More than 750 how-to color photos complement concise instructions to guide do-it-yourself home decorators. They learn how to create more than 250 different paint effects on many different surfaces. The author introduces his art with a chapter describing necessary tools and materials, and gives step-by-step directions for preparing walls, floors, ceilings, and furniture for decorative painting. All important techniques are demonstrated in the chapters that follow. They include color washing, sponging, decoupage, marbling, and gilding. Readers learn how to combine many different colors to create painted effects that imitate wood grains, marbling, antiquing, and many other decorative finishes. They will be further inspired by photos that show stylish results achieved by leading interior decorators.
Date Published 11/15/2003
Rated By: Virginia Allain "retired librarian"
From: Poinciana, FL
Comments: Really Detailed Instructions This breaks each technique (verdigris, liming, stippling, etc.) down into 5 to 7 steps. Each step is shown in a photos. The book is compact, but covers a lot in 224 pages. Some effects I hadn't seen before in books or in the brochures at paint stores. There is one showing painting faux sandstone blocks. I can hardly wait to get the paint and try one of these effects. They are shown for a variety of surfaces (walls, floors, furniture, accessories). Highly recommended if you want something besides plain ol' paint.