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Painting secrets from Brian Santos, the Wall Wizard.
Santos, Brian.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Des Moines, Iowa : Meredith Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
176 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


Call Number
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TT323 .S263 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Brian brings a bright new perspective to the principles of color, helping consumers make confident decisions. Unlike other paint books, the process of painting is emphasized. Clever ""Wall Wizard"" tips make painting simple and fun. For example, mix 1 gallon of warm water and 1/2 cup of fabric softener to clean brushes in 10 seconds. Decorative techniques for ragging, sponging, glazing, and using unusual tools for designer effects. Detailed coverage of tools and supplies, including varnishes, stains, and glazes.

Author Notes

Brian Santos, The Wall Wizard, has presented his informative, entertaining workshops more than 5,000 times to audiences at home shows across the country. A fourth-generation painting contractor, he has shared his painting expertise on numerous national television programs, including HGTV's Smart Solutions, ABC's Good Morning America, and NBC's Today, as well as on The Learning Channel and Discovery Channel

Table of Contents

Introduction: Meet the Wizardp. 4
1. The Magic of Colorp. 6
Color basicsp. 8
Color combinationsp. 10
Color variationsp. 12
Color and emotionp. 14
Creating a color planp. 18
Just the right amount of colorp. 22
Formulas for successp. 24
All about wallsp. 28
2. Prep Worksp. 30
Tools that rulep. 32
Ready the roomp. 40
Wood workp. 42
Patch workp. 43
Repairing drywallp. 46
Repairing plasterp. 48
Repairing concretep. 50
Repairing brickp. 51
Smoothing textured wallsp. 52
Installing new drywallp. 54
Goodbye old paintp. 58
Working with a contractorp. 61
Goodbye to wallpaperp. 62
Clear out and clean upp. 67
Tackling tough stainsp. 68
Cleaning ceilingsp. 70
Cleaning brick and concrete surfacesp. 70
Primers and sealersp. 71
Ready, more thingp. 72
3. Painting Like A Prop. 74
Tools that rulep. 76
Making the gradep. 84
What's your type?p. 86
How much paint do you need?p. 92
Shake it up, baby!p. 94
Prepping paintp. 95
Basic painting 101p. 100
Brush worksp. 102
Pad worksp. 104
Roller worksp. 106
Working a roomp. 108
Hit the wallsp. 109
Ceiling solutionsp. 111
Trim worksp. 112
Painting doorsp. 114
Painting with a power sprayerp. 116
Painting panelingp. 120
Painting countertopsp. 121
Painting bricks and concretep. 122
Painting floorsp. 124
4. Clean and Storep. 126
Clean as you gop. 128
Total tool carep. 129
Storage solutionsp. 132
The dish on disposalp. 135
5. Magical Paint Effectsp. 138
Faux get it?p. 140
The right toolsp. 143
What lies beneathp. 144
That glazed lookp. 145
Positive or negativep. 146
Positive thinkingp. 148
Negative finishesp. 150
Basic faux effectsp. 152
Tips, Tricks, Tools, and Morep. 162
Indexp. 168
Metric conversionsp. 170
Creditsp. 171
Dedication and thank-yousp. 172
Notesp. 173