Update with Paint


After staring at your walls all winter, you might be ready to try a new color or painting technique on them. The Library’s Home Neighborhood has many books on interior painting that could give you some great ideas.

Painting and Wallpapering Secrets from Brian Santos, the Wall Wizard compiles the best ideas from his three previous books and brings the information up-to-date. Readers will find new information on how to use paint, faux finishes, and even a little wallpapering. Santos also discusses environmentally-safe alternatives to hazardous materials and provides information on current tastes and styles.

Another book that gives great tips for transforming a room with paint is Simply Creative Faux Finishes with Gary Lord: 30 Cutting-edge Techniques for Walls, Floors, and Ceilings. Lord gives step-by-step details for using the newest tools and paint products to achieve an updated look without using a professional painter.


Elise Kinead offers 150 of the most popular painting techniques is her book Decorative Painting Techniques for Walls, Floors, Ceilings, and Furniture. The techniques include sponge painting, color washing, wood graining, and age distressing. These techniques will yield spectacular indoor painted walls.

Find these books and many others in the Home Neighborhood.



Marta Miles

My name is Marta Miles, and I have been a reference librarian at TSCPL for 32 years. I'm a life-long animal lover and owner. I've owned guinea pigs, hamsters, fish, dogs, rabbits, and birds. I currently share my abode with a Bernese Mountain Dog named Boomer and a cockatiel named Piper. Come see me if you have questions about the Pets Neighborhood. You can also contact me if you have questions about books in our Home Neighborhood.