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Painting Do-It-Yourself for Dummies
Step-By-Step Guide to Painting Your Home With Beautiful Results

By Katharine Kaye McMillan, Patricia Hart McMillan

Step-By-Step Guide to Giving Your Home An Extreme Painting Makeover

Painting Do-It-Yourself For DummiesPainting 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 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.

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

Table of Contents: Read The Table of Contents (PDF)


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)

Soft-cover, 212 pages
Published 2007

ISBN: 978-0-470-17533-0

Painting Do-It-Yourself For Dummies - For Dummies - JW-0470175338 - ISBN: 0470175338 - ISBN-13: 9780470175330
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