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Antique style : 35 step-by-step period decorating ideas
Grigg, Rubena.
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Publication Information:
New York : The Lyons Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
144 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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NK2115 .G75 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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A full-color guide for the do-it-yourself decorator

Author Notes

Rubena Grigg is a highly successful interior designer and author. Her work frequently appears in leading home interest magazines in the UK, USA and Italy. Rubena also runs popular courses in decoupage and decorative painting.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Interior designer Grigg expands her offerings from her previous book, Decoupage & Painted Furniture for Beautiful Interiors (1995), with 35 more projects. The same techniques--decoupage and paint--are promoted here with a twist. Items are grouped by length of completion time, from one hour through a weekend. Although the "period" designation for each is rather vague and generic, what is very specific are the instructions and elegant accompanying color photographs and process diagrams. Typical projects are chairs, cushions and pillows, and wood furniture. More unusual is her demonstration of picture bows (to showcase framed) and exotic Suliman silk cushions. Helpful hints aren't limited to step-by-step projects; in repainting Lloyd loom-wicker chairs, for instance, she recommends spraying rather than brushing to avoid clogging the weaves with paint. --Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

Similar to Jazz Up Your Junk (LJ 9/15/99), in which Linda Barker beautifies worn and cast-off items, Grigg's book offers projects that require a bit more do-it-yourself skill, such as freehand decorative painting and sewing. The projects, designed to make items look like prized antiques, have helpfully been divided into chapters based on time needed to complete, from "one-hour wonders" to "weekend workovers." The instructions are clearly written but poorly illustrated, making this best suited for experienced crafters. Purchase for larger public library crafting collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Preparation of woodp. 7
Decorative finishesp. 8
Antique finishesp. 10
Basic equipmentp. 12
One-Hour Wondersp. 14
Picture bowsp. 16
Summer blindsp. 20
Verdigris galvanized planterp. 22
Medieval urn and corbelp. 24
Two-Hour Transformationsp. 26
Bamboo table and faux bamboo chairp. 28
Tripod lampp. 32
Acanthus planterp. 36
Two cherubsp. 38
Pot pourri holdersp. 42
Morning Makeoversp. 44
French cupboardp. 46
Cream candlestick lampp. 50
Jewellery box and hand mirrorp. 54
Exotic suliman silk cushionsp. 58
Oval trayp. 64
Enamel towel holder and soap dishp. 68
Evening Escapadesp. 70
Rose-painted cachepotp. 72
Country chestp. 74
Medieval-style cushionsp. 76
Carved candlesticksp. 80
Edwardian ewer and bowlp. 82
Same-Day Sensationsp. 86
Black Victorian chairsp. 88
Striped hat tinp. 92
Victorian bedroomp. 94
Edwardian dressing tablep. 100
Weekend Workoversp. 104
Medieval cupboardp. 106
Roses headboardp. 110
Indian coffee tablep. 114
Singer sewing machine tablep. 118
Fabulous fireboardp. 122
Regency deskp. 126
Ingenious Ideasp. 130
Queen Anne cabinetp. 132
Edwardian washstandp. 132
Edwardian picture framesp. 133
Bread binp. 134
French cafetieresp. 134
Fish kettlep. 135
Douchepotsp. 135
Galvanized laundry bowlp. 136
Lloyd Loom chairsp. 136
Iron plant standp. 137
Garden cupboardp. 137
Safety Precautionsp. 138
Measurementsp. 139
Directory of Suppliersp. 140
Indexp. 142
Acknowledgmentsp. 144