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How To Be A Decorator:
Principles Of Decoration
Colonial Living Rooms
The English Room
Spanish-Italian Living Rooms
The Living Room Without A Mantel
Living Room Points
Dining Rooms Points
Combination Living Room - Dining Room
Living Room - Dining Room Points
Halls, Sun Rooms And Porches
Points For Halls, Sun Rooms And Porches
Colonial And Modern Bedrooms
Colorful, Comfortable Nurseries
New Fashions In Draperies
How To Make Curtains And Draperies
Slip Cover Points
How To Make Slip Covers
How To Paint Furniture
Finishes For Natural Wood Furniture
( Originally Published 1930's )
1. Purchase any of the well-known brands of ready-mixed paint. To apply follow exactly the directions given on the container.
2. Good brushes are necessary for good results. Generally those in which the bristles are set in rubber are better than if set in glue or cement.
3.Do not experiment on the work in hand. If not certain of your effect, test out on something you can throw away.
4.Fill all cracks; putty nail holes.
5.Painted woodwork or walls in good condition may be cleaned by washing with a dilute solution of household ammonia and water followed by rinsing with clear water to remove traces of ammonia.
6. Never coat over a cracked or peeled surface-remove the old finish first.
7. Dust off clean after sandpapering.
8. Stir either paint or enamel thoroughly before using; leave no heavy deposit in bottom of can. Then pour into and use from a small cup or pot rather than from the original container.
9. If necessary to thin either paint or enamel use pure turpentine, except for flat or eggshell finishes, which require benzine.
10. Be sure to observe the length of time called for between coats.
11. Denatured alcohol cuts shellac; turpentine cuts varnish and paint.
12. To remove wax, use gasoline or steel wool. Apply nothing but wax over wax.
13. For a dull finish rub a polished varnished surface with powdered pumice stone and crude oil, rubbing oil, or a good grade of sewing machine oil. Always rub with the grain of the wood. Usually six or eight strokes will be sufficient. Wipe off with a dry cloth, rubbing with the grain. Powdered corn starch sprinkled on the cloth will help dry up the oil.
14. For a high polish use powdered pumice stone and water. After the first rubbing with the pumice stone wait a day and then rub with powdered rottenstone and water.