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  1. 4 Tips to Air Seal a Drafty Home

    Cozy puppy napping by sealed glass door

    If your home is leaky, you’re losing money because a drafty home is an inefficient home. But you don’t have to sit by and watch your money escape from your wallet. Learn how to find and seal air leaks inside to conserve energy and lower your utility bil

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  2. Choose the Right Primer: Oil, Latex or Shellac

    Smooth primer poured in paint tray

    No matter how many coats of paint you apply, finished walls rarely look perfect if the surface hasn't been prepared with primer first. But how do you know which one is the right one for the job?

    A Primer on Primers

    A primer

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  3. Best Ways to Use Painter’s Tape

    Woman laying painter's tape near baseboard

    When painting, you can use the best paint and brushes money can buy, but if you don't properly mask the surfaces that you don't want painted you won't get the professional-looking results you desire. Use painter's tape along wall and ceiling edges, on

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  4. Best Ways to Touch Up Paint

    Touching up white wall with paint brush

    Maintaining the rich color and smooth finish of your home’s interior doesn’t mean you have to repaint the whole room to fix the dents, dings, scratches and marks that can, over time, mar your walls’ surfaces.

    By using the proper technique and t

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  5. How to Paint & Stain Your Stairs

    Stained and painted staircase and landing

    When refinishing wood surfaces, stairs often get overlooked or simply avoided because they are essential for moving throughout your home — it can be inconvenient to do without them for even a day or two. Because they’re so heavily trafficked, though, the

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  6. How to Paint a Room Like a Pro

    Hunter green room with blue chair and orange accent pillow

    If this is your first time painting a room you're in luck. It's a great project for any novice do-it-yourselfer. With the right tools and advice, you can give any room in your home an instant update without spending a lot of time or money.

    Step

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  7. How to Spray Paint Wall Clocks

    Wall clocks with metallic spray painted frames

    If you’re looking for an easy way to upgrade a wall clock, look no further. Use metallic spray paint to take wall clocks from outdated to chic with just a few coats of paint. Keep reading to learn how with these great tips from Rust-Oleum.

    Step 1

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  8. How to Paint Brick: Interior & Exterior

    Painted brick home front porch

    From time to time, brick surfaces, whether they are outside or in, need to be refreshed. You shouldn’t be afraid to use paint on brick. It can be used to complement interior and exterior color schemes, or to hide old, weathered and beaten bricks. You j

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  9. How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

    Creative, colorful kitchen cabinets painted blue and green

    Give your kitchen an economical facelift by updating old, worn cabinets. Simply apply a fresh coat of paint and add new cabinet hardware to make your kitchen look new again. 

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  10. How to Paint Kitchen Walls, Tiles & Cabinets

    Freshly painted kitchen with green wall and gray cabinets

    Want to change the look of your outdated or dingy kitchen surfaces but don’t want to take on a full kitchen remodel? Then consider one of the easiest and least expensive kitchen do-overs: a paint job.

    How to Paint Kitchen Walls

    Step 1

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  11. How to Stain Wood Cabinets

    Dark stained kitchen cabinets with modern decor

    If your budget doesn’t have room for new cabinets, don’t worry. You can give your wood cabinets a quick makeover with a fresh coat of stain. Using a different color stain—even as simple as going one shade darker or lighter—can give your kitchen, bathroo

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  12. Painting Ideas for Kids’ Rooms

    Mom and son having fun painting room

    If any rooms in the house call for imaginative spin, it’s your children’s. Take advantage of the opportunity and create the perfect personal hideaway that your kids will love. Not sure exactly how to start? Keep reading for some decorative painting ide

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  13. How to Paint Kids' Wood Furniture

    Kids' furniture painted in matching colors

    A child's room is his or her special place, so if you're thinking of giving it a facelift, use your imagination to create an inspiring and fun environment for them. While putting a new coat of paint on the walls can work wonders, don't forget about the

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  14. How to Paint a Stunning Accent Wall

    Black accent wall in white office

    An accent wall can add dramatic flair and a touch of elegance to any room by creating a focal point that demands attention. It's an inexpensive do-it-yourself project that will heighten the visual interest of your living space. Before you start working,

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  15. How to Paint a Halloween Pumpkin

    Jack-o-lanterns painted on pumpkin

    It’s Halloween season and time to get crafty to scare up some devilish décor. If you’re looking to avoid the mess of carving pumpkins into ghoulish goblins and ghosts, try painting them instead with delightfully scary designs. Follow this guide on how

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  16. How to Repair Plaster Walls

    Repairing plaster wall with spreader

    Many older homes may still have some walls and ceilings made of plaster and lath instead of the now standard drywall or wallboard. If you have holes or cracks in your plaster walls or ceilings, repairing them isn’t difficult. It can, however, require a

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  17. Avoid Harmful Chemicals with Low-VOC Paint

    Healthy plants growing in non-toxic apartment

    Low-VOC paint is better for the environment than traditional paints, both inside and outside your home. And it works just as well. Keep reading to learn more about low-VOC paint and then head to your local True Value hardware store for all the tools,

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  18. How to Paint Wall Stripes

    Bedroom with gray and white striped walls

    Adding stripes to your walls is a faux-painting technique that gives a wallpaper-like effect to any room in your house. Using paint as opposed to wallpaper lets your creativity flow. Paint gives you the freedom to create original, personalized vertical

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  19. Paint Using the Strié Technique

    Orange strie texture

    Strié painting is a decorative faux finish that gives walls the appearance of being covered with fine fabric. The technique utilizes brushes and paint glaze to create a soft, subtle striped appearance on walls without the hassle of applying wallpaper.

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  20. How to Paint Over a Faux Finish

    Sanding wall smooth to paint

    A faux finish on your walls can be a beautiful touch to your room, but if it’s outdated or you simply want a change, it’s not always as simple as just painting over it. Prepping the surface and priming it correctly are essential to painting over a fau

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  21. How to Paint Laminate Counters, Cabinets & Furniture

    Laminate kitchen counter painted black

    Many homes today are filled with laminate surfaces, whether they are kitchen cabinets or bath countertops, or inexpensive, ready-to-install bookshelves, desks or other furniture. Because these surfaces aren’t porous like natural wood or stone, you can’t sim

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  22. How to Sponge Paint Clouds on Your Wall or Ceiling

    Sponge-painted cloud pattern

    If you’re looking for a distinctive and creative approach to painting, try painting clouds on the walls or ceiling. Painting convincing clouds isn’t as difficult as it sounds, and it’s a fun, artistic project for the whole family.

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  23. Faux Suede Painting Techniques

    Bedroom with faux suede painted walls

    Faux suede is a decorative painting technique that has grown in popularity because of the soft and elegant texture it provides to plain, ordinary walls. While faux suede paint can be bought in a can, you can save money and add a personal touch to your

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  24. Best Ways to Antique Furniture

    Antique sideboard painted white

    If you have furniture in your house that needs some added character, "antiquing" is one way to go. Antiquing furniture is a DIY faux-painting technique that gives furniture an aged or antique appearance. Whether the piece is new or old, you can easily

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