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 Recipes for Surfaces

Recipes for Surfaces is a one-of-a-kind handbook that enables you to master decorative painting techniques for walls, floors, ceilings, and furniture as simply as you would use a cookbook: Just follow the recipes. This easy guide will show you how to create a variety of exciting surface effects for your entire home using the basic methods so popular today -- sponging, ragging, stippling, color washing, spattering, dragging, stenciling, marbling, and wood graining.

The straightforward format of Recipes for Surfaces gives you the tools to transform any aspect of your home with paint. More affordable than wallpaper, more personalized than solid-colored opaque paint, these painting techniques -- once the closely guarded secrets of painting professionals -- are not limited to walls, ceilings, or floors, but can be used on moldings, doors, and furniture as well -- as accents or to try out effects on smaller subjects. With Recipes for Surfaces as your guide, you can achieve professional and customized effects yourself -- with a lot of fun and no hassle. What makes this book so special and so different from many home decorating books is that -- like making a meal with your favorite recipes -- it allows, and in fact encourages, you to create a completely personal look that suits your own space, style, and budget. And, as your skill and confidence grow, Recipes for Surfaces will show you how to move beyond the basics with exciting and unique variations.

Recipes for Surfaces is organized for practical use, with clear concise explanations and full-color illustrations. Part One gives background and specific information on color, paint, and preparation, including advice on stocking up on the right paints and brushes, how to ready surfaces for painting, and how to store paints once you've finished. Helpful color charts supplement the discussion of how to mix and match colors for your taste and needs.

The second part of the book illustrates many painting techniques. Each of over 40 recipes can be followed independently and is rated accorded to difficulty from easy to more complex. The recipe itself includes a list of paints and other materials needed, tips on surfaces best suited to the technique, and painting advice -- all in a simple-to-read chart right on the page. Detailed step-by-step instructions outline each method and its variations with full-color photographs. As you master a fundamental recipe -- such as sponging on -- you can create many different looks, trying different colors and patterns with the same technique or combining various techniques to suit your needs.

The clearest, most concise guide of its kind, Recipes for Surfaces gives you the confidence and ability to create the painted interior that's right for you.

  Date Published 8/15/1990

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Comments: A must have for home owners AND artists alike!
I'm an artist (acrylic and oils) and my husband is a painter (interiors and exteriors) and this book gave us a healthier respect for each other's work! It also gave us a chance to work together in a new way. He was looking for something different and exciting to do for his clients and got a copy of this book for ideas on faux finishes. He was so impressed he couldn't wait to show it to me. I Ooooo'd and Ahhhhh'd over it (the graphics are awesome!) and the ideas for our own home began flowing. I was able to show him techniques in color mixing that I'd learned and was able to share my tools (sea sponges and stipling brushes) that he had considered my "toys". Since some of the techniques require two people to work in tandem to do, it brought us closer together.

A suggestion: take a sizable box (like a packing box) or some mailing paper and try out several of the techniques in colors you like and create a "portfolio" of finishes. It will give you practice doing them and you can put them against a wall to get a feel for how it will look. J.R.

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Comments: not for intermediate or advanced faux finishers
A very simplified faux finish book, that I would reccomend to anyone just starting out. The book covers the basics in materials, and prep work. I own both recipe for surfaces books and I wished I would have waited for the library to have them.
Rated By: "englishsheep"
From: Wasington, DC
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Comments: Good basic reference
This is one of my favorite faux painting books and one I will always refer to for ideas and instructions. Well worth the investment. Great for beginners or pros.
Rated By: "justfauxyou"
From: Milwaukee, WI
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Comments: Comprehensive book for the beginner and pro alike
This is an excellent book for the beginner and professional alike. Good info on how to do all the "basic" faux finishes. Perfect to add to any library.
Only problem is that it can be a bit vague on instructions - especially for the beginner or do-it-yourselfer.