Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Laurel Glen Publishing (April 2004)
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.1 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Annie Sloan's Painted Kitchen is more of an eye-candy idea book than a how-to book.On the plus side ...Nice overview of various paint techniques and great inspirations for different types of kitchens. If you are already versed in faux finishes and custom painting techniques ... her instructions will convey the idea and you can use your existing skill-set. For example, I prefer milk paint to chalk paint so I mentally adjusted her instructions toward my favorite techniques as I read. If you are a beginner ... the value of this book is eye-candy. You would need a different "how-to" book or a lot of experimentation for your learning curve.On the minus side ...Not surprisingly this book is biased toward Annie Sloan products and colors ... so if you use different products ... you will have to do some "mental editing" to make her instructions work with your preferred products.Although I appreciate this book is NOT a beginners "how-to" ... I was disappointed there wasn't more commentary about layering colors and the principles of choosing which colors to layer. Layering is such an important topic ... whether you are distressing, marbling, color washing, dragging, etc. Painted Kitchen only has examples like: Pink color washing TraLa! Bleu dragging TraLa! White and grey Voila! NOTHING about how WE might choose the right colors to layer in our own kitchen projects.By osmosis and common sense ... I "kind-of" got that one might use the wall color or back-splash as a base color in a layered-effect cabinet. But this is never plainly stated ... nor is there any discussion about when or why to use dark over light vs. light over dark, contrast vs. analogous, or any of the other "advanced" questions I have about layering paint.
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