Walls and woodwork
Nothing brightens the look of your home and makes it more enjoyable to bye in (and nothing increases the value of a home more when it's time to sell) than a new paint job or new wall covering. Here are dozens of imaginative ideas about what to do with the huge surfaces of your walls, ceilings, and woodwork. Start with helpful hints on deciding what you want, with a guide to the wide variety of materials available today. You get a practical guide to the many types of paint, including those that enhance light in dark rooms, or work well painting over existing layers, or withstand hard use by children. Then comes the choice of color schemes -- how will you ever choose among the hundreds available? Step-by-step instructions show the tools and techniques you need for trouble-free application of paint, varnish, and stain, as well as the ins and outs of paperhanging, from basic techniques to dealing with awkward areas around windows, chimneys, and stairwells. A special section covers decorative painteffects such as sponging, stippling, and ragging, and offers tips on where to use them as accents -- everything necessary to get the perfect finish.
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