Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More

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Press: Chronicle Books (April 9, 2013)
Publication Date:2013-4
Author Name:Blair, Barbara; Blair, Barb; Greene, J. Aaron


Furniture Makeovers shows how to transform tired furniture into stunning showpieces. 
You'll never look at a hand-me-down dresser the same way again! The book offers 26 easy-to-follow techniques that can be applied to all different types of pieces, from bookshelves to desks: painting, applying gold leaf, wallpapering, distressing, dip dyeing, and more.
In addition to the core techniques, author and Knack Studios founder Barb Blair shares 30 beautiful before-and-after makeovers from her studio and outlines how to achieve each look.
With helpful step-by-step photographs, a visual glossary explaining all the tools and materials needed, and a lovely contemporary aesthetic, Furniture Makeovers is a treasure trove of ideas and instruction for the home decorator.

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.


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Comment List (Total:18)

  •     If you're interested in Annie Sloan chalk paint this is for you. Beautifully illustrated and to the point. Wonderful examples
  •     I purchased this book to update some old furniture that was left behind at our house when we bought it. Since we moved from an apartment to a house we didn't have a lot of furniture to fill the space, so I wanted to update and modernize what we had. This book goes into detail on how to take your existing pieces and update them to amazing one of a kind items. They go over in detail how to strip, prime, stencil, paint and even replace the hardware to change the look of your furniture. I turned a hallway table into a printer desk and it only took me an entire day to sand, prime, paint and add new hardware. I love how it turned out and get so many compliments on it. Even if you're not "crafty" this book teaches you ways to transform your furniture no matter what your skill level. Don't be intimidated by DIY crafts!
  •     I just started refinishing my own furniture and was looking for a how to book with ideas for different looks and techniques. This book is PERFECT. Lots of pictures, excellent explanations that are easy to follow. There is a guide on the different tools and products used and what to look for in buying furniture to refinish. For every technique she shows she gives a list at the beginning to show what materials are needed. It has everything I was looking for and it's easy to follow as well. I would recommend this to anyone starting out or thinking of renovating furniture or anyone who is looking for new ideas and techniques to use.
  •     Excellent book if you are serious about furniture makeovers. Covers materials, tools and techniques. The step by step instruction are easy to follow and most of the projects are adaptable for any colors and/or finish combinations you might want to use yourself. Not stuck on a particular style. The authors approach is perfect for teaching you the craft and helping you to apply it in your own unique way.Thanks for a great book.
  •     I love this book and have used it as a resource for many projects! Very understandable ( and I am not a pro by and means). Beautiful photographs.i am so glad I have this book!
  •     The book is great and I am very pleased. The condition was like new, just as advertised and the shipment was pretty quick.
  •     This is a great book and very informative for some great ideas for making over furniture. It was very easy to understand! Made doing it fun!
  •     Great ideas
  •     Love this book
  •     good book for a novice like me.
  •     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!
  •     Thank YOU.
  •     I needed a furniture recovery book for a christmas gift. Originally, I was going to go with the furniture bible, but the price was really high for my budget.
  •     I'm a pinterester and I still found this book very helpful. The author does a great job illustrating step by step instructions (with pictures) on how to DIY old pieces of furniture into new ones within a short time. Although most of this stuff can be found on Pinterest but what this book does is provide everything you need to know about furniture makeover in one central place. That way you don't have to weed through all the noise on Pinterest to get to where you need to be. I would recommend this book to people who are on a limited budget and don't mind investing time in budget shopping to find furniture pieces they can easily turnaround with the right tools.
  •     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.
  •     I wanted to refresh the finish on a chest of drawers. This book not only gave me inspiration for designing the color and pattern of my re-creation but it also demystified the materials and the procedures necessary to complete my project successfully.Highly recommended!
  •     I was able to got this item online and so far it worked great for me. The style and the color was really nice.
  •     Good product, price and delivery.

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