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Finishing Inside Corners

Finishing Inside Corners

Inside corners are a natural place for hairline cracks to appear. This can be prevented by first applying a thin layer of wallboard compound, followed immediately by strips of paper or fibreglass wallboard tape pressed into the damp compound. You will want to use fibreglass tape...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Using Chemical Strippers

Using Chemical Strippers

Not long ago, using strippers to remove paint, varnish, and other old finishes was a really nasty, smelly business. Today, there are many brands of strippers that have low odors, clean up with water, and generally are safer to work with than in days gone by. You can get liquid...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 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

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

Removing Mildew

Removing Mildew

Mildew stains often make an appearance in damp locations such as bathrooms and basements. Before painting, you'll need to eliminate this black, speckled growth to make sure new coats of paint adhere well.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

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

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

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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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

Finishing Outside Corners

Finishing Outside Corners

Outside corners often take quite a beating, so it is a good idea to reinforce them with a metal corner bead. This is nailed to the outside corner, then joint compound is applied. Keep in mind that you should allow a day for drying for each coat of joint compound on corner joints....

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 5 hours

Random Stenciling

Random Stenciling

As the name suggests, random stenciling involves applying stencil designs to portions of the wall to suggest a hand painted design. This cherry blossom stencil consists of a sheet of component parts that you can arrange and combine to create designs that mimic the natural growth...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 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

 
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