If you've ever been to a flea market and seen whimsical painted furniture, you've probably said to yourself, "That is so cute! I wish I could do something like that!" Now you can! Ranging from the country-craft, cheesy look to the artsy-fartsy weird, this book shows you in clear, up-close photos how to prepare either new raw furniture or old beaten-up pieces for glazing and decorative painting. The book includes step-by-step instructions on how to create your own stencils and despite what your painting ability is, you'd be amazed what you can do. Projects range from the extremely simple to the highly adventurous, but all are possible to do. A photo spread of tools used and techniques how to use them are shown... even how to remove mildew from old furniture! All the materials found in this book can be acquired at a hardware store, art/hobby store, and many items you have laying around the house. This book gets right to the point and there is no...
This is the most useful book I've seen on painting furniture. Though these are not "quickie" projects, each is full of good information. Obviously the author really knows her stuff, and the information on preparing furniture for decoration is solid. I used some of her techniques to start off a piece and it came out wonderfully. Please write some more books, Diane!
Obviously Diane Weaver is a talented artist with a steady hand and excellent perspective and spatial skills. You must be too, if you would like to duplicate her projects which are very complicated and time consuming.
I consider myself an amature artist with skills slightly better than the average non-artist.
In the book, one table needed seven layers of red paint that need sanding with soapy water and wiping down between, I think, 4 of the layers. This is step 17 of 19 complicated steps, that do not even cover all details necessary.
You need to figure out how to do the shadowing yourself on many of the designs, such as the marbles on a red table, and I cannot figure out how she got the paint to gradient from red to black. She uses that gentle gradient paint method on many of the projects, and the only way I know how to do something like that is with a paint can, but she does it with a brush and I cannot figure it out.
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