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About Barbara Blair
Knack can trace its beginnings to furniture makeovers: spotting a piece and being able to see beyond the dust and grime into its heart. Barb Blair, founder of Knack, became hooked on the transformative power of paint when she redid her kitchen cabinets in 2000. After years of experimenting and learning from trial and error Barb perfected her finishes. With careful prep work, thoughtful design, and a myriad of original features like unique knobs and paper-lined drawers, the furniture emerges more beautiful than it ever was. This attention to detail has blossomed into an entire retail shop filled with functional yet beautiful finds and gifts.
Barb opened her first brick and mortar studio in 2007 and has since written a best selling book, Furniture Makeovers, published by Chronicle Books, and is working on a second book, Furniture Makes the Room, which is due out in March of 2016.
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Knack Studio founder Barb Blair is famous for her knack with furniture—spotting classic pieces and transforming them into modern showstoppers. In this inspiring book, Blair goes beyond the nuts and bolts of furniture refinishing to show how to style rooms with each customized piece. For instance, she transforms a well-worn coffee table with a painted ombré design, and then reveals how to incorporate it into a bright and sunny den, a cozy reading nook, and a cheerful bedroom.
With instructions for fifteen before-and-after furniture projects—dressers, tables, beds, armoire, and more—in Blair’s signature bold style, a “toolbox” section detailing her favorite techniques and materials, and photos of dozens of inspiring interiors, Furniture Makes the Room unlocks the secrets to decorating livable rooms around statement pieces.
You’ll never look at a hand-me-down dresser the same way again! This book offers twenty-six 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 thirty 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.
“Her amply illustrated book shows why her repurposed furniture is in demand.” —Publishers Weekly