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Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love Hardcover – November 5, 2012
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“Allow us to introduce you to the king and queen of DIY: John and Sherry Petersik [whose] first book is jammed with more than 200 ideas—everything from rehabbing furniture to customizing a backsplash.” —Redbook
“No-attitude advice and step-by-step directions for lots of everyday projects.” —Washington Post
“Loaded with pictures, tips, and step-by-step tutorials, the Petersiks’ book offers a fresh and not-too-serious approach to infusing a home with personality.” —Dallas Morning News
“DIY gurus John and Sherry Petersik show how to radically reinvent plain pieces.” —Country Living
“This book is a natural for beginners.” —Publishers Weekly
Top Customer Reviews
I had very high expectations for this book, and was incredibly excited to see that it had arrived at my house. I eagerly cracked it open and began reading. Overall, I would definitely recommend the book to any home decor enthusiast, but I have to painfully admit I was slightly underwhelmed. Most of my excitement flipping through the pages was driven more by the cute captions, glimpses of well known Petersik personnel (Gee, Clara, and Ramsey make appearances for any other YHL enthusiasts out there), and the personal forewards to each chapter, than by the majority of the actual projects.
That's not to say there aren't gems inside; many very creative and useful ideas fill the pages (i.e. personalizing thrift store decor, creating your own artwork, alternatives to traditional knife blocks). Not to mention step by step instructions for painting furniture and cabinets, as well as a 'dummy guide' to a variety of DIY topics such as curtains and paint finishes. However, I felt that being a YHL reader was actually a detriment in some ways to finding novel inspiriation from the book. Very few projects were truly original to the book, most I skimmed through having read similar projects on the blog. That being said, even with some concepts being 'repeats', it will be nice in the future to have everything bound in one volume, easily accesible without the internet.
I appreciate the formatting of the book.Read more ›
In this era of Pinterest and beautiful design blogs, design books have to be fresh, beautiful, and inspiring - and should have a lot of substantive content - in order to be worth the money. I'll stick to reading their blog, where I have found some good design tips and project ideas.
Well, I'd estimate that the book is maybe 25% new material. And much of the new stuff is just a slightly different iteration of something they have done before, in great detail, online. (Yes, I know that you can spray paint almost anything a bright color and make it cute.) That, combined with the book's poor production values, means that you can learn everything you need about "Petersik Style" from the Young House Love blog and the book adds little.
The Petersiks' disappointing foray into print media has convinced me that for home decorating ideas, online pictures, instructions, and video are far superior communication methods. In other words, read the blog and save your money.
I was hoping this book would provide more insight into similar, larger scale, more permanent projects: how they chose their homes and why, the process they go through, step by step, in a reno project, tips for those also updating older homes etc. This book just does not contain this sought after info.
Instead, the book offers many "crafty" projects ranging from not-so-great to really clever. I think it's telling that many of the projects were said to be gifted or donated, only a few were kept by the authors.
I'm glad I own it, but I think of it more as "fan gear" for a blog I love than a truly useful guide for my home.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my daughter who just got her first house. She is loving this book and all the tips. She is reminding me how we don't have to do everything at once and some things... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MorseCode
I love having something to hold in my hands and flip through, call me old fashioned. So I truly enjoyed the book, yes some ideas in it were tacky but I have at least 4-5 post its... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alyssa W.
Item was as described.... arrived in timely manner and in good condition. Love this book. Very helpful for the average DIY person.Published 6 months ago by Carol L Price
Was a requested gift who heard good things about it from a friendPublished 6 months ago by Sharon Flatt
purchased this for a christmas present for my young married niece. she loved it.Published 8 months ago by PAJ
Love the ideas in this book. I have used several and they have turned out great.Published 8 months ago by gmu86