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Exterior Painting

It doesn’t take long after one of the neighbors springs for a new exterior paint job that everybody else can soon be seen standing out in front of their homes with paint brochures and color swatches. Why? The answer is simple. A good exterior paint job transforms the appearance of your residence. It’s like getting…

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Bedroom with blue wallpaper

Can I Paint Over Wallpaper?

Painting over wallpaper is sometimes tricky business. If your wallpaper is in good shape, is free of any peeling, bubbling, or other loose sections, then this is a relatively easy process. If your wallpaper isn’t in such great shape (which is pretty likely if you want to hide it under a good coat of paint),…

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Painting and Staining Glossary

Abrasive: Substance used for wearing away a surface by rubbing. Acrylic: a synthetic resin used in latex coating. Adhesion: The strength of a paint or sealant to remain attached to a surface. Alkalai: A basic, or caustic, chemical substance. Found in fresh cement, concrete, plaster and certain household cleaning products. Anti-Corrosive Paint: A paint that…

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Specialty Painting

Though it’s usually the last chore on the list, any homeowner has the ability to paint a wall. It’s messy, boring, and physically exerting, but anyone can use a roller or paint brush without much training. Except for those corners, edges, and trim, it’s pretty straight-forward and the visual results are always worth the work….

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Painted home exterior

Going Green: Exterior Paint

Painting and staining are often overlooked when it comes to green remodeling, especially when it comes to exterior projects. After all, a green exterior paint job isn’t going to improve a home’s energy efficiency, cut energy costs, or reduce fossil fuel consumption. On the other hand, going green is just as much about creating healthier…

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Kids' room faux window

Add Beauty and Space with Faux Windows

I know what you’re thinking: faux windows? Don’t be too quick to judge. Imitation windows are actually a very popular choice to add color, depth, beauty and light to rooms where real windows aren’t an option. Whether you choose an oil painting of an ocean view or an actual reproduction of the view of the…

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White paint brush

How to Avoid a Major Painting Mistake in 4 Easy Steps

Did your last painting project result in peeling paint, uneven edging or paint-stained flooring? Use these tips to avoid the same problems in the future. #1 Choose the right paint. Most paint falls into two categories: water-based and oil-based. Water-based paint is easy to clean up, resistant to fading and works with different materials. Oil-based…

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Painted cabinets

Kitchen Cabinet Painting Makes Old Cabinets Look New Again

Purchasing new kitchen cabinets can be a pricey endeavor and out of reach for some homeowners. If you’re tired of looking a those dark and dingy old cabinets, why not give them a new face with a good cabinet painting instead? For a fraction of the cost and few well spent weekends, you can give…

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Stained deck

3 Benefits of Under-Deck Stain

If you have a two-story deck, it’s important to maintain its underside. Here are three benefits of under-deck staining: A boosted lifespan. A two-story deck is more vulnerable to weathering than smaller, one-story models. Under-deck staining helps lock out moisture and preserve your deck’s strength. Upgraded looks. The underside of a two-story deck can attract…

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Kitchen with chalkboard paint

5 Inspired Uses for Chalkboard Paint

  Chalkboard paint is a quick and easy way to add creativity and practicality to your home. Here are five great ideas to get you started: Wall calendars. Wall calendars are an amusing and useful way to keep track of appointments, leave fun messages and jot down quick grocery lists. If you have kids, you…

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