Paint & Stain

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Quickly Sell Your Home with an Easy Paint Job
    House ready for sale

    So you've decided to sell your home. Interior painting is an excellent way to stage your home and make a great first impression to potential buyers. By giving your rooms an eye-catching look you're sure to increase your chances of selling your home at

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  6. How to Install & Paint Wainscoting
    Blue wall and wainscoting with decorative fans on ledge

    Wainscoting is wood paneling that lines or borders the walls of a room. It's an attractive home improvement that can transform your walls from ordinary to extraordinary in no time at all. Installing and painting wainscoting is much easier than it once

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  7. How to Paint Built-In Bookshelves
    Painted built-in bookshelves with contrasting colors

    By simply painting the back wall of a built-in bookcase, you can instantly add more depth, dimension and interest to any room in your home. With just a couple of coats of paint, a boring storage space can be transformed into a stunning backdrop that showcases

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  8. How to Paint a Wood-Paneled Room
    Painted wood-paneled sun room

    Wood paneling was once a design element prevalent in kitchens, living rooms, family rooms and finished basements. Interior design trends have changed and many homeowners are opting for brighter, more colorful surfaces in their homes.

    While many

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  9. How to Paint Hardwood Floors
    Stylish living room with painted white hardwood floors

    Hardwood floors are a desirable feature in any home because of the natural wood beauty they lend to your rooms and hallways. While it may seem counterintuitive, painting your hardwood floors a solid color and/or using paint and stenciling to create patterns

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  10. How to Paint Your Concrete or Wood Porch
    Freshly painted wood porch

    Your front porch is the first thing guests see when visiting your house. Whether it's wood or concrete, every porch needs a bit of upkeep. If yours is looking a little worse for wear, now is a good time to take a weekend to renew it to its original glory.

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  11. How to Stain Your Wood Deck
    Staining deck with extended pad

    Weather takes its toll on your deck with year-round exposure to sun, rain and snow. Your deck’s finish can start to wear off, leaving the wood looking old and battered. And, it’s not just the appearance of your deck that suffers; if the wood loses its

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  12. How to Waterproof Your Wood Deck
    Waterproof wood deck with water droplets

    Water, when combined with UV radiation and changes in weather and temperature, can cause your deck to look dull and weathered by washing away your deck's finish, natural resins, and color. While you can't completely prevent your deck's exposure to the

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  13. How to Refinish Hardwood Floors
    Refinishing wood floor with roller on extension pole

    Hardwood floors can add beauty and value to your home, but over time, they may become scratched, dull and worn-looking just from everyday wear and tear. If your floors look like they've seen better days, or if you have recently removed carpeting or other

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  14. How to Refinish Your Wood Dresser or Table
    Sanding and stripping an old table to restain

    Do you have an old dresser or table that you've considered tossing because the surface is damaged, dirty or faded? Why not recycle it by stripping the old finish and applying a new coat of stain.

    How to Refinish a Dresser

    Step 1: Choose

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  15. How to Stain Your Banister
    Restained banister on wood stairs

    Over time, wood banisters start to show signs of wear and tear from constant use. Staining not only makes a banister look like new, but it also adds a layer of protection to the wood underneath the finish. Whether you're installing a new banister or you

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  16. How to Strip & Refinish Wood Furniture
    Woman sanding to restain wood furniture
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  17. How to Strip Paint from Wood
    Paint scraper in pile of old paint removed from wood surface

    As wood surfaces in your home age, their finishes can begin to flake or fade away. Whether the wood is covered with stain, varnish or paint, stripping the old finish off to add new stain or paint can give your wood’s beauty a new lease on life.

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  18. 4 Tips to Make Small Rooms Look Bigger
    Small bright bedroom with curtains to ceiling

    Small can be cozy, but sometimes, having more room—be it real or perceived—is essential. Whether you live in an apartment or condo, or a small house or bungalow, you don’t have to feel like you’re enclosed in a smaller space. You can make any room in

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  19. Wall Borders: Accent a Room with Paint or Wallpaper
    Hanging wallpaper border near ceiling

    If you want to get creative when updating a room, try adding wall borders as an accent. Decorative stencils or papered borders are a clever and inexpensive way to give your walls a new look.

    Create a Border with Paint

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  20. How Light Affects Paint Color
    Window light on dark gray wall and red accent chair

    When starting any paint project, choosing paint colors that work within a cohesive color palette is half the battle. You also have to select a paint type, a paint finish and keep in mind how a room’s natural and artificial light may affect the colors

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  21. How to Paint Doors: Interior & Exterior
    French doors painted blue

    A fresh coat of paint can easily bring a scuffed and worn door back to life. And it's a simple project if you have basic painting experience around the house. We’ll walk you through the steps with all the tips you need. Be sure to click on the Project S

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  22. How to Paint Furniture: Wood, Metal & Plastic
    Painted gold chairs and table by painted gray console

    If your furniture is looking worn, or you want a new look but don't want to buy new furniture to get it, try recycling what you have by painting it.

    Paint Wood Furniture

    As wood ages, it can turn dark, dull and lifeless. Older wood finishes

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  23. How to Paint or Stain Your Fence
    Freshly painted white wooden fence

    A good-looking fence is part of your home’s curb appeal. If your fence is starting to look a little worn, now is a good time to paint or stain it. Whether you have a wood or chain-link fence, a well-applied stain or paint job every few years will help y

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  24. My Deck Staining Routine
    Worn deck boards

    It’s summertime, and you know what that means: we're spending a lot more time outside grilling and just relaxing on our porches and decks. When summer arrived this year, I took a good, hard look at my screened porch and decks and realized they were a

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