12 March 1999

Painting with great effect…

IF YOU feel that your home is in need of more than the usual spring clean this year, a useful book* on paint effects could be the answer.

Clear instructions and step-by-step photographs take you through a whole range of basic paint effects including colour washing, woodgraining and stippling. For the more adventurous antiquing effects such as distressing, liming and gilding are also covered.

No special skills are required; whether you simply want to sponge a wall or crackle glaze a cupboard, this book will show you how to transform plain objects and create fresh new looks in the home quickly and cheaply. The techniques are simple and fun, and are ideal for the whole family to try. MP

* Paint Effects by Lindsey Durrant, Search Press, credit card orders Freephone 0800-146860 (£5.95).