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The decorator's problem solver : 100 creative answers to your most common decorating dilemmas
Author:
Cohen, Sacha.
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Publication Information:
Pleasantville, NY : Reader's Digest, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
192 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780762104024
Format :
Book

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Packed with 100 achievable, stylish answers to everyday, real-life decorating problems, "The Decorator's Problem Solver" has a solution to suit all design tastes and house styles. 400+ full-color photos & illustrations.


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Booklist Review

It's a surprising amalgamation of ingenuous decorating and home fix-ups. Thanks to the creative eye of Londoner Cohen (with seven other books to her credit), and to Reader's Digest's insistence on excellent visual and narrative instructions, a novice designer isn't required to be a do-it-yourselfer guru. First of all, there's a thorough exploration of materials and techniques, from types of paint to the right solutions; one indication of the author's and publisher's attention to detail is a sidebar dedicated to quantities needed: buy paint for two coats; a five percent overage on tiles; and enough for one wallpaper's pattern repeat. On to the problems, like damaged walls, worn and stained carpet, flat doors, budget window treatments, and plain fireplaces. Each is allotted at least two solutions along with top-quality color photographs; at-a-glance summaries of time, finish, problem, and solution; materials needed; and getting it right tips to help guarantee a good-looking finish. More dash than cash? Apply here. --Barbara Jacobs Copyright 2004 Booklist


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Materials & techniquesp. 10
Decorating Materialsp. 12
Paintsp. 12
Surface texturesp. 14
Wallpapersp. 15
Tilesp. 16
Flooringp. 17
Tools and equipmentp. 18
Working safelyp. 22
Preparing to workp. 22
Choosing the right solutionp. 23
Quantity guidep. 23
Core Techniquesp. 24
Paintingp. 24
Adding texturep. 30
Wallpaperingp. 31
Tilingp. 32
Flooringp. 34
Wallsp. 36
Uneven wallp. 38
Two-color roller finishp. 38
Layered colorwashp. 40
Painted rectanglesp. 42
Textured wallpaperp. 44
Fabric hangingp. 46
Damaged wallp. 47
Heavy-grade lining paperp. 47
Picture collage bandsp. 48
Rough plaster effectp. 49
Lightly textured top coatp. 50
Spot filling and sandingp. 51
Faux panelingp. 52
Canvas panelp. 54
Plain tilesp. 56
Plain tiles and colored groutp. 56
Mosaic borderp. 58
Unattractive tilesp. 59
Painted a solid colorp. 59
Colored with gilt creamp. 60
Low-budget tilingp. 62
Mosaic bandsp. 62
Broken-tile tilingp. 63
Waterproofingp. 64
Gloss-varnished panelp. 64
Shaped plastic back splashp. 65
Metal back splashp. 65
Faux-tiled back splashp. 66
Floorsp. 68
Concrete floor and a low budgetp. 70
Checkered cork tilesp. 70
Patterned vinyl tilesp. 71
Uneven concrete floorp. 72
Painted faux flagstonesp. 72
Painted faux terra-cotta tilesp. 74
Broken tilesp. 75
Stamped faux mosaicp. 76
Painted faux slatesp. 78
Old or stained floorboardsp. 80
Tinted with paintp. 80
Bleached floorboardsp. 81
Painted checksp. 82
Clear varnished floorboardsp. 83
Tinted floorboardsp. 84
Masked borderp. 85
Uneven baseboardsp. 86
Painted top edgep. 86
Scarfed-in baseboardp. 87
Worn or stained carpetp. 88
Cleaned and coveredp. 88
Carpet tilesp. 89
Ceilingsp. 90
Uneven ceiling to wall joinp. 92
Painted line on ceilingp. 92
Painted line on wallp. 93
Textured or damaged ceilingp. 94
Rough plaster effectp. 94
Papered with handmade paperp. 95
No cornicep. 96
Fitting a cornicep. 96
Painted bandp. 98
Painted borderp. 99
Doorsp. 100
A flat doorp. 102
A blackboard doorp. 102
Trompe l'oeil wooden panelsp. 104
Faux leather panelp. 106
Raised panelsp. 108
Damaged or short doorp. 110
Metal panelp. 110
Extended baseboardp. 111
Windowsp. 112
An unattractive view or patterned glassp. 114
Painted glassp. 114
Lead strip and frosting sprayp. 116
Patterns with silver leafp. 118
Beaded screenp. 120
Patterns with glass painting outlinerp. 121
Lack of privacyp. 122
Pattern with frosting sprayp. 122
Frosted with filmp. 124
Simple voile panelsp. 126
Window treatments on a budgetp. 128
Rope tiebacksp. 128
Drop cloth drapesp. 130
Frayed-edge drapesp. 132
Draped sheerp. 134
No-sew blanket drapesp. 135
Leather belt tiebacksp. 135
Roomsp. 136
A narrow roomp. 138
Roller stripesp. 138
Mirror tile stripesp. 139
A high-ceilinged roomp. 140
Wall divided by colorp. 140
Wall divided with railsp. 142
A low roomp. 144
Painted stripesp. 144
Silver ceilingp. 146
A small roomp. 147
Walls and ceiling one colorp. 147
Floor and walls one colorp. 148
A dark roomp. 149
Mirrored alcovesp. 149
Walls painted different shadesp. 150
Reflective wallp. 152
A dark corridorp. 153
Mirrored doorp. 153
Frosted plastic paneled doorp. 154
A "junction" roomp. 156
Painted bandsp. 156
Painted one colorp. 158
A plain room with no architectural detailp. 159
Papered feature panelp. 159
Projection-painted feature wallp. 160
Painted picture borderp. 162
A plain fireplacep. 163
Traditional faux fire surroundp. 163
Gilded coverp. 164
Wooden surroundp. 165
Painted surroundp. 166
Uncoordinated soft furnishingsp. 167
Remnant cushionsp. 167
Stamped wallsp. 168
Old wooden cupboard doorsp. 170
Tongue-and-groove paint effectp. 170
Added wooden beadingp. 172
Metal gauze panelsp. 174
Old melamine cupboard doorsp. 176
Plain paintp. 176
Metal panelsp. 177
Vinyl coveringp. 178
Sprayed doorsp. 180
Missing cupboard doorsp. 181
Denim panelsp. 181
Wicker basketsp. 182
Simple curtainsp. 183
Glossaryp. 184
Suppliersp. 186
Indexp. 188
Acknowledgmentsp. 192