Professional Painted Finishes: A Guide to the Art and Business of Decorative Painting

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Watson-Guptill Publications, Incorporated, Sep 2, 2008 - Crafts & Hobbies - 282 pages
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The world’s leading experts reveal how to paint great finishes—and make money doing it!



• classic, now in paperback for the first time


• Basics plus step-by-steps for more than 55 techniques—glazing, marbling, graining, more


• Full information on running a furniture-restoration business



Booklist called the Marxes’ latest collaboration, Furniture Restoration, “a book to be pored over again and again.” Now their classic first book, Professional Painted Finishes, is available in a handy paperback edition. Drawn from the authors’ 30 years of experience in the field, these painted finishes simulate a wide variety of wood grains, stones, and marbles. More than 55 techniques are explained in depth, with hundreds of step-by-step color photographs and complete lists of the materials and tools needed. Everything that a professional or hobbyist needs is here, from basics, to specific techniques such as marbling, glazing, and graining, to an overview of business practices, including startup, preparing estimates and contracts, and getting the job done. A comprehensive decorative painting resource, ideal for professionals, aspiring professionals, and committed amateurs, Professional Painted Finishes packs the combined knowledge of three top experts into one indispensable reference.

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About the author (2008)

Ina Brosseau Marx and Allen Marx are the founders of The Finishing School, which offers classes on creating painted finishes. During their thirty-year career as professional restorers, they brought new life to museum pieces from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Robert Marx, their son, is the executive director of The Finishing School. Ina and Allen Marx live in Princeton, NJ. Robert Marx lives on Long Island.

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