Paint & Stain

  1. 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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  2. Easy Room Makeover: 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. How to Stain 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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  6. 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    Want to change the look of your outdated or dingy kitchen surfaces but don’t want to take on a full kitchen remodel?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.

    Paint Walls

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  7. 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 hardware to make your kitchen look new again. 

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  8. How to Paint Brick: Interior & Exterior

    Exterior of brick home painted white

    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 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. How to Paint a Radiator

    Living room with painted radiator holding plants and decor

    Many older homes and buildings still have cast iron radiators in them. Whether they are operational or not, you can give them a quick facelift with paint to make them blend in better or become focal points in your rooms. You simply need the right paint

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  15. How to Dispose of Old Paint

    Used paint in open can after paint job

    Like most DIYers, you probably have a handful of half-empty, old paint cans stored in the garage or basement from previous paint projects. While storing unused, leftover paint is a great practice, at some point, you may need to dispose of leftover paint

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  16. Painting Safety: 6 Tips to Avoid Hazards

    Professional painter with protective gear sanding wall

    A fresh coat of paint is an easy way to spruce up your home's exterior or your favorite room in the house. But when painting indoors, you should follow certain measures and painting safety precautions to protect yourself and your family.

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    • Brush vs. Roller: Choose the Right Paint Applicator

      Various paint brushes and rollers

      When preparing for a paint project, most homeowners are concerned about getting the right paint but give little thought to the quality of brushes and rollers and which ones will work best for their particular job.

      Taking the time to select the

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    • Pick the Best Paint Sheen for Every Job

      Painting glossy paint on window trim

      Before you start any paint project, you've probably put some time and thought into what you want the end result to be. You've considered color schemes, how natural and artificial light affect the colors you choose, and how to create flow between rooms

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    • Proper Paint Prep and Cleanup Tips

      Professional painter rolling paint in tray

      A great paint job is only as good as the steps taken to prepare. While it might not seem like fun and can be time-consuming, proper paint preparation and clean-up is a must for successful painting results, indoors and out.

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      • How to Store Leftover Paint

        Leftover brown paint in can

        It’s rare that you will finish a paint project and find you have used exactly the amount of paint you needed for the job. Leftover paint shouldn’t be discarded because you never know when it might come in handy for touch–ups or other unrelated projects, never

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      • 7 Common Paint Problems (And How to Fix Them)

        Blue peeling paint

        Whether you are an experienced painter or a beginner, things can pop up that leave your paint project looking inferior. It’s good to know the common interior paint problems and how you can fix them to leave your home looking like it was painted by professionals.

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      • How to Paint Trim & Crown Molding

        Elaborate trim and crown molding painted white

        Interior trim and crown molding accent your rooms, and when painted or finished well, these decorative features can be the final touch that makes your makeover project look complete. So, when you're repainting walls, or updating décor, remember to pay

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      • How to Stencil a Wall or Border

        Cherry blossoms stenciled on pink, bedroom wall

        If you're in the mood to redecorate, stenciling with paint is a simple and inexpensive way to give your walls a new look. You can either purchase a stencil or make one yourself—the things you can do with stenciling are as limitless as your imagination.

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      • Why Settle for One Color? Two-Tone Paint Ideas

        Two-toned room painted mustard and white

        Why paint a room’s walls just one color when you can experiment with two-tone painting? Two-tone painting creates visual interest by using two colors on one wall, divided horizontally, for example. This technique allows you to be creative in your rooms’ col

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