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Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Blair , Holly Becker , Aaron Greene
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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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.

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

About the Author

Barb Blair is the owner and founder of Knack Studio, a furniture transformation and design studio. She is known for her bold use of colour and unique design combinations. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, DEcor8, Design*Sponge, Remodelista, and Poppytalk among other top design websites.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Basic advice, wrong advice and unimaginitive 23 Mar. 2014
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I was really excited about purchasing this book. I checked the reviews and it looked like it was exactly what I was after. However when it arrived I discovered the techniques described were all pretty basic. She takes sometimes beautiful pieces of antique furniture and wrecks them. Her approach does not seem to consider the piece in question and be sensitive to it's shape etc. She also gives poor advice at times, such as suggesting you wipe over a freshly sanded wooden piece of furniture with a damp towel. That is absolutely the last thing you should ever do, it will raise the grain of the wood and undo all that work sanding! I found the author to be a bit of an idiot and I didn't learn anything new. In addition this is an American book so some of the products she talks about aren't well known here (such as mod podge which I discovered is an expensive way to purchase pva glue). There were no interesting techniques, just paint, sand back or decoupage. Nothing new and nothing interesting. On the plus side, if you don't have any common sense and don't know one end of paintbrush from the other then this might be the book for you. The explanations she gives are very clear. This is the only good thing I can say about this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Considered 15 Sept. 2013
Great book with practical advice and list of actual products used. Photos of finished pieces show a real consideration for the design chosen for each piece of furniture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 5 Feb. 2014
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This is a fantastic resource for the enthusiastic DIY decorist! It is extremely helpful and demystifies the various techniques. I have just finished my first piece and can't wait to start my next project. Brava Barb Blair :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The book contents were not as informative as I would have liked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars bought it as a present and they liked it alot 11 Jan. 2014
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If you want to tart up furniture this is a great place to start. Good ideas, easy to follow with lots of pictures
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 19 Jun. 2013
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I really love this book , there is so much to learn but this book makes it fun and easy x
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For my brother in law 9 Nov. 2013
By Teressa
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This book has great pictures! Ive got it for my brother in law for Christmas as he thinks he knows what hes doing to restore furniture! This should set him straight :-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pity there are no UK equivalents listed 21 Jun. 2015
By Mrs. M
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Loved this book only down side is ordering the products that are in the book. For example, minwax wood finishing stain had to be ordered from America just hoping it survives the transit...!!
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