Synopses & Reviews
...quite probably, the best general instructions on furniture decoration that exist. - Booklist
Painting and Decorating Furniture is the definitive book on reviving old or unsightly furniture with simple craft techniques. Sheila McGraw shows how to breathe new life and color into old wood, metal or plastic laminate cabinets, desks, dressers, tables, chairs and cushions.
With more than 1,000 step-by-step color photographs to guide the reader, and concise easy-to-follow instructions, the author demonstrates original treatments and techniques, including new stains and faux finishes, decorating with found materials, and inventive uses for fabric, posters and baskets.
Popular treatments such as dragging, smooshing, block printing, metallic leafing, crackled varnish, faux plaster, antiquing, decoupage, and other fine art and furniture finishes enhance furniture with freehand, decorative and folk painting. The stenciling and other projects all include patterns.
With expert descriptions of tools and materials, McGraw generously shares her extensive knowledge and years of experience. Projects are easy-clean-up, fast-drying and use water-based paints and environmentally friendly primers, stains, varnishes and strippers. Painting and Decorating Furniture is fully cross-referenced and indexed. The Read This First sections prevent mistakes, and complete Materials Lists avoid frustration.
Enormously popular, this new paperback edition of Painting and Decorating Furniture will introduce more buyers to its strong formula of excellent content, beautiful production and indisputable value.
"McGraw, whose previous craft books include Papier-Mache for Kids (Firefly, 1991), gives clear, well-illustrated instructions to over 30 furniture decorating projects. She begins with an overview of the materials, equipment, and basic techniques needed for preparing furniture to be decorated and continues with the projects that primarily involve various paint techniques, but she also shows how to refurbish cushioned seats, mosaic a tabletop, and fabric-cover furniture....With the variety of projects illustrated, this book will be a popular addition to collections whose patrons are looking for how-to books." Library Journal
Painting and Decorating Furniture shows how to breathe new life and color into your old wood, metal or plastic laminate cabinets, desks, dressers, tables chairs and cushions. If you have never put paint brush to furniture, don't worry. The author has tailored projects to all skill levels and guides you through basic painting, staining, varnishing and stripping techniques. With this book as a guide, even the most artistically challenged will achieve stunning results. Materials include the latest in durable, safe, easy-clean-up, water-based paints and finishes. All steps are simply explained and accompanied by clear photographs. Projects combine popular treatments such as sponging, dragging and smooshing with block printing, metallic leafing, crackled varnish, antiquing, decoupage and other fine art and furniture finishes. Simplified demonstrations let you beautify furniture with freehand, decorative and folk painting. Stenciling and other projects include patterns. The adventurous will find treatments featuring mosaic, tile and some delightful surprises.
In PAINTING AND DECORATING FURNITURE, Sheila McGraw shows how to transform old furniture into functional works of art, using amazing new methods and finishes to complement traditional ones.