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

Barbara Blair , Holly Becker , Aaron Greene

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April 9 2013
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 howto 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 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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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  83 reviews
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you are just starting to redo furniture this is the book you want April 20 2013
By bas bleu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
First of all I did not purchase this book from Amazon, got it elsewhere. I have been through enough furniture refinishing projects to testify that this is wonderful for the beginner. I wish I had this type of help when I stripped down my first piece 33 years ago. Back then I learned as I went.

So if you are new and ready to get started redoing furniture, do yourself a favor you will thank yourself for over and over, and absolutely get this book. The author takes you step by step from how to select a piece of furniture that is going to be worth all the sweat you are going to pour into it to selecting proper materials and products for stripping, scraping, wiping away the old finish. He includes drying times and tells how to make necessary repairs to the furniture, how and what to use to make those repairs.Also included are tips on how to add an old look, or shabby chic, distressed look, how to make your pieces look hand painted, and much more.
I love that the importance of sanding is stressed, depending on what kind of finish you want, sanding, from rough to baby smooth is a process and the author is good to stress the importance. And it is important, because you are going to have to live with the way the furniture feels when you touch it for as long as you own the piece, so listen and don't be tempted to take shortcuts, you will thank yourself for the extra work and patience you invested into the piece, every time you touch it.
Finish is covered well , as it is as important as sanding. The author prefers polyurethane finish, which leaves a nice tough finish that resists spills and stains very well. Personally, I prefer lacquer in a satin finish but this is a labor of love, because to get a wonderful finish takes many coats with lots of sanding in between each coat and lacquer takes a long drying period and is nasty to breath.
There are many excellent ideas and great how to , step by step, instructions here. There are also a fair amount of resources included.
I bought this book for my daughter who is just starting to buy old pieces for their new home, as newlyweds this is the way to save money. Plus by buying her the book, I get out of having to help her learn the processes. Wish I would have had all this help and great ideas when I was doing this kind of stuff 30 some odd years ago.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book for Furniture Painters Aug. 29 2013
By blongo fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was filled with knowledge regarding painting furniture from start to finish. Would definitely recommend it - answers questions regarding which products to use for preparation and painting.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barb makes it easy! July 23 2013
By S. Compton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is the prefect balance between textbook teaching and design magazine dreaming. Barb Blair gives the reader full insight into the world of furniture transformations. It's easy to read and easy to understand for both beginners and advanced students. She takes you step by step from what tools you will need (with pictures of most), to how to pick a great piece of furniture, to what grade sanding grit you will need. As an aspiring furniture artist, I found this book to be an invaluable resource! Whether you're in the business of refurnishing or you just have a few pieces at home that you want to work on, "Furniture Makeovers" will make the process a lot smoother. Enjoy!
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book actually shares secrets about finishes Nov. 2 2013
By Joseph - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Having worked in the faux finishing world, one thing that finishers hate to do is share secrets. Furniture makeovers tells you the exact things to use and doesn't hold back anything.
5.0 out of 5 stars this was still a great source of inspiration July 27 2014
By Elizabeth Grogan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was very excited to receive this book as a Christmas gift. It had been at the top of my list, since I'm a huge admirer of Barb's work and aesthetic. Even though I've painted numerous pieces of furniture, this was still a great source of inspiration. Barb's ease of explaining her technique was very easy to understand, and I loved learning more about incorporating paper into furniture makeovers. It's definitely something that I now feel like I can try, thanks to the great instructions in her book. :)

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