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Jazz up your junk with Linda Barker : fabulous furniture makeovers from the star of BBC TV's Changing rooms.
Barker, Linda.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Newton Abbot, Devon : David & Charles, 1999, [c]1998.
Physical Description:
144 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Central Library TT199 .B37 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
Alden Ewell Free Library TT199 .B37 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Lake Shore Library TT199 .B37 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Anna M. Reinstein Library TT199 .B37 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Transform garage sale finds, family cast-offs, and other junk into uniquely personal decorative pieces. Let a notable interior design star teach you everything you need to turn trash into treasure. Full-color photographs detail every step of twenty fabulous projects that range in style from traditional country floral to contemporary chic. A battered floor lamp gets a new lease on life with fake silver gilding; a plain single bed becomes a young gifts fantasy mini four-poster; a dull, double-fronted wardrobe gets a face-lift to become a French-style armoire. Other projects include chairs, cupboards, tables, a writing desk, screen, footstool, washstand, and more. Many popular decorative techniques are used, such as gilding, mosaic, paint effects, stenciling, applique, and etching to create stunning effects on wood, glass, metal, and fabric. Home decorators will enjoy learning new craft skills, gaining creative inspiration, and ending up with fantastic furnishings for next to nothing! A Selectionof BOMC's Country Book Club.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Everyone, including the redoubtable Martha Stewart, is into junk. Whether it is stripping or touching up old varnish, decorators in the U.S. and Britain advise crafters to haunt all types of shops and garage sales for sturdy, nonvaluable merchandise to transform. And, of all the counselors, BBC-TV's Barker provides the best kind of do-it-yourself advice, beginning with lines and styles to look for and concluding with 20 start-to-finish projects. For each, she includes lists of materials and equipment, before and after illustrations, and step-by-step color photographs of various techniques, such as mosaics, tinwork, faux etching, applique, and decorative painting. A tired hassock becomes a saucy harlequin pouffe for feet, while a nondescript armoire is elevated to a gingham-colored kid's storage unit. Proof that "junque" is the same in any language, but design talent is not. --Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

This book contains projects for transforming cast-off, damaged furniture into beautiful, decorative pieces using wood cutwork, d‚coupage, or detailed painting. Each project shows a before and an after photograph of the piece and contains clear, well-illustrated instructions. Although similar to the projects found in Sheila McGraw's Painting & Decorating Furniture (LJ 1/98), Barker's projects are a bit simpler, which will make this book particularly appealing to beginners. A good purchase for public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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