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Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart Living

The name you trust in Home Improvement is also the name you can depend on for quality products and outstanding design. This inspirational Martha Stewart collection gives you the ability to celebrate creative living in your own home.

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How to Paint a Room

How to Paint a Room

Whether you're finishing a new wall or refreshing a room, a coat of paint can dramatically change the look and feel of your home. If done correctly, you'll find it's also an inexpensive way to transform an ordinary room into something extraordinary.

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Protecting Doorknobs While Painting

Quick Tips: Protecting Doorknobs While Painting

Protect doorknobs from splattering paint with a very common household product that you most likely have in your kitchen drawer right now.

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Painting A Wall Evenly

Quick Tips: Painting A Wall Evenly

Add the perfect color balance using a special technique that prevents obvious stroke lines and results in more even coverage.

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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

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

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

Using a Heat Gun

Using a Heat Gun

Heat guns are a great way to remove old paint, varnish and other finishes. They are especially good at taking off multiple layers of paint – all at once! As you use the heat gun, the paint softens and bubbles up, making it easy to remove it with a metal scraper. As you might...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 2 hours

Complete Wall Prep

Complete Wall Prep

No amount of paint, no matter how high its quality, will cover flaws in the wall beneath or adhere well to dirty walls. Thus, proper preparation, whether for a single coat of paint or decorative paint finish, is the most important step of any painting project.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Exterior Painting Techniques

Exterior Painting Techniques

There are all different kinds of siding you might encounter when it comes time to paint the outside of your house. You could have cedar, plywood, hardboard, stucco, or masonry. Sometimes, you might have a combination. You should use a power sprayer or a roller with a heavy nap...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

Grass Cloth

Grass Cloth

A grass-cloth finish mimics the look of the popular wallcovering, but gives you the freedom to choose colors that suit your décor. To create the effect, drag a notched squeegee horizontally through. Starting in a corner or beside a doorway provides a straight edge to guide...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

 
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