These finishes, created by sought-after professional Kass Wilson, look extravagant. Yet they’re easy for anyone to accomplish with just paint and other readily available products found in home improvement stores. The decorative choices are many, with something that’s perfect for any space or piece of furniture: distressing, gold leafing, faux tile, sponging, mottling, antiquing, and more. Beautiful photographs showcasing gorgeous finished rooms will entice even the most timid to try their hand—and the detailed photos and expert instructions ensure fantastic results. Those who still prefer a professional custom finisher will find this an excellent resource for explaining what they want.
These two books present different approaches on how to decorate the walls of a home. Professional specialty-finishes painter Wilson presents a comprehensive look at nine decorative paint techniques, including antiquing, crackling, stenciling, and leafing. The basic supplies and clearly written instructions for each method are illustrated with color photographs and are followed by examples of how the techniques have been applied to walls, cabinets, furniture, and decorative accessories, many with before and after photographs sure to give even amateurs inspiration to try the techniques. Each chapter concludes with samples of color combinations to show variations of a look. Bold-Pryor and Lacis, co-owners of the paint and faux finishing firm Deux Amies, cover painting, wallpapering, and displaying art and collections with color photographs depicting how they have used the techniques in their commissions. Although not designed as a how-to, this book offers written instructions for some projects. Purchase Wilson’s book for public libraries and Bold-Pryor and Lacis’s book for large interior design collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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