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Mastering Fine Decorative Paint Techniques Paperback – July 28, 1999

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<div>"Mastering Fine Decorative Paint Techniques is a comprehensive, step-by-step instructional guide that takes the reader through the entire process of decorative painting, learning to master the same techniques used by professionals... ideal [for] anyone seeking to turn their living space into a showplace."
James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review
November 1999
</div><br/><br/><div>"Mastering Fine Decorative Paint Techniques... is a comprehensive guide that teaches even the most inexperienced amateur how to master... decorative painting techniques to create stunning new looks for the home."
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February 16, 2000
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October 22, 1999
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October 8, 1999
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October 8, 1999
</div><br/><br/><div>"Gives clear, step-by-step instructions for creating painted effects on walls and floors... Every page contains color photos of tools, processes, and beautiful results."
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"This is an excellent book on the topic of decorative painting."

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Book Description

Decorative faux finishes such as marbleizing, stenciling, sponging, glazing, etc., can transform an ordinary room into a masterpiece. They offer an inexpensive, creative alternative to plain wallpapered and painted walls and accessories. This reference book is intended for the beginning do-it-yourselfer as well as the seasoned professional.
- Complete step-by-step instructions with color photos of more than 40 techniques
- Over 300 full-color photographs and illustrations
- Easy-to-read reference format

This informative textbook covers almost everything you could want to do for your walls in any room.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner; 1st edition (July 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580110649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580110648
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am a professional faux finisher/muralist, and I really enjoyed this book. I have literally dozens of books on decorative painting techniques, and this is one of my favorites. It's like an encyclopedia- lots of different techniques explained very clearly, with good general info. If you're not sure what type of finish you're looking for, this would be a good book to invest in. Also has a good color reference for help on mixing your own paint colors. Another nice feature is that there are finishes in both water and oil based paints. Some Faux books only deal with oils, which i personally don't like to work with because of the smell and clean-up, etc... If you're looking for a more advanced book, I'd suggest "The Art of Faux" by Pierre Finkelstein.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2000
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I am currently reading this book as I prepare to redecorate my home using painting techiques. This book is excellant in the volume of information it contains from a discussion of colors, paints, glazes, brushes, and tools to specific techniques such as sponging, ragging, stippling, color washing, etc. I found the contents to be very specific yet simple enough for a beginner like me. The best feature however is the variety of color pictures that accompany each topic. Once I have mastered the simpler techniques, this book will allow me to move on to the more advanced techniques which are also included. Happy painting!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 2001
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I bought this book in preparation for painting rooms in our first home. Having always rented, I didn't know what all was required in preparing your surface or how to choose the proper application tools. This book started from the beginning and included these topics. The examples throughout the book are marvelous and the directions for achieving such great effects, as stenciling, colorwashing, stippling, sponging, ragging, etc. are easy to understand. The instructions also include applying the these techniques to not only walls, but objects like picture frames, candlesticks and furniture if appropriate. A must have for anyone who is redocorating their home and wants to stretch their budget a little further by using paint techniques.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
The techniques in this book are so painstakingly explained with text and photos that it's almost as if the authors are looking over your shoulder as you work. The reader will notice many extra tips and suggestions along the way in margins, charts, stylized boxes or picture captions. One feature called "Masterstroke" contains ideas for one a bit more advanced or ambitious.

Mastering Fine Decorative Paint Techniques might be a bit overwhelming for someone who's never tried any of the techniques. It's probably better suited for someone who's done some experimentation with these techniques previously. This is not a book for someone who just wants to sponge a jewelry box or closet wall. At the other end of the spectrum, even an advanced painter should find things of interest here to help him/her fine-tune some techniques.
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