Step inside the world of Elsie and Emma, the sisters behind the décor blog A Beautiful Mess. With tiny budgets and a crafty, can-do attitude, they overhauled each room in their first homes with DIY projects using family photos, vibrant fabrics, flea-market finds, and affordable furniture. Now, you can learn how to paint, craft, and decorate your way to a happy, bright space with distinct personality. In the same upbeat spirit and modern style found on their blog, you’ll find fresh, all-new projects including:
• An inspired geometric-pattern coffee table made of balsa wood • A hand-lettered statement wall featuring your favorite quote • A quick and easy electrical tape update for your refrigerator • A set of beautifully designed serving dishes And more!
Packed with bonus styling tips from hanging the perfect gallery wall to making mismatched furniture work, Happy Handmade Home is design inspiration for personalizing your own space.
Instant Wall Art - Botanical Prints: 45 Ready-to-Frame Vintage Illustrations for Your Home Decor
Manufacturer: Adams Media
Personalize your space with beautiful, nature-inspired prints!Featuring dozens of stylized, vintage illustrations, Instant Wall Art: Botanical Prints captures the intricate details and vibrant colors of the world's most stunning plants. Each page encourages you to frame your favorite pieces and personalize your space with the beauty of the outdoors. From the blooming Cape blue water lily to the flowering peach tree branch, this book's beautiful, budget-friendly art makes it easy and inexpensive to transform your entire home.With Instant Wall Art: Botanical Prints, you can finally say goodbye to blank walls and hello to the nature-inspired look you love--all at an exceptional value!
Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More
Manufacturer: Chronicle Books
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.
Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love
This New York Times bestselling book is filled with hundreds of fun, deceptively simple, budget-friendly ideas for sprucing up your home. With two home renovations under their (tool) belts and millions of hits per month on their blog YoungHouseLove.com, Sherry and John Petersik are home-improvement enthusiasts primed to pass on a slew of projects, tricks, and techniques to do-it-yourselfers of all levels. Packed with 243 tips and ideas—both classic and unexpected—and more than 400 photographs and illustrations, this is a book that readers will return to again and again for the creative projects and easy-to-follow instructions in the relatable voice the Petersiks are known for. Learn to trick out a thrift-store mirror, spice up plain old roller shades, ""hack"" your Ikea table to create three distinct looks, and so much more.
Interior Design Illustrated: Marker and Watercolor Techniques (International Critical Commentary)
Manufacturer: Fairchild Books
In an age of reliance on CAD programs, the skill to express your creativity and vision with a hand-rendered drawing gives an interior designer a distinct advantage in communicating with clients and will set you apart from other designers. Develping strong hand visual communication skills without the aid of a computer are especially important to concept development in the interior design profession, and ideation flows rapdily when drawing manually. Building on the success of the First Edition, Interior Design Illustrated helps students develop this powerful marketing tool, making them invaluable to their employers. The step-by-step approach, with simple, uncomplicated illustrations and instructions that progress from beginner to intermediate skill levels, teaches students how to visualize interior space, perspective and details (such as pattern and texture) and to render their vision with markers and watercolors. Since the lessons are structured around small tasks, students will become proficient with one rendering skill before moving on to another. The text and numerous illustrations reinforce each other to make the lessons easily accessible to visual learners. The comprehensive coverage includes architectural features, wall and floor finishes, furniture, and design enhancements such as artwork, plants, tabletops, and accessories.
Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint Workbook: A practical guide to mixing paint and making style choices
Manufacturer: CICO Books
Brand: CICO Books
Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint Workbook is part sketch book, part practical guide to working with the different key styles that Annie and co-author and son, Felix Sloan wrote about in their book 'Room Recipes for Style and Colour'. Room Recipes had step-by-step guides and plenty of how-tos – with the Chalk Paint Workbook it’s over to you. The Chalk Paint Workbook is grouped into sections, with space for you to jot down your thoughts and play with different shapes, colours and patterns. There are also handy pockets for storing magazine clippings and fabric swatches. Use it like you’d use a sketch book or scrap book and experiment with your style.
Quick and Easy Paint Transformations: 50 step-by-step projects for walls, floors, stairs & furniture
Manufacturer: CICO Books
Brand: CICO Books
With this book in one hand and a brush in the other, you can learn how to create different paint finishes and effects to change everyday rooms and furniture into something special, all for the price of a pot of paint. The first section of the book tells you everything you need to know before you start – how to prepare surfaces properly, choose the right paint for the right place, and use the best tools. Then, the 50 projects are divided into five sections: Aging and Distressing; Working with the Base; Working with Color; Handpainting; and Crackle, Gilding, and Decoupage. There are step-by-step images showing how to achieve the finished look, before shots and inspirational photography showing the effects used on walls and doors, furniture and floors. Learn how to bring old second-hand furniture bang up to date, or how to give modern pieces a softly aged appearance, as well as ways to treat and transform floorboards, doors, and plastered walls. Whatever the style of your interiors, Quick and Easy Paint Transformations will show you the best way to makeover your home.
Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More: 40 step-by-step projects to transform your home
Manufacturer: CICO Books
With this book in one hand and a brush in the other, you can learn how to transform everyday furniture into something special, all for the price of a pot of paint. Annie Sloan is a paint legend and one of the world’s most popular experts in the field of decorative painting. In Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and more, Annie presents 40 new projects and ideas, showing you the easy way to update tired furniture and transform your home. Working with her own range of chalk paints, Annie shows how to mix colors and how to achieve certain looks. Whether your taste is for colorful boho chic or restrained Swedish hues, cozy and comforting rustic shades, a modern and contemporary approach, or an elegant French look, here you will find a project to suit you. Start off by mastering the simple art of colorwashing, and work your way up to transfer printing, gilding, stenciling, and glazing. There are even instructions for dyeing fabric using paint. As well as painting furniture, the projects range from a staircase painted in a rainbow of colors to stenciled walls, transforming floors with a coat of paint to dyeing linen curtains and even painting a vintage chandelier. Throughout the book, Annie offers expert tips, techniques, shortcuts, and guidance, showing you the easy way to create a stylish home.
Stained glass boxes are the natural next step for crafters who have mastered traditional two-dimensional copper foil panels and wish to venture into the third dimension. One of the most popular of glassworking projects and one well suited to glasses, glass boxes offer a happy combination of challenge, beauty, and utility.Easy-to-Make Stained Glass Boxes contains durable full-size templates for constructing different boxes featuring designs with floral, butterfly, heart, geometric, abstract, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Pennsylvania Dutch, Islamic, and contemporary motifs.Clear, complete instructions cover tools, materials, and techniques with step-by-step directions detailing each phase of preparation, construction, and finishing. Noted stained glass artist Ed Sibbett includes boxes in many shapes (squares, rectangles, hexagons, octagons) with a variety of box tops (raised, domed, flat).
Painting Secrets: Tips & Tricks from the Nation's Favorite Painting Expert
Brand: Meredith Books
Brian brings a bright new perspective to the principles of color, helping consumers make confident decisions. Unlike other paint books, the process of painting is emphasized. Clever ""Wall Wizard"" tips make painting simple and fun. For example, mix 1 gallon of warm water and 1/2 cup of fabric softener to clean brushes in 10 seconds. Decorative techniques for ragging, sponging, glazing, and using unusual tools for designer effects. Detailed coverage of tools and supplies, including varnishes, stains, and glazes.