This section is from the book "Your Home And Its Decoration", by The Sherwin-Williams Company. See also: Nell Hill's Feather Your Nest: It's All in the Details.
Enameloid is another thoroughly reliable enamel, although less expensive than Enamelastic. It is particularly suitable for kitchen walls and woodwork. The various colors in which it is made permit of many harmonious effects. (Specification No. 17a.)
During the course of interior alterations, the walls demand a good share of attention. Considerable replastering is necessary, wall-paper is damaged, and the walls must be carefully repaired. This is an excellent time to remove all wall-paper and Flat-tone the walls and ceilings. The operation of removing wall-paper for the purpose of painting or decorating is a simple one. First the wall or ceiling is dampened with hot water or hot paste by means of a sponge or large brush. After standing a few minutes in this condition, the softened paper can easily be removed by using a thin piece of metal with a sharp edge as a scraper. The wall should be wiped off carefully, and, when thoroughly dry, is ready for painting. Three coats of Flat-tone or one coat of special wall-sizing varnish and two coats of Flat-tone should be used on such a wall. (See specification No. 33.) Further suggestions for wall treatment may be found in Chapter XVII (The Treatment Of Side Walls And Ceilings).
"One thing calls for another," and when one is in the midst of remodeling or redecorating the floors, walls, and woodwork of the home, there are many other surfaces which need refinishing. Possibly a chair is out of harmony with the woodwork, an iron bedstead is badly marred, or the kitchen cupboards need repainting. Just such problems as these can easily be solved by means of Sherwin-Williams Brighten-Up Finishes. These materials include a finish especially adapted to each and every one of these purposes.