Painting Do-It-Yourself For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 19, 2007 - House & Home - 212 pages
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Painting your home yourself can be faster, more affordable and even easier than hiring professionals—but only if you get it right the first time. Painting Do-It-Yourself For Dummies, helps you do just that with easy-to-follow, step-by-step procedures for giving your, floors, walls, and ceilings the extreme makeover of your dreams.

More than 500 photos and illustrations show you exactly how to perform each step of each procedure the right way and avoid drips, smudges, and ugly surfaces. You'll find out how to choose the best paint for the job, figure out how much paint you'll need, and use rollers, brushes, and other painting tools with skill and precision. Before you know it, you'll have the confidence and ability to tackle any household painting project with ease. You'll discover how to:

  • Select the proper tools and materials for each painting job
  • Choose colors that will work for you—now and for years to come
  • Prepare your room and the surface for painting
  • Make necessary wall and ceiling repairs before painting
  • Brush up on painting basics
  • Create faux finishes with shapes and patterns
  • Use glazes to dazzling effect
  • Bring out the beauty of wood trim, windows and doors
  • Finesse furniture, frames, and other household items

Complete with a handy list of dos and don'ts for perfecting your painting skills, Painting Do-It-Yourself for Dummies, gives you the guidance, tips, and information you need to get a professional-level outcome every time.


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Preparing for Your Painting Project
Gathering What You Need
Readying Your Room and Surface
Making Necessary Wall Repairs
Brushing Up on Painting Basics
Painting Walls Like a Pro
Faux Finishes with Shapes and Patterns
Faux Finishes Using Glaze
Covering Other Areas of Your Home
Coating Ceilings and Floors
Turning Your Brush to Trim Windows and Doors
The Part of Tens
Ten Tips for a Practically Perfect Paint Job
Ten Tips for Picking the Best Color

More Fun Decorative Techniques

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About the author (2007)

Katharine Kaye McMillan, PhD, is a social cognitive psychologist who writes do-it-yourself decorating advice in her online Design Doctor column. She is the coauthorwith her mother and mentor, Patricia Hart McMillan, of Home Decorating For Dummies, 2nd Edition, Glass Tile: Inspirations for Kitchens and Baths, Sun Country Style, and House Comfortable. Where the Pros Live, her weekly feature series on how trendsetters and tastemakers really design for themselves, runs weekly in the Palm Beach Post’s “Florida Home” section. She is a contributing writer to Florida Design, the leading internationally distributed decorating magazine. An expert in masculinity and self-concept, she teaches psychology at private and public colleges in South Florida. She appears on national and regional television shows, talk radio, and trades her do-it-yourself design secrets at home shows nationwide with Patricia Hart McMillan.

Patricia Hart McMillan was Interior Design Editor of 1,001 Decorating Ideas (later Home), one of the first dedicated do-it-yourself magazines with a multimillion reader circulation in the U.S., Canada, and Japan. She became Remodeling Editor of Home Mechanix Magazine, whose do-it-yourself readers included semi-professional and professional carpenters, painters, paper-hangers, floor-installers, and plumbers. On at least one occasion, she hung wallcovering for publication! As Editor in Chief of 20/20 Magazine, she helped launch a retail shop design series entitled Blueprint for Success, which continues. Private decorating clients include some “household names” as well as newlyweds with big dreams and small budgets. She’s author and coauthor of eight books and at work on four more dealing with interior design, contemporary architecture, architectural glass tile, and historic houses and gardens. Her trendspotting articles and profiles of nationally known designers appear in newspapers, magazines, and online.

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