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
- 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.
Read An Excerpt
From Painting Do-It-Yourself For Dummies (PDF)
About the Author:
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
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.
Index. Read The Index (PDF)