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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

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

Vertical Stripes

Vertical Stripes

Vertical stripes are one of the most versatile wall finishes. They complement any decorating style, from sophisticated and sleek to casual and relaxed, depending on the width of the stripes and the colours selected. Choose narrow, high-contrast stripes for small rooms to draw...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

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

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

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

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

Blocks

Blocks

Blocks of color turn boring walls into exciting focal points and can supply character to a room with no architectural features or details. The blocks can be uniform in size and shape, or you can vary the sizes and combine squares and rectangles. The trick is to create a visually...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 4 hours

Painting Jambs, Casings and Trim

Painting Jambs, Casings and Trim

Painting the trim around exterior doors requires special care so you don't get paint on the door itself or on nearby trim. Remember, this is the entrance to your house–you'll want it to look especially nice. As with all exterior trim, select a top quality exterior...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Allover Stenciling

Allover Stenciling

Stenciling is one of the oldest techniques for decorating walls. Before the mid-1800s, stenciling was actually less expensive than wallpaper. Now, even though wallpaper is economical, there are still good reason's to opt for an allover stencil pattern: You have complete control...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 4 hours

Faux Venetian Plaster

Faux Venetian Plaster

Mimic the timeworn look of plastered wall by applying layers of undiluted paint with a trowel. The paint layers give the wall a textured look that is actually smooth to the touch. Start at the top of the wall and work down toward the floor. Watch for drips that run down the surface...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

 
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