Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Book Review: How to Restore and Repair Practically Everything


How to Restore & Repair Practically Everything by Lorrain Johnson

If you're like me, you've picked something up at a garage sale that you can't resist. "With a little TLC it will be better than new," you convince yourself! With the help of this book, How to Restore & Repair Practically Everything, you can get that job done!

This book is considered a classic in the field of restoration, and was first published in 1977, with a revised edition published in 1984. It has since been reprinted seven times through 1995, and is still a valuable source of information on materials and methods used in restoring items ranging from stained glass, wicker, caned and basketry items and even restringing pearls.

The book begins with an information section describing tools and their uses, and then moves onto the specifics under the different categories. In the furniture section, decorative finishes are covered and include gilding, faux marbling, using metallic powders, natural oils and clear finishes, just to name a few!

I have personally used this book to repair the joints on some oak chairs I got at a garage sale and to repair the cane seats, fix a picture frame, repair an old fishing creel basket and to repair a hole in the corner of an old black and white print I found at a garage sale that I loved. I have also used it's guidelines to repair a broken piece of pottery, and to clean and repair jewelry. All were successful, and the tips I found in this book were very helpful.

The step by step instructions are illustrated with easy to understand illustrations and diagrams. The measure of this book's worth is that I have used it. So must have many of the others who have purchased this book since it first came out over 30 years ago! A true classic, and useful to boot.

This book is available at Amazon.com both used and from the used booksellers beginning at around $4.00. It may also be available at your local library.

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