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 Creative Paint Finishes for the Home
Put away your roller! Open up exciting new decorating possibilities! You can do this by mastering the variety of techniques for decorative painting and paint finishes detailed in this practical how-to guide.

From delicately stenciled bands of leaves and flowers to the richness of white alabaster or green serpentine marbleizing, you'll learn how you can give new life - and unique flair! - to furniture and rooms throughout your home.

Even if you're a novice do-it-yourself decorator, you'll be able to easily master nearly two dozen techniques, from sponging to creating trompe l'oeil. Let one of the nations top decorative painters guide you, step by step, in preparing, painting and finishing a variety of surfaces - from floor to ceiling. With patience and practice, you'll be amazed at what you can achieve!

Here are just a few examples from the book's 32-page full color "gallery" of interiors and furniture that received painted finishes.

  Date Published 10/1/1992

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Comments: One of the best books for the do-it-yourself decorator.
This book has it all. The text and photos are clearly presented. The book begins with the proper prepartion steps in decorating a variety of surfaces from furniture, accessories to interiors surfaces- walls, floors, ceilings. If you ever consider painting or decorating your walls, floors or furniture- this is the book for you. Techniques are broken down into easy, intermediate to advanced-- so you can grow with the book. Paint and faux finish techniques from A to Z are covered... sponging, ragging, glazing, marbleizing, woodgraining, gilding, stenciling, tortoiseshell, malachite, trompe l'oeil and more. After reading this book, you can wait to get some brushes wet with paint and transform your home
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Comments: Creative, Clear and Fun!
Being an articulate person, yet not an interior decorator, I found this book most useful. After buying a new home, a budget to fix it was minimal. Yet, I faux painted walls and used furniture in techniques that I would never have believed. The author is very good in verbalizing how to paint with a flair of Rembrandt (and clear photos of each technique). When I applied each technique I truly felt accomlpished. I am not a salesman ,but it true, this book worked for what I was looking for - some artistic assistance!