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Recipes for Surfaces: Decorative Paint Finishes Made Simple Paperback – 1 Aug 1990

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD (1 Aug. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671682490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671682491
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,222,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm an artist (acrylic and oils) and my husband is a painter (interiors and exteriors) and this book gave us a healthier respect for each other's work! It also gave us a chance to work together in a new way. He was looking for something different and exciting to do for his clients and got a copy of this book for ideas on faux finishes. He was so impressed he couldn't wait to show it to me. I Ooooo'd and Ahhhhh'd over it (the graphics are awesome!) and the ideas for our own home began flowing. I was able to show him techniques in color mixing that I'd learned and was able to share my tools (sea sponges and stipling brushes) that he had considered my "toys". Since some of the techniques require two people to work in tandem to do, it brought us closer together.
A suggestion: take a sizable box (like a packing box) or some mailing paper and try out several of the techniques in colors you like and create a "portfolio" of finishes. It will give you practice doing them and you can put them against a wall to get a feel for how it will look. J.R.
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By A Customer on 16 Dec. 1998
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A wonderful complement to Drucker and Finkelstein's Vol.I. Many workable recipes and techniques for the home-faux painter. I used their stucco technique along with their block pattern technique from Vol.I. It is beautiful and was really quick to do.
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By A Customer on 16 Dec. 1998
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Dozens of realistic techniques for the home-faux painter. Many positive and subtractive methods available. One of the methods I did was the cheesecloth-subtractive method. It turned out beautiful-but have a helper! Every method imaginable!
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prompt delivery met all expectations & was recieved as a gift with open arms & totally unexpected& shown to other people expecting them to buy
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 15 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great source of knowledge 27 Mar. 2014
By happy reader of out of print books - Published on Amazon.com
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the book of Recipes for Surfaces: Decorative Paint Finishes Made Simple is a great source for both ideas and how to formulas on decorative paint finishes. I restore antiques and statuary and this book has been a great source supplementing my knowledge on the subject.
3.0 out of 5 stars Recipes for Surfaces: Decorative Paint Finishes Made Simple 2 Jan. 2014
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It was good; I just found another book, " Painted Illusions " ( Arts and Crafts for Home Decorating ) to be closer to what I was looking for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars you will love it 17 Oct. 2013
By rejane khawam - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent!
Very informative
The lead time is short and book arrived on time
would recommend to everyone
item is well priced
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5.0 out of 5 stars NICE 27 Mar. 2013
By Phyllis Cragg - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked the book. I do now like being told how many words to write, saying I liked the book should be enough
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasury of Ideas for Home Design - Beautifully Illustrated 17 July 2007
By David Gurgel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a professional engineer serving as my own architect and general contractor for the conversion of a three-story building into offices for my firm plus a luxury apartment on the top floor. I am also an avid collector of engineering, technology, and architecture/design books with a 1,000-volume personal library.

I wanted to be sure that I explored a wide range of choices as I selected finished for office and apartment spaces in my building. I expected and received in this book a good overview for all of the common finishes used in residential spaces. I also received, much to my delight, a treasury of design ideas in the more than 200 color photos and illustrations. This is not a do-it-yourself handbook found at the checkout stand at Home Depot, although those are valuable as well. Although written for those designing living spaces, much of the information is useful for those designing office and other commercial spaces.

This 208-page, wirebound book was beautifully designed - one of perhaps fifteen books in my library whose production qualities are so superior that I show them to friends in the publishing business as examples of a well-produced book. The design and production were by a NYC firm; the printing was done in China; the author is British.

The content is similarly excellent. The book is divided into eight sections: simple paint, paint finishes, plaster & concrete, wall coverings, tiles, wood, glass & metal, and "putting it all together."

I bought this from one of Amazon's allied sellers at a very low price. Amazon is commended for offering this service. Amazon's committment to customer value and customer service are unsurpassed.
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