Painting Do-it-yourself for Dummies

Author(s): Katharine Kaye McMillan


This is a full-color do-it-yourself guide that walks people step by step through painting and papering projects. "Painting & Papering Do-It-Yourself For Dummies" gives do-it-yourselfers all the information and advice they need to take on the most common painting and papering projects and fixes. From obtaining the right tools and selecting the right colors and styles to priming and prepping walls, ceilings, and floors, this colorful guide, which features over 40 projects, walks readers through each and every step, accompanied by a color photo or illustration. This book also covers various finishings (faux, sponging, colorwashing), borders, papering walls, matching textures and patterns, and making repairs and touch-ups.Katharine Kaye McMillan (Lantana, FL) is a writer who contributes to numerous design and decorating magazines and other publications. Her mom, Patricia Hart McMillan (Coral Gables, FL) is the former remodeling editor of "Home Mechanix" magazine and decorating editor of "1,001 Decorating/Home Ideas" magazines. Currently, her "tips" articles are published in newspapers across the country.


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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.

Introduction.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.

General Fields

  • : 9780470175330
  • : 0.707
  • : November 2007
  • : 254mm X 203mm X 14mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Katharine Kaye McMillan
  • : Paperback
  • : 2008
  • : 747.3
  • : 212
  • : col. Illustrations