Big news: Writing a book


Honored… humbled… nervous… and thankful. 

And I’ve been stalling on publishing this blog post for several days now – because that makes this news more official.  (EEEK)

A couple months ago, a publishing company emailed me about the possibility of writing a book about furniture makeovers.  My first thought was that it couldn’t possibly be real.  Me, write a book?

My future book about furniture makeovers! {Girl in the Garage}

I’ve been refinishing furniture and sharing tutorials online for almost 6 years now.  I’ve written hundreds of blog posts and taken thousands of photos, but it’s a totally different thing to do projects and style/take/edit photos for a real book that you can physically hold in your hands.  (I may have to adjust my habits and usual way of doing things, but I’m definitely not complaining!)

Numerous emails back and forth, a few phone calls, an outlined Table of Contents and project plan, and two new “sample” makeovers later – and it’s finally official:  I am writing a book and I will be an author.  (It still doesn’t seem real, but hopefully I’ll get used to saying that soon.)

The book will be all about different techniques for doing furniture makeovers, with about 25-30 projects total.  There’s no title or release date yet, but we’re planning for early summer 2019.  And I have some makeover ideas that I haven’t seen anywhere else yet.  🙂

Page Street Publishing Co. books
After I got that initial email, I did some research and was happy to discover that a few of my friends have also published books with Page Street Publishing Co. (distributed by Macmillan). There are Amazon affiliate links below so you can learn more:

* French Vintage Decor by Jamie Lundstrom (Blog: So Much Better With Age)
* Hand Lettering for Relaxation by Amy Latta (Blog: Amy Latta Creations)
* Also  A Touch of Farmhouse Charm by fellow Indiana girl Liz Fourez (Blog: Love Grows Wild)

I will share more book updates here in the future and some sneak peeks too!  Of course I’ll continue to post project tutorials on the blog like always – although I’ll be busier than usual, I won’t be disappearing from you guys.  🙂   

My hope is that this book will bring you inspiration and also detailed steps for makeovers that you will actually want to try yourself, in a handheld format to easily refer to when you’re working. 

Thanks so much for your continued support – you all mean so much to me!   xo Jen

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28 Comments on Big news: Writing a book

  1. Shelley
    July 7, 2018 at 3:46 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Congratulations! I can’t wait for your book to be out.

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  2. Hope W
    July 7, 2018 at 4:02 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Congratulations! You have earned this the hard way, you worked hard for this. And you earned it honestly!
    Blessings to you, Hope

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  3. Marlene McCormack
    July 7, 2018 at 4:28 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Congratulations! Just get out there and do it. Best of luck.

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  4. MaryJean
    July 7, 2018 at 5:44 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Congratulations Jen! What an honor! I will anxious to see it when it comes out. Wishing you the best!

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  5. Jessica | Petal + Ply
    July 7, 2018 at 8:12 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Congratulations!!! What an accomplishment. So excited for you!

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  6. SandyB
    July 7, 2018 at 9:19 pm (2 weeks ago)

    So excited for you! Can’t wait to see the book!

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  7. Claudine
    July 8, 2018 at 6:20 am (2 weeks ago)

    Wow, how exciting! Congratulations! I look forward to the release all all those project ideas and instructions. 🙂

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  8. Paula
    July 8, 2018 at 6:24 am (2 weeks ago)

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you!

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  9. Susan
    July 8, 2018 at 8:40 am (2 weeks ago)

    Very excited for you and your new adventure!!! Can’t wait to hold it in my hands!!!

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  10. Marie
    July 8, 2018 at 9:06 am (2 weeks ago)

    Congratulations Jen, I’m excited for you!

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  11. Laura Forehand
    July 9, 2018 at 7:40 am (1 week ago)

    Congratulations! Well-deserved honor, and I can’t wait for it to come out!

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  12. Carol S
    July 10, 2018 at 9:33 am (1 week ago)

    Really great news, Jen. So, so happy for you! Can’t wait to see your projects and get to touch your book. Best wishes for focus, inspiration, and project graces for all to go smoothly.

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  13. Hanna
    July 10, 2018 at 6:14 pm (1 week ago)

    How awesome for you! One item I would love to see in your book is info on how to clean hardware. Or how to fix hardware that bubbled from chemical cleaners.

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      July 10, 2018 at 6:21 pm (1 week ago)

      Ooh, that is a good one! That will depend on what type of pieces/hardware I can find (if they’re in decent shape and worth saving). Thanks for the suggestion Hanna!

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  14. Lindsay Eidahl
    July 11, 2018 at 2:59 pm (1 week ago)

    Congrats! Can’t wait to read it!

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  15. Laura / Pet Scribbles
    July 12, 2018 at 9:13 am (1 week ago)

    Whoo hoo! Well deserved Jen! Can’t wait to see it, and best of luck putting everything together!

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