Christophe Pourny learned the art of furniture restoration in his father’s atelier in the South of France. In this, his first book, he teaches readers everything they need to know about the provenance and history of furniture, as well as how to restore, update, and care for their furniture—from antiques to midcentury pieces, family heirlooms or funky flea-market finds. The heart of the book is an overview of Pourny’s favorite techniques—ceruse, vernis anglais,and water gilding, among many others—with full-color step-by-step photographs to ensure that readers can easily replicate each refinishing technique at home. Pourny brings these techniques to life with a chapter devoted to real-world refinishing projects, from a veneered table to an ebonized desk, a gilt frame to a painted northern European hutch. Rounding out this comprehensive guide is care and maintenance information, including how to properly clean leather, polish hardware, fix a broken leg, and replace felt pads, as well as recipes to make your own wax, shellac, varnish, stain, and more.
A comprehensive guide to restoring, preserving and refinishing furniture draws on the author's experience as the son of a French atelier to outline such step-by-step techniques as ceruse, vernis anglais and water gilding. 25,000 first printing.
Author: Richard A. Lyons
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Release Date: 2012-09-11
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies
Profusely illustrated woodworking guide, brimming with expert tips and advice, covers proper care and use of tools, replacing lost hardware, strengthening fractured joints, and much more. Illustrations of restored furniture.
Dale Mulfinger is widely acknowledged as the foremost expert on cabins in North America. His first book, The Cabin: Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway, has sold over 160,000 copies and has consistently been the leading book in the category since it was published in 2001. In this new collection of 37 cabins, Mulfinger rekindles his love for this treasured American icon with fresh insight and seasoned strategies for the logic, utility and beauty of cabin design. Cabins speak of modesty, shared spaces for the camaraderie of family and friends and an open, relaxed atmosphere. Many of the cabins showcased in Back to the Cabin capture this iconic spirit, where life is simple, the mudroom is entry enough for all and burning wood is for more than just charm. There are also some surprises along the way, with cabins that come packaged as kits, cabins built from recycled materials and other whimsical examples designed 'just for the fun of it.'
Author: Barb Blair
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release Date: 2013-04-09
Genre: House & Home
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 how to 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.
How to Restore Antique Furniture is a hands-on guide to the care and repair of a range of furniture types. Beginning with a history of furniture construction, which introduces the techniques to be found in pieces from various periods, the book discusses the qualities and applications of most common wood types, offering advice on tools and accessories. Among the topics covered are dismantling furniture; removing old nails, screws, and glue; repairing dowel, knuckle, mortise, and tenon joints; mending damaged turnings; tackling veneers and marquetry; and restoring glass, keys, and locks. Colin Holcombe is a professional furniture restorer and the author of An Introduction to Woodwork and Marquetry Techniques.
Author: Kevin Jan Bonner
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies
This comprehensive book answers every question on the subject of restoring furniture. How to fix a wobbly chair or a scratched table top; how to identify and repair finishes and veneers; how to stain wood or remove white ring marks; how to French polish or apply a wax finish. The book guides the reader from the very first steps, so no experience is necessary, and every process is taken step-by-step. The author explains how, by using the minimum of tools and at very little cost, you can restore any piece of wooden furniture from the most shambolic to the almost perfect. Along the way, it exposes many mysteries and explodes many myths about restoration.
Author: John Rodd
Publisher: David & Charles
Release Date: 1998-03-31
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
First published in 1954 as The Repair and Restoration of Antique Furniture, this work has been revised, expanded and reillustrated by V.J. Taylor, and is aimed at woodworkers, owners of traditionally crafted furniture, and antiques enthusiasts. It explains to the layman the professionals' techniques for repairing damaged furniture and restoring it authentically to prime condition. It describes systematically the six basic steps - dismantling, cleaning joints, restoring components, gluing up, levelling and sandpapering, and colouring and polishing. Included are not only the solutions to typical problems, but also some of the methods which the author devised to overcome more unusual difficulties.
Selected as a Gardens Illustrated Recommended Read Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture covers twenty step-by-step, fully illustrated projects with hundreds of clear and easy-to-follow photographs. Finished pieces include simple items include a trellis, a flower box, and a plant stand and more complicated projects include a chaise lounge, a sectional with built-in storage, and a slat bench. Katie Jackson's projects are simple, clean, and timeless and work well within a wide variety of styles. Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture is the perfect primer for people new to woodworking, DIYers, and homeowners looking for a simple and affordable to decorate their space.
Author: William Cook
Publisher: Lorenz Books
Release Date: 2003
Genre: House & Home
Starting with the basics, this manual offers a course on repairing and restoring all types of furniture, from raising a dent to turning a chair leg. It includes an easy-to-use guide to identifying and dating your furniture as well as a directory of the tools, materials and equipment necessary to restore furniture yourself. Skills covered include turning, carving, upholstery, marbling, gilding, marquetry and parquetry. Each of the four chapters ends with one or two projects that encompass many of the techniques described in that chapter and each stage of restoration is shown in step-by-step format, from assessment of the damage to final polishing.
Whether you dream of restoring an heirloom to its former beauty, or just want to modernize a flea market treasure, Amy Howard has the design and refinishing secrets you need. Here are all the furniture finishing recipes, techniques, and tips that have made Howard’s beloved classes sold-out success stories, and made Howard herself the go-to guru of refinishing and “use what you have” redecorating. Try your hand at unique painted and faux finishes, and experiment with gold leaf, distressing, and marvelous graining effects. Along the way, you will learn a treasure trove of techniques, as Howard shares before-and-after makeovers from her studio and offers impeccable step-by-step instruction in all that is needed to achieve each look.
Woodworking is Timeless Things change, to be sure, and woodworking is no exception. New tools come on the market, older tools are upgraded and a number of new, finely made hand tools are now available. Regardless of the subtle changes, the basic principles used by woodworkers have remained constant. The novice woodworker can produce satisfactory work following these unchanging woodworking traditions and using just some basic tools. Once these lessons are learned, all woodworking tasks are only a short step away. Power tools can take much of the drudgery out of woodworking, hand tools bring you closer to your work to teach you the characteristics of wood and how to make the most of the material. This book offers all the knowledge needed to get started in woodworking. All of the joints, jigs, methods, techniques and processes that have stood the test of time are included (along with a number of basic projects to practice the techniques). Woodworking offers enough variety to satisfy the widest range of tastes and inclinations. Let this book be your guide for whatever direction you want your work to take.