Annie Sloan's The Colourist - The Art of Colourful Living and Jen Crider's Amazing Furniture Makeovers offer expert advice and inspiration for designing with colour and upcycling the outdated.
The Colourist – The Art of Colourful Living
By Annie Sloan
Annie Sloan Interiors, $19.95
Paint and colour expert Annie Sloan shares her passion for colour in the latest issue of her “bookazine”, The Colourist – The Art of Colourful Living.
The Colourist features an inspiring international array of homes with rustic glamour or boho eccentric style. A jewel-box like home in Finland glows with sunny yellow walls, vibrant turquoise and madcap pattern. The south of France is evoked with bleached wood, pale fabrics and furniture painted in soft greys in a laid-back Texan home.
Sloan’s relaxed farmhouse in Normandy is also featured. Her gift with paint and colour is evident in this subdued, yet colourful retreat. Duck egg blue on the ceilings, olive green stencils on the dining room walls, pale pink in the kitchen; it all works together beautifully.
There are tips on combining colours and interviews with artists, as well as a DIY section with projects using paint techniques to transform boring furniture into something with a little more style. Painted furniture has been around for a while, but Sloan has a gift for keeping it fresh with lots of new ideas that will appeal to a mid-century modern enthusiast or someone more partial to the distressed and romantic.
Amazing Furniture Makeovers – Easy DIY Projects to Transform Thrifted Finds into Beautiful Custom Pieces
By Jen Crider
Page Street Publishing Co., $21.99
Jen Crider likes to slam on the breaks when she spies an old piece of furniture on the side of the road, and she has a gift for turning castoffs and junk-store finds into something better or completely different.
Crider’s book, Amazing Furniture Makeovers – Easy DIY Projects to Transform Thrifted Finds into Custom Pieces, contains instructions on how to paint, stain, reupholster, decoupage and faux finish a wide variety of furniture. Practical advice on what to look for in a piece of second-hand furniture, as well as fun projects like painting a dresser to look like a soda-pop machine are here to inspire your next furniture makeover. There are also some great ideas for repurposing obsolete TV cabinets and sewing machines into something new and useful. Outdated to upcycled.