Painting Do-It-Yourself For Dummies
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.
Part I: Preparing for Your Painting Project.
Chapter 1: Gathering What You Need.
Chapter 2: Readying Your Room and Surface.
Chapter 3: Making Necessary Wall Repairs.
Chapter 4: Brushing Up on Painting Basics.
Part II: Painting Walls Like a Pro.
Chapter 5: Faux Finishes with Shapes and Patterns.
Chapter 6: Faux Finishes Using Glaze.
Chapter 7: More Fun Decorative Techniques.
Part III: Covering Other Areas of Your Home.
Chapter 8: Coating Ceilings and Floors.
Chapter 9: Turning Your Brush to Trim, Windows, and Doors.
Part IV: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 10: Ten Tips for a Practically Perfect Paint Job.
Chapter 11: Ten Tips for Picking the Best Color.
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.