ideas but wasn't quite the book that I was looking for. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Darlene
Junk salvaged and turned into worse junk. The ball fringe was the nadir. I don't want any of this crap in my house, and you won't, either. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Susan Bishop
A fun read, love the sisters and their family.... Still reading it, but looking forward to read more!!Published 20 months ago by Susan Hill
When I read their backgrounds, I was worried this would be chic thrifting. It is not. They are tons of fun. Read morePublished on June 24, 2014 by starmoth