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Paperback The Salvage Sisters' Guide to Finding Style in the Street and Inspiration in the Attic Book

ISBN: 1579652883

ISBN13: 9781579652883

The Salvage Sisters' Guide to Finding Style in the Street and Inspiration in the Attic

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Inspired by everyday objects, the Salvage Sisters rescue more than fifty common castoffs--orphaned drawers, a hobbled couch, a broken birdbath--and cleverly transform them into style statements loaded with ingenuity, wit, and humor. Join intrepid hunters and gatherers Kathleen Hackett and MaryAnn Young in this step-by-step illustrated guide as they travel the country--down alleyways and side streets, to flea markets and yard sales, through the local...

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4 ratings

I was expecting more from this book. Ready for the donate box.


I enjoyed this book for an afternoon of nonsense fun! While I think that most junkers wouldn't go to the extreme that these sisters do, they are a fun loving pair. I enjoyed their off beat ideas.

Witty and wacky

Have you never passed a yard sale without stopping? Does your attic bulge with things you might find a use for someday? Are you always looking for new, innovative decorating ideas? Answer "yes" to any of those questions and the "Salvage Sisters Guide" will kindle a kindred spark. Like a year's subscription to a decorating magazine for yard salers, their colorful, perky and practical book teems with ideas, good and bad. Some of the good ideas are familiar. A patchwork quilt (or ottoman cover, tablecloth or lampshade-cum-chandelier cover), made out of your family's long-loved old clothes, for instance. Or the ball gown cut down for a table skirt. And I don't know that I've ever seen a cast-iron lobster-shaped cornbread mold used as a doorknocker, but it seems like I should have. Then there's the bad ideas; who hasn't seen a nifty looking throw tucked neatly over an old chair's fraying upholstery? Looks great, as long as nobody sits on it. Making outfits for the whole family out of a couple of big, ugly curtains makes for a funny picture, but I wouldn't want to try it on my family. And I get the distinct feeling that most of the newsprint ideas - wreaths, mirror-frame covers, urns filled with crinkled balls - look a lot better in the pictures than in real life. As for shell art; it's downright dangerous. But the twin-bed headboard set over the plain horizontal mirror (or door frame) really does smarten up the piece and the hundred and one uses for an old wine rack (from shoe rack to spa closet) are all inspirational. Plant stands make chair-side serving trays, umbrella stands, and even a whimsical toilet tissue stand. The toilet tissue stand perfectly expresses the Salvage Sisters' philosophy: "Why tuck toilet tissue behind closed doors when you can make an amusing arrangement of it in plain sight on a plant stand? The best part: There's no risk of unknowingly running out." A lot of their ideas require no work at all or just a simple lick of pain or spot of glue. But where more is required - such as hanging an old front-door pediment over a set of standard French doors, or making bookcases from discarded drawers or covering a straight-backed chair seat - detailed directions include all materials and tools needed as well as step-by-step instructions suitable for a person with no skills or experience. Colorful pictures accompany everything and often feature family members, from kids on driftwood swings to husbands in homemade bow ties. Jackie the terrier is a frequent model in his sweater made from an old sleeve, his ball-fringe leash, and his charmingly decorated bedroom with the birdbath-stand night table (the bath basin is on the dining room table). With words of wisdom like, "Rust is a variation of red; red is always an acceptable color" and "Never worry about how to get it home; just get it," the sisters have a make-do, can-do style that is as useful as it is humorous. -- Portsmouth Herald

Finally I get a clue!

I'm the type of person who simply can't resist picking stuff off the street and bringing it home. Once I get it home it sits forever until I figure out what to do with it. Old furniture. Table legs. Headboards. All sorts of random goodies. This book gave me a clue about what to do (and what not to do) with this "junk". All this random stuff has finally turned into actual projects! Back to work for me! If it rings a bell for you... get this book!
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