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Hardware style : 100 creative decorating ideas using materials from every aisle of the home center store
Le Van, Marthe.
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Publication Information:
New York : Lark Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
144 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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Home Location
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TT157 .L429 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
TT157 .L429 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TT157 .L429 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TT157 .L429 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TT157 .L429 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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It's the most creative how-to book to come along in years! 100 great ideas and projects will change the way you look at your local home improvement center. With a layout inspired by the store's floor plan, this abundantly photographed guide leads a tour through the different departments, from plumbing to hardware, electrical to lawn and garden, suggesting a whole host of imaginative ways to use what's on the shelves. Many of the projects take advantage of the latest decorating trend: repurposing, where items conceived for one function are used in an entirely different and original way. Craft curtain tiebacks from welded chain, transform glass or metal screens into coasters, turn copper plumping pipe into candleholders. With almost no effort at all, a tool holder becomes a bud vase, a grill tray takes new life as a cool retro TV tray, and standard millwork lumber becomes a Post Coatrack. Only basic do-it-yourself techniques are needed at most.

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Booklist Review

Repurposing--using common items in new ways--is today's most acclaimed decorating practice, according to Le Van, who worked with several designers to create this collection of ingenious projects inspired by hardware. The projects, which include a plumbing parts candelabra and oilcan vase, are organized by the home-supply store departments (electrical, lumber, etc.) that inspired them. Clear, step-by-step directions will guide readers through construction, although some ideas, such as the hardware spice cabinet, involve no work at all--just the pure repurposing of a finished object. High-quality color photographs show off the finished products, pictured in stylish, often lofty interiors that work well with the industrial look of many designs. But readers who like a softer, more refined decorating style will also find plenty of ideas here. Free spirited, low cost, and attractive, these are projects that will suit a wide range of interiors and abilities and will appeal to do-it-yourselfers looking for creative home design. A list of suppliers and project templates close the book. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2004 Booklist

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Tool & Hardware Departmentsp. 10
Tool-Holder Bud Vasep. 12
Washer Pillowsp. 13
Carpenter Apron Carryallp. 14
Spiced-Up Hardware Cabinetp. 15
Wire-Brush Bouquetp. 16
Neat Cleatp. 18
Bold Boltsp. 19
Spring Towel Loopp. 20
Wine Stoppersp. 22
Expanded Cablep. 24
Toolbox Tablep. 26
Dress it up with hardwarep. 28
Storage & Organization Departmentp. 30
Flower Powerp. 32
Sideways Bucket Cubbiesp. 33
Raise the Barp. 34
Magnetic Messagesp. 36
High-Profile Chestp. 38
Half-a-Hanger Hook Boardp. 40
Tufted Headboardp. 42
Place mat mattersp. 44
Plumbing Departmentp. 48
Flexing Candelabrap. 50
Flower Gridsp. 51
Copper Suitcase Standp. 52
Make a Standp. 54
Pipe Islandp. 56
Rolling Screenp. 58
Pipe Pot Rackp. 60
King-of-the-Grill Trayp. 62
Shelf Solutionsp. 64
Brilliant candleholdersp. 66
Lighting & Electrical Departmentsp. 68
Ceiling to Table Chargerp. 70
Got-You-Covered Framep. 71
Decked-Out Jelly Jar Vasesp. 72
Medallion Mirror Magicp. 74
Rusted Locknut Screenp. 76
Heavy Holdersp. 78
The new napkin ringsp. 79
Lumber Departmentp. 80
Sawhorse Tablep. 82
Lattice Bulletin Boardp. 84
Mock Closetp. 86
Barnyard Bedp. 87
The Contemporary Cubep. 88
Suspended Shelvesp. 90
Low Ride Tablesp. 92
Post Coatrackp. 94
A Passion for Pegboardp. 96
Tantalizing table basesp. 98
Building Materials Departmentp. 100
Tempting Take-Out Boxp. 102
On the Thresholdp. 104
Tile & Post Support Trivetsp. 105
Tasteful Trash Basketp. 106
Good News Gridp. 107
Upscale Uplightp. 108
Tile Floor Matp. 110
Brick Brush Holderp. 112
Cement Candle Trayp. 114
Picture-Perfect Ledgep. 116
Light Industrial Candle Shadesp. 118
Home-Sweet-Home-Center Lampp. 120
High roller coastersp. 122
Lawn & Garden Departmentp. 124
Cookbook Holderp. 126
Baguette Bateaup. 127
Unleashed Towel Barp. 128
Slotted Cedar Organizerp. 129
Helpful Hang-Upsp. 130
Wheelie Paper Towel Holderp. 131
Charcoal Laundry Bagp. 132
Cagey Lampp. 134
Reflector Magnetsp. 136
Window treatsp. 137
Templatesp. 139
Contributing Designersp. 142
Acknowledgmentsp. 143
Notes on Suppliersp. 143
Indexp. 144