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Repainted and repurposed furniture is all the rage, but just slapping on a coat of paint doesn’t always yield high-quality results. Furniture redesigner Barb Blair shares her methods for doing the job right in “Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture.”

Blair, owner of Knack Studios (, gives readers all the basics they need to take on their own projects, right down to suggesting her favorite brands of paintbrushes and furniture wax. Unlike many do-it-yourself books, this one is dedicated mostly to teaching techniques rather than providing projects to copy, though she does share 30 of her favorite makeovers.

Readers will learn what to look for when they’re buying used furniture, what tools and materials yield the best results, how to prepare and make small repairs to furniture and how to achieve various finishes and decorative effects.

“Furniture Makeovers” is published by Chronicle Books and sells for $24.95 in hardcover.



Picture your pet’s photo on a kitchen cabinet door or your child’s artwork on your bathroom vanity.

It’s possible with a new line of cupboards called Facets from Custom Cupboards Inc.

The company can digitally print cabinet doors and drawer fronts with graphic patterns, artwork, photography or text. The designs also can be printed onto paneling or pieces of solid wood.

The Facets line is available in maple, cherry and alder.

The cabinets are custom products, and prices depend on a number of variables. But in an average 10-by-10-foot, L-shaped kitchen with Facets designs on three of 13 cabinets, the designs would add about 10 to 15 percent to the total price of the cabinets, or about $1,500 to $2,200, the company’s president, Mael Hernandez, said.



Q: My husband accidentally laid his tuxedo on a table that had an open glue container. He thinks it was Krazy Glue. He took the tux to the cleaners, but they could not get it out. I am hoping you can help.

A: A consumer specialist with Elmer’s Products Inc., which makes Krazy Glue, said you can try removing the glue with acetone. It’s an ingredient in some nail polish removers, but I would buy pure acetone to avoid staining the garment with other ingredients in the remover. You should be able to buy acetone in paint and hardware stores.

Acetone will damage some fabrics, so try it first in an inconspicuous place, such as a seam allowance.


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