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Whitewashing

Whitewashing

Whitewashing comes from the old practice of applying a mixture of lime and water to walls. Today you can create this translucent effect by brushing diluted paint onto any raw wood surface. This is a very easy effect to create, but you need to work quickly and wash with the grain...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Painting a Door (While Attached)

Painting a Door (While Attached)

Exterior doors are heavy and can be awkward to move – you'll usually find it easier to paint them in place instead of trying to take them off their hinges. However, removing the doorknob and latch bolt makes the job a whole lot faster and neater.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Sponging On

Sponging On

Sponging is one of the easiest techniques you can use to give a wall depth and complexity. Simply pat various colors onto a base-coated wall using a sea sponge. The more colors you sponge on, the greater the illusion of depth. Mixing the top coats with glaze lets you achieve ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Embossed Stencilling

Embossed Stencilling

Add an elegant embossed design to the wall with dimensional stenciling. Also called relief stenciling, this effect is created by applying joint compound to a stencil pattern using a trowel or blade. (You could also use Venetian plaster.) After the joint compound is dry, the base...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 4 hours

Linen

Linen

Add a touch of elegance to plain walls with the woven look of linen. For this effect, a dry linen weaver brush is dragged horizontally, then vertically through wet glaze, exposing the base coat colour. Use a light touch on the brush for a more delicate effect. This technique ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

VENITIAN PLASTER

Venetian Plaster

Venetian plaster is an old-world wall treatment that gives wall a silky smooth finish wit ha slightly marbled appearance. Venetian plaster is mostly binder wit ha small amount of tint. You don’t need to lavish it on the wall-just two sheer coats will do the job. Round the...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Masking Wood Trim

Masking Wood Trim

You can paint like a pro if you mask your work. Use pre-gummed masking paper or wide masking tape to protect anything you don't want splattered or painted over. Masking is a great way to paint adjacent surfaces, like where door or window trim of one colour meets wallboard...

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Skill: Beginner

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Removing Stains

Removing Stains

You probably can't wait to get rid of ugly brown or rust-coloured stains, but hold on – those stains are trying to tell you something. Stains usually are caused by leaky roofs, walls, or plumbing pipes. Be sure to make all necessary repairs before trying to remove or...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Getting Ready to Paint the Exterior of Your Home

Getting Ready to Paint the Exterior of Your Home

As with all painting projects, the key to success is preparation. Your first step is to clean everything thoroughly with a solution of tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) or a good phosphate-free substitute. This removes dirt and grime that would keep new paint from adhering.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

Strié

Strié

Strié is a subtly textured finish that mimics the look of an elegant wallcovering or fine fabric. This simple technique consists of nothing more than dragging a dry brush vertically through wet glaze that has been applied over a base color. The glaze must be wet for the ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Rustic

Rustic

This textured effect is created with joint compound, producing a stuccolike appearance. Look for a joint compound with a slow setting time; premixed compound may be too brittle when it dries and will chip. When applying, use a plaster knife or trowel and place a generous portion...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Crackling

Crackling

Crackling gives an antiqued, weathered look to furniture, accessories, and trim in just hours. For this effect, crackle medium is applied in between the base coat and top coat. The medium stretches when it gets wet, causing the top-coat of paint to crack and exposing the base-coat...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

 
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