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An introduction to practical paint effects : ideas and techniques to transform your home
Baker, Stephanie.
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Publication Information:
London : LifeStyle, 2000.
Physical Description:
96 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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Spine title: Practical paint effects.
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Practical paint effects.
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NK2115.5.C6 B35 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
NK2115.5.C6 B35 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Color-washed walls, stenciled borders, or wood-grained furniture: paint can provide the decorative details that turn house into a home and add style and character to any design scheme. So, pick up the brush, the sponge, the rag and get started - you don't have to be an artist to add profesional-looking paint effects everywhere. It's absolutely uncomplicated, as long as you have these wonderfully simple directions for almost every available method. An etire section (with a color wheel) is devoted to teaching you about color, so you can choose contrasting tones or complementary hues, or glorious primary tints- each of which receives a detailed discussion. Photos reveal what a difference a varaition in shade can make, dramatically altering the look of a room.

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Booklist Review

Consider this book to be on the order of "Decorative Paint Effects of Artistic Nincompoops." Actually, what Baker does achieve is not so much a dumbing down of information but rather an actual streamlining of techniques that Jocasta Innes (among others) pioneered. Ten different decorations are illustrated here, from the commonplace (stenciling) to the complicated (marbling). Instead of pushing readers to perfection, the author prefers to praise efforts that emulate. So, for example, graining gives the impression of wood knots and burls, not an exact replica. Typeface and text are large and simple. Other data--color and combinations, preparation, and equipment--might bore the experienced but will instruct the novice without tediousness. Templates are included. --Barbara Jacobs

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Colourp. 8
Preparation and Equipmentp. 32
Projectsp. 50
Templatesp. 84