The Complete Decorating and Home Improvement Source Book


Provides practical, professional know how to maintain a home along with fabulous inspirational ideas to personalize it.

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Provides practical, professional know how to maintain a home along with fabulous inspirational ideas to personalize it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754813903
  • Publisher: Anness Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2004
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.02 (h) x 1.55 (d)

Table of Contents

About this book     6
Practical Decorating     10
Introduction     12
Decorating Decisions     14
Making an assessment     16
Reorganizing Space     18
Using colour, pattern and texture     20
Lighting basics     24
Lighting for living and dining rooms     26
Lighting for kitchens and bathrooms     28
Lighting in bedrooms     30
Lighting for display and security     32
Planning the work     34
Painting     36
Types of paint, varnish and stain     38
Painting tools and equipment     42
Preparing surfaces for painting     44
Stripping paint     46
Using a paintbrush     48
Using paint rollers and pads     50
Painting walls and ceilings     52
Painting doors     54
Painting windows     56
Special paint effects     58
Paperhanging     64
Types of wall covering     66
Paperhanging tools and equipment     70
Preparing for paperhanging     72
Stripping old wall coverings     74
Removing other oldfinishes     76
Preparing surfaces for covering     78
Hanging the first lengths     80
Paperhanging around corners     82
Around doors and windows     84
Papering stairwells     86
Papering ceilings     88
Other paperhanging techniques     90
Putting up friezes and borders     92
Tiling     94
Types of wall and floor tiles     96
Tiling tools and equipment     100
Setting out tiled areas     102
Preparing the wall for tiling     104
Tiling plain walls     106
Finishing off tiled areas     108
Decorative tile effects     110
Using mosaics and cork tiles     112
Setting out tiled floors     114
Laying ceramic floor tiles     116
Laying vinyl, lino and cork floor tiles     118
Laying Floor Coverings     120
Types of floor covering     122
Flooring tools and equipment     126
Preparing wood floors     128
Preparing solid floors     130
Painting and varnishing floors     132
Laying foam-backed carpet     134
Laying woven carpet      136
Laying stair carpet     138
Laying sheet vinyl     140
Making templates for sheet vinyl     142
Laying wood mosaic flooring     144
Laying wood-strip flooring     146
Features and Fittings     148
What to add to a room     150
Putting up a cornice     154
Putting up a dado rail     156
Using decorative mouldings     158
Replacing trim mouldings     160
Creating fire surrounds     162
Panelling a room     164
Hanging a new door     166
Door and window hardware     168
Fitting curtain tracks and poles     170
Hanging pictures and mirrors     172
Soft Furnishings     174
Types of fabric     176
Tools and equipment     178
Curtain and drapery headings     180
Lined curtains and drapes     182
Lightweight curtains and drapes     184
Pelmets and tie-backs     186
Blinds and shades     188
Square and round cushion covers     190
Box and bolster cushions     192
Tablecloths     194
Tablemats and napkins     196
Bed linen     198
Storage     200
Increasing storage space     202
Fitting fixed shelving     206
Fitting adjustable shelving     208
Freestanding shelving     210
Fitting shelves in alcoves     212
Making cabinets     214
Fixing doors and drawers     216
Fitting a built-in wardrobe     218
Fitting a clothes organizer     220
Making utility shelving     222
Making a garage storage wall     224
Maintenance and Repairs     226
Making firm fixings     228
Adhesives, mastics and repair tapes     230
Curing door problems     232
Curing window problems     234
Patching wall and ceiling damage     236
Curing floor problems     238
Curing staircase problems     240
Repairing wall coverings     242
Insulation and ventilation     244
Insulating roofs and pipework     246
Insulating masonry walls and floors     248
Double glazing     250
Draughtproofing     252
Providing controllable ventilation      254
Instant Makeovers     256
Introduction     258
Windows     262
Egyptian dream     264
Pot-pourri     266
White mischief     268
Shell tie-backs     270
Crystal ties     272
Bijou boudoir     274
Rainbows     278
No-problem links     280
Ribbons and lace     282
Wired-up window     284
African days     288
Robinson Crusoe blinds     290
Artist's studio     292
Buttoned blankets     296
Hula-hula     298
Scotland the brave     300
Magic beads     302
Mad hatter     304
Hanging around     306
Walls and Floors     308
Parchment paper art     310
Coloured string     312
Panels and stamp motif     314
Punched tin wall     316
Fabric wall     318
Brown paper panelling     320
Cork-stamped floor     322
Fake animal-skin rug     324
Faux-soapstone floor     326
Rubber mats     330
Checked floor mats     332
Photocopy montage     334
Stencilled hardboard     336
Pop-art floor     340
Studded floor     342
Beds and Bedding     344
Lovely linens     346
Trimmed cushions     348
Victorian lace     350
Canopied bed     352
Beach mat bed     354
Romantic netting     356
Black and white prints     358
Animal cushions     362
Dream trellis     364
Love pillows     366
Gingham headboard     368
Chintz headboard     370
Entwined headboard     372
Hammock quilt     374
Tartan bedhead     376
Renaissance headboard     378
Chairs and Tables     380
Dressing for dinner     382
Pure plastic     384
Tactile tablecloth     386
New ways with napkins     388
Egyptian table-top     390
Fabric swathed chair     392
Astroturf chair     394
Stool with wood     396
Magic chair     398
Rope-bound chair      400
Space-age chairs     402
Sheer fabric chair     404
Fun-fur chrome chair     406
Polynesian throne     408
Bucket stool     410
Cardboard chair     412
Light and Shade     416
Bent wire chandelier     418
Angular uplighter     420
Pink tissue shade     422
Eccentric crepe     424
Bird cage     426
Chicken wire torch     428
Leading lights     432
Handmade paper globe     434
Raffia standard     436
Trimmed shade     438
Trio of lampshades     440
Inca bird print     444
Starry night     446
Gilded paper patchwork     448
A shade oriental     452
Stained-glass bulb     454
Woody nightshade     456
Containers     458
String bottles     460
Fanciful shoe box     462
Blanket chest     466
Button box     468
Star cupboard     470
Lizard-skin boxes     472
Moses basket     474
Pretty pots      476
All boxed up     478
Origami boxes     480
All the trimmings     482
News on shoes     484
Gilded boxes     486
Punched metal bucket     490
Circular painted boxes     492
Camembert numbers     494
Snowflake storage jars     496
Suppliers and useful addresses     498
Glossary     500
Index and acknowledgements     502
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