Man-oh-man, this book is one heck of a treasure. If you have any interest in junk/thrift/antique shops, then you’ll most likely appreciate the Meyers’ talent in transforming castoffs into delightful objects, and boy, are they delightful. There’s a lamp made from a pastry bag, a wonderful Blue Willow Canoe, a half painted dresser (Lichtenstein inspired), the ‘le french’ dresser (shown upper right) where scrolly letters were screwed onto the drawer fronts, Chippendale chairs changed into skeleton chairs, and so ever much more. And, not only are these projects shown in their before stages and after, but the Meyers include their sketches and instructions on replicating the idea on your very own castoff, giving you the tools to make your own interpretation.
What some view as trash, Linda and John Meyers see as raw material. The wife-and-husband team subscribers to the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ ethos have perfected a design strategy that will save you money, help the planet, and provide hours of DIY fun. The strategy? First, visit a yard sale, construction-site dumpster, or even your own attic. Select something that somebody (even you) thought had outlived its usefulness. Then, transform that castoff into a piece that’s interesting and usable.
See more at Wary Meyers’ site.