Paint & Stain

  1. Color Terminology and Color Wheel
    Color Terminology and Color Wheel
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  2. 15 Faux Painting Techniques and Ideas
    15 Faux Painting Techniques and Ideas

    Faux finish painting is a technique that creates texture and nuance by replicating the look or feel of other surfaces, such as striped wallpaper, suede, or marble. While it takes some patience

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  3. How to Use Painter's Tape? Best Practices & Tips

    The history of painter's tape goes back to 1925 when scientist Richard Drew created the masking tape formula. Several decades later, the variation of painter’s tape was developed. The product is credited with transforming the painting industry by helping p

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  4. Remove Rust from Metal for Spring Cleaning
    Remove Rust from Metal for Spring Cleaning

    Best Methods to Remove Rust From Metal When Spring Cleaning

    Many people assume that there's no way to remove rust once it forms on metal. While rust can be stubborn, there are many cleaning methods. We recommend adding rust removal to your list

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  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 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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.

    Step

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  21. Paintbrush 101: Choose the Right Paint Applicator
    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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  22. 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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  23. Proper Paint Prep & 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.

    Step 1: Paint Preparation:

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  24. 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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