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Decorative painting has been around in one form or another for thousands of years, beginning, perhaps, with cave people who painted on walls. Decorative painting can be applied to many kinds of surfaces, from floors, to walls, to furniture, to signs.


Mary M. Wiseman reminds prospective decorative painters that they won't earn a huge income in the beginning. “It's a difficult field. Be patient and have long-range goals. It's very competitive, and you should not expect a lot of money.”

Wiseman has seen decorative painters earn from $15,000 to $25,000 a year, depending on the individual. The type of work that you do and how often you work will determine your income.

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