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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

Stacked Stone

Stacked Stone

Transform plain walls into an architectural feature with a faux-stone technique. Applying the paint in rectangles of varying sizes produces a stacked-stone effect. This finish uses a textured paint that gives the blocks a slightly rough, sandy surface. To create the effect, plan...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 4 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

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

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

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

Mitring Border Corners

Mitring Border Corners

If you're making your wallpaper border into a frame around a door or window, you'll need to deal with some right angles. That means mitring your border so the corners look good. The key is to get your border nice and flat before you make your mitre cuts. That way, the...

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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

Patching Peeling Paint

Patching Peeling Paint

When old paint chips, flakes or peels, it leaves behind a shallow depression. You'll need to repair these spots before painting – new coats of paint won't hide the indentations. Use a fast-drying patching compound to fill the hole.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Preparing Woodwork for Painting

Preparing Woodwork for Painting

Prepping woodwork for painting isn't difficult, but wood trim and other details can have lots of little hills and valleys. You'll need to clean, patch, and sand the woodwork before you can paint it, so a little patience is needed to make sure the job comes out looking...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Combed Stripes

Combed Stripes

The combed-stripe technique, created by combing overlapping S curves within taped-off stripes, can simulate the look of moire ribbon or can simply add a lively sense of movement to ordinary stripes. The pattern is created by dragging a notched comb through wet glaze that has ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Distressing

Distressing

Add decades to the appearance of furniture by using a distressed finish. For this technique, a wood-graining tool is dragged in a rocking motion across an area glazed in light and dark hues, simulating the real-life ear and tear of aged furniture. It's important that the surface...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

 
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