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The painted room : ideas for creative interior decoration
Skinner, Kerry.
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Publication Information:
Newton Abbot, Devon [England] : David & Charles, 1999.
Physical Description:
144 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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NK2115.5.C6 S54 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Card tricks, silks, sleights of hand, coin manipulations, escapes, more #151; all with a minimum amount of equipment. 92 illustrations.

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Booklist Review

Two excellent sources of new ideas for home decorators who want to try something different. Bethmann and Fox's book is the more "crafty" of the two. The authors' goal is to help you give your home that rustic look with the creative use of the simplest of materials: twigs. Introductory material offers tips on how to gather twigs, transport them, and bind or glue them. Specific projects include all manner of both decorative and functional objects (potted-plant trellises, baskets, blotters, mirrors, and shelves). More complex projects include log-cabin dollhouses and dollhouse furniture. A good source of ideas for the rustically inclined craftsperson. Skinner's text is a more ambitious primer on using paint to produce creative design effects. Painted walls, floors, furniture, fabrics, and garden implements are all covered, and the range of unusual uses for simple paint ranges from stucco-plaster effects as wall treatments to painted geometric borders on wood floors to harlequin cupboards and handpainted curtains. Throughout, the authors supply detailed instructions as well as helpful and attractive four-color illustrations. Although designed to be used by do-it-yourselfers, this idea-rich volume is likely to be of equal interest to home decorators who plan to use professional painters. --Ilene Cooper

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Colour theoryp. 10
Samples and ideas boardsp. 14
Wonderful wallsp. 16
Stucco plaster effectp. 18
Decoupage wallp. 22
Lilac crackle-glaze panelsp. 26
Burnished gold wallp. 30
Lilac colourwashp. 34
Floors and floor coveringsp. 38
Limed effect floorp. 40
Geometric floor borderp. 44
Painted sisal rugp. 48
Canvas floor clothp. 52
Special featuresp. 56
Striped door surroundp. 58
Sandstone fireplacep. 62
Disguised cupboardsp. 66
Rothko kitchen unitsp. 70
Painted furniturep. 74
Harlequin cupboardp. 76
Gilded bedheadp. 80
Table top borderp. 84
Chest of drawersp. 88
Opalescent mirrorp. 92
Painted storage boxp. 96
Decoupage boxp. 100
Fabulous fabricsp. 104
Handpainted curtainsp. 106
Painted roman blindp. 110
Polo lampshadep. 114
Garden magicp. 118
Iridescent furniturep. 120
Sandstone floorp. 124
Patio wall and arbourp. 128
Garden wall borderp. 132
Materials and equipmentp. 136
Hints and tipsp. 140
Resourcesp. 141
Indexp. 143
Acknowledgementsp. 144