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 Debbie Travis' Painted House : More than 35 Quick and Easy Finishes for Walls, Floors, and FurnitureDebbie Travis' Painted House

Paint has long been valued as a fast and creative way  to give your home a fresh new look, and for the first time, the host of the popular television series Debbie Travis' Painted House shares the well-kept trade secrets that have made her one of today's hottest painted- finishes experts. Based on her groundbreaking philosophy that spectacular paint effects need not be the product of messy oil paints and complicated techniques, Debbie Travis' Painted House offers complete instructions for more than thirty-five incredible finishes, all created using worry-free water-based paints and glazes.

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."
  Date Published 7/9/2002

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Rated By: A reader
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Comments: THE "AVERAGE PERSON" COULD ACTUALLY DO THIS!
I highly recommend this book to anyone planning to redecorate. I wanted to colorwash my bedroom and looked at dozens of books that contained hopelessly complicated directions requiring obscure ingredients. This book is clear, readable, contains simple directions, and uses easy to obtain ingredients. I have no artistic ability and still got great results. My interior decorator is very impressed and is ordering her own copy of the book!
Rated By: eawinkler@msn.com
From: New Jersey
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Comments: Beautiful Book Every Decorator Should Have
Tired of white walls, I purchased (and returned) several books in an effort to learn how to make my new home look like those photographed in magazines. In particular, I was looking for an easy procedure for the Ragging Off finish. Debbie Travis' book provides that and more. Each finish for walls, furniture and floors includes a brief description, a list of paint and tools, easy instructions with photographs and several variations of the featured theme. Equally important, her TIP sidebars helped me avoid costly and time consuming mistakes. The most creative chapter, Patterns, includes Squeegee Stripes, Combing, Terra-Cotta Tiles and Stone Blocking. Another favorite is the Carrara Marble effect in the Stone Finishes chapter. This book has something for everyone regardless of style preference, experience or ability. It's an absolute must for novices and professionals alike!
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Comments: I always wanted to know how, now I do!
I've always admired wall finishes that I see in my day-to-day travels - in restaurants, public spaces and magazine photographs. With Debbie Travis' book I can now recreate a wall treatment in my kitchen that I first saw in a trendy Seattle restaurant. I can't wait to get started!
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Comments: A must have for a beginner or an expert!
I can't put this book down! It's great inspiration
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Comments: She's the master and it's beautifully presented.
A great coffee table book. A must have, it's very inspirational. I can't wait for the new one.
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Comments: Well Done!
This book is the perfect reference for the all the how-to's of painting your home. Great ideas, clear and easy to follow directions, as well as beautiful pictures!
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Comments: very good instructions for beginners; some tacky examples
This book contains excellent, step-by-step instructions and is especially good for people without much experience in special-effect painting. It's also a good source of ideas for manageable projects. The author's writing style is conversational; it is reassuring for beginners (so that you don't feel that any of the projects are out of your league) but not patronizing.

The only criticism I would mention is that I didn't think that much of the author's sense of aesthetics. (This is just my opinion, of course --- many people would disagree with me.) While Debbie Travis is clearly extremely skilled in special-effect painting, she doesn't seem to be extremely artistic. I guess I mean that she's more of a craftsperson than an artist --- examples of her freehand painting are rather badly done, and the photographed rooms/projects often show painted details that are superfluous, teenager-ish, and kind of tacky.

Having said that, however, I want to emphasize that I think that the book has great instructions and very nice photos. It's kind of inspiring, and Debbie Travis is an extremely skilled, likable, and effective teacher.

Rated By: Joanna Daneman
From: Middletown, DE
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Comments: Best book on the subject
We used the ragging off method in this book to do up a little girl's room. We did it in shades of peach and beige, with a pretty wallpaper border in matching shades from the local building supply store. It didn't cost much and the result is STUNNING. I'm not a fan of a lot of stenciling, faux this and that, but I have to say, this book has techniques that really look amazing.

We practiced on scraps of wood or wall board to gain confidence before plunging in. I can't wait to try some of the other techniques.

If you run out of rooms and furniture to renovate, you can always restore yard-sale finds and donate them to church or school craft fairs. WAY too much fun. This book is a real treasure.

Rated By: "petersmaclean"
From: Canada
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Comments: GREAT IN TECHNIQUE; POOR IN INTERIOR DESIGN
This book has some excellent, easy-to-follow instructions, which in itself is a major plus. Walls, floors, you name it, there is something here to please almost everyone and the instructions are clear, precise and straight forward. The numerous photographs are also a great plus.

On the downside, however, the reader will find Debbie's talents lie with the actual techniques and not with colour schemes and interior design. Personally, I find many of rooms to be overly trendy, garishly co-ordinated and rather a mismash of "whatever fits, use it." Thoughtful and thorough advanced planning did not seem to be a component of the finished project. The techniques for walls and floors were creative; as for the furniture, there was little to be found here that impressed me.

The book is worth having for the wall and floor finishes and the techniques used, although I must admit I am still a strong advocate for oil-based materials as opposed to water based. The durability and relatively easy maintenance of oil-based materials cannot be surpassed. The extra cost of an oil-based product is money well spent in the long run. There are some great concepts presented here, and some not so great, depending on whether the reader is buying the book strictly for wall and floor techniques or the total finished concept of design and colour.

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Comments: Painted House
Excellent book. Great pictures and instructions. It contains the basics to many techniques that can be used as described or as a basis for other creative uses of paint.
Rated By: Ms. Lucille McLaren
From: Victoria Australia
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Comments: Debbie Travis' Painted House
I first saw Debbie Travis on the Oprah show and was very impressed with what I saw and the examples she gave, as I live in Australia I contacted Amazon and had the books sent out. My mistake... I was so disappointed as I expected there to be examples of what she had shown on the show,as well as practical everyday ideas that one would use, instead there was page after page of similar finishes that mostly were not suitable for a private house. I might add I have been using these finishes for some years. In essence I wasted my money, which is double yours.
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Comments: Clear instructions
Clear and precise instructions. Easy to follow but one better be a better good at choosing colors. I think Debbie should have included the exact name of colors and/or brand she used for people who are leary about mixing colors and wanted to duplicate what she has on the book. I have followed the instructions with my own colors and the results are outstanding. I'll recommend this book for anyone even the first time do-it-yourself painter.
Rated By: Greg Simon
From: Laguna Niguel, California
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Comments: Very good book for a "non-handy" person like me, and....
...guess what? I repainted my entire house myself using her techniques and suggestions, something I NEVER would have thought of doing had I not stumbled upon Ms. Travis' book. The how-to information is laid out in a very easy-to-digest format, complete with sequential photos. She also provides a number of "themed" rooms and color schemes, but I didn't have to follow any of those decorating themes when I painted my own home. And since my faux finish and textured house painting has been so well received, it's a testimony to the book's ability to teach the techniques and then let the reader adapt them to his/her particular tastes and colors. Another nice thing is that the book's down-to-earth approach leaves the reader with a "Yeah, I think I can do this!" level of confidence.
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Comments: Painting projects done simply and with a unique twist.
I was first made aware of this book on the Oprah Show,and seeing the transformations and how simple they were to do made getting this book a must for me. Debbie's use of everyday materials makes each project easy to do even for novices. I recommend this book for those who would like a particular look, but are hesitant to hire a professional because of costs etc. This book is a must have!
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Comments: Use the book how it was intended...
This book wasn't intended to make everyone happy with Debbie's color choices or furniture selections, it's intended to teach you painting techniques and preparation, which it does, beautifully. Debbie is fearless and very adventurous when it comes to painting and re-decorating, her colors don't have to suit you, but all of us decorating fanatics can definitely glean some helpful hints from her trial and error in technique.
Rated By: Rigoberto Buitrago
From: Panama City, Panama
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Comments: Great book, easy read
You don't need to know anything about decoration to enjoy this book. I bought it as a gift for my wife and I ended up enjoying it as much as she did.

Most of the techniques used by Debbie on her show are illustrated here in full color. There is an interesting section about the materials used also, with lots of information I didn't know.

Rated By: "-briguy"
From: Brooklyn Center, MN
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Comments: Where to put the lamp? Paint it on the wall...
OK to be fair this book teaches different painting techniques successfully. But throughout the examples it seems like they HAVE to paint everything possible. Rather than put a real plant in a room, they paint one onto a wall. Rather than install a tile floor or brick wall, they paint fake ones in. It all just has sort of a comical feel when finished. If you flip through a Pottery Barn catalog and consider that tasteful, then these designs leave alot to be desired. Buy this book for technique, but consider others for inspiration.
Rated By: M. Bell "Monica Bell"
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Comments: I expected more...
I was looking for a design idea for my house and I got a quick overview of detailed techniques. I didn't get a good idea of all of the techniques to use on a floor, what I'd need for vinyl..It is alright to look through.
Rated By: A reader
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Comments: Ugly rooms and ugly color
I find the rooms in this book to be so overdone that it is painful! Tacky, dated interiors and poor color choices. Just plain messy and often ugly!

Don't waste your money on this dated book!

Rated By: Merry Margaret
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Comments: terrible
That book was expected AUG 25 tHIS IS Oct.14 I still can not get satisfaction I can not find e-mail addreaa for bestbookdealers I do NOT hve the book And Someone has my Money Terrible! Merry Margaret merry2b1@vom.com