In today's home decor, matched furniture is out and individuality is king. Refurbished vintage pieces make a statement, add a little flair, and tell a story that just can't be conveyed with store-bought items. Whether these pieces are coming from a flea market, vintage fair, attic, or thrift shop, transforming them into one-of-a-kind home accents takes only a little DIY creativity and attitude. In Junk Beautiful: Furniture ReFreshed, author and "Queen of Junk" Sue Whitney provides inspiration for reimagining and refashioning vintage pieces into truly unique furniture and accessories.
The 30 projects presented here include clear, concise step-by-step instruction and photographs so that even novices can embrace the originality that mas made "rustoration" one of the hottest trends in the home-dec market. Requiring little to no skill to create and capable of being completed in a weekend or less, the projects are arranged based on where they will appear in the home—from the kitchen and dining room to the bathroom, living room, bedroom, and every room in between. An introductory section on techniques, tools, and supplies lays the groundwork for the woodworking, painting, staining, and crafting that will transform these items into the focal points they deserve to be. A shopper's guide presents tips and advice for selecting and collecting items to incorporate into your home.
"Junk Beautiful: Furniture ReFreshed showcases Sue Whitney's uncanny ability to forge new paths and stay well ahead of the curve when it comes to innovative creations for your home."— - Don Taylor Short, owner of West End Architecture and host of DIY Network's West End Salvage
"Junk Beautiful: Furniture ReFreshed not only shares Sue's innovative ideas and tried-and-true repurposing techniques but it also sparks the urge to repurpose those aging pieces and make them stand out in your home."— - Dr. Lori Verderame, director of DrLoriV.com and History channel expert
"Sue Whitney understands what people want to live with in their homes and is able to convey a freshness in decorating for junkers as well as vintage enthusiasts, antique lovers, DIYers, and collectors."— - Lynne Louise Worden, Worden Select Objects
"In Junk Beautiful ReFreshed, Sue Whitney, the Queen of Junk, spreads the word on the hot trend of rustoration, one project at a time."—Flea Market Decor
"Starred review. Whitney, creator of JUNKMARKET (junkmarketstyle.com), which focuses on using refurbished finds in decor, and the author of previous books on the topic, here offers 30 clever projects. Readers are introduced to tools, finishes, and safety, with great advice on how to find items for repurposing. The illustrations are excellent and instruction is spto-on. The text is peppered with tips and advice on design, project materials, and checks for a successful tranformation. Sure to be popular, this book is highly recommended."—Library Journal
Sue Whitney founded JUNKMARKET in 2000 in response to a need in the marketplace for utilizing vintage finds stylishly in your home. Her company's vision was pretty and practical design through affordable re-use. She grew the company at a rapid rate and it was not long before JUNKMARKET was the national leader in the industry, and it remains so today.
Sue has authored three successful titles (Decorating JunkMarket Style, Junk Beautiful, and Junk Beautiful: Outdoor Edition), and her 4th—Junk Beautiful: Furniture ReFreshed is due out fall 2017. She has produced columns for Country Home and Country Gardens magazines, produced her own special interest magazine issue, and contributed to dozens of other publishers. She is the founder of JUNKMARKET Style, a large online community of about 42,000 loyal members, and is active on Facebook, with 8,500 likes.
Sue is a veteran public speaker and she knows her way around a television studio. She has been on the Today show multiple times and appeared regularly on HGTV's Country Style. She is also a paid speaker and consultant to vintage shows around the country. In spring of 2015, Sue launched her own show, Uncorked JUNKMARKET Style.