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In the first section, "Getting Started," you'll learn all you need to know about materials, tools, surfaces, and preparation, including the pros and cons of different types of paint and how to make your own inexpensive alternatives to costly professional brushes and tools. You'll also find inspiration for choosing colors and working around a specific theme, such as a Southwestern or English Country style. The next section covers finishes for walls and floors, offering patterned and textured looks. The final section demonstrates finishes that work best with the smaller surfaces of furniture and decorative accessories, such as gilding and faux tortoiseshell. Each project--from a simple colorwashed wall to an elegant faux marble mantel, from a time-worn antiqued sideboard to a contemporary looking "sheet metal" table--is accompanied by detailed photography and step-by-step instructions, as well as suggestions for alternative looks and valuable tips to ensure truly professional results.
Lavishly illustrated and packed with important information, precise recipes for creating unique paint effects, and a complete source list, Debbie Travis' Painted House enables you to (almost) effortlessly achieve today's most sought-after decorative looks.
Barbara Dingle has written and edited extensively for the design and decorating market for fifteen years. She shares Travis' passion for painted finishes, and when not writing about them can be found transforming her own walls "with a bit of paint."
|Publisher:||Crown Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||8.86(w) x 11.24(h) x 0.74(d)|
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I loved this book. I have not done anything artistic in years, but after seeing this book I shall begin again. She makes it so easy to read. You just know that by following her instructions, which are EASY, that whatever you decide to do will turn out great.