Furniture Bible

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Christophe Pourney learned the art of furniture restoration in his father’s atelier in the South of France.  In this, his first book, he brings you in his Brooklyn based studio as he teaches readers everything they need to know about the provenance and history of furniture, as well as how to restore, update, and care for their furniture—from antiques to mid-century pieces, family heirlooms or funky flea-market finds. The heart of the book is an overview of Pourney’s favorite techniques—ceruse, vernis anglais,and water gilding, among many others—with full-color step-by-step photographs to ensure that readers can easily replicate each refinishing technique at home.  Pourny brings these techniques to life with a chapter devoted to real-world refinishing projects, from a veneered table to an ebonized desk, a gilt frame to a painted northern European hutch. Rounding out this comprehensive guide is care and maintenance information, including how to properly clean leather, polish hardware, fix a broken leg, and replace felt pads, as well as recipes to make your own wax, shellac, varnish, stain, and more.

A comprehensive guide to furniture restoration, sourcing antiques, and a history of furniture design.  Easy to understand descriptions makes this a must have for any beginner, but the encyclopedic like amount of terms and info make it a reference guide for even the professional.  With over 500 color photos and illustrations, you won't feel lost, or confused by the step by step instructions.  The enthusiastic foreword is written with care by Martha Stewart.