Painting and Decorating Furniture

Painting and Decorating Furniture

by Sheila McGraw
     
 

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In Painting and Decorating Furniture, Sheila McGraw shows how to transform old furniture into functional works of art, using amazing new methods and finishes to complement traditional ones. Along with introductory chapters on basics like painting with brush and roller, McGraw shows how to master such techniques as block and potato printing, sponge painting,…  See more details below

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In Painting and Decorating Furniture, Sheila McGraw shows how to transform old furniture into functional works of art, using amazing new methods and finishes to complement traditional ones. Along with introductory chapters on basics like painting with brush and roller, McGraw shows how to master such techniques as block and potato printing, sponge painting, decoupage, stenciling and tiling. 900 full-color photos.

Editorial Reviews

Sandy Guerra-Cline
This is an 'ooh and ahh' book. As in, 'Ooh, look how she made faux stucco seraphims and mud-colored paint look like a million bucks,' and 'Ahh, I didn't know branches and leaves could look so sophisticated.
Fort Worth Morning Star-Telegram
Liz Graham
I heartily recommend this book, because it will tell you everything you need to know.
The Newfoundland Herald, July 1, 2000
Library Journal
McGraw, whose previous craft books include Papier-Mch for Kids (Firefly, 1991), gives clear, well-illustrated instructions to over 30 furniture decorating projects. She begins with an overview of the materials, equipment, and basic techniques needed for preparing furniture to be decorated and continues with the projects that primarily involve various paint techniques, but she also shows how to refurbish cushioned seats, mosaic a tabletop, and fabric-cover furniture. Although the directions are generally clear, more detailed techniques such as tole painting are better illustrated in Priscilla Hauser's Book of Decorative Painting (LJ 9/15/97). With the variety of projects illustrated, this book will be popular addition to collections whose patrons are looking for how-to books.
Jim Carlson
Armed with this book and some basic paint supplies, you can turn ho-hum furniture into useful and attractive pieces. There's no need to be a gifted craftsperson because the highly organized projects are well-illustrated with step-by-step instructions anyone can follow.
Country Decorating Ideas
Style at Home Magazine
A great gift for the do-it-yourselfer.
Newsday
Painting and Decorating Furniture by Sheila McGraw is truly the most inspiring. The illustrated steps and materials lists let the reader believe 'I can do this!'
New Orleans Times-Picayune
McGraw has a wonderful eye for unleashing the personality of seemingly bland, ordinary pieces.
Copley News Service - Lee Littlewood
Painting and Decorating Furniture is the epitome of instruction for those wanting to spruce up their personal items. McGraw shows how to breathe new life and color into old wood, metal and plastic laminated cabinets, desks, dressers, tables, chairs and cushions.
Fort Worth Morning Star-Telegram - Sandy Guerra-Cline
This is an 'ooh and ahh' book. As in, 'Ooh, look how she made faux stucco seraphims and mud-colored paint look like a million bucks,' and 'Ahh, I didn't know branches and leaves could look so sophisticated.'
Country Decorating Ideas - Jim Carlson
Armed with this book and some basic paint supplies, you can turn ho-hum furniture into useful and attractive pieces. There's no need to be a gifted craftsperson because the highly organized projects are well-illustrated with step-by-step instructions anyone can follow.
Calgary Sun - Jennifer Isaac
This tome is truly inspirational. After leafing through it, it's easy to see the artistic possibilities within your weary wooden furniture ... [Sheila McGraw's] full-color photographs detailing each step of the project are extremely helpful for the engineering-challenged.
Charlotte Observer
The epitome of instruction for those wanting to spruce up their personal items. McGraw shows how to breathe new life and color into old wood, metal and plastic laminated cabinets, desks, dressers, tables, chairs and cushions.
Newfoundland Herald - Liz Graham
If you're planning to refinish any furniture, I heartily recommend this book, because it will tell you everything you need to know. The beautiful color photographs will provide you with lots of inspiration for your own work, while technical aspects are covered in full.
Cincinnati Enquirer - Joy Kraft
A good start for beginners with simple, easy-to-follow projects, furniture preparation and materials.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552091371
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.25(h) x (d)

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Jennifer Issac
Jennifer Isaac, The Calgary Sun, February 5, 2000

This tome is truly inspirational. After leafing through it, it's easy to see the artistic possibilities within your weary wooden furniture ... Sheila McGraw's full-colour photographs detailing each step of the project are extremely helpful for the engineering-challenged.

Meet the Author

Sheila McGraw is author of Papier Mâché Today, Gifts Kids Can Make, Papier Mâché for Kids, Dolls Kids Can Make and Soft Toys to Sew. She is the illustrator of the best-selling children's books Love You Forever, and Lightning Bug Thunder as well as author/illustrator of Pussycats Everywhere.

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