Style overhaul

Create your ideal interior by giving your furniture a face-lift and building new pieces.

Create your ideal interior by giving your furniture a face-lift and building new pieces.

home_books_pallet“100% Pallet: From Freight to Furniture: 21 DIY Designer Projects”

by Aurélie Drouet (paperback, Scriptum Editions, 2015, 192 pages, $32.95)

Turn old wooden pallets into chic furniture with these easy-to-follow, step-by-step guides to making bookshelves, chairs, lamps and more—with 21 designer projects.

home_books_ikea“I Modify IKEA: Furnishings from Everyone’s Favorite Store, Customized for Your Home”

by Charlotte Rivers (paperback, Ulysses Press, 2016, 144 pages, $24.95)

Packed with 200 step-by-step illustrations and instructions, I Modify IKEA offers a range of inspiring ideas to reflect your unique style.

home_books_diy“DIY Industrial Pipe Furniture and Decor: Creative Projects for Every Room of Your Home” by James Angus (paperback, Ulysses Press, 2016, 128 pages, $16.95)

Industrial pipe furniture quickly has become one of the most popular trends in home DIY design, and this book’s hands-on projects teach you everything you need to know.

It guides you step by step from easier, beginner projects, such as shoe organizers, towel racks and candelabras to more advanced projects, such as bookshelves, bed frames and tables.

home_books_furniture“The Furniture Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Identify, Restore & Care for Furniture” by Christophe Pourny (hardcover, Artisan, 2014, 304 pages, $35)

Pourny 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 midcentury pieces, family heirlooms or funky flea-market finds.

Rounding out this comprehensive guide is care and maintenance information, as well as recipes to make your own wax, shellac, varnish, stain and more.

home_books_finerthings“The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles, and Details” by Christiane Lemieux (hardback, Clarkson Potter, 2016, 416 pages, $60)

Lemieux has curated an unparalleled education in recognizing the hallmarks of timeless, heirloom-quality pieces.

Hundreds of elegant home interiors—both iconic examples from the past and stunning residences today—represent the range of luxurious and customized environments that can be created with fine décor.

home_books_woodworking“I Can Do That! Woodworking Projects: 48 Quality Furniture Projects That Require Minimal Experience and Tools” by David Thiel (paperback, Popular Woodworking Books, 2016, 208 pages, $19.99)

Build quality furniture fast and simple.

Beginning woodworkers (or experienced woodworkers who are looking for a weekend project) can accomplish these builds quickly.