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The Importance of Paint Stripping

If you’re undertaking a major painting project, it’s important to realize that proper preparation is the most important step in the painting process. A new coat of paint is only as stable as the surface underneath, so if the old paint is peeling, flaking, or chalking (fine chalk-like powder comes off when you rub your…

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How to prepare for a house paint job

Preparing for an Exterior Paint Job – Common Questions

While most homeowners would have no problem picking up a gallon of paint at the hardware store to paint a baby’s bedroom, tackling the exterior is an entirely different matter. Creating an attractive, long-lasting paint job requires the equipment, knowledge and skill of a professional for best results. Q: What is involved in exterior surface…

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Woodwork in a Home Theater

Is It Better to Paint or Refinish Woodwork?

Should you take the time and effort to sand and refinish woodwork or paint it? The least expensive treatment would be to live with the current color and simply touch up with stain and varnish it. It is fine to leave some rooms stained and paint others, as long as there are definite breaks. It…

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Painted cabinets

Giving Old Cabinetry New Life: Painting Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Try this on for size: your kitchen cabinets are looking rough. The varnish has mostly rubbed off, the stain is fading, and your cabinets are more scratched up than the cat scratcher in the corner of the living room. Still, they’re decent cabinets, and you really don’t have the money to invest in a new…

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Lead paint walls

Lead Paint Common Sense

Since 1978, lead-based paint has been banned in the United States, so there is practically no risk in newer homes, except from older painted furniture. Homes built between 1950 and 1978 are likely to have lead-based paint, while ones built before 1950 almost certainly have lead-based paint. Lead was used in all kinds of paint,…

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Interior Painting Considerations & Ideas

Few additions transform the interior of your home more than a new coat of paint. Interior paint adds variety, color, and a touch of your personality to any room. Different interior paint colors can also be a great design tool, making larger rooms feel cozier and smaller rooms feel more spacious. Here’s a few tips…

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Fun Painting Ideas

4 Fun Decorative Painting Techniques

Sponge painting, rag rolling, stippling, and paneling are a few of the decorative paint techniques that can give your home unique charm and character. Beautiful dapple color effects can be achieved with minimal materials and the most basic instruction. Starting off with a simple project to test out your new painting techniques is the best…

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Repainting Your Cabinets

Repainting Kitchen Cabinets – Common Questions

Q: Our house was built in the 70s, and I’d really like to change the look of my kitchen. The cabinets, although in good, solid condition, look dark and dated. What are my options? A: Your problem is a common one. Many people today are opting for a lighter look in their kitchens. The most…

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Choosing Exterior Paint

Choosing Exterior Paint Colors

There are so many things to consider when repainting the exterior of your home. After you choose a painter and decide on the type of paint you want to use, you then have the task of deciding on a color. For some people this comes easily, for others, decorating or changing the exterior of their…

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