Repainted and repurposed furniture is all the rage, but just slapping on a coat of paint doesn’t always yield high-quality results. Furniture redesigner Barb Blair shares her methods for doing the job right in Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture.
Blair, owner of Knack Studios (http://knackstudios.com), gives readers all the basics they need to take on their own projects, right down to suggesting her favorite brands of paintbrushes and furniture wax. Unlike many do-it-yourself books, this one is dedicated mostly to teaching techniques rather than providing projects to copy, although she does share 30 of her favorite makeovers.
Readers will learn what to look for when they’re buying used furniture, what tools and materials yield the best results, how to prepare and make small repairs to furniture and how to achieve various finishes and decorative effects.
Furniture Makeovers is published by Chronicle Books and sells for $24.95 in hardcover.
— Mary Beth Breckenridge