General Painting Technique

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Will Paint Dry Lighter or Darker on Walls?

Will the sample match the finished product?

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Questions About General Paint Information

Our Forum tackles some common painting queries.

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How to Step up Your Painting Technique

Paint like a pro by following these simple tricks that make a huge difference!

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A Primer on Interior Paint Finishes

Know your paint finishes for the final touch.

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5 Decorative Wall Painting Techniques

A little paint and few tools can provide a new atmosphere.

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Questions About Painting Difficult Areas

At the area where the wall meets the ceiling, the corners are rough and it's a challenge cutting in.

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Questions About Painting Techniques

My husband and I just bought our first house and are starting the painting this coming weekend.

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Work Smart: Interior Painting

Paint is part of home improvement.

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Interior Painting Made Simple

Painting is the biggest "bang for your buck" and the quickest way to upgrade the looksof your house.

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Interior Painting: Murals and Trompe L'Oeil

The Renaissance frescos of Italy and its ancient cities provide much basis for today's murals.

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Painting The Do's and Don'ts of Doing It Yourself

There's nothing quite like the satisfaction of stepping back and admiring your freshly painted wall.

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Five Tips to Paint a Two-tone Wall

Two-tone walls make for a more interesting interior design. Make sure you do it right the first time.

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How to Paint a Joint Compound

A piece of cake if the joint compound is properly applied.

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How to Paint a Metal Door

Painting wood and metal are different.

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How to Put up Wall Paper

If you have drab walls, wall paper is a great way to create interesting borders or contrast

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How to Use a Sash Paint Brush

If you are doing a lot of painting in your home, then you may have picked up a sash paint brush.

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5 Exterior House Painting Tips

Take these tips into consideration.

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4 Steps to Chip off Paint

Off with the old so you can apply the new.

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4 Benefits to using an Airless Paint Sprayer

For any large paint job, an airless paint sprayer can be vital.

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Questions on Removing and Repairing Paint

Removing paint without damaging what's underneath takes some skill.

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How to Paint Trim for a Home Refresh

Freshen up your home without a complete makeover.

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How to Paint Over Existing Paint

Check out this expert advice before your next painting project.

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Tips for Painting Your Ceiling

Due to drips, painting the ceiling can be a messy job.

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Giving Backsplash Tile a Metallic Finish

For a stylish look for your kitchen backsplash, and one that is easy to clean, try installing a metallic finish of faux tin tiles. You will find that installation of these tiles can be faster and less complicated than for the more traditional tiles. Another advantage is that they will be more durable

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How to Create Distressed Cabinets in Just 4 Steps

Distressed cabinets can give a new kitchen a warmer, more personal feel. They can add interest as a design focal point or can simply make boring cabinets more interesting. They can give a room a completely different look and atmosphere. Because distressing cabinets is simple and inexpensive, it’s a

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Best Types of Paint Finishes for Antique Furniture

Paint finishes are widely used to increase the aesthetic appeal of furniture and there are many effective options/variations available in finishes including enamel, oil based, durable acrylic, gloss and semi-gloss latex melamine. Antique furniture usually requires paint finish to prevent any damage or

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How to Remove Vinyl Paint from Leather

Vinyl paint can be tough to remove, especially on leather. Since vinyl paint is designed to stick to the surface and become part of it, it is best to work on the paint while it is still fresh. As soon as the paint dries, it may be very difficult to clear out. Tools and Materials Dry Lint Free Cloth

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How to Achieve a Faux Wood Paint Finish

The faux wood paint finish imparts a grain effect that is most preferred for painted wood finishes. The hard wood has its own natural grainy structure that appeals to the eyes. But, most soft woods are close grained and have a flat appearance. The shortages of hard wood as well as that of high quality

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Best Approach to Getting Smooth Paint Finishes

Achieving completely smooth paint finishes takes skill, patience, and attention to detail. The main keys to success are in brush technique and good preparation of the surface you are painting. Perfectly smooth finishes also depend on the type of paint used. Wood surfaces can present some of the biggest

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How to Remove Oil Enamel Paint from Wood

Oil enamel paint is a type of paint that dries hard and produces a glossy finish. After exposure to moisture and heat, the paint will begin to peel off and require removal. There are two recommended methods for stripping off the old paint – the dry and wet method. Tools and Materials Paint Stripper

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4 Tips for Fiberglass Paint Stripping

Fiberglass paint removal can be quite a challenge. This is partly because fiberglass absorbs paint very well. Properly painted fiberglass items always give a smart visual appearance. However, when you decide to strip paint off fiberglass, you may have to work through several layers of paint. The wrong

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How to Remove Textured Paint

Textured paint is one of those things which can be controversial in decorating. It suits many people in certain homes, but for others it is one of those things that go as soon as they move into a new place. Fortunately, removing textured paint is not as difficult as it might seem. You can save hundreds

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Best Techniques for Faux Paint Finishes on Kitchen Cabinets

Faux paint finishes are widely used applications for interior decoration offering a unique and personalized artistic touch to your interiors. They are fairly easy to apply and even amateurs with little painting experience or expertise can go about them effectively, creating beautiful visual designs as

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A Guide to Decorative Painting On Varnished Antiques

Decorative painting on an antique piece of furniture can give it new life and a unique look. The key to success with this project is proper cleaning and preparation of the wood surface. If you are painting a design on a varnished surface, there are some considerations to keep in mind depending on the

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Creating Faux Paint Finishes for Furniture

There are many faux paint finishes that you can create on furniture. You can turn a bland piece into the focal point of a room. Take an old piece from your garage, basement or junk pile and give it new life with a new look. Depending upon which finish you decide to create, you will need various tools

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How to Correct Bad Faux Painting

Faux painting is a phenomenon that occurs when the color of the paint you have chosen from the store does not seem the same once painted on the walls. These situations can be prevented if you consider some basic rules in choosing the paint like making sure the color harmonizes with the other elements

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Faux Painting a Vanity to Give it an Antique Look

Faux painting a vanity to give it an antique look is a fun and simple DIY project that enhances an otherwise plain wood finish. The result is a weathered look with a unique character, and there is a good deal of flexibility when it comes to techniques of distressing wood. Professionals recommend planning

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How to Get Rid of Brush Marks on a Painted Wall

A paint job with visible brush marks looks decidedly amateur. This handy guide will help you do it yourself and make it look like it was done by a pro.

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How to Remove Wallpaper That's Been Painted Over

It can be quite a task when you have to remove wallpaper that’s been painted over. Although initially

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How to Remove Latex Paint

Latex paint is easy to accidentally get on surfaces where you are working.

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How to Paint Vinyl-Covered Wallboards

These wallboards are found in many older homes. Follow the steps in this guide when you are ready to paint them yourself.

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Learn to Paint Without Leaving a Mark

Creating a good paint job is more than just putting down the right color. Here's how to avoid streaks, drips, and lap marks.

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How to Paint Over Painted Walls

Make sure to prime the walls before you paint them.

Shiny wood flooring.
Removing a Polyurethane Finish From Wood Flooring

Polyurethane is a finish that is applied to wood flooring to protect it.